“Ulpan” is Hebrew language instruction. Though IGF fully operates in English, it is hugely beneficial for Fellows to develop or improve their Hebrew skills, in order to both support their internship experience in Hebrew-speaking environments and to allow for a more nuanced understanding of Israel.
IGF uses Ulpan-Or, which specializes in rapidly learning spoken Hebrew. The classes and study groups are very personalized, giving each and every Fellow a chance to learn at his/her own level and pace. Applicants’ initial level of Hebrew does not affect their chances of acceptance to the program. The program provides Fellows with a chance to really get immersed in Israeli society and culture. Improving or building useful language skills is one of the ways to maximize such experience.