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U.S. College Students to Spend Year Studying at Hebrew University

January 16, 1957
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A program of study enabling American college students to participate in a special one-year course at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem gets underway here today for the third consecutive year, it was announced by Prof. Oscar I. Janowsky, chairman of the Academic Council of the American Friends of Hebrew University. The project is sponsored by the Jerusalem university in cooperation with the American Friends of the Hebrew University and the Jewish Agency.

Applications will be accepted through March 15, Prof. Janowsky said, for students or graduates of United States colleges and universities who have completed at least two years of undergraduate work and wish to study at Hebrew University. A. group of 12 American collegians, part of the second contingent of American students accepted last year, has been studying in Israel since July. They represent a cross section of students from seven U.S. universities, ranging from Brooklyn College to Stanford University at Palo Alto, California.

Dr. Janowsky pointed out that the program for Americans is designed for those students who wish to acquire an extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language, to learn about modern Israel in its Middle Eastern setting, and to secure an introduction to the fundamentals of Jewish thought, history and literature. The students enrolled in the Israel course are also provided opportunity, if they so desire and their knowledge of Hebrew permits, to continue with their regular studies in the broad range of subjects offered by Hebrew University.

Explaining that familiarity with Hebrew is desirable although not an absolute requirement for applicants, Dr. Janowsky noted that the Hebrew University special curriculum includes a four-months intensive training course in Hebrew under the guidance of a specially selected group of instructors. He said that living accommodations for American students will be provided in University dormitories or in private housing recommended by University authorities. Special arrangements have been made for transportation to and from Israel and for tuition.

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