The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Israel
The Hebrew University strives for excellence, an integral element in its academic life. Its outstanding scholars have achieved impressive breakthroughs in a variety of disciplines, and it is among the very top winners of the European Research Council's competitive grants to young researchers. One-third of all competitive research grants awarded in Israel are won by Hebrew University scholars.



The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1918 and opened officially in 1925, is Israel’s premier university as well as its leading research institution.


  • We offer a wide number of academic fields: social sciences and the humanities, natural and life sciences, medicine, agriculture, law, business administration, social work, education, nutrition and more. You can choose from nearly 100 different programs covering all areas of knowledge and research
  • You can also pursue unique programs that combine several fields of study, such as a program combining philosophy, economics and political science; a joint degree in law and social work; or the cognitive sciences, which combine psychology, linguistics, philosophy, logic and neuroscience.


Since its inception in 1925, the Hebrew University has considered research as one of its foremost goals. The University was established in the tradition of the classic research institutions, where members of the faculty are expected to be actively involved in research on an international level. The University constantly strives to maintain its status as a leader in research in Israel and justify its international reputation for high-level research.


Student services

The Hebrew University has set as its goals the training of public, scientific, educational and professional leadership; the preservation of and research into Jewish, cultural, spiritual and intellectual traditions; and the expansion of the boundaries of knowledge for the benefit of all humanity.

Services of the Accessibility Unit:

  • Responds to questions and issues regarding accessibility.
  • Assists with self-advocacy for students with special needs.
  • Refers students to additional services available at the university such as the Unit for the Advancement of Students with Learning Differences, Supported Education–The Support Program for Students with Mental Health and Emotional Issues, the Learning Center for the Blind, and the Counseling Services.
  • Provides information about rights and assistance for people with special needs from various public bodies and NGOs operating in the community.
  • Recommends academic accommodations for students with special needs.
Students interested in making use of the Accessibility Unit are required to present a letter from their physician. Likewise, we recommend you attach a report detailing the effect that your special needs have on your ability to function.

Housing services

The university offers a large and varied number of residences in dorms on the various campuses in Jerusalem and Rehovot. In total, some 5,000 beds are available. Rent includes electricity, water, heating and cooking gas, with the exception of the Students' Village. In addition, residents of the dorms enjoy maintenance and operations services. The dorm management is always hard at work improving and raising the quality of life in the dorms.

Medical services

Psychological Counseling Services

  • The Hebrew University Student Psychological Counseling Service
  • Since 1979 the Student Psychological Counseling Service has been a Ministry of Health licensed institution for the practical training of M.A. students in clinical psychology and B.A. and M.A. students in social work.

The primary work of the counseling service is to provide psychological services to students.

The service is varied, and every student is referred to the channel s/he is interested in and where s/he will receive the maximum amount of benefit.
  • Dynamic treatment: long-term treatment that may extend beyond a single treatment year, usually comprised of c35 sessions. Cost per session for the student: NIS 160.
  • Emergency treatment: for crises. The crisis team is on call to deal with students needing treatment in times of crisis. Such treatment usually consists of about 8 sessions.
  • Anxiety: the anxiety team focuses on referrals because of various issues of anxiety such as testing anxiety, phobias, generalized anxiety, OCD, and more. Treatment is usually cognitive-behavioral, and lasts up to 14 sessions. At times, the counseling service offers workshops on specific issues connected to coping with anxiety.
  • Group therapy: lasts some 35 sessions throughout the year. Cost per session – NIS 90. Treatment may go beyond a single treatment year.
  • In addition, the counseling service offers couples therapy, therapy for adolescents, and therapy for parents of adolescents.
  • Student Life

    Campus life

    In Jerusalem, one of the most beautiful of cities in the world, the university maintains three campuses: the Mount Scopus campus for the humanities and social sciences; the Edmond J. Safra Campus for exact sciences; and the Ein Karem Campus for medical sciences. Its other campuses are the Rehovot faculty for agriculture, food, veterinary medicine and environmental sciences; the veterinary hospital in Beit Dagan; and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat.

    Sports facilities

    The university boasts three sports facilities which are among the most advanced in the country, 11 libraries, 5 computer centers, 6,000 dormitory beds, and dozens of student activity groups focusing on politics, society, the environment and more.

    Student clubs

    Student Clubs

    • Every year, some forty different student clubs dedicated to a variety of political and social issues operate at the university. Students interested in holding regular public activities in the course of the academic year are entitled to register as a club. Registration takes place at the Mt. Scopus campus, in the Frank Sinatra Bldg., room 3033 (located on the building's entrance level). To join existing clubs, please check the clubs' informational booths at the Mt. Scopus forum.
    • Club activity is ensured by the code of conduct of public activity.