Intensive Hebrew Ulpan
About the Program
Each undergraduate semester or year-long program at TAU International is preceded by a mandatory intensive Hebrew course called Ulpan. This offers students the opportunity to develop their Hebrew language skills and prepares them for life in Israel. The Ulpan is also open for individuals who just want to come for the Summer/Winter and learn Hebrew.
Classes are held from Sunday- Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
There are several options:
- Winter Ulpan (Jan/Feb) January 18 – February 15 2018, taught prior to the spring semester (4 credits)
- Beginners Ulpan (June/July) June 10 - July 22, 2018, only for beginners (4 credits)
- Short Summer Ulpan (All Levels) (July/Aug) July 25 - August 16, 2018 (4 credits)
- Long Summer Ulpan (All Levels) (July/Sep) July 25 - September 8, 2018 (6 credits)
Please check the academic calendar for exact dates.
Students who are continuing with the semester program may take additional Hebrew courses. These are taught at different levels.
Fees and Expenses
|Beginners Hebrew Ulpan||60||1,450||1,200||2,710|
|Intensive Hebrew Ulpan (4 Weeks, August) (2)||60||1,450||800||2,310|
|Intensive Hebrew Ulpan (6-7 Weeks, August-September)||60||1,700||1,200||2,960|
*Application fee is non refundable
Hebrew Studies Courses
The Hebrew studies curriculum is designed to teach language skills and also focus on themes related to Israeli life, such as geography, the environment, history, and current cultural events. We believe that students of this program come to Israel with the expectation of acquiring the language in its cultural, historical, and contemporary context.
The program also includes trips to places of special interest, guided viewing of Israeli films, exposure to Hebrew literature, and a focus on Israeli arts, theater, music, and dance.
The curriculum can be studied at 11 levels.
Beginner's level: This is taught as an intensive course only. The other levels are offered as both intensive and semester-long courses.
Basic levels: Levels 1, 2, and 3 are taught as intensive courses or semester courses of 8 hours per week
Intermediate levels: Levels 4, 5, and 6 are taught as intensive courses or semester courses of 8 hours per week
Higher levels: Levels 6 and 7 are taught as intensive courses or semester courses of 6 hours per week
Advanced levels: Levels 8, 9, and 10-11 are taught as intensive courses or semester courses of 6 hours per week
The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe:
This scholarship will be funding 5 grants of up to USD 1,450 for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers of Jewish Studies in Europe who will be attending Tel Aviv University Summer Ulpan. The scholarship will cover the tuition of the summer ulpan program and the purpose of this assistance is to gain or improve the language skills necessary for your research. Post-doctoral applicants must have received their doctoral degree no more than 5 years before the closing date of the current grant round. Eligible students must come from the EU and show how the Hebrew Ulpan will contribute to research and studies within the field of Jewish Studies. Candidates must have already completed their BA to be eligible for this scholarship. Complete and follow the instructions on the scholarship form and the guidelines below to apply.
Applicants who are interested in applying for the grant should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last date for applications is: June 20, 2018.
Ms. Tamar Grushka Shtern, Admissions Desk: email@example.com
Mrs. Jesica Blumenfeld, General Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eligible EU graduate and Doctoral Students researchers of Jewish Studies may apply to the scholarship. Click here for the forms.
Here's what on of our students, Stormy Allen, had to say about her Summer expirience:
After spending six weeks in Israel this summer, I can still hardly grasp the lasting impact of the experience and the opportunity that I was given to travel and study there.
For several months last year, I toyed with the idea of fitting a Hebrew language course into my school schedule, and even fantasized about learning Hebrew in Israel. The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in it, they say.
I wish I could say that I thoughtfully brought these dreams to fruition and applied to study abroad and for the Stroum Center Opportunity Grant with months to spare, but I have to admit that that wasn’t the case. Rather, one day I came home from school to realize that that day was the deadline for both the Opportunity Grant application AND for study abroad programs in Israel for summer quarter. My heart knew (had known for a while) what I wanted to do, so my writing was confident as I applied that evening to both Tel Aviv University’s Ulpan (beginning immersive Hebrew language course) and to the Stroum Center for their Opportunity Grant. The next thing I remember is my two-day journey to Israel at the beginning of June.Having traveled solo to a foreign country in the past, I expected to feel the usual combination of anxiety and excitement, but Israel felt different. I spent my first few days in Jerusalem before settling into Tel Aviv and instantly felt the warmth of the city. I remember nervously looking around at all of the signs written in a different alphabet and feeling reassured by the hope that I might be able to read those same signs in the next six weeks of my journey!
Like many things, the beginning of my experience was the toughest. Imagine walking to an 8:30 am class in a typical temperature of 95˚F to have a woman speak Hebrew at you for five hours. I felt like a child learning how to read for the first time, and I looked like one too, as I sounded out every word in slow motion. This did not last forever, of course, because I eventually started to have victories in my memorization and started to read faster.
My improvement didn’t equate to me speaking Hebrew fluently, but it did bring back fond memories from elementary school. Back in third grade, my teacher gave out “Paper Plate Awards” to every student based on their individual abilities. Those who know me personally might guess that I was awarded “Most Talkative,” but that wasn’t until high school, believe it or not. I was awarded “Most Fluent Reader” of my third grade class, and I remember wondering what the word “fluent” even meant. I know what it means now (I promise) and I’m proud to say that I even know how to read, write, and speak a little Hebrew.
All jokes aside, I’m genuinely proud of what I was able to accomplish in my time at Tel Aviv University. Receiving an Opportunity Grant from the Stroum Center helped make this possible. Having the chance to tour Israel, make new friends from around the globe, and visit Jerusalem almost every weekend completed my study abroad experience. Israel feels like a home away from home to me, and I deeply miss the people (stray cats included) and the chance to read those Hebrew signs around me.
Stormy Allen is a senior at the University of Washington majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Jewish Studies and Dance. She intends to work in the actuarial science field after graduation and to continue to travel internationally.