Academic Year 2020-2021

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During the 2020-21 academic year, the Hebrew University plans to adopt creative hybrid learning scenarios when this will be permitted by the Ministry of Health. These will include small group settings, classrooms large enough to allow physical distancing between students, virtual study tours, and a flexible balance between on-campus and online learning. The goal is to offer students an in-person experience at the Hebrew University as much as possible. However, as long as the Ministry of Health’s guidelines require us to do so, we are offering a completely virtual program, including synchronous and asynchronous components to accommodate students in Jerusalem and around the globe.

The academic year has opened with distance teaching and learning through Zoom. We hope that during the first semester we will be able to start teaching in classrooms on campus, and we are continuing to prepare for this technologically. In the meantime, we encourage meetings among students, presence on campus and in dormitories and shared social activities, which are essential for our wellbeing and academic success – all, of course, while adhering to the health guidelines. There are dedicated learning complexes on campuses, designed to allow meetings in ventilated spaces with the infrastructure required for online learning, alongside the regular learning spaces on campus. As the health situation in Israel improves, we will return to a hybrid study format that combines studying on campus with online studies.

Some courses will be held on campus as soon as this will be allowed by the health guidelines – mainly practical or clinical training courses and laboratory courses. Students will be notified by their departments when they will be able to attend classes on campus. Students enrolled in these courses who are not able to study on campus for health reasons (e.g., because they are in quarantine or isolation or belong to a risk group), will receive an exemption from the obligation to attend the course physically on campus.

Due to the fact that the current semester has begun with distance learning, all lessons will be taped and the recordings can be used by the students taking the course. The recordings are only available to students who are registered for the course and may not be used for any purpose other than learning in that course. Students may not tape lessons independently without the instructor’s consent. Teachers were instructed to discuss the issue of taping with the students and may prevent recording.

We recommend that students live in the university dorms or rent a place in the city where they are studying (Jerusalem or Rehovot), because social interaction is beneficial even if most classes are online. Moreover, libraries, computer centers and study areas will hopefully be open.

All on-campus activities will scrupulously comply to Ministry of Health guidelines, including submitting health declarations when entering the campus (using a special app) and wearing face masks. The university’s security staff is authorized to enforce these guidelines and fine anybody who violates them, and to restrict gatherings on campus according to the relevant guidelines.

Academic calendar 2020-21

Fall Semester: October 18, 2020 – January 22, 2021
Spring Semester: March 14 – June 30, 2021
Summer Semester: July 19 – September 20, 2021

Rothberg International School academic year

Please note that there is a difference between the academic calendar of the RIS undergraduate program and the general Hebrew University academic calendar. Undergraduate students should take into consideration that if they wish to take courses at RIS as well as in faculties, their semester might be extended by an additional month. RIS Undergraduate / RIS Graduate

Maintaining healthy and safe campuses

 

 

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In accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines, the Hebrew University students are returned back to campuses.

Starting April 4, 2021, we will transition to teaching that will take place mostly in classrooms on campus. Attendance in classrooms, teaching labs and practical or clinical training will be limited to those with a green pass only (the green pass is granted to persons who have been vaccinated with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or who are recovering/recovered from COVID-19). Entry to the campus will be allowed also to those who do not have a green pass, by presenting an up-to-date negative result on a COVID-19 test.

A significant part of the lessons will be held in “parallel teaching” format due to limitations regarding class attendance for those with a green pass only and a limit of up to 300 students per lecture hall (and 75% of the maximum number of seats in the class). Therefore, a minority of students enrolled in the class will participate remotely.

Entry to campus is restricted to those who have a green pass or who present an up-to-date COVID-19 negative test.

 

However, entry to classrooms will be restricted to those with a green pass only.

All measures are being taken to ensure that all six Hebrew University campuses remain safe and clean, issuing restrictions meant to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection. These include:

  • Restrictions on the number of people in every space
  • Everyone must wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times while on campus (except when a person is by themselves in a room or in cases where two employees are always together in the same room)
  • Keeping a distance of 2 meters (6 ft.) between people at all times
  • Frequent cleaning and sanitizing of the work environment. Sanitation stations and hand sanitizer dispensers are spread out all over the campuses and in the offices used by students and faculty.
  • Additional guidelines are posted at the entrance to every facility.

All students and faculty are requested to heed all Purple Badge instructions while they are on a Hebrew University campus.

 

On campus or online?

The 2020-2021 academic year started with virtual learning as a result of Minister of Health guidelines.  Starting April 4, 2021, we will transition to teaching that will take place mostly in classrooms on campus. Attendance in classrooms, teaching labs and practical or clinical training will be limited to those with a green pass only (the green pass is granted to persons who have been vaccinated with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or who are recovering/recovered from COVID-19). Entry to the campus will be allowed also to those who do not have a green pass, by presenting an up-to-date negative result on a COVID-19 test.  However, entry to classrooms will be restricted to those with a green pass only.

A significant part of the lessons will be held in “parallel teaching” format due to limitations regarding class attendance for those with a green pass only and a limit of up to 300 students per lecture hall (and 75% of the maximum number of seats in the class). Therefore, a minority of students enrolled in the class will participate remotely.

Entry to campus is restricted to those who have a green pass or who present an up-to-date COVID-19 negative test.

 

 

HUJI Innovate

HUJI Innovate, the Hebrew University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, serves as a platform to encourage and assist students, faculty and alumni to develop their innovation and entrepreneurship skills. It also serves as a catalyst for venture creation processes to solve real-world problems. 

HUJI Innovate offers a variety of programs, events and courses specially designed for international students at the Hebrew University. The goal is to connect international students to the Israeli ecosystem, introduce them to entrepreneurial skills and mindset and connect them to the wider university community. We want to give non-Hebrew speakers the opportunity to receive rich and useful content in order to make the most of their time at the Hebrew University.

HUJI Innovate offers an English online introductory course (3 credits, including an online course and practical field workshop) on Innovation and Entrepreneurship which allows participants to learn the fundamentals and how they can help themselves become more future proof in their careers. In an age where technology is creating disruption in the world of work, all university graduates need to prepare themselves. The course will focus on how innovation and entrepreneurial skills can be developed and enhanced and will look at the world of entrepreneurship and how it can be relevant for each and every one of the participants, no matter what their background.

In conjunction with the course, international students will take part in a hands-on workshop where they will learn skills and have the opportunity to develop their ideas in a practical fashion, along with other like-minded students.

For more information, please contact: Yotamz@innovate.huji.ac.il and Keshet@innovate.huji.ac.il

Registration for 2021-2022

For information about registering to study at the Hebrew University, contact the Information Center: contactus@mail.huji.ac.il or visit the International Office website here