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Hebrew Levels

Hebrew instruction is available at five main levels, from complete beginner (Aleph) to upper advanced (Heh).

Your Hebrew level will be determined by the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction based on your grade on the Hebrew Language Placement Exam.

You must pass the Level Exam to advance from one level to another. You must also pass the Exemption Exam (p’tor) at the end of level Heh to obtain exemption from further Hebrew language studies at Hebrew University.

Level Aleph: Beginners

Courses at Level Aleph enable you to recognize the fundamental structures of Hebrew and its basic forms, and to acquire the necessary vocabulary for everyday conversations, reading, and writing on a limited scale. View Level Aleph course information.

Prior to the course, all Level Aleph students will receive a link to our Aleph-Bet self-study program, which comprises 10 asynchronous (self-paced) lessons. Completing this program is a mandatory requirement to join the Hebrew course.

Level Bet: Lower Intermediate

Courses at Level Bet consolidate and broaden your understanding of the grammatical structures and vocabulary you studied in Level Aleph. By the end of Level Bet, you’ll be familiar with the basic structure of the Hebrew language. View Level Bet course information.

Level Gimel: Upper Intermediate

In Level Gimel, you’ll transition from easy to regular Hebrew. Level Gimel is particularly significant, as you cannot be admitted to regular studies at HebrewU until you complete it. View Level Gimel course information.

Level Dalet: Lower Advanced

Courses at Level Dalet offer you practice in understanding university-level lectures and reading selections. View Level Dalet course information.

Level Heh: Advanced

Courses at Level Heh are designed to deepen your knowledge of Hebrew in various specialized fields. View Level Heh course information.

Take a look at our pages for prospects, students, faculty and staff, alumni, and parents – or contact us!

Pre-Semester Program: “Encountering Jerusalem” 2022-23
Practical Hebrew Beginners 4 credits
One course on various aspects of Jerusalem The Bible and the City3 credits