Glocal has a limited number of scholarships available for students coming from developing countries, as well as for students from the Middle East. While the program is not able to provide scholarships for all, students are encouraged to seek other avenues. Potential places to look are from your country’s embassy in Israel, or in Israeli embassies in your country. Additionally, students can check to see if their country has a “Friends of the Hebrew University” office. Please feel free to contact us to help guide you to potential scholarship options.
The basic requirements for the application process are the following:
A B.A. with an average of 85 and above from a university recognized by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For American and European students, please contact the Office of Overseas Students’ Admissions in order to receive your equivalent minimum grade average.
Fluency in English. English proficiency is measured by either the English language subsection of the Psychometric Test, the NITE Amir Test or Amiram Test (computerized Amir). Applicants who have completed a full course of study at an institution where the language of instruction is English, or who completed a degree program in English Language and/or Literature are, are exempt. For further information about the required level of English for acceptance, please follow the link.
A background in social engagement or community work.
The commitment to participate in an intensive program of study, including a 4-month internship.
Prior experience in working or volunteering in the developing world is a definite advantage.
International students have the option of working in an organization in Israel/Palestine or elsewhere in the developing world. Israeli and Palestinian students, however, must travel to a developing country for their internship. The internship is an opportunity for students to step out of their comfort zones and develop skills that cannot be gained through working in their own backyard. Students with special situations may submit their request if they wish to be granted an exception.
Glocal has strong partnerships with a number of organizations around the world, and encourages students to intern with them. Throughout the program, students work with one of Glocal’s internship coordinators to match their skills and interests with an organization. If they find that a student is best suited for an organization that is not a partner of Glocal’s, but fulfills the requirements for an internship, the student is welcome to apply there.
The internship component of the program enables students the opportunity to gain solid field experience. Glocal’s focus on community involvement comes to life in the internship, where students are strongly encouraged to pursue internship projects that enable ample field work. Students will solidify their understanding of organizational structures and functionality. This exposure to individual work with communities, as well as being part of a professional team, will provide students with tools to work successfully in the field of international development.
The situation in Israel and Jerusalem is tremendously complex, however most students report feeling very safe and secure. As is the case in most parts of the world, dangerous situations can occur, and the Glocal staff do their very best to keep students updated on any given situation, and are more than happy to consult with prospective students who feel concerned about coming to the Middle East to study. Additionally, Glocal is home to a number of local students who can also act as guides through the cultural, logistical, and political elements of the city.
Jerusalem is an exciting city, steeped in history, spirituality and diversity. Life here is certainly different than anywhere else in the world. Jerusalem is a unique mélange of East and West, Old and New. Many of Glocal’s students, Palestinian and Israeli, call Jerusalem home, and will most likely be your most profound guides to life here.
While Glocal places focus on the developing world, many of the theories and skills students develop during the studies can be applied to working with marginalized communities in Israel or one’s home country.
Our alumni do not always choose to pursue a career in the field of development, and may often find rewarding careers in the private sector. Some Glocal graduates have worked in corporate social responsibility, private sector consulting, as well as in social business and start-ups.