IFSA Rothberg International School Partnership

Jerusalem, Israel


Fall, Spring
Language of Instruction

Arabic, English, Hebrew

Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: April 15
  • Spring: October 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About Rothberg International School Partnership

In addition to IFSA's signature Diversity and Coexistence offering in Jerusalem, students may choose to enroll in the full range of courses taught in English through the Rothberg International School.

Rothberg International School Partnership Benefits

  • Those who prefer an alternative to the Diversity and Coexistence program may enroll in other undergraduate programs at Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (RIS), one of the Middle East's most prestigious universities
  • Take elective courses taught in English
  • Live and learn near Mount Scopus in the ancient city of Jerusalem, located within easy access to transportation, supermarkets, shopping, and eateries
  • IFSA orientation covering important health, safety, and security topics pertaining to Israel
  • Enjoy suite-style living with single bedrooms, living room, kitchen and bathroom facilities, air conditioning, laundry facilities
  • Outside of the classroom, you will participate in co-curricular activities designed to engage you with diverse communities and interrogate theories of identity and coexistence
  • Develop artistic abilities through unique art, music, and dance programs — or gain experience in international relations, human rights, and more

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at Rothberg International School Partnership

General Study students continue with a language course during the semester, which is worth 6 Butler University credits. Since the majority of courses taught within RIS are worth 3 Butler University credits, general study students normally take three additional courses each semester in order to be enrolled in a full course load.

This program is based on the total immersion in constant and exclusive use of Arabic in its native social and cultural environment. The focus will be on Modern Standard Arabic, which is the formal language used in books, newspapers, news broadcasts and formal speeches throughout the Arab world. Students also will learn the foundations of the dialect spoken in the Palestinian areas of the Middle East.

The ArtJerusalem program combines artistic training at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem with RIS courses and language study. Students can choose from the following tracks: Art Specialization, Art Exposure or Art Academic or they can request to study in one of the following Bezalel art departments: architecture, ceramic and glass design, fine arts, industrial design, jewelry and fashion, photography, screen-based arts, and visual communications.

Students interested in dance have the opportunity to study on this unique joint program between the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and RIS. DanceJerusalem allows students to train in the areas of classical ballet, contemporary dance (including Ohad Naharin's Gaga), choreography, repertoire and improvisation. Students create, rehearse and perform works with outstanding Israeli composers and choreographers, as well as take elective courses through RIS.

The Spring in Jerusalem Honors Program is for students in their third or fourth year with a GPA of at least 3.7. This program allows students to study together with Israelis in advanced level courses taught in English.

Jerusalem Sounds is an exciting program that allows students to participate in a comprehensive music program in addition to taking classes offered at RIS. Jerusalem Sounds is a joint program with the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) and RIS. Students enroll in courses on Israeli music, electives in either choir, orchestra, or chamber music, and receive individual lessons from JAMD faculty.

Pre-semester Language (5 U.S. semester credits): Intensive Hebrew language study on four levels, Aleph to Dalet (Beginners to Lower-Advanced) and Heh and Vav (Advanced and Upper-Advanced). Arabic instruction is available on three levels for both Modern Standard Arabic (formal literary Arabic) and Amia (colloquial Palestinian Arabic). Arabic beginning in fall 2017.

Select 3 electives, or 1 elective plus an intensive Arabic or Hebrew language course for a total of 9 credits. Not all electives may be offered in a given semester depending on enrollment and faculty availability. OTHER ELECTIVE OPTIONS  (3 U.S. semester credits each)
  • Independent Study: The purpose of Independent Study is to afford the motivated student an opportunity to pursue an area of study in his/her major which is not available in the normal framework of the Undergraduate Study Abroad Program. Applicants for such study are expected to develop a sound rationale for their individual research project. Independent Study requires faculty guidance and must reflect an intensive research project.
  • Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context: In addition to required and elective courses, Alliance students may participate in an exciting online course with a global cohort from IFSA locations around the world. Enrolling in this course brings your course load to, or above, 18 U.S. semester credit hours and requires approval from your study abroad advisor. Through a creative online format, this course facilitates active engagement with your host community, exploration of cultural identity and examination of diversity in the context of political, economic and sociocultural structures. Students cover topics such as intercultural communication skills, intercultural learning theories, tools for intercultural analysis and the development of personal strategies for engaging with differences of any kind following the study abroad experience. This course is ideal for students who seek transferable skills and specific competencies for successful work in the global marketplace. The asynchronous course format allows you to take part in online discussions, post responses, review peer contributions, submit your assignments, read materials and watch instructor videos at the time of day (or night) that best suits your personal schedule. Check out the course outline and course syllabus.
Course Restrictions
Fall semester participants will be required to stay until the end of January in order to complete the semester. Spring semester students and students studying for the academic year must stay until the end of June. Students who elect to take these and other Hebrew University courses outside of the standard Rothberg International School (RIS) and IFSA/Alliance options, which requires them to stay beyond the published program dates, may encounter an additional housing supplemental fee.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA/Alliance will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at Rothberg International School Partnership
Arabic Cultural Studies Dance Hebrew Human Rights Jewish Studies Media/Multimedia Studies Middle Eastern Studies Music Studies Peace/Conflict Studies Political Science Psychology Religious Studies Sociology

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
Meals are not included in the program fee, although some group meals are provided during orientation and other events. All accommodations are self-catering. No meal plans are available, though numerous student-friendly cafeterias and restaurants are available on and near campus.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Monica Wasserbach

Resident Director Israel Programs

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Academic Affairs Director

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Heather Young

Associate Director for Academic Affairs

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Dates and Fees

Spring 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 19, 2018
Program End Date
June 8, 2018

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
August 15, 2018
Program End Date
December 27, 2018

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Any courses taught at Hebrew University outside Rothberg International School (RIS) or in conjunction with other Jerusalem institutions may require students to stay longer than the published program end date and therefore may be subject to a supplemental housing fee. Please contact your program advisor to determine whether this pertains to you.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs