International Master Programs

We invite you to study in English at the International School of Agricultural Sciences at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, one of the world's leading institutions.  The Faculty of Agriculture is the only institution in Israel offering MSc degrees in plant sciences, nutritional sciences, animal sciences, environmental quality sciences, and viticulture and enology. The International MSc programs lead to fully-accredited, world-recognized Hebrew University degrees. 

We offer both one-year programs and two-year programs, detailed below:

12-month MSc non-thesis degrees: Plant Sciences; Environmental Quality Sciences; Nutritional Sciences; Animal Sciences

These 12-month, non-thesis programs are comprised of state-of-the-art theory, scientific approach and practical application. A broad curriculum prepares students to become highly qualified professionals in their fields. The Hebrew University degree opens the door to key positions in government, private sector, NGOs, industry, advisory boards, and hospitals, as well as to PhD studies in Israel and abroad. Participation in the International MSc programs is a life-changing experience. Students benefit from a supportive academic environment while learning about Israeli society and culture, and interacting with a diverse group of international students.

Students who fulfill the requirements may be eligible to transfer to the thesis track at the Faculty after successfully completing the non-thesis track. 

Type of degree: MSc Agr or MSc Nutr - Non-thesis

Academic requirements: Plant Sciences; Environmental Quality Sciences; Nutritional Sciences; Animal Sciences
 

Duration: 12 months, comprised of fall, spring and summer semesters.
Academic year: October to September.
Program years: 
>>Nutritional Sciences and Animal Sciences are held biennially in odd-numbered years.
How to apply
>>Plant Sciences and Environmental Quality Sciences are held biennially in even-numbered years. How to apply

 

Contact us for more information: 
Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il
Ms. Miriam Elbaz: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

Two-year degree program: Master in Viticulture and Enology

Type of degree: MSc in Viticulture and Enology - Non-thesis
Duration: 2 years (4 consecutive semesters)
Academic year: March to September
Program years: Next program will open in February 2021

Contact us for more information:
Ms. Helena Dahab
Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il , Phone: +972-8-9489509

 

 

 

MSc in Plant Sciences

12 Month Master of Science Degree in Plant Sciences

Next program: October 2022 - September 2023

How to Apply

  • Learn the fundamentals of plant sciences based on the most recent scientific findings.
  • plantleafBenefit from the experience of leading scientists in plant sciences.
  • Take part in innovative, groundbreaking research in the lab.
  • Learn from the know-how of Israel’s year-round sustainable agriculture.
  • Acquire practical knowledge and hands-on experience.
  • Understand the principles of crop plant production, environmental impact of agricultural activity, and analysis of cropping systems, while seeking solutions to practical problems.
  • Enjoy an international atmosphere, site visits, field trips and cultural events.

 

 

 

Contact us for more information:

Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

 

About the Program

Academic Chair of the International MSc Program in Plant Sciences

Alon Samach, Associate Professor
The Robert H. Smith Institute for Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture
Academic Program Head, International MSc in Plant Sciences


The achievements of Israeli agriculture are renown worldwide. At its inception, the country was largely arid, rocky, and overgrown with weeds, bare mountains, barren fields, infested marshes, and an undeveloped water supply. Some of the most basic foods were imported. Today, Israel is a fertile and blooming land that exports its own agricultural products and has become a leader in irrigation systems, groundwater management, crop production, horticulture, biotechnology, biological and integrated pest control, and more. Israel's agriculture is a showcase demonstrating the ability to work with nature in order to create a friendlier environment. 

One of the key factors in Israel's agricultural success has been the close relationship between growers in the fields, research and development teams in industry, and the academic community. Constant mutual feedback makes research more responsive to real-life needs and gives those in the field the advantage of immediate access to new developments in the laboratories of academic institutions.

At the heart of this academic community is the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Hebrew University has the only Faculty of Agriculture in Israel, enjoying a unique status in the country. The Faculty acts as Israel's main source for the training of teachers, extension officers and researchers. 

The international Master of Science in Plant Sciences prepares students to become leading professionals in present and future agriculture and adapt their new knowledge to local conditions in their home countries. Students will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the scientific basis and principles of crop plant production, environmental impact of agricultural activity, analysis of specific cropping systems, seeking solutions to practical problems, either in scientific literature or by experimental approach, and adapting appropriate solutions to various situations.

The one-year program leads to a non-thesis M.Sc. Agri in the field of Plant Sciences specializing in field and vegetable crops. After successful completion of the first year, qualified graduates can be reviewed for admission to the thesis track for a second year of studies to earn a thesis degree, and continue for a PhD degree either in Israel or elsewhere. Upon completion of their studies, the majority of alumni return to their home countries, where they hold key positions in industry, education, academics, research, NGOs and government organizations. 

 

Contact us for more information:

Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

 

Academic Requirements - Plants

 

  • B.Sc. degree or equivalent from a recognized university in the field of agriculture, plant sciences, crop sciences, plant production, plant protection, agronomy, horticulture, etc.
  • Undergraduate level biochemistry.
  • GPA of 80 or above (B- on the letter scale).
  • High level of proficiency in all English skills, documented by one of the following:
    • At least 89 on the TOEFL internet-based test
    • At least 6.0 on the IELTS
    • Documentation of previous academic studies conducted in English.
  • Three letters of recommendation; at least one must be academic (not from family members).
  • Relevant experience is recommended but not mandatory.

 

Contact us for more information:

 

Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

 

 

 

 

2020-21 Plant Sciences Curriculum

Semester A

  • Plant Biochemistry

  • Biotechnology for Agricultural Crops

  • Introduction to Molecular Biology 

  • Contemporary Approaches to Plant Physiology

  • Biotechnology for Agricultural Crops

  • Practical Workshop in Crop Management (two semesters)

  • Basic Irrigation Systems

  • Experimental Design and Statistical Analyses + Practice

  • Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants

  • Integrated Pest Management

  • Scientific Writing and Presentation

  • Research Methods (three semesters)

Semester B

  • Biological Control of Agricultural Pests

  • Weed Management

  • Principles of Plant Breeding

  • Current Greenhouse Crop Production

  • Post-Harvest Biology and Technology

  • Advances in Vegetable Production

  • Environmental Microbiology

  • Seed Production

  • DNA Markers for Genetic Analysis and Breeding

  • Reproductive Biology of Fruit Crops

  • Crop Physiology and Production

Semester C

  • Research Exercise
  • Oral Seminars

 

The curriculum is subject to change.

 

Contact us for more information:

Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

 

     

     

    How to Apply to the 2022-23 MSc in Plant Sciences and MSc in Environmental Quality Sciences

    The Application Handbook and application forms will be posted in July 2021.


    Applications for admission with scholarship: November 1, 2021 - March 1, 2022

    Applications for admission: November 1, 2021 - June 1, 2022

     

     

    Contact us for more information:

    Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

    Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

     

     

    MSc in Environmental Quality Sciences

    12 Month Program in Environmental Quality Sciences

    Next program October 2022 - September 2023

    How to Apply
     

    • Understand and address the challenges of global environmental issues, such as alternative water and energy resources, water and soil pollution treatment, waste recycling, agricultural intensification, environmentally-sustainable pest control and plant protection.
    • envleaf Benefit from the experience of leading scientists in environmental quality sciences.
    • Take part in innovative, groundbreaking research in the lab.
    • Acquire practical knowledge and hands-on experience.
    • Enjoy an international atmosphere, site visits, field trips and cultural events.

     

     

     

    Contact us for more information:

    Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il  

    Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il


     

      About the Program

      Academic Chair of the International MSc Program in Environmental Quality Sciences

      Tamara

      Dr. Tamara Polubesova
      Department of Soil and Water Sciences

      About the Program

      The Master of Science in Environmental Quality Sciences prepares students to address the challenges of global environmental issues: development of alternative water and energy resources, water and soil pollution treatment, waste recycling, agricultural intensification, environmentally-sustainable pest control and plant protection, and related economics.

      The multidisciplinary program is taught by academic staff from the Robert H. Smith Faculty's Environmental Quality and Natural Resources in Agriculture department and the Agricultural Research Center's Volcani Institute. The courses cover broad areas of scientific research, such as: environmental microbiology, ecology, soil and water, economics, weed control, botany and plant protection. The common denominator of these diverse fields is the goal to understand and promote processes that affect and improve the quality of the environment and nurture a sustainable agricultural environment for future generations.

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      The one-year program leads to a non-thesis Master of Science in Agriculture majoring in Environmental Quality Sciences. After successful completion of the first year, qualified graduates can be reviewed for admission to the thesis track for a second year of studies to earn a thesis degree, and continue for a PhD degree either in Israel or elsewhere. Upon completion of their studies, the majority of alumni return to their home countries, where they hold key positions in industry, education, academics, research, NGOs and government organizations. 

       

       

      Contact us for more information:

      Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

      Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

       

      Academic Requirements - Environment

       

      • B.Sc. degree from a recognized university in a relevant field: agriculture, land and water resources, agricultural engineering, chemistry, ecology, environment, soil science, etc.
      • GPA of 80 or above (B- on the letter scale).
      • High level of proficiency in all English skills, documented by one of the following:
        • At least 89 on the TOEFL internet-based test
        • At least 6.0 on the IELTS
        • Documentation of previous academic studies conducted in English.
      • Three letters of recommendation; at least one must be academic (not from family members).
      • Relevant experience is recommended but not mandatory.

       

       

      Contact us for more information:

      Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

      Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

       

       

       

      2020-21 Environmental Quality Sciences Curriculum

      Semester A

      • Introduction to Molecular Biology

      • Water Quality Workshop

      • Experimental Design and Statistical Analyses + Practice

      • Scientific Writing and Presentation

      • Integrated Pest Management

      • Chemistry of the Environment 

      • Basic Irrigation Systems

      • Environmental Economics

      • Biotechnology for Agricultural Crops

      • Research Methods (three semesters)

      Semester B

      • Global Pollution Workshop

      • Reclaimed Water and Environmental Aspects

      • Aquatic Geochemistry 

      • Biological Control of Agricultural Pests 

      • Ecological Principles in Spatial Conservation Planning

      • Environmental Microbiology

      • Microbial Ecology of Aquaculture Systems

      • Weed Management 

      • Plant-Microbe Interactions

      • Workshop in Basic Python

      Semester C

      • Research Exercise
      • Seminar

       

        How to Apply to the 2022-23 MSc in Plant Sciences and MSc in Environmental Quality Sciences

        The Application Handbook and application forms will be posted in July 2021.

         

        Applications for admission with scholarship: November 1, 2021 - March 1, 2022

        Applications for admission: November 1, 2021 - June 1, 2022

         

         

        Contact us for more information:

        Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

        Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

         

        MSc in Nutritional Sciences (non-clinical)

        12 Month Master of Science Degree in Nutritional Sciences (non-clinical)

        How to Apply


        Next Program: October 2021 - September 2022

         

        • nutri leafLearn the fundamentals of nutritional sciences based on the most recent scientific findings.
        • Benefit from the experience of leading nutrition professionals.
        • Study global nutrition challenges and food policies.
        • Acquire practical knowledge to implement in the field.
        • Understand personalized nutrition based on nutrigenomics and the microbiome.
        • Enjoy an international atmosphere, site visits, field trips and cultural events.

        *A limited number of scholarships is available for applicants from developing countries. Selection is highly competitive. 

         

        Contact us for more information:

        Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il

        Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

         

         

        About the Program

        Academic Co-Chairs of the International MSc in Nutritional Sciences 

        aliza_stark          

        Prof. Betty Schwartz

        Dr. Aliza Stark
        Senior Faculty

         
          Prof. Betty Schwartz
        Professor of Nutritional Sciences 

         

         

        About the Program

        Nutritional and Food Sciences are rapidly expanding areas of research that are making major contributions to health promotion. As the relationship between diet and disease is better understood, advancements are being made to improve the nutritional value of foods and to increase the variety of products on the market that have added health and nutritional benefits. 

        The international Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences (non-clinical) prepares students to become leading professionals in the field of nutritional sciences and to apply their newly aquired knowledge to nutritional challenges in their home countries. Students learn the fundamentals of nutrition based on the most recent scientific findings. The program also prepare students for research and doctoral level programs.  Please note: this is not a clinical degree; it does not qualify a student to become a licensed dietitian*. 

        The one-year program leads to a non-thesis M.Sc. Nutr degree (Master of Science in Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition). After successful completion of the first year, qualified graduates may submit a request to be reviewed for admission to the thesis track for a second year of studies to earn a thesis degree, and continue for a PhD degree either in Israel or elsewhere. Following graduation, the majority of alumni return to their home countries, where they hold key positions in health and nutrition promotion, education, academics, research, NGOs and government organizations. Several of our alumni have chosen to continue their studies towards a PhD degree in programs around the world including leading universities in Canada, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan.  

        One of the key factors of the success of the program is the close relationship between the Faculty of Agriculture and clinical and public health nutritionists, along with research and development teams in the food industry and the academic community. On-going collaboration allows for access to state-of-the-art research developments in the field and innovative approaches to address practical needs. At the heart of this academic community is the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

        The Hebrew University is one of the most prominent and respected institutions in the world. As the leading Israeli institution awarding academic degrees in Nutritional and Food Sciences, the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment has a unique status in the country. Our graduates include executives in the Ministries of Health and Agriculture and leading members of the food industry. Within the Faculty, the Institute of Nutritional and Food Sciences is comprised of the School of Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Food Sciences. Institute staff include many of the principal Israeli researchers in these fields. 

        *To become a registered dietitian in Israel (RD), one must earn a bachelor's degree in dietetics, food, nutrition or a related area, complete a 6-12 month internship through the Ministry of Health, and pass a written exam which will lead to a license to practice.

         

        Contact us for more information:

        Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

        Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

         

         

         

        Academic Requirements - Nutritional Sciences (non-clinical)

        Academic Requirements for MSc in Nutritional Sciences

        • B.Sc. degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a relevant field: nutrition, food science, dietetics, biochemistry, chemistry, medicine, etc.
        • Degrees in other science fields will be considered.  
        • Undergraduate level biochemistry and molecular biology. 
        • GPA of 80 or above (B- on the letter scale).
        • High level of proficiency in all English skills, documented by one of the following:
          • At least 89 on the TOEFL internet-based test
          • At least 6.0 on the IELTS
          • Documentation of previous academic studies conducted in English.
        • Three letters of recommendation; at least one must be academic (not from family members). 
        • Relevant experience is recommended but not mandatory.

         

         

        Contact us for more information:

        Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

        Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

         

         

         

        Nutritional Sciences Curriculum

        Semester A

        • Topics in Endocrinology
        • Scientific Writing and Presentation
        • Introduction to Molecular Biology
        • Nutrition in Health and Disease
        • Experimental Design and Statistical Analyses & Practice
        • Biochemistry
        • Advanced Biochemistry
        • Maternal & Child Nutrition
        • Food Safety
        • Nutritional Epidemiology
        • Basic Immunology

        Semester B

        • Food Preparation in Health & Disease
        • Modifying Nutritional Behavior Workshop
        • Nutrition & Aging
        • Neurobiology of Feeding
        • International Public Health
        • Nutrient Gene Interactions
        • Topics in Clinical Nutrition
        • Advanced Immunology
        • Vitamins and Minerals
        • Malnutrition & its Management
        • Nutrition Insecurity & its Prevention

        Summer Semester

        • Research Methods
        • Oral Seminars

        The curriculum is subject to change.

         

        Contact us for more information:

        Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

        Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

         

         

         

        How to Apply to the 2021-22 MSc in Nutritional Sciences and MSc in Animal Sciences

         

        The online application system is now open. 

        Link for applicants: http://hsr.huji.ac.il

        Deadline: March 9, 2021 

        Technical support: support@ekmd.huji.ac.il

         

        Instructions for applying online:

        PDF icononline_application_instructions.pdf

         

         

         

        Contact us for more information:

        Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs Coordinator: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il

        Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs Coordinator: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

        MSc in Animal Sciences

        12 Month Master of Science Degree in Animal Sciences

        How to Apply


        Next Program: October 2021 - September 2022
         

        • Learn the fundamentals of animal sciences based on the most recent scientific findings
        • Understand the science behind animal sciences, animal physiology, farm animal production and the environmental impact of agricultural activity.
        • animal Benefit from the experience of leading scientists in animal sciences.
        • Take part in innovative, groundbreaking research in the lab.
        • Acquire practical knowledge and hands-on experience.
        • Enjoy an international atmosphere, site visits, field trips and cultural.


        *A limited number of scholarships is available for applicants from developing countries. Selection is highly competitive.

         

         

         

         

        Contact us for more information:

        Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il

        Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

         

         

          

         

        About the Program

        Academic Chair of the International MSc Program in Animal Sciences

        Prof. Sameer Mabjeesh

        Prof. Sameer J. Mabjeesh
        Professor, Ruminants Nutrition and Lactation Physiology

         

        About the Program

        The Master of Science in Animal Sciences aims to prepare students to become leading professionals in modern agriculture and contribute newly-acquired skills and knowledge for the benefit of agriculture in their home countries. Students will learn the fundamentals of Animal Sciences based on the most recent scientific findings and understand the “science” behind animal sciences, animal physiology, farm animal production and the environmental impact of agricultural activity. The program also prepares students for participation in doctoral-level programs.

        Following graduation, the majority of alumni return to their home countries, where many of them hold key positions in the area of governmental administration of animal production, management of farm animals, farm animal husbandry, and consultation and research in these fields in universities or private institutes. Several of our alumni have chosen to continue their studies towards a PhD degree in leading universities around the world.

        The one-year program leads to a non-thesis Master of Science in Agriculture with a major in Animal Sciences. Qualified students may apply to the thesis track for a second year of studies after completing the first year of the program.   

        Israel's advanced agriculture is most evident in the field of farm animal production. Israeli animal husbandry and management is among the most productive in the world, thanks to its sophisticated infrastructure based on the integration of science-based production methods with efficient extension services and an advanced health supporting veterinary service. The Robert H. Smith Faculty's teaching and research activities continue to play a central role in advancing agriculture to strengthen the Israeli economy while training tomorrow's scientists and agriculturists; protecting and rehabilitating the environment while increasing food production and reducing world hunger; mobilizing agriculture to meet human health needs and improving the quality and purity of agricultural products; and sharing the benefits of Israeli research and innovation with other nations.

        The Smith Faculty's Department of Animal Sciences is engaged in research at levels of the molecule, cell and organ, while maintaining a clear perspective of the farm animal as a whole. The department activities include the following thematic areas: 

        • Physiology of reproduction (ruminants, poultry and fish); 
        • Stress physiology: adaptation of farm animals to environmental and other sorts of stress (ruminants and poultry); 
        • Physiology of lactation; 
        • Growth and development as affected by environmental impact; 
        • Aquaculture: reproduction, genetics and aquatic microbiology,
        • Physiology of the digestive tract: digestive processes and their control, improvement of digestive tract development and function via embryonic manipulation, improvement of the digestive tract immune system.

         

        Contact us for more information:

        Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il

        Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

         

        Academic Requirements - Animal Sciences

         

        • B.Sc. degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a relevant field: agriculture, animal health, animal husbandry, animal production, animal science, veterinary science, etc.
        • Undergraduate level biochemistry.
        • GPA of 80 or above (B- on the letter scale).
        • High level of proficiency in all English skills, documented by one of the following:
          • At least 89 on the TOEFL internet-based test
          • At least 7.0 on the IELTS
          • Documentation of previous academic studies conducted in English.
        • Three letters of recommendation; at least one must be academic (not from family members).
        • Relevant experience is recommended but not mandatory.

         

         

        Contact us for more information:

        Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il

        Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

         

         

        Animal Sciences Curriculum

        Semester A

        • Advanced Ruminant Nutrition & Feeding

        • Nutrition in Health and Disease

        • Selected Topics in Animal Physiology

        • Topics in Endocrinology

        • Selected Topics in Animal Reproduction

        • Intro to Molecular Biology

        • Scientific Writing and Presentation

        • Experimental Design & Statistical Analyses + Practice

        • Biochemistry

        • Advanced Biochemistry

        • Basic Immunology

        Semester B

        • Biology of the Mammalian Ovary

        • Physiology of Avian Senses

        • Microbial Ecology of Aquaculture Systems

        • Nutrient Gene Interactions

        • Mammary Gland of Domestic Animals 

        • Genetics & Breeding of Farm Animals

        • Animal Health 

        • Advanced Immunology

        Semester C

        • Research Methods

        • Oral Seminars

        The curriculum is subject to change.

         

        Contact us for more information:

        Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il

        Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

         

          How to Apply to the 2021-22 MSc in Nutritional Sciences and MSc in Animal Sciences

           

           

          The online application system is now open.

          Link for applicants: http://hsr.huji.ac.il

          Deadline: March 31, 2021

          Technical support: support@ekmd.huji.ac.il

           

           

          Instructions for applying online:

          PDF icononline_application_instructions.pdf

           

           

           

           

           

          Contact us for more information:

          Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs Coordinator: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il

          Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs Coordinator: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

          FAQs International MSc Programs

          Are the programs taught in English?
          Yes. 

          Which programs do you offer? 
          Four accelerated non-thesis graduate programs in Plant Sciences, Environmental Quality Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Animal Sciences.

          Are all of the 4 programs held every year?
          Plants and Environment are held in even years; Nutrition and Animal are held in odd years. For example: In 2019-20 Nutrition and Animal; in 2020-21 Plants and Environment.

          How can I apply to a program?
          The application period for each program begins on November 1 of the previous year. For example: November 1, 2020 for the 2021-22 Nutrition and Animal programs. 
          An Application Handbook and forms are posted on our website a few months before the application period. Click here for the next application.

          How long are the programs?
          Each program is 12 months, from October to September, including a summer semester.

          What kind of degree do graduates receive?
          A non-thesis Hebrew University master’s degree in the selected field

          How can I get a thesis degree?
          During the one-year non-thesis track offered by the International School, students are assisted with finding a supervisor and then transferring to the thesis track after completing the program. The student must also meet the grade and other requirements. Click here for more information.

          Alternatively, you can apply directly to the Faculty of Agriculture's two-year thesis master degree program. The procedure is explained here. PDF iconMSc thesis track requirements and regulations.pdf

          What is the tuition?
          Tuition is approx. $10,500 per program for international students / approx. $8,400 for Israeli students/olim hadashim.

          Are there scholarships or financial aid?
          There is a partial scholarship for self-funding students and full scholarships for students from economically developing countries.  

          What do the scholarships cover?
          Partial scholarships cover part of the tuition. Full scholarships cover tuition, student visa, student dormitory, health insurance, and a living stipend. 

          Apart from tuition, what other expenses should I anticipate?
          Application fee, round-trip airfare, visa fees, health insurance, housing, and living expenses. Including tuition, the entire year would cost approximately $30,000-40,000 depending on your lifestyle.

          I applied to one of the programs and was not offered a scholarship. I cannot afford the costs. What can I do now?
          Research the Internet for other sources, for example: https://intschool.agri.huji.ac.il/schol-sources ; your government, your house of worship, your employer. 

          Where can I work after graduation?
          It depends on your undergraduate degree and your country. Graduates of our programs work in NGO’s, academics, research institutes, community groups, hospitals, government agencies, start-ups, established companies. Many also continue for a PhD at the Faculty or in universities worldwide

          Where is the program taught?
          Classes are held at the Rehovot campus of the Hebrew University, which is in the center of Israel.

          Is it a full time program? Will I be able to work? 
          Because they are accelerated programs, they are full-time (4-5 days per week) and very intensive. International students are not permitted to work since they do not have a work visa.

          As an international student, do I need a visa to study in the program? 
          Unless you are an oleh/olah hadash/a or have a status in Israel, you are required to have a student visa. The International School helps with this process.

          Who teaches the courses?
          Faculty of Agriculture teachers, external experts and researchers from Volcani Institute (Agricultural Research Organization).

          Are there accommodations? Is it included in the price? What is the cost?
          The Faculty of Agriculture has student dormitories on campus. The cost is not included in the tuition and depends on the type of room (single, single in a shared apartment, shared room).

          Are there exams?
          Yes, courses have final exams or assignments.

          Are there any field trips?
          There are professional field trips and cultural trips, such as to Jerusalem, Nazareth and Tel Aviv.

          What are the entry requirements?
          Candidates must hold a bachelor/B.Sc. degree from a recognized institution in a field that is relevant to the program they are applying to; a minimum undergraduate GPA of 80; a high level of English; and letters of recommendation. 

          If my degree is not in a relevant field, do you have a preparatory program or courses?
          We do not offer preparatory courses.

          Challenges during corona, classes online? Frontal learning?
          During Covid-19 we were forced to switch to distance learning classes. However, our effort is to conduct the program coursework in the classroom and in the field.

          Who is the program for?
          The program is intended for students who are interested in agriculture, the environment, nutrition and animal science. 

          Does the Nutrition program qualify me to become a Registered Dietician?
          No, it is not a clinical program. 

          Do I need to buy books?
          The Faculty has a large library on campus and there is no requirement to buy books.

          If I am an oleh chadash, do I get help from the Israeli government?
          As an oleh chadash, you may get financial assistance from the Israeli government. For more information, visit The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration website.

           

          Tuition and Expenses

          International MSc Programs Tuition, Expenses and Payment Methods 


          One-year tuition: 

          $10,500 (approx.) for international students (A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available)

          $8,400 (approx.) for Israeli students/Olim hadashim

          Application fee: $100

          Tuition advance/Tuition deposit:

          • Self-funding students: $1,000 tuition advance, payable upon admission. The advance will be deducted from the total tuition. 
          • Students receiving a scholarship through the International School of Agricultural Sciences: $500 deposit, payable upon acceptance of the scholarship offer. The deposit will be returned when the student completes all studies at the Faculty of Agriculture (including PhD if applicable).

          Round-trip airfare to and from Israel: The student is responsible for funding airfare and/or other transportation to and from Israel.

          Living expenses: Living expenses include food, personal supplies, apparel, transportation, etc. for one year. International School scholarship recipients are required to have funding for initial out-of-pocket expenses in October and November. The monthly scholarship stipend begins December 1.

          Housing: International students typically reside in the student dormitories on the Faculty of Agriculture campus in Rehovot. Dormitory rent varies according to room type and availability: double room, single room, or single room in a shared apartment. Students granted scholarships through the International School of Agricultural Sciences are placed in double rooms. Off-campus housing is generally ore expensive. The International Schooll is unable to assist with off-campus housing.

          Medical insurance: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem requires all international students to be covered by adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay in Israel. International School scholarship recipients will be provided with health insurance. Self-funding students are required to purchase comprehensive health insurance either privately or via the International School.

          Estimated 12-month Program Costs for Self-Funding Students

          Application Fee: $100

          MSc tuition: $10,500

          Medical insurance (for international students): $1,280

          Student dormitory (shared double room): $2,900

          Living and extra-curricular expenses: $10,170


          Application fee and deposit payment methods: Updated December 2020. The Hebrew University reserves the right to revise figures.

          Payments are to be made in US dollars ($) using one of the following methods:

          • Credit card: Email the credit card details to the program coordinators. 
          • Bank transfer: (A clear copy of the bank transfer form must be scanned and emailed to the program coordinators*) 

          Bank name: Bank Ha-Poalim
          Branch: 436
          Address: 1 Hamarpe Street, Jerusalem
          Account name: Hebrew University Jerusalem
          Account number: 506076
          IBAN: IL650124360000000506076
          Swift code: POAL IL IT 

          *The transfer form should include the applicant's name and:  Faculty of Agriculture, External Studies, Budget 046-4704

          • A friend, family member or colleague in Israel or abroad may pay on your behalf.

           

          Contact us for more information:

          Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   

          Ms. Miriam Elbaz, International MSc Programs: miriamelb@savion.huji.ac.il

           

          MSc in Viticulture and Enology

          Years of wine & knowledge

          In recent years, Israel has experienced a striking growth in its wine industry and a surging local and international market for its outstanding wines. In response to the rising need for skills and professionalism in the industry, the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment has opened Israel’s first academic degree program in winemaking. This International MSc program in Viticulture and Enology is comparable to other programs in leading wine-producing countries, such as France, the USA and Australia, yet it stresses ancient and modern production techniques under marginal conditions.

          Students will gain knowledge and skills at an academic level consistent with leading programs in other wine-producing countries such as France, the United States and Australia, with special emphasis on the Israeli industry. Upon completion, the students will earn a world-recognized MSc degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This is the first MSc level degree in viticuluture and enology to be approved by the National Council for Higher Education (CHE) in Israel.

          PDF iconViticulture and Enology - Brochure

          PDF iconViticulture and Enology Application form

          The next program begins on March 11, 2021

           

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          Registration

          Registration for Preparatory Program until October 18, 2020.
          Preparatory Program in Rehovot begins November 5, 2020.
          Early Bird Registration for the four-semester MSc program until September 17, 2020.
          The program begins on March 11, 2021. 

          Contact us for more information and registration:
          Ms. Helena Dahab, Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il
          Phone: +972-8-9489509
           

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          Admission Requirements and registration - Viticulture

          The next program cohort: March 2021 - July 2022

           

          Requirements

          • BA / BSc degree from a recognized institution

          • Interview

          • Participation in the Preparatory Program (Nov-Jan) for students lacking academic background in specific subjects (more info below)

          Registration

          • Registration fee: 1,000 NIS (non-refundable, deducted from the tuition sum)

          • Early Bird* Registration deadline (2,000 NIS discount in the program tuition): September 17, 2020

           

          Registration deadline: February 15, 2021

           

          Preparatory Program (Mechina)

          Taught in English in the Rehovot campus of the Hebrew University.

          Dates:  November 5, 2020 until January 22, 2021

          Thursdays (full day) and Fridays (half day)

          Cost:

          For each course: 500 NIS per credit

          For the entire program (11 credits or more): 5,000 NIS

           

          Syllabus:

          Cell Biology – 2 credits

          Plant Biology – 2.5 credits

          General Microbiology – 2 credits

          Chemical Principles and Organic Chemistry – 3 credits

          Soil & Water – 1.5 credits

          Statistical Principles and Experimental Design – 2 credits

          Mechina registration deadline: October 18, 2020

           

          Contact us for more information and registration:
          Ms. Helena Dahab, Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il, Phone: +972-8-9489509

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          Program Structure - Viticulture

           

          The M.Sc. in Viticulture and Enology is a two-year academic program (672 academic hours) leading to a Hebrew University accredited degree. Classes are held on two days per week, over four consecutive semesters. Practical work in vineyards may be carried during school. The program comprises of scientific theory, practice in grape-growing, wine-making and wine-tasting, and an internship in leading wine producers in Israel and overseas.

          The Teaching Staff

          The academic head of the program is Professor Zohar Kerem, world renowned researcher in food chemistry, wine quality and olive oil. The program's professional coordinator is Mr. Yotam Sharon, a post-graduate with honors in Oenology from the University of Montpellier and an MSc degree holder in biochemistry from the Hebrew University, a leading winemaker at one of Israel's premier wineries. Other distinguished members of the teaching staff are Prof. Ben-Ami Bravdo, Prof. Oded Shoseyov and Dr. Ron Shapira. Esteemed guest lecturers from abroad will be instructing additional topics

          Curriculum

          • The Vineyard: Planning & design; grapevine stocks & types; plot preparation; propagation; planting; trellising; pruning; irrigation; fertilization; mechanization; grape pests & diseases.
          • Wine Production: Equipment & winery management; micro-vinification; chemistry & stability; microbiology; distillation technology; fermentation science.
          • Analysis of grape juice and wine: Biosynthesis of taste & odor factors; sensory detection of wine types & defects in wine; sensory evaluation of wines from Israel and the world.
          • Additional Courses: Economics, management & marketing in the wine industry; wine workshop in prime grapevine & wine production region abroad.

           

          Contact us for more information and registration:
          Ms. Helena Dahab, Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il, Phone: +972-8-9489509

           

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          Curriculum - Viticulture

          Viticulture & Enology Curriculum

          Preparatory program (Mechina)*

          *Applicants lacking adequate background in the fields of Life sciences, Agricultural sciences or similar fields are required to complete preparatory studies.

          • Chemical Principles
          • Cell Biology
          • Plant Biology
          • Intro. to economics and marketing
          • Organic Chemistry
          • Soil & water

           

          Semester A

          • Soil, water, meteorology and vine nutrition
          • Morphology and physiology of the grapevine
          • Principles of viticulture (part 1)
          • Practical aspects of grape growing (part 1)
          • Wine production (part 1)
          • Wine chemistry, wine stability and quality management
          • Sensory evaluation of wines (part 1)

           

          Semester B (Summer semester)

          • Principles of viticulture (part 2)
          • Practical aspects of grape growing (part 2)
          • Micro-vinifications (part 1)
          • Wine microbiology
          • Analysis of musts and wines (part 1)
          • Analysis of musts and wines - LAB (part 1)

           

          Semester C

          • Grapevine pests, diseases and disorders
          • Winery technology, systems and packing
          • Environmental aspects of grape growing and winemaking
          • Wine chemistry, wine stability – LAB
          • Micro-vinification (part 2)
          • Wine Production (part 2)
          • Analysis of musts and wines (part 2)
          • Analysis of musts and wines - LAB (part 2)

           

          Semester D

          • Sensory evaluation of wines (part 2)
          • Workshop in management and risk assessment in small and large wineries
          • Workshop in internet entrepreneurship in the wine world
          • Economic aspects of the wine industry
          • Wine workshop abroad

          How to Apply - Viticulture

           

          Next program: March 11, 2021

          Apply by September 17, 2020 to receive the early bird registration discount (a discount of 2,000 NIS will be deducted from the tuition fee).

          Preparatory Program begins November 5, 2020. 

          Please complete and submit the application form below to:
          Ms. Helena Dahab, Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il, Phone: +972-8-9489509

          Viticulture and Enology Application Form

           

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          Tuition - Viticulture

          Program tuition

          • Tuition for the program is 96,000 NIS ($27,500 USD) including a workshop abroad (France)
          • Early registration discount: 2,000 NIS (approx. $600 USD) for those registering by September 18, 2020

          Preparatory Program (Mechina) 

          • Preparatory Program tuition: 5,000 NIS (approx. $1,450 USD)
          • Preparatory Program Registration deadline: October 18, 2020

           

          Contact us for more information and registration:
          Ms. Helena Dahab, Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il, Phone: +972-8-9489509

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          FAQs – Viticulture and Enology

          About the Program:

          When will the next program begin?

          March 11, 2021

          When does the Preparatory Program begin?

          November 5, 2020 until January 22, 2021

          Who is the program for?

          The program is intend for wine connoisseurs, newcomers and those already working in the industry; for a new generation of skilled wine professionals who desire to take their place among the world’s experts. Alternatively, simply to anyone who is interested to learn about wine making and grape growing.

          Where is the program taught?

          Classes are taught at the Rehovot campus of the Hebrew University and the practical learning is conducted at Soreq winery (approx. 30 minutes from campus).

          How long is the program?

          The program is 18 months long and spans over four consecutive semesters (spring/summer/fall/spring). Classes are taught twice a week on Thursdays and Fridays.

          Does the program continue during summertime?

          Yes, our second semester is taught in the summer, during grape harvest.

          Trips abroad, where to?

          The workshop abroad is held in Bordeaux, France.

          What is the language of instruction?

          The language of instruction is English.

          Who teaches the courses?

          Our lectures are mainly academicians and experts from the wine industry in Israel and abroad.

          Are there exams?

          We do have final exams as part of the coursework.

          What kind of degree do graduates of the program receive?

          You will receive an MSc in Viticulture & Enology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

          Online classes or frontal learning during COVID-19?

          During Covid-19 we were forced to switch to distance learning classes. However, our effort is to conduct the program coursework in the classroom and in the field.

          Will I be able to find a job when graduate?

          We have had a great success rate from our first cohort, currently 95% of our alumni work in the wine industry.

          Internships?

          Graduates may participate in a practical internship in a commercial winery in Israel or abroad for a span of 140 hours, at the end of which they will submit a summary report. The internship grants a specialization diploma in enology.

          Academic Requirements:

          What are the entry requirements?

          Candidates must hold a bachelor/B.Sc. degree from a recognized institution.

          A Preparatory Program will be offered to candidates whose background is lacking in specific subjects.

          Are there English requirements?

          We do not require any English proficiency test but you have to be able to understand the lectures in an intermediate-advanced level.

          Who is required to take the Preparatory program?

          A Preparatory Program will be offered to candidates whose background is lacking in specific subjects.

          Financial:

          What is the cost of the Program?

          Tuition for the program is 96,000 NIS ($27,500 USD) including a workshop abroad (France).

          Can I get a discount on the tuition?

          Early registration discount: 2,000 NIS (approx. $600 USD) for those registering by September 18, 2020. The discount will be deducted from the last tuition payment.

          Is the workshop abroad included in the tuition?

          Yes, the workshop abroad is included in the tuition.

          Scholarships available? Financial Aid?

          At the moment, we do not have any scholarships to offer.

          What is the tuition for the Preparatory program?

          Preparatory Program tuition: 5,000 NIS (approx. $1,450 USD)

          Apart from the tuition, what expenses should I anticipate?

          Airfare to attend the program in Israel; preparatory program (if required); visa fees; health insurance; housing; living expenses.

          If I am an oleh chadash, do I get help from the Israeli government?

          As an oleh chadash, you may get financial assistance from the Israeli government. For more information, visit The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration website.

          Life in Israel:

          As an international student, do I need a visa to study in the program?

          Unless you are an oleh hadash or have a status in Israel, you are required to obtain a student visa before entering Israel. After admission to the program, we will provide you with more information on the process of obtaining a student visa.

          As an international student, do I need health insurance?

          Yes. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem requires all students to be covered by adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay in Israel. Unless you have a status in Israel (such as oleh hadash) you will be required to purchase health insurance through the university.

          What is the health insurance price for international students?

          As of January 2020, the premium price is 12 NIS (approx. $3.5 USD) per day.

          Will I be able to work during studies?

          As the program is taught twice a week (Thursday – full day, Friday – half day), you may be able to combine work during the rest of the week.

          International students are not permitted to work while on a student visa.

          Is there on-campus accommodations? What is the cost?

          The faculty offers accommodation in the on campus dormitories in Rehovot. The price varies according to the housing choice and is not included in the program tuition. For more information, please contact helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il