Learn Arabic at the prestigious Hebrew University, an international top 100 university, through our Rothberg International School (RIS). Strengthen your Arabic language skills while interacting with native Arabic-speaking students on campus and enjoying all Jerusalem has to offer.
Why Arabic Language in Israel at HebrewU?
- Arabic is one of Israel’s two official languages.
- Approximately 40% of Jerusalem’s population are native Arabic speakers – and even more speak Arabic as a second language.
- HebrewU has over 60 years of experience in teaching Arabic.
- Our campus is located in the cultural heart of the Middle East.
Full Immersion Programs
Modern Standard Arabic and Amia (spoken Arabic – Palestinian dialect).
Immerse yourself in the Arabic language through intensive study programs that combine Modern Standard Arabic and Amia. The program includes cultural offerings (coffee house, outings, etc.) where students can practice their language skills.
You can choose to study beginner, intermediate or advanced levels in the summer (June-July).
Intermediate and advanced levels are also offered in the autumn and spring semesters.
If you do not place in the intermediate level following results of a placement exam, you will be required to participate in a pre-semester intensive beginner’s course called “Foundations of Literary Arabic.”
If you took the summer beginner course and wish to enroll in the autumn or spring intermediate level, please contact the Division of Undergraduate Studies to inquire if you may be exempted from the Foundations in Literary Arabic course.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students who wish to take it on a stand-alone basis.
Literary and Modern Standard Arabic
Modern Standard Arabic and Literary Arabic courses are offered at the Rothberg International School. While both kinds of Arabic provide the tools for reading and understanding Arabic media and published texts, the pedagogical approaches differ slightly. Some students may prefer to study Modern Standard Arabic because it is the dominant approach at their home institution.
Literary Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students who wish to take it on a stand-alone basis.
The Foundations of Literary Arabic (Fusha), the beginner level, is offered as an intensive five-week course prior to each autumn and spring semester in September and January (subject to availability). Intermediate and advanced levels are offered during the autumn and spring semesters.
Modern Standard Arabic program course list.
Beginner through advanced levels of Modern Standard Arabic are also offered as part of the Summer Arabic Immersion Program.
Foundations of Literary Arabic (Fusha) is offered as an intensive five-week course in September prior to the autumn semester (subject to availability). The intermediate level is offered in the autumn semester. The advanced level is offered in the spring semester.
Literary Arabic Program course list.
Amia Arabic (Colloquial)
Amia Arabic is offered as part of the Arabic Immersion programs listed above.
Note to students of the Division of Graduate Studies:
The summer courses in Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic are not part of Division of Graduate Studies programs. If your wish to join these courses, you may apply for them separately and pay the associated fees.
The autumn and spring courses in Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic are provided through the Division of Undergraduate Studies. You can enroll in the Arabic Immersion Program or add your name to a wait list to enroll in stand-alone Colloquial and/or Modern Standard Arabic courses. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to students in the Division of Undergraduate Studies.
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