Hebrew Language

The Center for Jewish Civilization administers Hebrew courses with the Georgetown College. In 2014, the curriculum was revamped to ensure that students are exposed to a program of high academic rigor and language learning. A minor in Hebrew is available to students from any school. Within the College, Hebrew language study can fulfill the core language requirement. For more information on the College's language requirements please visit this page. In the School of Foreign Service, Hebrew is one of the languages in which students can fulfill the language proficiency requirement. More information about the Hebrew proficiency exam is available below. MSFS students can find out more about their requirements on this page.

For information regarding placement into Hebrew courses please visit this page.

See below for some opportunities related to Hebrew language.

The Georgetown Hebrew Program is fortunate to have a strong teaching faculty in Professor Meital Orr and Professor Sara Grayson. Professor Orr has a doctorate in Modern Jewish Literature from Harvard University and a M.A. in Comparative Hebrew Literature from Columbia University. She has extensive experience teaching Hebrew at both Harvard and Columbia and has been teaching Hebrew at Georgetown for three years. Professor Grayson received her M.A. and B.A. in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies, respectively, from Baltimore Hebrew University and has taught Hebrew at American University and other institutions including the U.S. Airforce.

For more information on Hebrew language programs, please contact Professor Orr at mo689@georgetown.edu.


HEBR 011     Beginning Hebrew I    

HEBR 012     Beginning Hebrew II                                            

HEBR 021     Intermediate Hebrew I

HEBR 022     Intermediate Hebrew II             

HEBR 101    Advanced Hebrew I                               

HEBR 102    Advanced Hebrew II 

weekly hebrew conversation hour

The CJC sponsors a weekly Hebrew language conversation hour (with coffee/pastries!) for Hebrew students - and all Hebrew speakers are welcome and encouraged to attend!

In fall 2018, the conversation hour is being led by Rebeecca Saltzman. Typically, the conversation hour group meets at More Uncommon Grounds (MUG) in the ICC every Friday from 3-4pm. 

For more inforamtion or to sign up for the Hebrew Conversation Hour mailing list, please contact Professor Meital Orr (mo689@georgetown.edu).

Proficiency Exam Information

The Hebrew language proficiency exam is offered two times per year in December and April. 

The next proficiency exam will be offered in fall 2018. The exam will be administered on December 4. Please email Professor Orr (mo689@georgetown.edu) to sign up.

A student may request an oral proficiency examination after completing the appropriate preparatory coursework including the advanced level. It is required that students complete three years of Hebrew at the university level before taking the exam. 

Exam Format

The full exam takes approximately 1 hour. The format of the exam for both BSFS and MSFS students includes a reading comprehension component for which the student will be presented with an article from a daily Hebrew newspaper. The student has 30 minutes to read and review the article with a paper dictionary (provided by the department), followed by a 30 minute interview/oral conversation about general topics (routine social small talk items) and the provided reading. A two-member board conducts the exam. The conversation begins with a 5 minute interview/oral conversation about general topics (routine social small talk items) and continues with 25 minutes of discussion about the provided reading. This part of the discussion progresses from basic level, reading comprehension questions to progressively higher level, analytical questions. A two-member board conducts the exam: one professor discusses while the other notes proficiency levels at the other end of the room.

MSFS graduate students must present the MSFS Language Proficiency Form at the time of the exam, which students will need to obtain from the MSFS program office.


The Hebrew proficiency exam is evaluated on a five-point scale ranging from "Poor" to "Excellent." A score of "Good" or above is required to pass the exam and be rated as proficient. 

Passing the proficiency exam (i.e. achieving a score of "Good" or higher) is comparable to performing at a level of "Advanced Medium" or higher, in accordance with ACTFL ratings.


For information about study abroad in Israel, please refer to Office of Global Education's program offerings here

The National Resource Center on the Middle East and North Africa (NRC-MENA) is pleased to offer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for language and area studies for the 2018-19 academic year. FLAS Fellowships are available in modern Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. The fellowships aim to provide training in these languages in order to meet the national need for specialists on the Middle East region. For more information on FLAS please visit this page.