Ulpan Programs


Ulpan in the Absorption center

Almost every absorption center has classrooms for Hebrew study, or Ulpan. A few absorption centers do not offer classes on-site, but they are associated with nearby Ulpanim. In any case, the five-month Ulpan is compulsory for all absorption center residents.
Hebrew study is central to the absorption center’s goal, which is your rapid and relatively painless entry into Israeli society. There are usually several levels of study, and you will be tested to determine your placement level.

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The Ulpan Department

in the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption provides new immigrants with counseling on the choice of a suitable Ulpan, as well as funding of Ulpan studies. New immigrants are exempted from Ulpan tuition fees for their first 18 months in Israel, or 24 months if you rely on income insurance. Travel costs are also refundable if you are not getting the Absorption Basket and the Ulpan is away from your residential area.

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Second-chance Ulpanim

Second chance Ulpan Program is designed for immigrants who came to Israel in the years 1989-1997 and have not completed their Hebrew language studies, for any reason.

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Ulpan for children and youth

In addition to children and youth classes in regular Ulpanim, there is a special Ulpan for ages 10-18 operated by the Municipality of Jerusalem. Studies include not only Hebrew language but also various enrichment studies and social and cultural activities, in order to enable a smooth transition to a regular school.

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Ulpan Etzion

Ulpan Etzion in Jerusalem is the ideal combination between an Ulpan and an absorption center. It offers accommodations in a pastoral location, yet with lively student atmosphere, as well as intensive Hebrew courses, cultural and recreational activities, and consulting on absorption in Israel.

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Kibbutz Ulpan

The Kibbutz Ulpan, one of the most successful Aliyah program, is a five-month program for young adults (aged 17-28) combining intensive Hebrew language courses with working and living in a kibbutz.

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Additional Ulpanim

The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption operates a number of additional Ulpanim: