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Fluency Program

Fluency in Arabic


This program offers undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and academics from any field the possibility of mastering Spoken and Modern Standard Arabic. Students will be able to cover all the levels of the language of choice from a total beginner's level to acquire reading, writing, and speaking proficiency, with the option to take additional theoretical and practical courses closely linked to the target language’s cultural milieu.

The application form is available online and in printable format. Scholarships are also available for this program.



Start Date

Sep 1, 2020

Program Length

2 Years


ILS 26,000 / Year




Mandatory Courses

First Year: 2020-2021
Second Year: 2021–2022
Language CoursesECTS
Modern Standard Arabic 16.0
Modern Standard Arabic 26.0
Spoken Arabic 1 (Intensive)8.0
Spoken Arabic 28.0
Spoken Arabic 38.0

Students with no prior knowledge of the target language must start with Level I. Students with prior knowledge must complete a written and oral placement test and receive a grade in order to validate a level.

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Introduction to Arabic Literature2.0
Arabic Philosophy1.5
Language CoursesECTS
Modern Standard Arabic 36.0
Modern Standard Arabic 46.0
Spoken Arabic 48.0
Spoken Arabic 58.0

Students with no prior knowledge of the target language must start with Level I. Students with prior knowledge must complete a written and oral placement test and receive a grade in order to validate a level.

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Applied Philology Seminar 1: Arabic Folklore & Popular Stories1.0
Applied Philology Seminar 2: Arabic in Media1.5
Speech in Arabic6.0

Elective Courses

Students may register for 60.0 ECTS from the Elective course list below over the two years without additional fees. Elective registrations outside of this amount will be subject to the regular course fee as listed in the Administrative Office. Elective courses are subject to change.

Language CoursesECTS
Spoken Arabic 68.0
Spoken Arabic Advanced4.0
Biblical Hebrew I10.0
Biblical Hebrew II10.0
Biblical Hebrew III (Intensive)6.0
Biblical Hebrew IV6.0
Biblical Hebrew V6.0
Biblical Hebrew Readings3.0
Modern Hebrew (Aleph, Aleph+, Beth, Beth+, Gimel, Gimel+)10.0
Classical Syriac5.0
Bohairic Coptic I3.0
Bohairic Coptic II3.0
Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Philology1.5
Lexicon, Code, and Interaction2.0
Syntax of Natural Languages2.0
Issues in Semitic Languages1.5
Rabbinic and Early Christian Literature1.5
Semitic Palaeography1.5
Introduction to Ugaritic Language & Literature2.0
Jewish Feasts0.5
The Notion of God According to the Tanakh, Christian Bible and Qur'an1.0
Applied Philology Seminar 1: Practicum1.0
Applied Philology Seminar 2: Practicum1.5
Applied Philology Seminar 3-6: Practicum10.0
Seminar Paper10.0
Islamic Modernity in Modern and Contemporary Arab Thought1.5
History of the Near East I2.0
History of the Near East II2.0
History of the Near East III2.0
History of the Near East IV2.0

Mandatory ECTS


Elective ECTS


Total ECTS


Emphasis in Teaching Ancient & Modern Languages

MA graduates and students registered in the second year of the MA or have the equivalent language level according to the Polis method may apply to the Emphasis in Teaching Ancient & Modern Languages, a track that focuses on the particularities of teaching languages in an immersive setting. Students following this track will gain first-hand experience in teaching and the ability to participate in methodological courses and workshops. Registration for the Emphasis track grants an additional 8.5 ECTS free of charge.

Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Assistant Teaching4.0
Issues in Teaching Ancient Languages1.5
Entry Requirements
How to Apply

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized university is required.
  • Students are expected to be fluent in English.


Please prepare the following documents in order to apply. Application can be submitted online or by mail.

  • A filled application form
  • A letter of motivation
  • Two letters of recommendation - at least one should be from an academic reference.
    Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by each reference (both through email or post).
  • A copy of your B.A. diploma or equivalent with description of courses and grades
    Transcripts must be sent directly from each university
  • An official copy of your B.A. transcript and other relevant transcripts
  • CV or résumé
  • A copy of the main page of your passport, with Israeli stamps if applicable
  • Two passport photographs
    Passport photos should be sent by post. Candidates who submit their applications after May 1 may submit clear digital passport photos.
  • Application Fee of 500 NIS

All documents must be submitted as PDF. Files should include the candidate’s family name followed by the item name (ex: Rodriguez passport copy). Documents can be sent individually.

Applications are examined by the Academic Board, which decides on the admission in the weeks following the submission of the full application.



100% + Stipend | Two Academic Years | 30 hrs/wk of volunteer work

This scholarship will cover 100% of tuition for two academic years, in the form of a tuition discount.

The recipient will receive a stipend up to 3,600 NIS per month. An additional stipend of 5,000 NIS may be awarded by the Management committee based on merit. Failure to fulfill the requirements will result in the revocation of the scholarship and the student will be responsible for paying the tuition in full.

Task Description: Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 30 hours of volunteer work per week in promotion during the academic year.

Prerequisites: Candidates should be students of a graduate program at Polis or have begun the application process. Candidates should also have demonstrable experience with Microsoft Office, Photoshop, website design, and social media.

NB: This grant is subject to the General Requisites of the Grant Fund, which can be found on the application form and upon request from the Administrative Office. These policies are in effect for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Deadline: September 1, 2020


Application Fee

ILS 500

For processing the application

Registration Fee

ILS 3,000

Students who have been accepted to a program will be asked to confirm their attendance by paying the registration fee which is part of the total tuition fee for the academic year when they begin their studies.

Tuition Fee

ILS 26,000 / year


This program entitles the student to receive a Certificate in Arabic Fluency from the Polis Institute.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)=Credits
1 ECTS=10 Academic Hours (not including Field Trips and Intensive Courses)