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Summer Ulpan Programs

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Hebrew University is an ideal setting for studying Hebrew over the summer.

  • Get intensive daily classroom instruction from top native-speaking Hebrew instructors at one of the best universities in the world.
  • Bring your studies to life with field trips, cultural activities, and guest lectures.
  • Live in Jerusalem to experience an exciting mosaic of cultures, food, religions, and people.
  • Make connections with Israeli and international students to immerse yourself in Israeli life.

Attendance is mandatory throughout the entire course.


Online Jerusalem Ulpan

Program dates: July 1 − 29, 2020
(Check calendar for most recent dates)

Hours, Credits and Cost:

Academic Hours: 84
Credits: 4
Cost: US$ 1,200
Application deadline: June 1, 2020
Exam Date: July 29, 2020

An “ulpan” (pronounced “ool-pan”) is a studio or class designed for intensive instruction in the modern Hebrew language. The concept originated in the early days of Israeli statehood (1948-49) for the purpose of teaching the basic skills of reading, writing, and conversation to new immigrants arriving from dozens of countries around the world. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s oldest and most prestigious university (founded 1918), has perfected the art of teaching Hebrew in the ulpan setting, giving thousands of new immigrants and international students the gift of successful communication within modern Israeli society.

Students who successfully complete the Jerusalem Ulpan will receive a certificate and academic credit from the Hebrew University.

Please note that in order for an academic student to complete a full level as defined by Hebrew University for academic studies, you will need to take additional classroom hours in order to prepare for the level exam.

If this is your case, we recommend enrolling in the Summer Ulpan (Aug.-Sep.2020).

Please note: The opening of classes is dependent upon sufficient registration. In some cases, one shared class may be offered for students in two different levels.


Online Summer Ulpan

Program dates: August 4 − September 24, 2020
(Check calendar for most recent dates)
Application deadline: July 14, 2020
Hours & credits: 200 academic hours; 10 credits
Exam Date: September 24, 2020

In the Summer Ulpan, you’ll complete a full level of Hebrew unless you are a complete beginner and start the program without a good command of the Hebrew alphabet. See “Additional Resources” below to start learning the Hebrew alphabet before the beginning of your program.

An “Ulpan” (pronounced “ool-pan”) is a studio or class designed for intensive instruction of Modern Hebrew.

For more than 50 years our Summer Ulpan has been the jewel in the crown of our yearly work. Thousands of students benefited from our best qualified and most experienced teachers, and celebrated the atmosphere of Jerusalem and student activities.

This year, due to Covid19, we offer an on-line Ulpan course that will be equivalent to the regular Ulpan. The Ulpan will take place daily in Aug.-Sep. 2020.

Students who complete the Summer Ulpan successfully will receive a certificate and academic credit from the Hebrew University.

Please note: The opening of classes is dependent upon sufficient registration.


Online Scopus Ulpan

Program dates: August 4 − 24, 2020
(Check calendar for most recent dates)
Application deadline: July 14, 2020
Hours & credits: 88 academic hours; 4 credits

The Scopus Ulpan is a short ulpan that is part of the longer Summer Ulpan. It is not possible to complete a full level in the Scopus Ulpan. If you return to study at HebrewU’s RIS, you may have difficulty finding a suitable Hebrew class. Therefore, if you might want to continue to study at RIS, we recommend that you take the Summer Ulpan.


Biblical Hebrew

We offer intensive summer courses in Biblical Hebrew at both the elementary and advanced levels. Learn more about Biblical Hebrew.

Tuition & Fees

Check the detailed pricing information.

Eligibility & Application

Summer Hebrew language courses are open to all academically eligible students at Hebrew University and its Rothberg International School.

External Applicants

If you are an external student who meets one of the following relevant admission requirements, you may also apply for one of our summer Hebrew language courses:

  • High school graduate who has successfully completed matriculation exams
  • Accepted student at a recognized college or university
  • Applicant who has successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited institution of higher education

See How to Apply for more information.


Questions? Get in touch!

Additional Resources

Are you a complete beginner? Learn the Hebrew alphabet on the web before you start your program. Use Internet Explorer (you may need to select the “compatibility view” setting) to access the online Hebrew Alphabet Learning Program.

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