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Language Instruction 

A flexible academic framework is available for students who wish to participate in graduate language courses in Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, Akkadian, Literary Arabic, Colloquial Arabic, Greek and Modern Hebrew.  While this is a non-degree program,  a full transcript will be provided in order to facilitate the transfer of credit to the student's home university.  

In general, language studies begin in the autumn semester of every year. In certain cases, it is possible to join language classes during the spring semester, pending proof of the student's language level as well as the teacher's permission. 

Language 

Levels 

Placement Exam 

Biblical Hebrew 

 

Biblical Hebrew is offered on three levels. Each level extends over one academic year. 

Students must take a placement exam prior to the academic year in order to determine their language level. 

Biblical Aramaic 

Biblical Aramaic is offered every other year if there are enough registered students. 


Akkadian 

Akkadian is offered on two levels. Each level extends over one academic year. 

 

Literary Arabic 

 

Literary Arabic is offered on two levels: elementary and advanced.  

Students must take a placement exam prior to the academic year in order to determine their academic level. 

Colloquial Arabic 

Colloquial Arabic is offered on the elementary level only. 

 

Greek 

Greek is offered on the elementary level only: part I during the autumn semester and part II during the spring semester. 

 

Modern Hebrew 

 

Modern Hebrew is offered on six levels. 

Please check the Modern Hebrew website. 

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Continuing Studies at the Hebrew University 
Students who decide to pursue a graduate degree at the Hebrew University at either the RIS or one of the Hebrew University faculties/schools may use their time in the Graduate Year Program to improve their Hebrew and fulfill certain degree requirements.  

Course Load 
Students are normally expected to study for a full academic year but may opt to enroll for one semester only. Students studying for only one semester may request to study part-time, i.e. they may enroll in up to two semester courses. Students coming for the academic year may request to study part-time, i.e. they may enroll in up to four semester courses. Note that a year-long course (i.e. a course extending over two semesters) is equal to two semester courses. 

Admission Requirements and Application 
Qualified students with a bachelor's degree from accredited institutions of higher education are eligible for admission to the program. Admission is competitive and based on transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students should have at least a 3.2 ("B") grade-point average.  

Candidates who did not previously study at an educational institution where the language of instruction is English must submit official TOEFL scores or the equivalent. The minimum TOEFL score required is 573 on the paper-based test, 230 on the computer-based test or 89 on the Internet-based test.   

Candidates are welcome to apply to this program in one of the following academic frameworks:  

Visiting Students – Students who have received a bachelor's degree but have not yet begun a graduate programme. 
Visiting Graduate Students – Students who are studying toward or have received their M.A. 
Visiting Research Students – Students who are studying toward or have received a Ph.D. 

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