Last updated February 25th 2019
Looking to survive in Israel? Learning Hebrew is key – here are a few tips about places to learn…
1. Subsidised Ulpans
Probably Tel Aviv’s most famous Ulpan, although not necessarily the best. For beginners, try and make sure you can get in an aliyah class if possible – the teachers are better, your fellow students are more committed, and you have more teaching hours every week
- Lasalle 7, Tel Aviv
- 40 classes running simultaneously at any time, from Kita Aleph to Kita Daled
- Accept vouchers for new olim
Relatively new Ulpan (four years old) that tries to differentiate itself from Gordon with smaller class sizes (less than 25)
- Lillenblum 7, Tel Aviv
- Kita Aleph to Kita Daled
- Accept vouchers for new olim
Founded in 2008 by oleh Ami Steinberger, Ulpan La-Inyan builds confidence in students’ ability to speak Hebrew through carefully-planned, engaging lessons based on the method developed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur. Students will feel improvement in their Hebrew after each class.
- Centrally-located at 94A Allenby St, Tel Aviv
- Classes are typically 3 or 4 days a week, for an hour and a half. Morning, afternoon and evening options.
- 6 levels available.
- Accept vouchers for new olim.
* Get 100-shekel discount off a group course (50-shekels off with the earlybird discount) and/or 99-shekel trial private lesson with the Secret Tel Aviv VIP Card *
2. Private Ulpans
Ulpan Bayit (not subsidised)
Founded in 2014, an up-to-date Hebrew school, using texts from Israeli media, poems, short stories… All this backed up with the Hebrew textbooks of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Their mission is to create a young and modern teaching environment.
- 25 Matalon Street, Tel-Aviv
- They offer small classes of up to ten students, with classes available in the morning or evening.
- Price is always 2,500 NIS per course of 80 hours – 1 learning unit is 45min lesson
- Klita Aleph to Advanced
This Is Not An Ulpan (not subsidised)
Really fun and informal way to learn Hebrew. This is Not an Ulpan offers several topics per semester with varying levels of difficulty. The motto is “we don’t learn Hebrew, we learn in Hebrew”. Example topics are Israeli Cinema, Women in Israeli Society, and Israeli Politics. Even though each course has a facilitator, they work according to the principles of critical pedagogy – everyone is actively involved in shaping the learning process.
- Hayarkon 70, Tel Aviv
- Courses typically cost a few hundred shekels per semester
UAB – Ulpan Aviv Bertele (not subsidised)
Want to learn Hebrew but tired of getting lost in a huge Ulpan class? Want to learn Hebrew that will actually help you participate in Israeli society? Aviv’s classes offer:
- An intimate learning environment for groups of eight students or less
- A focus on learning and speaking practical Hebrew
- A comfortable classroom conveniently located in North Tel Aviv
- New courses are offered year round.
- Horkanos 26
3. Intensive Summer Ulpans
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If your are an international living in Israel and would like to improve your Hebrew and English, while taking core preparatory courses for an academic degree, this is the perfect program for you.
- Tel Aviv University, Levanon 55
- Offer medium and advanced level courses
- Courses cost $5,500
Excellent Ulpan with teachers from Raanana Ulpan (consistently rated the best Ulpan in Israel). Like Tel Aviv University, cram five months of material into only six weeks
- IDC University, Natan Alterman Street, Herzliya
- Offer courses from beginner through to advanced
- Courses cost ~900 shekels for Olim Chadashim
4. Private Hebrew Teachers
Great for individuals who really need one on one attention as the teacher will focus on your specific needs and solely focus on your areas where you struggle.
While learning not quite at the speed of light, Ulpan Or does have good teachers, and provides all students with a portable electronic device with lessons to teach yourself.
- Koifman Street 4
Ulpan Aviv was founded in July 2009 and offers 1-on-1 classes.
- Hayarkon 74 St. Tel Aviv
Guy offers tours of Tel Aviv graffiti, taking in Hebrew words on the way.
5. Kibbutz Ulpans
Reputation for being one of the best Ulpan in Israel. Students live on the kibbutz, study in the morning and work in the afternoon. Interesting fact: Stanley Fisher is an alumni
- Kibbutz Ma’agan, located about 45 minutes north of Tel Aviv (next to Zikron Yaakov) | website
- For beginners only – two classes a year – February to June and August to December
6. Fun Links on the internet to Learn Hebrew
- Guy Sharrett from Streetwise Hebrew has a great list of Israeli songs and Hebrew lyrics on his website and classes on TLV1 radio
- Cool Buzzfeed link with some of the most popular Hebrew words
- Blogpost with five of the most important words
- By Word of Mouth – free audio course
- There are loads of awesome Israeli series which often have English and Hebrew subtitles – check out Ramzor, Hatufim, Asfur, and Red Band
- Daily Dose of Hebrew from Ulpan La-Inyan
- Teach Me Hebrew
- Hebrew Anki Decks
- WordReference Hebrew Forums
- Morfix Dictionary