The Modern Hebrew program at Duke stresses content learning and communication while focusing on the salient linguistic characteristics of Hebrew. The content-driven curriculum utilizes innovative materials developed at Duke as well as external materials widely recognized to be the "golden standard" in the teaching of Hebrew as a foreign language. The 4-year program offers students of all levels—from true novices to fluent heritage students—the opportunity to acquire and fine-tune their linguistic command of the Hebrew language in multiple registers.

Placement in a Hebrew language class follows the AMES department placement policy.

Self-Assessment Guidelines

Please use the following guidelines to determine if you need to take a placement test.  If you are unsure about whether or not you need to take a placement test—or if you have answered "yes" to any of the following questions—please contact the program coordinator Sarah Baker

Do any of the following apply to you?
  • I have a parent or grandparent who speaks/spoke Hebrew to me
  • I have lived in Israel for more than 3 months at some point in my life
  • I have taken an Ulpan class either in Israel or another country
  • I went to Hebrew school
  • I was Bar/Bat Mitzvaed
  • I know the Aleph-Beit (print and/or script)
  • I can read only with vowels

Hebrew alefbet learning program

Online Hebrew keyboards:

Hebrew-English dictionary:

Verb reference:

Hebrew literature:

From Israel:

At Duke:

Interested in studying in Israel?
Here are links to the overseas programs of the four largest Israeli universities:


Hebrew Language Program Coordinator

Sarah Baker

Hebrew Program Faculty