Academic Year to Open at Hebrew U. With Over 22,000 Students

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Most popular departments: Business management, medicine, law, economics and pharmacy.

Jerusalem, October 19, 2006 - The new academic year will open at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Sunday October 22, 2006. Over 22,600 students will be studying this year at the university - among them 12,000 undergraduates, 7,500 master's degree students, and 2,800 Ph.D. degree candidates, with the remainder registered on various programs. In addition, 469 students are enrolled in preparatory programs, while 896 students from overseas are enrolled at the Rothberg International School.

The university has seven faculties, 100 departments and 6,000 courses.

The departments to which it is most difficult for potential students to be accepted are: occupational therapy (only 4% are accepted), dentistry (6.5%), medicine (7%), pharmacy (10%), business management (10%), nutritional sciences (10%), medical sciences (10%), and cognitive sciences (10%).

The departments with the highest student demand are: business management (1,700), medicine (1,385), law (1,374), economics (1,274), pharmacy (1,265), international relations (1,178), and biology (1,000).

New courses of study being opened this year include: a master's program in politics and political communications; a master's program in 'media as culture'; graduate studies in commercial law in cooperation with Georgetown University; and a master's program in education and gender.

The new academic year will see the opening of the Student Village - a necessary addition to the university's dormitory facilities, since about 70% of new students at the Hebrew University come from outside of the Jerusalem area. This is a unique project which will enable students to live at a higher standard than was previously available. The Hebrew University offers about 6,000 beds to students - a number unparalleled by other institutions of higher education in Israel. In addition to this, the university provides a variety of unique services, such as free internet, discounts at the Academon shops, free transportation services between campuses, announcement services via cell phone, discounts for cultural events, free legal advice and babysitting services (available after one installment of welfare payments).

For further information:

Rebecca Zeffert, Dept. of Media Relations, the Hebrew University, Tel: 02-588-1641, Cell: 0525 516 692 or Orit Sulitzeanu, Hebrew University spokesperson, Tel: 02-5882910, Cell: 052-260-8016.

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