Founded in 1949, Ulpan Etzion offers five months of intensive Hebrew study for olim (new immigrants) from all over the world who hold college degrees. In a typical program year, Ulpan Etzion provides Hebrew-language study and accommodation to around 1,600 immigrant men and women aged 22-35, from more than 30 countries.
With campuses located in Jerusalem, Haifa, Raanana (where an Etzion Plus program provides an optional additional three months of residency), Ramle, Be’er Sheva and Kibbutz Tzuba (where the rigor of Etzion language studies is combined with the experience of Kibbutz Ulpan), Ulpan Etzion has, for decades, been the place for young, ambitious college graduates to start their lives as new olim.
Lera Chaya, who made Aliyah from Russia, got to know Israel better and received crucial assistance at Ulpan Etzion from helpful staff like Matan, who is himself an immigrant from Texas.
When Sara made Aliyah from Australia, her Hebrew skills were limited. At Ulpan Etzion, she learned to express herself and made lasting connections with fellow newcomers to Israel.
Josh made Aliyah from Chicago in July 2021, entering Ulpan Etzion in Jerusalem upon his arrival to help with his transition to his new home.
Many consider France to be one of the most romantic places worldwide. But Rudy and Sarah, both French immigrants, met and fell in love at Ulpan Etzion in Israel while learning Hebrew.