JTS Open Classroom

Through the Open Classroom initiative, JTS invites you to audit graduate-level Jewish Studies and Hebrew language courses, deepening your Jewish knowledge and broadening your horizons.

  • Study with JTS’s world-renowned faculty.
  • Learn alongside full-time JTS students enrolled in our degree programs.
  • Immerse yourself in the Jewish scholarly tradition.
  • Join an open and nurturing community of learners.

All students attending courses on the JTS campus must follow the COVID protocols in place at the time they come to class.


How It Works


Open Classroom students learn alongside full-time JTS students and are subject to any relevant prerequisites, but do not take exams, submit papers, or receive academic credit or transcripts. Note: in Hebrew Language courses, auditors do all required homework and take tests.

Students access course materials via an online platform. We will do our best to offer you the course(s) you select but cannot guarantee enrollment if classes are oversubscribed.

As an Open Classroom student, you will receive additional benefits, including:

  • A JTS student ID card
  • Borrowing privileges from The JTS Library


The Open Classroom initiative does not offer course credit. If you are interested in receiving academic credit for a JTS course, we invite you to learn about becoming a non-degree student.



Applications are accepted approximately two months before the start of each fall and spring semester.

1. Choose your course(s). The Open Classroom catalog is posted here when applications are being accepted. Click here to view the most recent course selection.

2. Enroll. Your application will be reviewed within one week of receipt, and, if your selection is approved, you will receive an email with registration and payment instructions. Unless you hear otherwise, plan on attending the first day your course is in session.

Tuition is $750 for a 3 credit-hour course and $1,500 for a 6 credit-hour course.



If you have additional questions about the Open Classroom initiative, please email openclassroom@jtsa.edu or call 212-678-8821.