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