FAQs

Q: I am a complete beginner. I cannot read the Hebrew Alphabet and I do not have any knowledge of vocabulary. Is there a class in your program for a student like me?

A: Of course! HEBR 1010: Introduction to Modern Hebrew I. This course is intended for complete beginners. Please note that this course is offered only in the fall. The spring semester of Beginners level is the second course in the Hebrew sequence. If you do not take the first semester in the fall, you will have to wait until next fall.

Q: I learned Hebrew in Hebrew school many years ago. I forgot most of my Hebrew. For which class should I register?

A: Please take the Hebrew placement test and you will be notified about your placement. For info about the test, please visit the Placement Test webpage.

Q: I graduated from a Yeshiva high school and I am quite proficient in Hebrew. Am I exempt from language requirement in Hebrew?

A: Only if you take the Hebrew placement test and place out. If you are not exempt, you will be notified about your placement. For more information, please visit the Placement test website.

Q: I am a transfer student. In my previous college I took Hebrew courses. Am I exempt from language requirement in Hebrew?

A: The University of Virginia requires you to complete four semesters of Hebrew, in which classes meet five hours a week. If you took the same number of hours in your previous college, you may be exempt. Please present your transcript from your previous college to the Hebrew Language Program Coordinator.

Q: I was born in the U.S. but my family speaks Hebrew at home. I speak Hebrew, but I do not read well and I cannot write Hebrew at all. For which class should I register?

A: Please speak to the Hebrew Language Program Coordinator.