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Relevant contact details at the Hebrew University

24/7 emergency hot line: +972-(0)548820217

  1. Office of Student Lifemadrichimlife@savion.huji.ac.il
  2. Academic issues: (such as absence from classes or exams) please contact your department office.
  3. Dormitory coordinators in Jerusalem and reisfeld.residence@mail.huji.ac.il in Rehovot.
  4. Entry to Israel issues:
  • For the following graduate programs:
    Bible and the Ancient Near East, Jewish Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Israel Studies, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Smart Cities and Urban Informatics, International StartUp 360° MBA, Human Rights & International Law, Human Rights & Transitional Justice –
    Contact Amy Seroussi, Graduate Admissions Coordinator at Rothberg International  School  gradmiss@savion.huji.ac.il 
  • For visiting research fellow programs and independent research fellow programs:
    Contact Amy Seroussi, Graduate Admissions Coordinator at Rothberg International  School  gradmiss@savion.huji.ac.il 
  • For all programs at the Faculty of Agriculture:
    Contact Mahyan Gon, Faculty of Agriculture mahyang@savion.huji.ac.il
  • For Rothberg International School students:
  • General Assistance at International Office: Ms. Anaelle Ben Soussan – Email: intloffice@savion.huji.ac.il
  • General Visa Assistance at International Office : Ms. Gal Lombrozo – Email: Gallom@savion.huji.ac.il
  1. Incoming student exchange students: Ayala Feinmesser-Mizrahi , Erasmus+ and Agreements Coordinator at the International Office – ayalafm@savion.huji.ac.il
     
  2. Outgoing student exchange students: Liat Gabai at liatg@savion.huji.ac.il for outgoing students to Europe or to the rest of the world at  outgoing@savio.huji.ac.il
  3. HUJI Innovation activities for international students: Yotamz@innovate.huji.ac.il and Keshet@innovate.huji.ac.il
  4. General questions related to the coronavirus – Please contact Gil Chaim Amit, Senior Assistant to the Vice President and CEO: Gilha@savion.huji.ac.il
  5. International Info Center for prospective students: contactus@mail.huji.ac.il Tel: +972-2-5882222

Covid-19 guidelines in Israel

Frequently asked questions about Covid-19 answered on the Ministry of Health website may be found here.

Is the university complying with all Ministry of Health?

The university is strictly following all directives issued by the Ministry of Health, and is in daily contact with officials at the Ministry of Health in order to receive instructions.

How safe will I be on campus and in Jerusalem in light of Covid-19?

 

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.

 

From the very start of Covid-19, Israel has acted swiftly and decisively, taking strict measures in order to contain the spread of the virus within its borders. Throughout this period, communication has been clear, transparent and easily accessible.

The Hebrew University is committed to complying with the Ministry of Health’s ‘Purple Badge’ regulations. Employees and students have adopted many preventive measures, including filling out daily health reports, taking the temperature of everyone entering the campus, meticulous hygiene and disinfection practices, mandatory masks, and consuming food and beverages in private as opposed to public spaces. The campus community is wholly dedicated to the collective health and wellbeing of all of its members, you included! We are confident that you will be safe under our university Covid-19 safety measures.

What support can I expect to receive at the Hebrew University?

Student support has always been a priority for us, long before Covid-19. Our students benefit from Student Life Coordinators who are available around the clock, to help tackle anything from the smallest of challenges to the unanticipated crisis. Medical services, mental health care, housing or roommate issues, quarantine support, navigating the city of Jerusalem, shopping and necessities—these are just some of the many areas for which our Student Life Coordinators provide support and care. Despite social distancing, you’ll find that you are never alone, and that there’s always someone here who can help.  

I had to cancel my flight - What should I do to get a refund?

I had to cancel a flight that was for academic purposes. I paid for the flight with my own money. What should I do to get a refund?

You should contact the travel office, airline or hotel and ask for a refund. If the vendor does not approve a refund, we recommend that you consult the university’s legal office by e-mail: Legaladv@savion.huji.ac.il.

Will I have to go into quarantine upon arrival?

 

The Israeli Government requires all incoming students who are arriving to Israel to enter a 14-day self-quarantine period upon arrival.

Students who have recovered from COVID-19 in Israel and were registered in the Israeli Ministry of Health recovered patients’ database, or were vaccinated with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 7 days have passed since the second dose, and if registered in Israeli Ministry of Health vaccinated people database

Passengers who recovered or received the vaccine abroad must go into isolation upon arrival; but they can apply for an exemption if:

  • they take a serological test in one of the Ministry of Health accredited laboratories
  • the serological test result is positive, they must apply for an exemption from isolation by filling out the online form. Applicants must attach the positive serological test result taken in Israel, in addition to documents of any positive PCR test, antibody test or serological test taken abroad, which show infection with coronavirus or an officially certified confirmation of recovery.

Self-quarantine must be completed in a university-allocated location that has been pre-approved by the Ministry of Health, with the exception of married couples/families who are permitted to undergo quarantine in their private apartments.  

It is permitted for students to self-quarantine in shared apartments of up to 6 persons. There are several options available (Student Village, Bet Maiersdorf Faculty House, Bet Reisfeld Faculty Club – for Faculty of Agriculture Students).

Please note that students will be assigned to a spot based on availability. We will make every effort to accommodate specific requests and ask for the understanding of students in the event that their dorm allocation differs from their original request.

The university will assist students throughout their quarantine with food supplies and meals.  During this period, students who develop symptoms will be relocated from their shared apartment to a newly allocated room.

Students will be required to:

  1. Sign a HUJI consent form regarding self-quarantine regulations
  2. Self-report on quarantine to the Ministry of Health, via the scanning of the QR code on their entry permit (Guidance and help will be provided at the airport on arrival)
  3. Self-report on quarantine via the HUJI website.

The University has designated Covid-19 contact persons in the case of queries and emergencies.

mation about housing accommodation options for quarantine will be sent to you after you complete the pre-arrival information form and provide all required documents to you relevant contact person at HUJI.  More information on who to contact here.  

Will I receive a refund if I cancel my participation?

You will receive a full refund of your housing reservation and health insurance (if you have purchased a health insurance policy through HUJI). Please be in contact with your faculty for further details.

Is there anything I should consider more carefully before finalizing my travel plans?

Obviously, your travel plans require booking flights, travel insurance, visas and of course, packing your suitcase. 

- Flights: We recommend that you make sure to thoroughly review the refund policy of your chosen airline prior to purchasing your flight ticket.   

 

- Health Insurance -It is mandatory for all international incoming students to purchase “Harel Yedidim with Kupat Holim Clalit” health Insurance, which includes Covid-19 coverage, prior to arrival.

- Entry into Israel: Read carefully here about the procedure for arriving in Israel during Covid-19. Obviously, check that your passport is valid, and that you have a valid visa/entry permit. In addition, be sure to print out a copy of your official letter of acceptance, and travel with it in your carry-on baggage, as you may be asked to present this at passport control.

- Travel from Airport to Self-Quarantine:  On arrival in Israel, please note that it is mandatory to arrive to the self-quarantine facility individually, in a private taxi with no more than one additional passenger, or with nuclear family members. Travel by public transportation from the airport is strictly forbidden.

I have to go into isolation. Whom should I notify?

Besides notifying the Ministry of Health, faculty and students who are in isolation must inform the university here

I live in a dorm, a roommate was required to stay in isolation.

Inside your house, if isolation is well maintained, Ministry of Health guidelines do not require everyone in the house to adopt full isolation measures.

Will my classes take place on campus or online?  

 

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.

 

How will I make friends if I have to practice social distancing?

We know that your experience here will encompass so much more than your academic studies, and we are busy creating innovative and engaging social opportunities that will facilitate connections, while maintaining effective distancing measures to allow you to socialize safely. Covid-19 or not, students benefit from a wide range of in-person and virtual extracurricular activities geared to bringing them together in the vibrant and diverse city of Jerusalem. Once you arrive, our Student Life team will be here to greet you, to show you the ropes, and to share information about the many exciting activities we have planned for you and your peers.  

I am immune compromised and am afraid to come to classes. What should I do?

All classes in the 2021-22 academic year can be attended also remotely. You can find material and aides on the subject of online learning here.

Is the university complying with Ministry of Health directives?

The university is strictly following all directives issued by the Ministry of Health, and is in daily contact with officials at the Ministry of Health in order to receive instructions.