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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions



Do I have to be Jewish?

Do I need to know Hebrew?

What do I do outside of lectures?

Can I apply for a scholarship if I'm not a UK citizen?

How safe is it at the University?

Who will I be staying with?

Are flights included?

Are food and accommodation included?

Who will I contact with questions when I'm at the University?

Is health insurance included?

How do I apply?





Do I have to be Jewish?

No. The Hebrew University is a truly multicultural, multiracial learning environment, and a shining example of tolerance, inclusion and respect. Students come from over 70 countries worldwide, and all the major religions, to study there; religious activities and prayer rooms are available for all students' use across campus.

If you are concerned about any aspect of religious life on campus, please contact Jo in confidence on 020 7691 1478 or email students@bfhu.org.


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Do I need to know Hebrew?

All students take part in an ulpan (modern Hebrew immersion course) unless fluent, in which case advanced Hebrew studies are offered.

Students on Rothberg undergraduate programmes studying only in English, as well as students on summer and gap year students, do not need any prior knowledge of Hebrew. You will take a 'placement test' before arriving at the University, which will help to place you in classes on the right level.
 
Students on some MA programmes do need to reach a required level of Hebrew. See the individual course pages for details.
 
If you are choosing classes from the central University catalogue, you'll need to reach level gimmel before enrolling. Call Jo on 020 7691 1478 or email students@bfhu.org if you have any questions about your level.
 
The Hebrew University's ulpan programme is regarded as one of the best in the world. For more information on learning Hebrew in its home country, see our ulpan page.
 

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What do I do outside of lectures?

Your free time is your own. One of the advantages of studying at the Hebrew University, for however long, is the flexibility of our programmes. Unlike many Israel experiences available, HU students are empowered to immerse themselves in Israeli life, culture and activities, rather than maintaining a constant connection to their British group. 

Of course, the Office of Student Activities, academic centres and other campus providers like Hillel run a regular stream of events and social opportunities for students from all over the campus and the world. The huge majority of British students look back on their time at HU as a great opportunity to meet and make friends, and find groups of friends to share their experience and memories with for many years afterwards.


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Can I apply for a scholarship if I'm not a UK citizen?

We are unable to grant scholarships directly to non-UK citizens. However, you may be able to apply for grants from your country of nationality; we can point you in the right direction. Call Jo for more information.



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How safe is it at the Hebrew University?

Security on campus is always tight, and especially so at times of tension. Fully trained (but highly personable!) guards operate around both the dormitory complexes, as well as the Mount Scopus and Givat Ram campuses, 24 hours, 7 days a week. Electronic passes are issued to all students at registration, and are required to gain access to a number of areas around campus. Paths are well lit and, especially in the most modern parts of campus, overlooked by windows in multiple buildings, so that students should feel safe moving around campus at all times of the day and night.


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Who will I be staying with?

See our page on living on campus for an explanation of rooming policies on campus.

 

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Are flights included?

No. British students are encouraged to find the best prices and times for flights that most suit them. However, if you are joining one of the more popular programmes, we can connect you with other students flying out for the same programme so that you can fly out together, share transport to the University and arrive on campus together.
 
We will give you information about where and when to register after you have been accepted to the programme you choose, but there is no requirement to take a particular flight.
 

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Are food and accommodation included?

We don't include accommodation or food in our fees. BFHU leave the option of staying on or off campus up to you - but encourage you to apply early for on-campus accommodation to ensure your place.
 
The University does not run a 'meal plan' like some universities - in fact, all accommodation on campus is self-catering. There are a number of subsidised cafeterias around campus - if you're concerned about food and eating arrangements, call Jo on 020 7691 1478 or email students@bfhu.org for more information.
 

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Who will I contact with questions when I'm at the University?

Representatives from BFHU will be in regular contact with all British students during the programme, and we hope to visit once during each programme to make sure everything is going well.

In addition, each year we recruit an Israeli student familiar with the Rothberg School and international students' concerns to welcome you to campus, be at the end of a phone, and meet whenever required to address any issues arising with your experience. He or she will be your primary port of call during the programme, and will liaise with the British office regularly throughout your programme to pass on concerns, issues and feedback.



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Is health insurance included?

Health insurance is included for semester and year programmes (including gap years) and is now included in the fees for ulpan courses. You can take advantage of on-campus medical facilities, including a walk-in medical centre for minor medical complaints. Travel insurance should still be purchased in order to cover your belongings. Please call Jo on 020 7691 1478 or email students@bfhu.org for more information.

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How do I apply?

You can download application forms from this website.  Make sure you refer to our checklist to make sure you have all the correct papers. If you have any further questions, please call Jo on 020 7691 1478 or email students@bfhu.org for details.

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