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Center for Global Education


Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Posted on January 23, 2013

Founded in 1925, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem consistently ranks in the top of the universities in Israel, as well as in the world. Hebrew University (HUJI) boasts a student body of 23,500 spread over four campuses, and a First Board of Governor’s including such names as Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. HUJI is also home to the Jewish National and University Library, which holds the largest collections of Hebraica and Judaica in the world, serves as a center for the preserving all published materials in the field of Judaism and Israeli studies. The Rothberg International School (RIS) in which Wheaton students study abroad consists of 2,000 students from 70 countries worldwide.

HUJI is located in Jerusalem, Israel’s largest city, and one of the oldest cities of the world. It is an ancient crossroads of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and while it hosts a plethora of historical and religious touristic sites, modern cultural and artistic attractions also abound. Jerusalem is served by a variety of public transportation options, and it is therefore both easy to travel within Jerusalem, as well as to other locations in Israel.

Fall or Spring semesters, Academic Year encouraged

Program Dates
Fall: September to early January (including language component)

Spring: Late January to early June (including language component)

Courses & Credit
Students are required to take a total of 5 courses per semester at 3 Hebrew University credits apiece.

Admissions Requirements
Students must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average at Wheaton prior to their study abroad at Hebrew University. No previous Hebrew instruction is necessary, as students are enrolled in a short but intensive Hebrew language course prior to their first semester.

Housing & Board
Students are housed in dorms located on Mount Scopus overlooking Jerusalem, and within walking distance of the university. Accommodations are typically single rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Laundry facilities are available. Students are expected to provide their own meals, whether by cooking in the dorms, eating out at restaurants, or purchasing meals from university cafeterias and snack bars.

Wheaton Tuition and housing

Other Expenses
Students are responsible for a $500 study abroad administrative fee, passport and visa fees, supplemental insurance, and personal expenses, including meals.

Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.

Contact Dean Young at the Center for Global Education for information and application details on the BGU Program. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education. Additionally, Professor Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus serves as a strong resource for questions and concerns about Israel and Jewish and Hebrew Studies.

Courses of Study
The Bible, Archaeology and the Ancient Near East
Jewish History, Civilization and Education
Israeli History, Politics, Society and Law
Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Brain and Behavioral Sciences
Journalism and Media Studies

Security Notes
Students are briefed with security information prior to each semester, and all campus facilities are kept secure.  Hebrew University is committed to keeping its students and staff safe and secure at all times.


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