Registration & Tuition

Registration and payment for both Arabic and Hebrew are completed online.

For current USF students who intend to take either Arabic or Hebrew for academic credit, please contact the Assistant Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, Oren Kroll-Zeldin.

Tuition

Tuition for the program is $1,500.

Scholarships

Thanks to generous support from the Germanacos Foundation, we will be able to provide scholarships for the summer program. For more information, please contact the Assistant Director of the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, Oren Kroll-Zeldin.

Cancellation Policy

Students who cancel their registration before June 1 will receive a 50% refund of tuition paid; those who cancel before July 1 will receive a 25% refund of tuition paid. Cancellations made July 1 or thereafter are non-refundable.

Other Costs

Tuition fees do not include student textbooks, parking passes (when applicable), notebooks, or writing implements (i.e., pens/pencils). All students will receive a digital copy of the book used for instruction. If students want a hard copy of the book, they are responsible for purchasing it themselves.

PARKING PASS

Students can purchase a parking pass from the USF Department of Public Safety for the full three weeks. When making your purchase select "Hebrew San Francisco: Ulpan Permit" or “Arabic San Francisco Permit,” depending on your program. You will need to provide your license plate info. and vehicle year, make, model, and color.

  • Cost: $65
  • Deadline: Friday, July 6 before 5 p.m.

Parking pass purchases will be available June 1.

Permits will be distributed by the Hebrew San Francisco: Ulpan and Arabic San Francisco staff on the first Monday morning of class in Kalmanovitz Hall.

Permits purchased after the deadline will take a minimum of two days to process.

FAQs

Applying

  • By completing the online registration, which is necessary to make payment, you will have completed the official application process.

  • Students who cancel their registration before June 1 will receive a 50% refund of tuition paid; those who cancel before July 1 will receive a 25% refund of tuition paid. Cancellations made July 1 or thereafter are non-refundable.

  • Thanks to generous support from the Germanacos Foundation, we will be able to provide scholarships for the summer program. For more information, please contact the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice Assistant Director, Oren Kroll-Zeldin.

  • There is limited housing available on campus. For information on housing opportunities, please contact the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice Assistant Director, Oren Kroll-Zeldin.​ Note that we will be unable to fulfill housing requests made after May 15.​

  • Most students range in age from 20 through 75+, but there is no age requirement. On occasion, we have had middle school students. If the student applicant is a minor, please contact the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice Assistant Director, Oren Kroll-Zeldin.​ In most cases, we can make the appropriate accommodations.

  • All students, except those with no prior knowledge of Arabic or Hebrew, will be given a placement exam. We will call students prior to the program start to determine placement.

Program Details

  • Hebrew San Francisco: Ulpan was founded by Professor Andrew Heinze in 1998 under the name Ulpan San Francisco. It is the longest, continuously run intensive Hebrew language program in the United States. The Arabic San Francisco program was started in the summer of 2020.

  • Visit our faculty page.

  • We teach Modern Hebrew.

    Biblical and Modern Hebrew are different. Though learning Modern Hebrew can assist someone with Biblical Hebrew, overall these are two different forms of Hebrew that should be studied separately.

  • We teach the Levantine dialect of Spoken Arabic, however, students in Level I will spend the first part of the program learning to read and write in Arabic.

  • Our focus is on speaking, reading, and writing in that order.

  • A certificate of completion is awarded. Currently, no university credit is given.

    However, in exceptional situations, we are able to offer the option of taking the course for university credit. For more information, please contact the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice Assistant Director, Oren Kroll-Zeldin.​

  • Students who complete either the Arabic or Hebrew program receive an official USF certificate with their name, the name of our summer program, the number of hours of Arabic or Hebrew language that were completed, and the level of Arabic or Hebrew language that was completed.

Attending

  • We are located on USF's main campus. Registered students will be notified of the exact on-campus location prior to beginning the program.

  • Class is typically held from 9–10:30 a.m. followed by a 15-minute break; class from 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. followed by a 45-minute lunch break; and class again from 1–2 p.m.

  • Yes. Students are responsible for bringing a notebook and something to write with to each class.

  • Not necessarily. During the summer, most of USF’s dining halls are closed. However, the main dining hall on Main Campus is opened during regular business hours (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). There are a number of food options at this dining hall including vegetarian meals.

    In terms of kashrut (keeping kosher), the dining hall is not a certified kosher establishment. Students who have strict dietary needs should plan on bringing their own lunches to school.

  • Of course. There will be restrooms and water fountains available near our classrooms.