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Hebrew Levels

Hebrew instruction is available at six main levels, from complete beginner (Aleph) to upper advanced (Vav). You must pass the Level Exam (proficiency exam) to advance from one level to another. Similarly, you must pass the Exemption Exam at the end of level Vav to obtain exemption from further Hebrew language studies at Hebrew University. 

Your Hebrew level will be determined by the Division of Hebrew Language Instruction and is based on your grade on the Hebrew Language Placement Exam. We highly recommend that if you are a complete beginner, you start studying the Hebrew alphabet on your own prior to beginning your Hebrew language ulpan. You can use the free computer courseware we developed for this purpose: Aleph Bet Click.

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.

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.

Level Vav: Upper Advanced

Courses at Level Vav are designed to enable you to use Hebrew freely, incorporating all of the language skills – comprehension, conversation, reading, and writing – with exposure to a wide range of vocabulary, language structures, and academic and scientific texts. Attention is paid to lexical collocations and semantic fields. View Level Vav course information.

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