Hebrew Semester Courses אולפן סמסטריאלי

Semester Hebrew Courses

Fall 2018: October 9, 2018 - January 3, 2019.

Spring 2019: February 19, 2019– May 30, 2019.


The Hebrew language semester program, also known as the Semester Ulpan, is designed for those who want to immerse themselves in a language acquisition experience that is personally enriching as well as academically demanding. Instruction is offered at all levels from beginners with no knowledge of the language to advanced classes.The program focuses on strengthening all four major skills: writing, reading, speaking and comprehension. Students who only wantto enroll in the semester Ulpan of the International School are considered part-time students. During the academic semesters (September – January and February – June) Hebrew classes meet four days per week, Mondays through Thursdays, for two hours each morning. This program is open to students of the International School, tourists, new and 'old' immigrants, who want to improve their Hebrew skills.

At the beginning of the semester, students will take a written and oral placement exam. This exam will be used to place students in the most appropriate class for their level of efficiency. The Ulpan classes are relatively small and each student is given a great deal of personal attention and an opportunity to interact with both fellow students and the teacher. In addition to traditional learning through textbooks, classes will also involve computer and video sessions, work in the language laboratory, and student presentations.

For detailed syllabi on each level, see course catalog under Hebrew and Arabic Languages - Semester Programs. For a list of books used in each level click here.

Placement Exam

Click here to download the Hebrew Placement Test. It is mandatory to fill out as much as you can and then return it to the Admissions Office via email upon completion of your online application. If you are a beginner, then please write this in the lined section on the first page of the test. Please email all exams to: infoint@univ.haifa.ac.il

Tuition and Fees
For Hebrew language tuition and fees, please click here.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For information regarding scholarships and financial aid, please click here.

Part-time students are not eligible to live in campus housing, nor may they participate in trips and tours.

The Hebrew Language Ulpan is open to all students and adult learners with a high school diploma above the age of 18. Please click here for application process and deadlines.


Intensive Hebrew
For students interested in a one-month Intensive Hebrew Ulpan, we offer one session every winter (mid-January to mid-February) and two sessions every summer (July and August).

Intensive Hebrew Winter Ulpan
Intensive Hebrew Summer Ulpan

Please Note: Course levels change each session depending on the participating students.


     Meet Our Students

Molly K

      Molly Karten 21, University of Texas Austin, Texas USA

      Why Haifa?

I chose to study at the University of Haifa because I wanted something different. Although Haifa is the third largest city in Israel, a lot of people I know have never been there. I have found since living here that it is one of the most diverse cities in Israel and there is so much to explore! The University of Haifa is not your typical university. As an international student, I’ve met not only other Americans, but also people from Europe, Africa, and Central America.

       What do you like most about Haifa?

     I love the variety of courses I get to take and the chance to study Hebrew with a native Hebrew speaker. The administrative staff at the International school are amazing and so helpful, they are like your home away from home. Lastly, the environment in Haifa is beautiful. I wouldn’t change my experience abroad for any other place!

     Meet Our Students

Margherita P

      Margherita Piromalli 23, University of Trento, Genova Italy

      Why Haifa?

I chose Haifa because it meant being in one place and getting to know people all from all over the world; different languages, cultures, religions and backgrounds. All of them made have made a great difference in my experience, and thanks to them, I am richer than the day before and each day is full of new surprises and learning experiences.


What do you like most about Haifa?

Haifa University offers a high level of education. Classes are inspiring and amazing, and being able to take language courses has helped me to live my experience fully. Haifa is definitely my home, far away from home.

Thank you Haifa, thank you Israel!