(Fall 2018 information will be posted as soon as it is available.)
- October 17-19, 2017: Orientation Program (required)
- October 22, 2017: Semester Begins
- January 26, 2018: Semester Ends (Classes offered in English typically end before the end of the semester and before the holidays)
- January 28, 2018: Exams Begin (Most exams are take-home assignments)
The date for submission of final papers is at the lecturer's discretion.
Course offerings in English can be somewhat limited, though students can typically earn a total of 12 credits. Course offerings in the Faculty of Law are generally not available until later in the year. However, a list of courses that were offered in 2016 is available here. Credit is awarded in accordance with the ABA's standard class formula (12.5 hours of class time including exam time, plus 30 hours of preparation and studying outside of class, per one credit hour.) Students may be asked to verify the number of minutes each course meets in order to confirm the number of credits that the student will receive upon completion of their study abroad program. See the Study Abroad Policy for details.
In addition, it is possible for students to take courses at Hebrew University's Rothberg International School. Georgetown Law credit will only be given for courses with a high level of legal content. In previous years, the following courses offered at the Rothberg School were eligible for Georgetown Law credit:
- Critical Readings in the Classic Literature of the Talmud. Pre-requisites: 1) Hebrew language proficiency level gimel- daled 2) Jewish Studies background in a related field of History, Rabbinic Thought and Text or Philosophy.
- Role of International Law in Formulating Foreign Policy. Students will not be able to receive credit for this course and the following courses taught at the Law Center: International Law I: Introduction to International Law or Transnational Law.
Because course offerings may not be publicized until the start of the term, it is possible that not all eligible courses are listed above. Participants in this program who wish to enroll in any course not listed above must contact the Office of Transnational Programs by email to request approval. Participants should not expect to receive credit for courses that are not expressly approved by OTP.
Note that classes at Hebrew University meet Sunday through Thursday. Courses at Hebrew University are evaluated based on a written exam or assignment, and in some cases, participation. Grades are posted on a scale of 1-100.
Housing & Facilities
Hebrew University offers several types of dorms within walking distance from Campus. The Faculty of Law will work with dorm authorities to secure housing for international students. Information regarding housing is available here.
Hebrew University's facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities, as is most of Jerusalem.
Students at Hebrew University also have access to various library facilities, including the law library.
While studying abroad through this program, students are eligible to receive the following funding: Federal Stafford loans, commercial or Grad PLUS Loans, and any grant or scholarship awards for which they have qualified. The same deadlines and application procedures for renewal of aid funds should be followed as if the student were attending at the Law Center.
This program, like all study abroad programs, has its own student living expense budget which will vary from the standard on-campus budget to reflect local costs and program-specific expenses. The budget may be lower than that for on-campus students.
Students should be aware that, pursuant to federal regulations, lenders may not disburse federal financial aid more than 10 calendar days prior to the actual start date of classes. For example , if classes at the foreign institution do not start until October 10, financial aid funds will post to the borrower's student account no sooner than 10 calendar days before that October date. If a student enrolls in a short course at the Law Center that takes place before his or her study abroad program begins, or registers for and engages in a supervised research project, the start date of Law Center classes may apply for aid purposes, but affected students must request such earlier disbursement in writing to the Financial Aid Office. Please note that the regulations require the timing limitations be based on the start of classes, not orientation programs or other pre-class activities, even if required by the institution. Students should plan accordingly. See the Financial Aid section of the Study Abroad Policies and Procedures on the main semester abroad web page for additional information.
Department of State Travel Warning
Students applying to the semester abroad program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem should be aware that Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza are currently under a Department of State Travel Warning. Georgetown University does not affirmatively encourage travel that contravenes Department of State Travel Warnings. The University's International Travel Policy is available here.
We understand that many Georgetown Law students have experience traveling to areas where there are increased security risks. Given that our students are pursuing a professional degree, they also tend to possess the maturity and good judgment that less experienced students might lack. However, students who seek to participate in a Georgetown-sponsored program in a Travel Warning country should be prepared for and familiar with the risks that go along with such an opportunity. Therefore, we have established specific procedures for students applying to the semester abroad program with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. These procedures are outlined in the Hebrew University Program Addendum, which prospective students must review as a part of their application to the program.
The budget below provides 2016 amounts. An updated budget for 2018 will be provided as soon as it is available.
Visa information is available here.