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Fluency Program

Fluency in Hebrew

Overview

This program offers undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and academics from any field the possibility of mastering Biblical and Modern Hebrew. In the second year, students will be able to choose a specialization between Biblical Hebrew and Modern Hebrew and 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.

Enrollment

Open

Start Date

Sep 1, 2022

Program Length

2 Years

Location

Jerusalem

Courses

Mandatory Courses

First Year: 2022–2023
Second Year: 2023-2024
Language CoursesECTS
Biblical Hebrew20.0
Modern Hebrew30.0
Oral Proficiency in Biblical Hebrew I (Lunches)3.0
Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Introduction to Hebrew Literature1.5
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Philology1.5
Jewish Feasts0.5
Biblical Hebrew TrackECTS
Biblical Hebrew20.0
Modern Hebrew10.0
Oral Proficiency in Biblical Hebrew I (Lunches)3.0
Biblical Hebrew Readings3.0
Qumran Hebrew Readings (taught in Hebrew)2.0
Mishnaic Hebrew Readings (taught in Hebrew)2.0
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Phonology1.0
Speech in Biblical Hebrew6.0
Modern Hebrew TrackECTS
Modern Hebrew30.0
Biblical Hebrew8.0
Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Phonology1.0
Mishnaic Hebrew Readings (taught in Hebrew)2.0
Speech in Modern Hebrew6.0

Elective Courses

Students may register for extra courses from the Elective 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
Classical Syriac5.0
Coptic
Modern Standard Arabic
Theoretical & Practical CoursesECTS
Lexicon, Code, and Interaction2.0
Syntax of Natural Languages2.0
Phonetics and Phonology2.0
Derivational Morphology2.0
The Human Person4.0
The Notion of God According to the Tanakh, Christian Bible and Qur'an2.0
Semitic Palaeography1.5
Applied Philology Seminar 3-6: Practicum40.0
Seminar Paper10.0
Historical Geography8.0
History of the Near East8.0
Selected Near Eastern Language4.0
Issues in Semitic Languages1.5
The Genre of Parables in Gospels and Early Jewish Texts1.5

Mandatory Academic Hours

1000.0

Minimum Elective Academic Hours

200.0

Total Academic Hours

1200.0

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
Issues in Teaching Ancient Languages1.5
Workshops3.0
Assistant Teaching4.0
NOTE: This program is eligible to the Spouse Discount
Entry Requirements
How to Apply
Scholarships
Fees
Syllabus

Entry Requirements

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

Admissions

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 academic letters of recommendation
    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
  • 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.

Scholarships

Callimachus

Full tuition | One Academic Year | 15 hrs/wk of volunteer work

Callimachus is a full tuition scholarship discount for one academic year. The recipient of this scholarship will be required to fulfill 15 hours of volunteer work per week during the academic year.

The recipient will maintain the Polis Academic Library collection and catalogue, as well as supervise fellow student
volunteers in the various tasks necessary for the successful operation of the library.

Prerequisites: Applicants should be registered students at Polis. Candidates should also have previous library experience and at least a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in one of the fields of Humanities.

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 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Demetrius

Full tuition + Stipend | One Academic Year | teaching Ancient Greek

Demetrius scholarship recipients are expected to teach a certain number of academic hours of Ancient Greek in the 2022-2023 academic year. Recipients of this grant will receive a tuition discount and a stipend.

Prerequisites: Candidates should have a BA in one of the fields of Humanities. They should have reading and speaking fluency in Ancient Greek and the experience to teach the language through immersive methods. Only candidates with demonstrable knowledge and experience will be considered for this scholarship.

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 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Hierosolyma

13 000 NIS | One Academic Year | 10 hrs/wk of volunteer work

Hierosolyma is a 13,000 NIS scholarship in the form of a tuition discount for one academic year. Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 10 hours of volunteer work per week during the academic year.

Prerequisites: All applicants should be students of the MA, One Year, or Fluency program at Polis or have begun the application process for the program. All applicants will be required to submit a writing sample once the application form and other documents have been submitted.

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 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Origen

6 000 NIS | One Academic Year | 7 hrs/wk of volunteer work

Origen is a 6,000 NIS scholarship in the form of a tuition discount for one academic year. Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 7 hours of volunteer work per week during the academic year.

Prerequisites: All applicants should be students of the MA, One Year, or Fluency program at Polis or have begun the application process for the program. All applicants will be required to submit a writing sample once the application form and other documents have been submitted.

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 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Plato

19 500 NIS | One Academic Year | 12 hrs/wk of volunteer work

Plato is a 19,500 NIS scholarship in the form of a tuition discount for one academic year. Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 12 hours of volunteer work per week during the academic year.

Prerequisites: All applicants should be students of the MA, One Year, or Fluency program at Polis or have begun the application process for the program. All applicants will be required to submit a writing sample once the application form and other documents have been submitted.

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 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Virgilius

Full tuition | One Academic Year | 20 hrs/wk of volunteer work

Virgilius is a full tuition scholarship discount for one academic year. Students who receive this grant will be required to fulfill 20 hours of volunteer work per week during the academic year.

Prerequisites: All applicants should be fluent in Latin and students of the MA, One Year, or Fluency program at Polis or have begun the application process for the program. All applicants will be required to submit a writing sample once the application form and other documents have been submitted.

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 2022-2023 academic year.

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Fees

Application Fee

ILS 500

For processing the application

Registration Fee

ILS 4000

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.

Self-Financed Student Discount

ILS 7000

Discount is available for students who are financing their studies from their own resources or loans or their close family.

Early Registration Discount

ILS 2000

Discount is available for students who register and pay in full by June 1, 2022.

Tuition Fee

ILS 27 000 to 36 000 / year

Disclaimer

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