Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (or הַאוּנִיבֶרְסִיטָה הַעִבְרִית בְּיְרוּשָׁלַיִם‎, abbreviated HUJI) is a public research university, established in 1918. With three campuses in Jerusalem and one in Rehovot, HUJI is home to the world’s largest Jewish Studies Library and around one-third of all the doctoral candidates in Israel.

HUJI website

Who can go?

Postgraduate research students in the School of Divinity.

Available places may vary from year to year depending on the exchange balance. If you undertake a placement within the Erasmus+ programme, its duration must be a minimum of three months to be eligible for funding.


How to apply

Postgraduate research students in the School of Divinity interested in studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) should:

  • identify a potential supervisor at HUJI who will be able to supervise you for the duration of your study abroad placement
  • provide evidence as to why you would benefit from a visiting studentship
  • be in good standing as doctoral student
  • complete the Postgraduate Divinity study abroad application (Word)and email your application to the Global Office team at studyabroad@st-andrews.ac.uk.

If you are selected to participate in this exchange, St Andrews will nominate you to HUJI. You will be required to complete the partner's application for admission by the deadline.

Current students can contact study abroad coordinators to find out more. 

Your studies

Please note that there is currently an additional fee for Hebrew and Arabic courses.

The academic year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem runs from the middle of October to the start of June and is divided into Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Arrival days, orientation and the introduction programme are scheduled during the last two weeks of August (Semester 1) or the Friday before the start of Semester 2.

You should check the Graduate Academic Calendar. Fee-paying Intensive Hebrew and Arabic classes may also be offered before the start of the semester.

Passports and visas

You should ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your trip, and for at least six months after you return to the UK. You should scan your passport and keep a copy for your records.

Israel has visa exemptions with many countries for visits of up to 90 days. As your stay should be longer than three months, you should consider HUJI’s visa advice and apply for a visa.

If you are an international student who has a visa to study in the UK, and you have any questions about the implications of studying or working abroad whilst matriculated at St Andrews, you should consult Student Services by emailing advint@st-andrews.ac.uk. You can also check the passports and visas page for further information.

About the University

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has 23,500 students, nearly 1,000 researchers and has a strong reputation for its excellent research, technology transfer and prominent alumni. It was founded in 1918, with its first Board of Governors including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud.

The Faculty of Humanities is based on the Mount Scopus campus, overlooking the city of Jerusalem. Its areas of emphasis include the languages, history and cultures of the Jewish people, the Middle-East, the West and Asia. The nearby National Library of Israel contains the world’s largest collection of Hebraica, more than 5 million books and the personal papers of Martin Buber, Gershom Scholem, Albert Einstein and other leading figures. The Rothberg International School, also based at Mount Scopus, offers degree courses, programmes, support services and activities for international students.


As an exchange student, you will not pay tuition fees to your host university, and will only be liable for your normal St Andrews tuition fees.

Our exchange with Hebrew University of Jerusalem is supported by the Erasmus+ Programme. Depending on availability, students are eligible for an Erasmus+ Mobility grant – provided by the European Commission of the European Union and paid through the University of St Andrews – which contributes towards the extra costs arising from studying or working abroad for credit. Erasmus+ grants are externally funded, and therefore the University of St Andrews cannot guarantee funding will be available in any given year.

External scholarships may be available for Study Abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The British Friends of Hebrew University offer grants to students attending HUJI, including on summer and study abroad programmes. MASA scholarships are also available for study abroad placements. Diaspora Jews under 36 years old are usually eligible for a MASA grant, and may also apply for a need-based scholarships. The Council for British Research in the Levant also offer travel grants to doctoral students. You should check the websites of these organisations for the latest eligibility and application information. Please note that these scholarships are externally funded, and therefore the University of St Andrews cannot guarantee funding will be available in any given year.

Research Council students should make sure that they have their funding body’s permission to study abroad, notifying them particularly for any mobility grants that they may be receiving.

HUJI provides information about the estimated costs of living in Jerusalem.


HUJI offers a range of accommodation, including family housing and short-term housing. Upgraded rooms and apartments are available for postgraduates. Further information is available at the HUJI Dorms website.

The University of St Andrews is unable to guarantee housing at any partner institution.

Travel and transport

Ben Gurion International airport is the nearest airport to HUJI, and transfers take about one hour. There are shared taxi (Nesher sherut), private taxi and bus options.  The Mount Scopus bus terminus is located in a tunnel under the central buildings of that campus. A high-speed train also takes passengers to the Yitzhak Navon station in central Jerusalem, and you can then use a variety of transport options to travel to the campus. 

The easiest way to get around Jerusalem is using the bus system and light rail. You can use the Rav-Kav multi-use smartcard on public transport. Discounted fares and passes are available for students. There is also a free shuttle bus between the Mount Scopus campus and the Edmond J. Safra (Givat Ram) campus.

Student support

The HUJI International Office provides support and advice to international students. The Rothberg International School provides orientation events, support services, advice and academic courses for exchange and international students. Its Office for Student Life and its Student Life Coordinators develop and promote social, cultural and academic extracurricular activities, and help you get used to life in Israel. Students are advised to attend the Rothberg International School’s orientation events.

The HUJI Student Union, Agudat Hastudentim, offers services and activities, and has a coordinator for international students. The Office for Student Life and the HUJI Student Union run a joint program called Mehubarim, which provides activities to connect local and international students.

The Rothberg International School offers the opportunity to learn Modern Hebrew. Intensive courses in Modern Hebrew are offered before the start of autumn and spring semesters. There is a fee for these courses. Free Modern Hebrew courses are also offered during the semester.

The Accessibility Unit in the Dean of Students Office provides support services, information and assistance to disabled students at HUJI.  Further information and support is also available at the Rothberg International School’s Diversity and Inclusion page. The information for some university services may be in Hebrew, but you can usually email the centres directly in English or ask the Office for Student Life at the Rothberg International School for translation.


Global Office
University of St Andrews
Bute Building
Westburn Lane
St Andrews
KY16 9TS

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2245
Email: studyabroad@st-andrews.ac.uk