Welcome to the Hebrew Program at the University of Virginia.

The Hebrew program at the University of Virginia has grown rapidly over the past decade. We are part of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Culture and collaborate closely with the Jewish Studies Program. At present, we offer classes in beginning, intermediate, and early advanced levels of Modern Hebrew, which completes undergraduates’ foreign language requirement. In addition, we offer advanced literature and culture courses on an independent study basis. The University also offers classes in Biblical Hebrew, through the Religious Studies Department.

Our goal is to train students in all four skills (listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking) of Modern Hebrew. Starting in the first level, we teach the language through engagement with authentic cultural and literary materials – music, newspapers, radio, Internet, novels, poetry, academic texts, TV shows, films, paintings, photos, and so forth. We conduct classes fully in Modern Hebrew and disallow the use of English in our learning environment.

Hebrew Placement Test

Placement / Foreign Language Requirement Exemption for Modern Hebrew

Placement into Modern Hebrew language courses at the University of Virginia is done through a test administered in person by the teacher of the language classes. This test should take about 20-30 minutes. Both written and oral competence in Modern Hebrew will be evaluated.

Who should take the placement test

1. Students who have studied Hebrew before at home or in some setting other than UVa and don't know exactly which class they should enroll to, should take the placement test before they register, and
2. Students who want to be exempted from the College’s Foreign Language requirement.

When to take the test

Placement meetings for the Modern Hebrew program are individual, and should be coordinated with the Modern Hebrew Language Coordinator.

Whom to contact

Please contact Zvi Gilboa, the Modern Hebrew Language Program Coordinator, at zg7s@virginia.edu.

When you will know the result

We will discuss your placement at the end of our meeting.

Hebrew Faculty


Director of Undergraduate Programs, Language Program Coordinator

Assistant Professor, General Faculty

Associate Professor