Week of October 8 (TBC): Orientation Program (required)
October 15, 2023: Semester Begins
January 22, 2024: Semester Ends (Classes offered in English typically end before the end of the semester, as Georgetown students must return for the start of the spring term.)
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. Credits earned at Hebrew University are calculated with reference to the ABA’s standard class formula (12.5 hours of class time, plus 30 hours of out of class preparation and studying, 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 semester abroad program. See the Study Abroad Policy for details. Course offerings in the Faculty of Law are generally not available until later in the year. However, students may refer to the list of courses offered in 2022. Exact credit equivalencies vary by course.
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 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. A grade of 60 and above is passing.
Housing & Facilities
Hebrew University offers on campus housing at the Student Village Dorm Complex. Students must fill out the housing request form with the application. In addition, assistance for off-campus campus housing options can be found here.
Hebrew University’s facilities are very 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.
As with on-campus programs federal loans may not be disbursed more than 10 calendar days prior to the actual start date of program classes and are disbursed manually to your account. Students should monitor their account on MyAccess and should see the funds post by the close of the first possible business day within the 10 day window. Please note that the 10 day window opens based on the start of classes, not orientation programs or other pre-class activities, even if required by the host institution. Students must plan their finances 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 Advisory
Students applying to the semester abroad program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem should familiarize themselves with the current travel advisory for Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Parts of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza are considered elevated risk regions per the University’s International Travel Policy. See also the university’s Covid travel guidance. According to the policy, Georgetown University does not affirmatively encourage travel that contravenes Department of State Travel Advisories.
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 an elevated risk region 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.
Hebrew University also provides visa guidance for admitted students.