The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI)
This fall semester study abroad program sends third year Penn Law students to Hebrew University, the flagship of legal research and education in Israel.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the oldest and most reputable university in Israel. Their law faculty (established in 1949) was the first at an Israeli university. Most of the leadership of the Israeli legal system, including most past and present Supreme Court Justices, have graduated from this law faculty or taught at HUJI. Two students from Penn Law will be nominated annually for this newly established exchange program.
While most classes are taught in Hebrew, many classes are offered in English each academic year. The teaching program in English was developed in conjunction with Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School. The Faculty of law offers an outstanding assortment of classes specializing in International Law and Human Rights, and this collaboration offers students participating in the exchange program a broad choice of courses in English.
Prior to their departure, students must ensure they are on track to complete the necessary upper-level semester hours to meet their JD degree requirements. Penn Law students will receive up to 12 credits for their semester at Hebrew.
Students will be given registration instructions approximately one month before the start of the academic semester, and register via email with the administrative coordinator. During the first two weeks of the semester, students can also add and drop courses.
Below is a sample of English-language courses offered in Fall 2019:
- Israel and International Law (7 weeks)
- Introduction to the Law of Israel (7 weeks)
- International Regulation of Trade and Investment (8 weeks)
- Human Dignity in Comparative Perspective (7 weeks)
- The Laws of War (8 session intensive in December)
- Human Rights and the Law of Territory (4 sessions in Oct/Nov)
- Health Policy (5 sessions December/early January)
- Contracts: The Economic Structure of Transactions and Contracting (5 sessions December/early January)
- Mergers and Acquisitions - From Theory to Practice (5 session in November)
- International Dispute Settlements (4 sessions in November)
- National Security and Individual Rights (5 sessions in November)
- Autonomy and Responsibility (4 sessions in December)
Grading and Evaluation
The intensive English‐language courses at the Hebrew University are usually based on a take‐home assignment of 5‐8 pages. As at Penn Law, larger courses include various assignments and a final exam, with the grade mainly based on that exam. (Note: end of term in-class exams are not viable for exchange students due to the academic calendar.) Seminars mainly rely on an extensive seminar paper.
Grades are given on a numerical scale of 0-100. A grade of 60 and above is passing. All classes must be taken for a grade (i.e., not pass/fail) but will not be factored into your Penn Law GPA.
The fall semester runs from mid-October to mid-January.
A 3-day orientation program for international students will take place one week prior to the start of the semester. During the orientation students will be given tours of The Hebrew University campus, The Supreme Court and the city of Jerusalem. Academic information regarding courses and regulations will be provided as well.
Student housing is provided to all exchange students in the Mount Scopus Student Village. All students are guaranteed student housing.
The Office of Student Activities (OSA) is responsible for organizing extracurricular programs specifically designed to introduce students to Israel – its people, geography, culture and politics. OSA employs a team of specially selected students (called madrichim), who reside in the dormitories, to assist international students in adjusting to campus life at the Hebrew University
Cost of Living
Students’ requirements can vary significantly, depending on how much is spent on housing, travel and living expenses. If staying in the student village, the cost per room is estimated at $500 per month, with an additional $150 per month for utilities. For students choosing to purchase HUJI health insurance policy, the cost is approximately $1.50 a day. Students are advised to plan up to $400 per month for food, $100 for local travel, and $200-$400 for entertainment and supplies. Students are not required to purchase books. Students can estimate an overall budget of approximately $1500 per month.
An optional (prior to semester) intensive course for Hebrew language instruction is offered during the summer break. This course is at an additional cost for exchange students.
It is mandatory that all students participating in programs of one semester or longer secure a Student Visa (A-2) before arriving in Israel. The A2 visa is a multiple-entry student visa (making it possible to leave Israel for a vacation and return without requiring a new visa) valid for up to one year. Recipients of this visa are not permitted to work in Israel. You must appear in person at the Israeli embassy or consulate to apply for a student visa.
Health and Safety
All students at the Hebrew University, including part-time and external students, must have health insurance coverage for the period of their studies. Unless otherwise noted, all non-Israeli full-time students can purchase health insurance for the period of their program, provided they meet the criteria.
Please review the Health and Safety information available on the Penn Global Support Services website. Details on Travel Warnings, if relevant, are posted under International Travel Guidance.
Disability Access and Special Needs
The Hebrew University has an Accessibility Services Center that provides on- and off-campus resources and assistance for those with disabilities. The website is in Hebrew, but you can email the center directly or ask the Office of Student Life for translation assistance. The university reserves space for students with disabilities in all lecture halls and maintains an FM system for those with hearing disabilities. They provide an accessibility map of the Mount Scopus campus.
Contact Info for Foreign Institution
International Programs Coordinator
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel
Phone + 972 2 5880044