Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Rothberg International School: Hebrew Language Instruction – Ulpan

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  • Location(s): Jerusalem, Israel
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Intensive Language

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You’ll benefit from the advanced methods of our highly professional and experienced teaching faculty of the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction. The focus is on helping you internalize the language and improve your practical usage. In class, y... read more

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The Hebrew Ulpan was a fun and exciting time for me. I had an excellent teacher and a small class with several interesting people in it. I liked that there were several adults (not college-age students) in my class. - University of California - Riverside View Entire Review
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I gained an understanding of a new culture, friends, knowledge, and the experience of a life time - Brandeis University View Entire Review


You’ll benefit from the advanced methods of our highly professional and experienced teaching faculty of the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction. The focus is on helping you internalize the language and improve your practical usage. In class, you’ll practice the four skills that underpin language competency – reading, writing, speaking, and listening – in a communicative way. The Rothberg International School (RIS) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers intensive Modern Hebrew language courses (ulpanim) during the summer and winter as well as semester-long Hebrew language courses during the academic year. We also run a center for training teachers of Hebrew as a second language.

Programs of Study

Summer Ulpan - All summer Hebrew language programs at RIS offer daily classroom instruction, in which the four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening are practiced in a communicative attitude. Classroom instruction is reinforced with guest lectures, field trips, and cultural activities. Hebrew studies are available on six levels, ranging from elementary (Aleph) to upper-advanced (Vav). Courses are designed primarily for students enrolled in academic programs at the Hebrew University, but are also open to students who wish to learn only Hebrew (OHS), with appropriate academic background. 

  • Jerusalem Ulpan

  • Scopus Ulpan

  • September Undergraduate Ulpan

Biblical Hebrew - The Biblical Hebrew program offers students a unique academic experience of Biblical Hebrew study in the land where the Hebrew Bible was written. The Rothberg International School offers a summer course in the elementary level. This intensive and engaging program offers an eye-opening approach to textual and historical issues of Biblical Hebrew, while building the students' vocabulary and grammatical understanding of concrete biblical texts. 

  • Elementary Biblical Hebrew 

  • Advanced Biblical Hebrew

Semester Courses - Modern Hebrew language instruction with expert faculty is available at Hebrew University on a semester basis, in both the autumn and spring semesters. Courses for international students are available to you through the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction at RIS.

  • Graduate Division

  • Undergraduate Division

  • Mechina

Winter Ulpan - The Winter Ulpan is an intensive Hebrew language course held before the opening of the spring semester. You’ll benefit from daily expert classroom instruction enhanced with field trips, cultural activities, and guest lectures. Please note that within this short ulpan, it is not possible to complete an entire level.

Hebrew Training for Teachers - The Center for Training Teachers offers a prestigious half-year program of 120 academic hours designed to train teachers of Hebrew as a second language, mainly for institutions of higher education.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • January Term
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Hebrew
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Hebrew Language, Literature
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Direct Enrollment/Exchange Scholarships

Graduate students from countries other than the United States and Canada may be eligible for Rothberg Family Fund (RFF) tuition scholarships, awarded by the Hebrew University to international students enrolled in the RIS Division of Graduate Studies. Eligibility is determined by academic achievement and financial need.

Partial tuition

April 1st

Countries other than the US and Canada Academic achievement Financial need Acceptance to program

Masa Israel makes it possible for young Jewish adults to come to Israel by offering grants and/or scholarships, making the experience more affordable.

Partial tuition

See MASA website http://www.masaisrael.org/

See MASA website http://www.masaisrael.org/grants/policy

The Thanks To Scandinavia Fund from the Benjamin Sperling Bequest to the Hebrew University has endowed scholarships of US $12,000 each in memory of Frances and Benjamin Sperling, for students from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, who wish to pursue graduate studies at the Hebrew University.


April 1st

Scandinavian countries; see website http://www.thankstoscandinavia.org/scholarships/scholarships-in-israel/sperling-scholarships/

See website http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFA-Archive/2003/Pages/Scholarships%20Offered%20by%20the%20Israeli%20Government%20to.aspx


See website: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFA-Archive/2003/Pages/Scholarships%20Offered%20by%20the%20Israeli%20Government%20to.aspx See instructions: http://mfa.gov.il/mfa/abouttheministry/documents/scholarshipinstructions.pdf

The applicant should hold a BA or BSc degree (or higher) and have a good record of academic achievement. The applicant should be a citizen of the country where he/she applies for the scholarship and be under the age of 35 (at the beginning of the academic year). Israeli citizens are not eligible to submit an application for this scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship must receive a student visa (A2), issued by the Israeli Embassy/Consulate to which their application was submitted. Proof of English or Hebrew language proficiency. The applicant should meet the academic requirements of the Israeli University to which he/she applies. A scholarship will be granted only after the required institute approves the acceptance of the candidate.

RIS Merit Scholarships A limited number of scholarships are being offered to highly qualified international candidates who wish to study at the Rothberg International School. The Graduate Merit Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship for students admitted to international degree programs in the Division of Graduate Studies at the Rothberg International School. The Scholarship covers the tuition fee for the stated duration of the program. International graduate students accepted to the following degree programs may apply: The Bible and the Ancient Near East Jewish Studies Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Israel Studies Nonprofit Management and Leadership M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Full amount

March 15th

At least in final year of undergraduate studies Minimum GPA of 3.8 or equivalent Maintain high academic standard Must submit a complete application to a degree program