Hebrew Intensive Winter Program אולפן חורף - Program Description

Hebrew Winter

Program Description

Winter 2020: January 20 – February 13, 2020

The Intensive Hebrew Winter Ulpan brings students from around the world to the University of Haifa to study Hebrew in one of the most effective language learning programs in Israel. The Ulpan is designed for those who want to immerse themselves in an intensive language acquisition experience that is personally enriching as well as academically demanding. Instruction is offered at all levels from beginning to advanced.


Classes are held Sundays through Thursdays in the mornings for five academic hours per day. In addition to learning through textbooks, classes will also involve video sessions, work in the language laboratory, student presentations, and visits to sites on campus such as the Hecht Museum. In addition, classes will have the opportunity each week to listen to a guest lecturer speak about different aspects of life in Israel today.  While the more advanced classes will listen to the lectures and participate in discussions, the beginners’ classes will prepare questions for their guests and hold their own interviews in simple Hebrew.

At the beginning of the Ulpan, 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 proficiency. In the afternoons, students are expected to prepare their homework  which should take approximately 3 hours daily. There will be mid-term and final examinations. The Winter Ulpan awards 5 academic credits for 100 hours of classroom instruction.

For detailed syllabi on each level, see our course catalog . 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 upload all exams into the online application.

Co-Curricular Activities 

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of social activities, including day-trips and cultural events.


The Ulpan is open to all students above the age of 18 who are high school graduates as well as to adult learners.  Please click here  to begin the application process.


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