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Arabic Immersion Program

This program is designed for second year undergraduate students and upwards, graduate students and professionals interested in acquiring a knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. 



With over 200 million native speakers, Arabic is one of the world’s most widely spoken languages. It is not only a gate to the cultural treasures of the Arab and Muslim world, but a key to the understanding of this vibrant and growing region.



The program is based on the principle of total immersion – the constant and exclusive use of a language in its native social and cultural environment. Studies combine formal classes, interaction with native speakers outside the classroom and exposure to the religious and cultural elements that have left their indelible mark on the Arabic language.  


Arabic at the Hebrew University – A Unique Opportunity 

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is an ideal place for an Arabic immersion program. Arabic is one of Israel’s official languages and is spoken in many parts of the country. Jerusalem, holy to three monotheistic religions, is the site of some of the oldest and most sacred institutions of Islam. Almost a third of the city’s population speaks Arabic as its native tongue. The Hebrew University is home to many prestigious scholars of Arabic, Islam and the Middle East, and their research interests encompass historical as well as contemporary issues. The Rothberg International School, with its faculty and student services, is the perfect venue for this new and exciting program. 


The Program 

All studies will be held in Arabic and participants will speak Arabic exclusively for the duration of the program.  

The course will run throughout the 11-week undergraduate semester. 

Absolute beginners will have to attend a pre-semester Foundations in Literary Arabic intensive course.

Intermediate as well as advanced levels will be offered during both the autumn and spring semesters of 2017-18.

Designed for students who have completed two semesters of Arabic or have successfully completed the Foundations in Literary Arabic course, the intermediate level will utilize the second part of al-Kitaab as the central curriculum.



Autumn Semester: October 15, 2017 – January 1, 2018 plus exam week 

Spring Semester: February 22 – May 31, 2018 plus exam week  








Full Year  



September 26, 2017  

Autumn Semester  



September 26, 2017 

Spring Semester  



February 6, 2018  


Prices of Foundations in Literary Arabic - intensive Summer course for Beginners level.


Components of the Program 


Beginners / Intermediate / Advanced: Core Course in Arabic (Total 12 credits made up of 6 credits in Fusha and 6 credits in Amia)

  • Classroom Instruction (176 hours) for a total of 16 academic hours a week. Classes will be based on the Al-kitaab textbooks.

 48144 / 48278: Introductory Course (3 credits)

  • (45 hours): The class will meet for 4 academic hours a week. A familiarity with Islam is critical for a deep understanding of the Arabic language.

 48734: Co-curricular Activities (2 credits)

  • Field Trip/Special Activity: There will be field trips or special activities designed to promote interaction with native Arabic speakers and to acquaint students with Arab society and culture.
  • Clubs: Once a week students attend clubs such as Arabic Music Appreciation, the Arab World through Film and Coffee House Discussion. 

Credits and Recognition 

Students will receive 17 credits as well as a certificate of completion. 


Admission Requirements 

Students who have completed 28 college credits with a grade-point average of 3.0 and above (or the equivalent) are eligible to apply. 

Financial Aid 

A limited number of scholarships, based on demonstrated need or merit, are available.

Applicants should follow the procedure as required by their local office on the web at: 


Applications must be submitted by May 31 for the Autumn / Year applicants and by November 15 for Spring Semester applicants. Applications can be made through the RIS website at:

Please note on the application that you are applying to the Arabic Immersion Program. 



Participants are housed in the modern Scopus Student Village, adjacent to the Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus. Each student is allocated a private air-conditioned bedroom in a suite with 4 other bedrooms as well as a living room, a kitchen and bathroom facilities. A high-speed Internet connection and telephone landline are available for an additional fee. Students must supply their own linens, blankets, pillows, dinnerware and cooking utensils, which can be purchased locally. A supermarket and self-service laundry can be found in the Student Village. Reasonable priced meals and snacks may be purchased on campus as well as in the nearby French Hill shopping center. 


 Health and Counseling Services 

Comprehensive health insurance is included in the tuition fee. Students also have access to an in-house psychologist.  


Madrichim − Counselors
A team of specially selected Israeli students called madrichim reside in the Student Village and facilitate the acclimation of international students to life and society in Israel. In the event of an emergency, a counselor is on call 24-hours-a-day. 


Sports Center
The Lerner Family Indoor Sports Complex, located near the Student Village, includes a semi-Olympic swimming pool, sauna, gym, weight room, spinning studio and aerobic center. Adjacent to the complex are outdoor tennis courts. Students may participate in a wide variety of classes offered at the center. Membership entails an extra fee.


The safety, security and well-being of its students are of primary concern to the Hebrew University. A comprehensive security orientation is given to all students upon arrival. Entrances to the Student Village as well as the Edmond J. Safra and Mount Scopus campuses are guarded, and all of these facilities are patrolled around the clock. Shuttles and buses connect the two campuses. Student activities, whether on- or off-campus, meet the strictest security requirements.




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