Courses & Programs

Ex. Program with selected N. American and European Universities

We offer a bilateral, reciprocal exchange program in the Humanities between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) and a select group of North American and British universities. The program aims to bring to the HUJ a limited, highly qualified group of North American and European students, both graduate students and (in select cases) advanced undergraduates, for advanced courses in fields in which the Hebrew University has a built-in advantage: History – including Jewish History and History of the Holy Land/Contemporary Israel, Middle Eastern Studies, Religious Studies, Jewish Thought and Archeology. (More disciplines will be added later on in the project.)

For this purpose the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University has prepared a cluster of courses – either advanced undergraduate seminars or M.A. seminars (that can also accommodate advanced undergraduates) – that will be taught in English every year during the spring semester, with a schedule tailored to American and British Universities' academic calendars. The English course catalog will be updated every year, with a similar amount of courses, announced around March of the previous year.  The English-language courses are part of the regular offerings of the HUJ departments and will be attended for the most part by HUJ students. In addition, we offer all of the  regular courses in Hebrew to qualified students, as well as a number of courses each year that are taught in Arabic (in the Department for Arabic Language and Literature) and in Yiddish (in the MA Yiddish program).

Each American and British university will send 1-3 students per year, whose course of studies will benefit from courses in the aforementioned topics and from a lengthy stay at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Conversely, the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University will send 1-3 students a year to participating institutions capable and willing to benefit from their programs.

Universities currently included in this exchange are: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Chicago, Berkeley, Stanford, Toronto and Oxford.

The Providence-Jerusalem Exchange Program on Israel-Palestine

The Providence-Jerusalem Exchange Program on Israel-Palestine will be inaugurated in the academic year 2019/20. The main goal of this initiative is to create cadres of young students who participate together in courses dealing with the most difficult aspects of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. The three main components are study, extended socialization, and collective exposure to two vastly different sites – Jerusalem and Providence, RI. The exposure of Brown students to young women and men who live the daily reality of the conflict, on the one hand, and of Israeli students to very different modes of thinking and debating by Brown students, will benefit all participants.

Each year six advanced undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) from Brown and six selected students from HU (with the intention of including three Israeli Palestinians) will participate in this program. This joint group of 12 will spend the fall semester at Brown and the spring semester at HU. The students are required to participate as a group in two seminars each semester, and may register for other courses at each university according to their own personal inclinations. Additionally, students are required to participate in learning trips both in the United States and in Israel that are organized according to themes relevant to relations between social and national groups, their connection to the land/state/country, and the establishment and maintenance of a conscious and active civil society.

In the current political atmosphere it appears that there is an even greater need for such attempts to reach a mutual understanding between young people who belong to allegedly irreconcilable camps. Even if we can help only a few bright young Americans, Israeli Jews and Palestinians study together about the complexities and conundrums of the conflict, while simultaneously finding that that they can collectively discuss them, empathize with each other’s dilemmas, anxieties, and hopes, we will have progressed toward building and enriching a more knowledgeable and open-minded future leadership in both countries. Nothing binds people together more productively than learning together, and there is no better method than hearing other people’s views.

If you are a B.A student from Brown University interested in joining this program, please contact the academic director from Brown University:

Prof. Omer Bartov:

English-Language Graduate Program in Chinese Studies

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Courses in English, 2019/20 School Year (Second Semester)

Abrahamic Religions

1. Reuven Amitai. Christians, Jews, Samaritans, Muslims: Cultural Encounters and

   Religious conversion in Medieval Palestine

2. Davif Flatto. Covenantal Idea in Jewish Thought

3. Oded Irshai and Paula Fredrikson. Contesting the Land: Late Antiquity Jews and

    Christians in Roman Palestine in Dialogue and Polemics (HU calendar)

4. Eli Lederhendler. Religion and Politics in American Jewry

5. Nili Wazana. Hevel: Studies in the Book of Quhelet

6. Esther Chazon. The Dead Sea Scrolls

7. Daniel Schwartz. From Pompey to the Destruction of the Second Temple: Rome,

   Judea and Josephus

8. Ron Shaham. Islam: Belief, Law, and State (Rothberg)

9. Maren Neihoff, Origen's newly discovered Homilies on Psalms in Late Antique

   Palaestinailies (HU calendar)

10. Wayne Horowitz, Astronomy & Historiography in Ancient Near East (HU calendar)

11. Yossi Garfinkel, Judah’s: The First Two Hundred Years (HU calendar)


Israel Studies

1. Jonathan Dekel-Chen. Kibbutz: Beginnings, Glory, the End?

2. Abigail Jacobson. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

3. Tamar Hess. Ethnic Memory in Israeli Literature

4. Noam Gal. The Problem of Place in Israeli Art


(Courses in this cluster available through the Faculty of Social Sciences)

5. Arie Kacowicz, Negotiating Middle East Peace  

6. Laura Verton, Religion and State in Israel: Historical and Philosophical


7. Yuval Benziman, Dialogue, Narratives, Identities and Conflict Resolution



Courses that run according with HU calendar end in mid-late June. Students from the following North American Universities: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Chicago, Berkeley, Stanford and Toronto, as well as those from Oxford University, are eligible to enroll even if they expect to leave the country earlier and miss the last two or three classes. They will require to submit instead a short assignment.

Information on language courses for incoming students

Visiting students are most welcome to join language courses at the Hebrew University Language Center. The Language Center offers courses in eight modern languages: French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese and Arabic (MSA).  Learning outcomes correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), reflecting what learners can do in the language. All courses are conducted exclusively in the target language, and equal emphasis is placed on reception and on production.

All inquiries regarding course credit and transcripts should be directed to the relevant coordinator of the host degree-program.

Prerequisites for every language course are listed in the course catalogue. Visiting students with prior knowledge should consult with the Language Center regarding placement.


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