Hebrew San Francisco: Ulpan

Hebrew San Francisco: Ulpan is a three-week intensive Hebrew language program offered by the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice.

We welcome anyone interested in the Hebrew language, and offer multiple levels of instruction in small class settings. Students of all ages thrive in our supportive, high energy, learning community while receiving individual attention. Emphasis is placed on conversation, accompanied by reading and writing (the latter includes grammar). The learning experience is enhanced by various teaching aids such as video, film clips, songs, drama, and audio material. Extracurricular activities include guest lecturers, Friday communal lunches, singing, and dancing.

I was in [Level Two] and absolutely loved the class. Ruti was an exceptional teacher. Truly engaging and knew how to keep us talking in Hebrew for the whole class despite our lack of knowledge. I've never had such a great language teacher, and the Friday get-togethers with the whole group gave it such a nice community feel.

—Student, summer 2016


Summer 2019 dates are Monday through Friday, July 8 to July 26, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hebrew Instruction Levels

Students are placed in Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced classes according to their fluency.

  • Level One - focuses on the alphabet, basic vocabulary, and the present tense.
  • Level Two - for beginners-plus, explores these areas more intensively.
  • Levels Three and Four - advance students' learning in order to master the past and future tenses.
  • Level Five - focuses on conversation proficiency wherein students explore more complex texts.

The range of “Level” options is based upon the number of students we have in a given summer. Though we generally offer Levels I-IV, Level V is offered intermittently.

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

Certificate and Academic Credit

A certificate of completion is awarded at the end of the program. 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 our Hebrew San Francisco: Ulpan Associate Director, Oren Kroll-Zeldin - omkrollzeldin@usfca.edu.​

I left for an 8 month stay in Israel [immediately] after the program and felt that I had a very solid foundation, which allowed me to pick things up easily and feel comfortable in my work environment.

—Rachel, Summer 2015

I learned more Hebrew in 3 weeks than I learned in a semester of university Hebrew.

—Joan, summer 2016

More Info

Program Information & Campus Housing
​Hebrew San Francisco: Ulpan Associate Director
Oren Kroll-Zeldin
(415) 422-6601