The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Odyssey Program at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for Youth - The Belmonte Science Laboratory Center
The Odyssey Program at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem focuses on the fields of physics and mathematics. The academic program is spread out over the course of four years, from 9th to 12th grade, during which students take part in academic courses, enrichment courses, a technological entrepreneurship course, practical workshops, research laboratories, practical science projects, social activities, and individual capability development content, such as those that promote time management, teamwork and more. In addition, Odyssey students are able to attend other academic courses, according to their interests and the professional staff’s discretion. The Program’s courses are separate from those attended by the University’s students, so that they can cover the same material as the Physics and Mathematics Departments’ courses, but at a pace and in manner that better suits the needs of high school students. The Program is accompanied by leading researchers, heads of the Physics and Mathematics Departments, the Vice Dean of Education and Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as the Head of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s High School Students’ Track.
Mondays and Thursdays, between 15:00 and 19:00, at the Edmond J. Safra Campus. The Program’s studies are held according to the academic calendar, while taking school holidays into consideration. Sometimes, additional classes/meet-ups are held during holidays and over summer vacation.
The Admissions Process
The program’s application and acceptance process, and 2021 candidate testing process is as follows:
*This process is intended for students in the 8th grade. Studies will begin when they are in the 9th grade.
The admissions process includes four stages, which take place according to the dates indicated below:
Registration for the program is between the following dates: 17.11.19- 19.01.20
The first national test, the Future Scientists Test - will take place at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Edmund J. Safra Campus in Givat Ram on Friday 7.2.2020.
Students who successfully pass the first test will be notified via e-mail and will be invited to take part in the second stage of testing.
The second test - Will take place at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Givat Ram on Friday, 24.04.2020, from 8:00 to 13:00. Candidates will be invited via e-mail.
Students who successfully pass the second test will be notified via e-mail and will be invited to take part in the summer preparatory admissions course.
The two-week summer preparatory admissions course - Will take place on the following dates: 01.7.2020 - 14.7.2020, from 8:00 to 17:00. Students who passed the previous stage of testing will be notified of the courses’ exact time and location.
Students will be notified regarding acceptance or rejection via e-mail, during the month of August.
*Kindly check the website for scheduling updates on a regular basis.
Participation in all stages of the admissions process. Candidates must successfully pass all admissions examinations. A candidate who is absent from any of the stages will not be able to be accepted to the Program.
Successful completion of the summer course. Participation in the course is critical to The admissions process.
Candidates must submit recent report cards (mid-term and end-of-year) from the high schools they attend. Candidates who attend schools that do not hand out report cards must send in a reflection, written by their educators.
The Program’s staff will invite the candidate for an individual meeting/interview, during the summer preparatory admissions course, as part of The admissions process.
Program Principal- Dr. Rinat Abramovicz
Head of Sciences- Dr. Michal Sachaf
Lecturers- Dr. Michal Sachaf, Dr. Yossi Shamai, Dr. Jorje Mizrahi, Dr. Alex Gurevich
Academic Counseling and Guidance- Prof. Yitzchak Tuchmann, Prof. Yonatan Broier
Educational Counselor- Ms. Chana Ein Dor
Counselor in the fields of “Make,” Technological Entrepreneurship and the Odyssey Project - Erez Nachmanson
To visit The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for Youth’s website, click here.