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Jerusalem Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Hebrew language, Arabic language, anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, history, international relations, literature, philosophy, politics, religious studies, sociology.

Host Institution
Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Program Dates
Spring semester: mid-January to mid-June.

Faculty Liaison
Lynn Rapaport

Situated at the crossroads of East and West, Jerusalem is a city of powerful religious, political, and historical contrasts. Sacred to three of the world’s religions, Jerusalem’s shrines, temples, mosques, churches, and archaeological treasures create a philosophical and spiritual atmosphere which, combined with the many market places and active street life, demonstrate the unique makeup of this fascinating city.

The first university in the new nation of Israel, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem fulfills an important role in preparing Israelis to meet their nation’s current political and cultural challenges. As the university’s international arm, the Rothberg International School offers an opportunity for students from around the world to study various disciplines with a Jewish or Islamic focus. Located on the Mount Scopus campus, the Rothberg International School provides a base from which students can explore the cultural riches of Jerusalem.

Academic Program

Before the spring semester at Hebrew University begins, students enroll in the winter Ulpan, an intensive Hebrew language course (0.75 Pomona course credits). During the academic semester, Pomona requires students to enroll in  courses totaling a minimum of 15 Hebrew University credits. One of these courses must be a Hebrew language course (1 Pomona course credit), and students choose three electives (0.75 Pomona course credits each). One elective must be in Jewish or Israeli studies.

Students with a minimum of a 10.5 GPA may apply to the "Spring in Jerusalem" Honors Program. For this program, students enroll in the winter Ulpan, and during the semester they must also take courses totaling 15 credits, including one Hebrew language course. For their electives, students take at least two courses at Hebrew University in departments taught in English. These departments include the following fields: Brain Studies, Artificial Intelligence, Environmental Studies, Game Theory, Program in Rationality, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies. Students taking courses at Hebrew University are in classes alongside Israeli students. The third elective course may be taken either at Hebrew University or at Rothberg International School. This program runs through the end of June. See link for Spring in Jerusalem at the end of this section.

Living Arrangements

Spring semester participants will be placed in dormitory housing, if available; otherwise, they will be housed in private apartments located with the assistance of Hebrew University.

Number of Students

Approximately 3–6 Pomona students. Total semester group approximately 350. The Rothberg School’s enrollment is 1,200. Hebrew University’s enrollment is 24,000.


9.0 GPA required.

Internet Link

For Spring in Jerusalem:

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