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 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 Agri or MSc Nutri - Non-thesis
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. 
>>Plant Sciences and Environmental Quality Sciences are held biennially in even-numbered years. 

Contact us for more information: 
Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon: nuritbe@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

  • 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.

 

Next program October 2020 - September 2021

 

Contact us for more information:

Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il   
Phone : +972-8-9489511

 

See also: plant science

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, rock-ridden 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 horticulture, field crops 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   
Phone : +972-8-9489511

Academic Requirements - Plants

 

  • B.Sc. degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a relevant field: agriculture, animal sciences, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, ecology, environmental sciences, food sciences, natural sciences, nutritional sciences, plant sciences, etc.*
  • Knowledge of undergraduate level biochemistry is required in the Nutrition, Animal Sciences and Plant Sciences programs.
  • Knowledge of plant sciences is required in the Plant Sciences program.
  • Scientific background relevant to the selected study program.
  • 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
    • Candidates with a score of 80-89 in TOEFL or 6-6.5 in IELTS may be admitted to the program with the condition of reaching the required level of English language proficiency by the end of the first school year in the program.
    • Documentation of previous academic studies conducted in English.
    • Exemption of English learning from an approved Israeli institution of higher education.
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation; at least one must be academic.
  • Relevant experience is recommended but not mandatory.

*Degrees in other fields will be considered. The candidate may be required to supplement the degree with undergraduate-level biochemistry, molecular biology and/or other science courses.

 

Contact us for more information:

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

 

 

 

See also: plant science

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
  • Seminar


Contact us for more information:

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

     

     

    See also: plant science

    Tuition and Expenses

     

    Tuition, Expenses and Payment Methods

    One-year tuition: $18,050

    Application fees: 
    Early application fee: $80
    Late 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. Tuition may be paid in up to six installments beginning at the start of the program.
    • 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 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 One-Year Program Costs for Self-Funding Students

    Early application fee

    US $

    80

    MSc tuition

    US $

    18,050

    Medical insurance

    US $

    1,250

    Student dormitory (shared double room)

    US $

    2,900

    Extra-curricular activities

    US $

    2,140

    Living and extra-curricular expenses

    US $

    10,170

    TOTAL

    US $

    34,590

    Updated June 2017. The Hebrew University reserves the right to revise figures.

     

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

    • Credit card: Email a signed letter from the card owner clearly indicating the date, sum, card type and number, date of expiry of the card and purpose of payment (including the applicant‘s name, country, and MSc program name).
       
    • Bank transfer to:

    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 

    On the transfer form, please write: Att.: Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Division for External Studies, Budget 046-4704

    A clear copy of the bank transfer form must be scanned and emailed to the program coordinator: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il . The transfer form must clearly indicate the date, sum and purpose of payment including the applicant‘s name, country and MSc program name.

    • Friend, family member or colleague in Israel or abroad: May pay on your behalf in Israeli shekels (NIS) or in USD. 
       
    • Bank check to: "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Faculty of Agriculture)") mailed, with an accompanying letter clearly indicating the date, sum, and purpose of payment (including the applicant‘s name, country, and MSc program name).

     


    Contact us for more information:

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

     

     

     

    See also: plant science

    How to Apply

    MSc in Environmental Quality Sciences


    12 Month Program in Environmental Quality Sciences

    • 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.

     

    Next program October 2020 - September 2021

     

    Contact us for more information:

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


     

      About the Program

      Academic Chair of the International MSc Program in Environmental Quality Sciences

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      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. 

       

      See also: environment

      Academic Requirements - Environment

       

      • B.Sc. degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a relevant field: agriculture, animal sciences, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, ecology, environmental sciences, food sciences, natural sciences, nutritional sciences, plant sciences, etc.*
      • Adequate knowledge of undergraduate level biochemistry is required in the Nutrition, Animal Sciences and Plant Sciences programs.
      • Scientific background relevant to the selected study program.
      • 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
        • Candidates with a score of 80-89 in TOEFL or 6-6.5 in IELTS may be admitted to the program with the condition of reaching the required level of English language proficiency by the end of the first school year in the program.
        • Documentation of previous academic studies conducted in English.
        • Exemption of English learning from an approved Israeli institution of higher education.
      • Two-three letters of recommendation; at least one must be academic.
      • Relevant experience is recommended but not mandatory.

      *Degrees in other fields will be considered. The candidate may be required to supplement the degree with undergraduate-level biochemistry, molecular biology and/or other science courses.

       

       

       

      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

       

        Tuition and Expenses

         

        Tuition, Expenses and Payment Methods

        One-year tuition: $18,050

        Application fees: 
        Early application fee: $80
        Late 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. Tuition may be paid in up to six installments beginning at the start of the program.
        • 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 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 One-Year Program Costs for Self-Funding Students

        Early application fee

        US $

        80

        MSc tuition

        US $

        18,050

        Medical insurance

        US $

        545

        Student dormitory (shared double room)

        US $

        2,900

        Extra-curricular activities

        US $

        2,140

        Living and extra-curricular expenses

        US $

        10,170

        TOTAL

        US $

        33,885

        Updated June 2017. The Hebrew University reserves the right to revise figures.

         

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

        • Credit card: Email a signed letter from the card owner clearly indicating the date, sum, card type and number, date of expiry of the card and purpose of payment (including the applicant‘s name, country, and MSc program name).
           
        • Bank transfer to:

        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 

        On the transfer form, please write: Att.: Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Division for External Studies, Budget 046-4704

        A clear copy of the bank transfer form must be scanned and emailed to the program coordinator: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il . The transfer form must clearly indicate the date, sum and purpose of payment including the applicant‘s name, country and MSc program name.

        • Friend, family member or colleague in Israel or abroad: May pay on your behalf in Israeli shekels (NIS) or in USD. 
           
        • Bank check to: "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Faculty of Agriculture)") mailed, with an accompanying letter clearly indicating the date, sum, and purpose of payment (including the applicant‘s name, country, and MSc program name).

         

         

         

        How to Apply

        MSc in Nutritional Sciences (non-clinical)

        12-Month Master of Science Degree in Nutritional Sciences 

        (non-clinical)

        • 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.

         

         

        Next Program: October 2021 - September 2022

        Applications for scholarship applicants: November 1, 2020 - March 1, 2021.

        Applications for self-funding applicants: November 1, 2020 - June 1, 2021.

         

        Contact us for more information:

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

         

         

        About the Program

        Academic Co-Chairs of the International MSc in Nutritional Sciences 

        Dr. 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 prepares students to become leading professionals in the field of nutritional sciences and 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. in Nutritional Sciences. 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

         

         

        Academic Requirements - Nutritional Sciences (non-clinical)

        Academic Requirements for MSc in Nutritional Sciences

        • BSc degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a relevant field, for example: Nutrition, Food Science, Dietetics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Medicine.
        • Degrees in other science fields will be considered.  
        • Undergraduate level Biochemistry is required for the Nutritional Sciences, Animal Sciences and Plant Sciences programs*.
        • Undergraduate level Molecular Biology is required for the Nutritional Sciences* program. 
        • Scientific background relevant to the selected study program.
        • 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
          • Candidates with a score of 80-89 in TOEFL or 6-6.5 in IELTS may be admitted to the program with the condition of reaching the required level of English language proficiency by the end of the first school year in the program.
          • Documentation of previous academic studies conducted in English.
          • Exemption of English learning from an approved Israeli institution of higher education.
        • At least two letters of recommendation; at least one must be academic. Recommendations from family members are not considered.
        • Relevant experience is recommended but not mandatory.

        *If you have not taken Biochemistry or Molecular Biology courses, you will need to take them as pre-requisites. The School does not offer these courses. You may take them online from a recognised university/institute/organization. Minimum grade required: 80

         

        Contact us for more information:

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

         

         

        2017-18 Nutritional Sciences Curriculum

        Semester A

        • Topics in Endocrinology
        • Scientific Writing and Presentation
        • Intro 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

        • Introduction to Bioinformatics
        • Food Preparation in Health & Disease
        • Nutrition & Aging
        • Neurobiology of Feeding
        • International Public Health
        • Nutrient Gene Interactions
        • Topics in Clinical Nutrition
        • Advanced Immunology

        Summer Semester

        • Vitamins and Minerals
        • Malnutrition & its Management
        • Nutrition Insecurity & its Prevention

         

         

        Contact us for more information:

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

         

         

        Tuition and Expenses

         

        Tuition, Expenses and Payment Methods

        One-year tuition: $18,050

        Application fees: 
        Early application fee: $80
        Late 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. Tuition may be paid in up to six installments beginning at the start of the program.
        • 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 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 One-Year Program Costs for Self-Funding Students

        Early application fee

        US $

        80

        MSc tuition

        US $

        18,050

        Medical insurance

        US $

        545

        Student dormitory (shared double room)

        US $

        2,900

        Extra-curricular activities

        US $

        2,140

        Living and extra-curricular expenses

        US $

        10,170

        TOTAL

        US $

        33,885

        Updated June 2017. The Hebrew University reserves the right to revise figures.

         

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

        • Credit card: Email a signed letter from the card owner clearly indicating the date, sum, card type and number, date of expiry of the card and purpose of payment (including the applicant‘s name, country, and MSc program name).
           
        • Bank transfer to:

        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 

        On the transfer form, please write: Att.: Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Division for External Studies, Budget 046-4704

        A clear copy of the bank transfer form must be scanned and emailed to the program coordinator: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il . The transfer form must clearly indicate the date, sum and purpose of payment including the applicant‘s name, country and MSc program name.

        • Friend, family member or colleague in Israel or abroad: May pay on your behalf in Israeli shekels (NIS) or in USD. 
           
        • Bank check to: "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Faculty of Agriculture)") mailed, with an accompanying letter clearly indicating the date, sum, and purpose of payment (including the applicant‘s name, country, and MSc program name).

         

        Contact us for more information:

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

         

         

         

        How to Apply

        MSc in Animal Sciences


        12 Month Master of Science Degree in Animal Sciences

        • 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.

         

         

        Next Program: October 2021 - September 2022

        Applications for scholarship applicants: November 1, 2020 - March 1, 2021.

        Applications for self-funding applicants: November 1, 2020 - June 1, 2021.

         

         

        Contact us for more information:

        Ms. Nurit Ben-Aharon, International MSc Programs: nuritbe@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.


        (Photo: Animal Science students attend the Israel National Dairy Conference, November 2015)    

        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

        Academic Requirements - Animal Sciences

         

        • B.Sc. degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a relevant field: agriculture, animal sciences, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, ecology, environmental sciences, food sciences, natural sciences, nutritional sciences, plant sciences, etc.*
        • Adequate knowledge of undergraduate level biochemistry is required in the Nutrition, Animal Sciences and Plant Sciences programs.
        • Scientific background relevant to the selected study program.
        • 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
          • Candidates with a score of 80-89 in TOEFL or 6-6.5 in IELTS may be admitted to the program with the condition of reaching the required level of English language proficiency by the end of the first school year in the program.
          • Documentation of previous academic studies conducted in English.
          • Exemption of English learning from an approved Israeli institution of higher education.
        • Two-three letters of recommendation; at least one must be academic.
        • Relevant experience is recommended but not mandatory.

        *Degrees in other fields will be considered. The candidate may be required to supplement the degree with undergraduate-level biochemistry, molecular biology and/or other science courses.

         

        Contact us for more information:

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

         

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        2017-18 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 

        • Introduction to Bioinformatics

        • Advanced Immunology

         

         

        Contact us for more information:

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

         

          Tuition and Expenses

           

          Tuition, Expenses and Payment Methods

          One-year tuition: $18,050

          Application fees: 
          Early application fee: $80
          Late 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. Tuition may be paid in up to six installments beginning at the start of the program.
          • 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 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 One-Year Program Costs for Self-Funding Students

          Early application fee

          US $

          80

          MSc tuition

          US $

          18,050

          Medical insurance

          US $

          545

          Student dormitory (shared double room)

          US $

          2,900

          Extra-curricular activities

          US $

          2,140

          Living and extra-curricular expenses

          US $

          10,170

          TOTAL

          US $

          33,885

          Updated June 2017. The Hebrew University reserves the right to revise figures.

           

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

          • Credit card: Email a signed letter from the card owner clearly indicating the date, sum, card type and number, date of expiry of the card and purpose of payment (including the applicant‘s name, country, and MSc program name).
             
          • Bank transfer to:

          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 

          On the transfer form, please write: Att.: Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, Division for External Studies, Budget 046-4704

          A clear copy of the bank transfer form must be scanned and emailed to the program coordinator: nuritbe@savion.huji.ac.il . The transfer form must clearly indicate the date, sum and purpose of payment including the applicant‘s name, country and MSc program name.

          • Friend, family member or colleague in Israel or abroad: May pay on your behalf in Israeli shekels (NIS) or in USD. 
             
          • Bank check to: "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Faculty of Agriculture)") mailed, with an accompanying letter clearly indicating the date, sum, and purpose of payment (including the applicant‘s name, country, and MSc program name).

           

           

          Contact us for more information:

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

           

           

          How to Apply

          MSc in Viticulture and Enology

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          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 M.Sc. 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

          FileApplication Form

           

          A Guide to Fine Wines:A Practical Education from Prof. Zohar Kerem
          on Understanding the Elements Behind a Good Glass of Wine

           
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          Registration

          Viticulture at HUJI

          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:
          Mrs. Helena Dahab, Email: helenadahab@savion.huji.ac.il
          Phone: +972-8-9489509

          Photo by Gabi Mimon

           

          Admission Requirements - Viticulture

           

          Candidates must hold a B.Sc. degree in biology, chemistry or agriculture, from a recognized institution.

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

          Contact us for more information and registration:
          Mrs. 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.

          Registration

          Registration for Preparatory Program until October 18, 2020. 

          Preparatory Program in Rehovot will begin November 5, 2020.

          Early Bird Registration for the four-semester MSc program until September 17, 2020. T

          he program begins on March 11, 2021. 

          Contact us for more information and registration:
          Mrs. 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 3, 2021

          Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2020.  

          Apply by September 17, 2020 to receive the early bird registration discount (a discount of $600 will be deducted from the tuition fee).

          Preparatory Program begins November 5, 2020. 

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

          File Viticulture and Enology Application Form

           

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          Tuition - Viticulture

           

          • Tuition for the program is US$ 27,500, including a workshop abroad ( France).
          • Early registration discount: 2,000 NIS (approx. $600) for those registering by September 18, 2020
          • Preparatory Program tuition: 5,000 NIS (approx. $1,450). register by October 30, 2020.
          • Beginning of Preparatory program: November 5, 2020. 

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

           

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