Hebrew Courses in Jerusalem
The Bible Language in the Holy City
While there are many Hebrew schools in Israel, students from all over the world choose to live and learn in Jerusalem. The unique city is known for its religious and historical sites as well as for its cultural institutions. The Old City which includes The Western Wall, Al Aqsa Mosque and The Church of Holy Sepulcher is a must see destination. Israel Museum, Yad Vashem, the various promenades, Ein Kerem and Mamillah areas, the city's exciting markets and the city's clubs and bars will make your time in Jerusalem truly unforgettable.
Many institutions in the city offer Hebrew courses (ulpan)
. In most places the classes are divided into different levels, so students with or without prior knowledge of the language will find the courses that suit them the most. If you do know some Hebrew you will be asked to take an exam to determine your level.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Har Hatzofim (Mount Scopus)
The Hebrew University offers intensive summer and winter courses. The duration of the 100 hours courses are four weeks, studied five mornings a week (Sun-Thu). It costs $1,250.
Hebrew University also offers semestrial courses for its students that take place three mornings per week (10 weekly hours). Tuition is approx. $1,000 (less for full time students).
It also offers The Hebrew Immersion Program that is open for students and professionals. The five month track (January-May) includes a 4 week ulpan, additional Hebrew classes, cultural activities and internships in Israeli companies and NGOs
. Tuition fees are $7,900.
All students may stay at the Hebrew University's dormitories for additional costs: winter or summer ulpan is approx. $700 (four weeks), a full year is $5,700, while housing for a term would cost $2,350 - $2,970.
Beit Etzion Ulpan
The ulpan classes take place at the Beit Canada Absorption Center, 27 David Raziel St., Talpiot Mizrach near Armon Hanatziv Neighborhood. The program is open for new immigrants (Olim Hadashim) - college graduates, singles or couples without children aged 22 – 35. Only the staying at the place costs money - NIS 7,000, covering rent, lunch and dinner during a five-month stay.
The five months program begins in January and in July each year. You may choose to take morning classes (8:30 – 12:30) or evening classes (17:00 – 20:30), five times a week (Sun-Thu). Off-campus students need a special confirmation to join the classes.
Ulpan Or is located at 43a Emek Refaim St. in the German Colony neighborhood. It offers Hebrew courses and workshops for individuals, families and groups. You can choose a track that lasts between one day and two weeks. Two weeks group programs that also include tours around Jerusalem cost between $1,200 and $1,400. Private courses and classes are also offered. Ulpan Or has a cooperation with Abraham Hostel Jerusalem (67 HaNevi'Im St.), so that students can get special relates at the hostel.
The Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem
Located at the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center, 8 Agron Street, The Conservative Yeshiva offers three-week summer sessions
(beginning late June or mid-late July) of Hebrew classes. The classes take place 5 times a week from 9:00 – 12:30.
Students may also attend afternoon classes involving mainly Jewish thought or take part in volunteer work in many centers around Jerusalem such as Battered Women's Shelter, Community Gardens and centers for the disabled. Students may take only morning classes without attending the afternoon classes and social activities.
All students may stay at the Yeshiva in the center of Jerusalem. Agron Street is truly one of the best locations in Jerusalem as it is in short walking distance to the Old City and to many restaurants and bars in the center of Jerusalem.
Ulpan only costs $550 for one session; $800 for both sessions. Costs of Ulpan with afternoon studies or volunteering are $800 for one session; $1,100 for both sessions. Housing expenses are not included.
Ulpan New Milah
Ulpan New Milah is situated at 5 Hahistadrut St. and offers courses in six levels (aleph – vav). Students could go from studying their first few words and Hebrew alphabet in course aleph to speaking fluently and watching Israeli movies in level vav. Morning (9:00 – 12:00) and evening (17:30 – 20:30) sessions are available. Each semester takes place over the course of four months, starting in April, June and October.
Tuition fees are NIS 910 – NIS 2,920. New immigrants pay less (between NIS 730 and NIS 2,340). The cost of each of the three beginners courses (Aleph – Gimmel) is NIS 2,920 (NIS 2,340 for new immigrants). Ulpan New Milah does not provide housing.