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Why Study Languages?

  • Immerse yourself in language study for a year, a semester, or during a short summer or winter session.
  • Learn from experienced faculty in the field using English and your target language.
  • Study in Jerusalem, a vibrant city with important linguistic, cultural, and historical ties to your target language.


Graduate students at the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School (RIS) have the option to study a variety of languages. You can take these languages within the framework of one of our master’s degree programs or as part of our flexible, non-degree study abroad program. Non-degree students can choose to enroll in one or more language courses; they can also choose to study languages only or combine language courses with graduate seminar courses.


We offer the following languages:


Modern Hebrew

Note: Levels are offered based on minimum student registration.  Levels with insufficient enrollment will be canceled. Students will receive ample notice of cancellation.

Biblical Hebrew


Literary Arabic

Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)

Note: You can enroll in the Arabic Immersion Program or add your name to a wait-list to enroll in stand-alone Modern Standard Arabic courses offered in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. Undergraduate students are given priority enrollment; remaining places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The Israeli Student Union also offers language workshops as an extracurricular activity.

Please note that students enrolled in M.A. programs at RIS cannot earn credit for Colloquial or MSA courses.

Other Ancient Languages

  • Akkadian (year – Beginner or Intermediate)
  • Biblical Aramaic (offered biannually)
  • Hittite (offered periodically)
  • Ugaritic (offered periodically)

Other Middle Eastern & Islamic Languages

Additional Middle Eastern and Islamic languages are available through HebrewU’s Faculty of Humanities. The language of instruction of these courses is Hebrew. Offerings include languages such as:

  • Modern Turkish
  • Ottoman Turkish
  • Persian

Relevant European Languages

Languages such as French or German are available through HebrewU’s Faculty of Humanities. The language of instruction of these courses is Hebrew.

Course Structure

We normally expect you to study your language(s) for a full academic year, but you may opt to enroll for one semester only if desired. Language courses typically begin in the fall semester; however, in certain cases, you can join us in the spring semester, pending proof of language level and permission of the Division of Graduate Studies.


We will provide you with a full transcript upon your completion of the program in order to facilitate the transfer of credit to your home university. If you decide to pursue a graduate degree at HebrewU, you may use your language courses to fulfill some of your degree requirements. Learn more about studying abroad or earning your master’s degree with us.


Our faculty are internationally respected in their fields. You’ll be taught by both senior faculty members and adjunct lecturers. You will benefit from studying under established scholars and new researchers. Please see our faculty page to learn more.

Practical Details

Study Abroad

The language courses that you take as a part of your semester or year-long study abroad experience will simply be a part of your program. Please see our Study Abroad for Graduate Students page for more information.

Master’s Program

The language courses that you take as part of your master’s degree may be part of the program requirements. Please see your master’s degree program page for more information.

Summer & Short-Term

For information on short summer or winter sessions, please click on your course of interest from the list under the Curriculum section above.


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