36 American Students Leave for Full-year Study at Hebrew University

Thirty-six American collegians sailed today on the Israel liner S. S. Zion to spend a year of study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Composed of eight graduate students and 28 undergraduates, hailing from a cross-section of 26 U. S. universities, the group represents the fifth consecutive annual unit of Americans to participate in a special study course at the Jerusalem school.

They will pursue their studies under a program arranged by Hebrew University authorities in cooperation with the Academic Council of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, headed by Prof. Oscar D. Janowsky of the College of the City of New York. The students will join 150 other Americans from the United States, Canada and Latin America already matriculated in Jerusalem under various study projects. The Americans were selected after a rigid screening process entailing character, scholarship and health tests.

Extending from July until next June, the study program is divided into two periods, the first of four months duration being devoted to an intense training course in the Hebrew language which is given in an “Ulpan” or language center. The remaining eight months, known as the University period, are devoted to instruction at university level in special subjects. Dr. Janowsky said that the program for the American students is designed for those who wish to learn about modern Israel in its Middle East setting, offering a special opportunity to acquire an extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language and an introduction to the fundamentals of Jewish thought, history and literature

Those students who qualify, and whose knowledge of Hebrew permits, will be enabled to continue with general studies in the broad range of subjects offered by Hebrew University. These courses may be selected from the general curriculum of the University’s Schools of Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics and Science. The University’s professional schools do not admit students from the program.

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