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Yiddish Summer Program

Tel Aviv University International
Language course
Scholarships available
Tel Aviv
Yiddish Summer Program

About this program

Yiddish Summer Program

Our Yiddish language program is for those of you looking to research and uncover the secrets behind this ancient Jewish language.

Enjoy a program that is available to all levels, whether you’re a complete Yiddish beginner or advanced speaker. You’ll also focus on both the Yiddish language and literature.

Benefit from highly qualified and experienced teachers in small classes, who will take you on a journey of language discovery. You’ll also benefit from 4 credits awarded for successful completion of the program. Perhaps you can even outdo our 2019 graduates, who performed a hilarious comedy routine for their graduation - entirely in Yiddish!

Another key element of this program is the morning language learning classes – leaving plenty of time in the afternoon for joining compelling lectures, conversation workshops, and tours. 

Program Highlights

  • Benefit from 4 academic credits at one of the world’s best universities.

  • Stimulate your mind by learning Yiddish, the age-old Jewish language, with expert tutors and plenty of opportunities to practice your newly acquired skills.

  • Explore the wonders of Israel via some fascinating overnight excursions and cultural activities across the country.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements:

All applicants applying to TAU International English-medium programs who are from non-English speaking countries or are non-native speakers of English must provide proof of English proficiency. Applicants can do so in one of the following ways:

  • By submitting an official and original test scores for IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge exams. The English proficiency tests scores must show that the applicant is at the B2 level on the CEFR:
    • IELTS Academic: 6.5, all test components need to be in the B2 range
      • We don't accept IELTS General Training
    • TOEFL (paper): 550 */ TOELF iBT (internet): 79**, all test components need to be in the B2 range
      • We don't accept TOEFL ITP
    • Cambridge B2 First / C1 Advanced/ C2 Proficiency - Passing grade (A, B or C).

By submitting an official and original letter written by an English language expert from a recognized academic institution testifying that the applicant is at the B2 level or higher on the CEFR.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Language classes are available as follows. All classes combine focused instruction in the rules of Yiddish grammar with practice in conversational Yiddish, reading and comprehension of Yiddish texts, and composition.

Yiddish I (Elementary)

Introduction to basic Yiddish grammar, pronunciation, conversation, reading, and writing. Yiddish I includes sections for both native Hebrew speakers and for international students.

Yiddish II (Lower Intermediate)

For students who have completed a college-level course or its equivalent in elementary Yiddish. This class expands on the fundamentals of Yiddish grammar and vocabulary, allowing students to deepen their skills in oral conversation and comprehension, and develop their ability to decipher and produce Yiddish texts.

Yiddish III (Intermediate)

Provides students with opportunities for practice in more sophisticated oral and written expression; students will significantly expand their Yiddish vocabulary and knowledge of advanced Yiddish grammar; provides exposure to more complicated literary, historical, and/or cultural texts.

Advanced Seminar for Research Students

Intended for advanced Yiddish students in various fields or disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Students should be enrolled at an accredited university, college, or research institute or be a professional interested in integrating Yiddish into their work (filmmakers, creative writers, etc.). This course is divided into a class on advanced Yiddish grammar which may include emphasis on idiomatic usage of Yiddish, non-standard Yiddish, and Yiddish dialects and a class in which students have an opportunity for analysis and discussion of literary, folkloric, and/or historical Yiddish texts with the goal of providing students with skills necessary for independent scholarly research and creativity.

Advanced Yiddish (not for credit)

A continuing education class for native or near-native speakers.

Afternoon Academic and Cultural Program

In addition to these courses, the Yiddish Program includes a robust afternoon academic and cultural program, held on campus and in Tel Aviv. The co-curricular afternoon includes:

  • A series of lectures in English on "Landmarks of Yiddish Literature and Culture".
  • Yiddish guest lectures, conversation classes, evening concerts, and excursions to local sites of Yiddish culture. and more!

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


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Tel Aviv University International

Tel Aviv University (TAU) - Israel's largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning, is home to over 30,000 students studying in nine faculties and over 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities and the arts. Tel...

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Tel Aviv University International

P.O. Box 39040
6997801 Tel Aviv

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