Almost every absorption center has classrooms for Hebrew study, or Ulpan. A few absorption centers do not offer classes on-site, but they are associated with nearby Ulpanim. In any case, the five-month Ulpan is compulsory for all absorption center residents.
Hebrew study is central to the absorption center’s goal, which is your rapid and relatively painless entry into Israeli society. There are usually several levels of study, and you will be tested to determine your placement level.
There are special clubrooms for older children, where they can receive help with their Hebrew studies and homework, as well as make friends and participate in social activities. Adult residents from around the world enjoy each other’s support and encouragement in the challenging task of learning a new language.
Cultural events organized by the absorption center staff contribute to the informal Hebrew environment. These events also introduce the Olim to Jewish culture and traditions, which are as important as Ulpan to becoming a part of Israel.
If you decide that the absorption center option is not for you, click here to review other Ulpan options.