German citizens do not require a visa for a stay lasting up to three months. For longer periods it is recommended to apply for a student visa at the Israeli embassy before you leave. The processing time is usually around two weeks. To apply for a visa you need the following documents:
Payments for consulate services are to be made to the following account:
Account holder: Botschaft des Staates Israel, Bank: Deutsche Bank
IBAN: DE 47 1007 0000 0067 6114 00, BIC: DEUTDEBBXXX
Payment description (“Verwendungszweck”): Visa, Name, Passport number
It is easiest to find offers for rooms and flats in Jerusalem online. Besides the website Airbnb, where private rooms are available from €450 per month, the following sites can help you find accommodation in Jerusalem:
In case you sign a rent contract, you can find more information here.
The most important means of public transport in Jerusalem are busses. The bus network is extensive and every area of the city can be reached quickly. In addition there is the tram service, Jerusalem Light Rail. The trams pass about every ten minutes.
For longer journeys out of Jerusalem it is possible to take the train (e.g. Jerusalem – Tel Aviv takes around 140 minutes).
The Jerusalem public transport website is to be found here.
To get around the New City from Sunday to Friday there is a good bus service with two main hubs: the Central Bus Station in north Jerusalem and the railway station in south Jerusalem. On Saturdays (the Jewish Sabbath) Israeli buses do not run. However, if you are in the Old City, there are Arab Palestinian bus lines that serve nearby Arab villages.
Taxis can be hailed in the streets or booked by phone. For tourists there is a round tour bus (number 99) that allows you to hop on and off as it goes around the city.
You should first of all find out if your own health insurance can offer you a package covering your stay in Israel. You must remain insured in Germany so that you are covered whenever you return home.
The company Mawista specialises in foreign health insurance for those studying abroad.
Be careful! For regions in which the Foreign Office has issued a travel warning, insurance is not valid!
During your stay at the HUJI within the context of the PCD network's Mobility Program you will receive support in the form of lump sum grants:
Simultaneous receipt of a scholarship
Other DAAD scholarships (e.g. PROMOS, individual DAAD scholarships, etc.) must be suspended during your stay. Likewise, a PCD fellowship cannot be combined with an ERASMUS scholarship, a Deutschlandstipendium, a Fulbright scholarship, or a scholarship from the Deutsch-Französische Hochschule.
Other public or private scholarships may be accepted in full, in addition to that from the PCD network.
To take part in the PCD network's Mobility Program, M.A. and PhD students require an informal letter from a mentor offering to supervise their research during their stay at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A mentor should be a humanities professor at the host university whom you choose and contact on your own before your stay. An overview of those teaching in the humanities at the HUJI can be found here.
A mentor must not necessarily be a professor working in your own field. Nonetheless, you will be affiliated with the institute of your mentor during your stay.
PostDocs are asked to show that they have already established contact with researchers at the HUJI (e.g., with an extract from an email).
Employees of Freie Universitaet Berlin taking part in the PCD network’s Mobility Programme should, for legal and actuarial reasons, apply to have their exchange recognized as an official business trip (“Dienstreise”). Under specific conditions, you might continue to receive your salary whilst undertaking your trip.