Registering for Classes

The GSC Team

In Bar-Ilan University, students register for their entire year’s classes before the start of the first semester. They are then given a period at the beginning of each semester to change their schedule.

In order to register for classes in Bar-Ilan University, students must pay their first tuition payment to BIU no later than two weeks before class registration begins.

Course registration is done online via Inbar, and every student is assigned a time slot during which they may log in and sign up for classes. In some cases, students can request a department administrator to register them for a specific course.

Choosing Classes

Before registering for courses, it is highly suggested that you plan out what classes you want to take. This will help ensure that you get the schedule you want, instead of wasting time searching for alternatives while the registration fill up. You can see a list of all class options in Bar-Ilan’s Course Catalog.

To be prepared, take the following steps:

  1. Plan out your required courses.

    Check with your department to get a list of all required courses for the year. Map out all your options for each class, and get teacher suggestions from other students in your department.

  2. Fill the rest of your schedule with Basic Judaic Studies and General Electives.

    Figure out how many more Basic Judaic Studies and General Electives classes you need to graduate, and decide how many you want to take this year. Consult the list of Course/Teacher suggestions, look up when they’re being offered, and pencil them in. It’s a good idea to have a choice of back-ups available just in case the class you want turns out to be full.

  3. Don’t forget about Ulpan!

    While you’re required to do as many as six levels of Ulpan to graduate, don’t despair if it conflicts with your schedule. In many cases the International Office will help you figure out a way to fit it into your schedule.

Course Suggestions

Not all classes are created equal, and the teacher you choose can sometimes be the different between an A and an F.

When you can, make sure to find out what other people think of that class before you register. In addition to asking on Facebook, there are a couple of great resources to check as well:

  • The BIU Teacher’s Survey

    At the end of every semester, Bar-Ilan University and the Student Union send out a survey to all the students, asking them to rate their classes. The nature of the survey and the way it’s distributed may cause a bit of a “positive” skew for the results, but it’s the most comprehensive list out there for your Department Requirements.

  • המלצות לקוסרי יהדות/כללים – Facebook Group

    Probably the best collection of Judaic Studies and General Elective class reviews. Between the huge spreadsheet of suggestions (by course and by teacher that people submit every year, and the active community offering up suggestions – use the group search function! – this group will make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Even more – it also has a huge set of practices tests and review notes!

Registering for Classes

Dropping Classes

Students who drop a class via Inbar automatically lose their spot, so make sure you only drop a class once you have found a replacement.

Dealing with Transfer Credits

While it’s ideal to get all of you transfer credit requests processed before course registration, this isn’t always realistic. If you havn’t yet had a course recognized, play it safe and sign up for the class in Inbar. If Mador Status grants you the credit, the course will be dropped from your schedule automatically, at no additional fee.

Registering for Blocked Classes

There are hundreds of classes offered in different departments that will still fill your graduation requirements. However, these classes will be blocked in Inbar.

To register for one of these ‘alternative’ classes, contact your Department Secretary with the course name and number, and your reason (in detail) for wishing to sign up for that course.

Verifying Registration

Approximately one week after your time slot closes, it is suggested that you verify the successful registration of your courses via Inbar -> Maarechet Shaot. If you see an issue with your course list, please contact Mador Talam immediately.

Registration Dates

Before the start of the academic year, Bar-Ilan students are assigned time slots (חלון זמן) during which they are allowed to register for classes on Inbar . You can find your time slot by visiting the Inbar website, and clicking “Yeutz Virtuali -> Chalonot Zman” on the bottom-right of the page.

Time Slots are usually assigned for the month of September.

At the conclusion of your time slot, you will still be allowed to register and make changes to your schedule during the three following days, between 18:00-4:00 at night (Tuesdays – until midnight). If after this point, you still have not registered for all of your classes, or wish to make further changes, you may do so during Tekufat Hashinuyim, at the beginning of each semester.

Trial Period

Several weeks before your time slot, Inbar will be opened for a trial period. During this time, all functions of the website will be enabled; however any classes for which you register will not be saved at the end of the trial period.

The purpose of this is to all Bar-Ilan students to familiarize themselves with Inbar, and ensure it is working correctly.

It is highly recommended to use the trial period to check you are able to register for classes in your department, to ensure that you will have no problems during your registration time slot.

Tekufat HaShinuyim – Adding and Dropping Classes after Registration

At the beginning of each semester, Bar-Ilan students may add, change and drop courses from their schedule. These changes can be made via Inbar, or in person with your academic secretary, or in the International Office. 

Note: by taking advantage of the latter two options you might be able to sign up for otherwise “locked” courses.

During the first semester’ Tekufat HaShinuyim, there is no limit to what changes you may make, and all changes are free of charge. However, in the second semester, you will not be able to make changes to year-long courses during your second semester, and all changes cost a nominal fee.

The First Semester’s Tekufat Hashinuyim for the 2019-20 Academic Year will take place between 31 Oct – 13 Nov 2019.