Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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According to, Israel is  one of the most exciting cultural centers in the world. From the archeology at sites like Tel Megiddo to the excellent music scenes in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to the resort-like ethos of Eilat, on the Red Sea, Israel offers students and visitors alike a plethora of options from which to choose when it comes to exploration, tourism, and relaxation. It is important to remember that Israel is a wonderful place to visit and an even better one in which to study. Spending a semester or two there will not only benefit you academically, but it will also afford you the opportunity to understand the world better than you ever thought possible.

Study in Israel advisor:
Na'ama Haklai

Office: Kingston Hall 400A
Phone: 613-533-2074

Queen's partner university

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) was established as Negev University in 1969.  The University was inspired by the vision of Israel's founder and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion. After his death in 1973, the University was renamed Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Today, Ben-Gurion University is a major center for teaching and research, with campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer and Eilat. Close to 20,000 students are enrolled in the Faculties of Engineering Sciences, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management and the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies. Ben-Gurion University offers a Hebrew course for non-Hebrew speakers.

BGU also has a website that provides information for incoming international students: Information for International Students

Other Study Options

You can study Hebrew at other institutions or Israeli universities. Keep in mind this will be considered an independent study abroad. In order to participate in this type of program, students must apply for admission to the host university and pay tuition fees directly to that institution. Also, students must apply for an International Letter of Permission (ILOP)  to receive transfer credit(s) for the courses taken and to retain their Queen's academic status.

  • Rothberg International School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    The Rothberg International School features secular studies and Jewish/Israeli studies. Included for foreign students is also a mandatory Ulpan program for Hebrew language study which includes a mandatory course in Israeli culture and customs. All Rothberg Ulpan classes are taught by Israeli natives. However, many other classes at the Rothberg School are taught by Jewish immigrants to Israel.The Rothberg International School is located in Mount Scopus  in the north-eastern part of Jerusalem, Except of the International School the campus is  home to the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Jerusalem School of Business Administration, Bearwald School of Social Work, Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace,  and the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies.
    For more information, please visit Rothberg International School website.


  • Tel-Aviv University
    Tel-Aviv University (TAU)  is a public university located in Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel. With nearly 30,000 students, TAU is Israel's largest university. Located in Israel's cultural, financial and industrial core, Tel Aviv University is a major center of teaching and research, comprising 9 faculties, 27 schools, 98 departments and 128 research institutes and centres. Its origins go back to 1956, when three research institutes – the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics, the Institute of Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Jewish Studies – joined together to form the University of Tel Aviv. Initially operated by the Tel Aviv municipality, the university was granted autonomy in 1963.
    Hebrew Ulpan, is offered twice each year, in the summer and winter prior to the beginning of each semester.
    Please visit Tel-Aviv University website more more information.


  • University of Haifa
    The University of Haifa was founded in 1963 by Haifa mayor Abba Hushi. Haifa university is located on Carmel mountain. In the year of 1972 Haifa university declared its independence and became the sixth academic institution in Israel and the fourth university. About 18,100 undergraduate and graduate students study in the university a wide variety of topics, specializing in social sciences, humanities, law and education. The University is broadly divided into six Faculties: Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Science and Science Education, Social Welfare and Health Studies, and Education. There is also the Graduate School of Management, The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences  and the Continuing Education and Extension Studies. Beyond the objective of a first-rate higher education, the University of Haifa aims to provide equal educational opportunities to all sectors of the society, and in particular to encourage mutual understanding and cooperation between the Jewish and Arab populations on and off campus. University of Haifa International School offers semester- long as well as 4-weeks-long intensive courses in Hebrew.
    For more information, please visit University of Haifa International School website.