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Hebrew Placement

Before enrolling, students interested in placement should consult the Hebrew program coordinator, Shelley Rissien <srissien@ku.edu>. Undergraduates whose native language is not English may be exempt from the foreign language requirement in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences if they can show that the high school they attended taught in a language other than English. Consult College Undergraduate Services and the Applied English Center.

Hebrew Placement Exams

All students who seek to begin Hebrew instruction at a level beyond Introductory Hebrew (HEBR 110) are required to take a placement exam. The exam comprises a written component, an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), and an interview with the Hebrew program coordinator, Shelley Rissien <srissien@ku.edu>. Students may not register for courses at levels equal to or below their present competence. The placement exam is to be taken prior to registration and/or the first day of classes.

Hebrew Transfer Credits

College credits from other accredited schools/universities can usually be transferred to KU and be considered a part of the foreign language required credits. To ascertain the transfer of credits, students need to consult the Hebrew program coordinator, Shelley Rissien <srissien@ku.edu>. Students who have a score of 3 or higher in the SAT II for Hebrew are to notify their academic advisor, as well as take the placement exam, and, before enrolling, meet with the Hebrew program coordinator.

Testing out of the Four-Semester Foreign Language Requirement

Undergraduates who wish to be exempted from the four-semester foreign language requirement may do so by passing a proficiency exam. The exam has both reading and writing components taken from all  four course of Introductory and Intermediate Hebrew (HEBR 110, 120; 210, 220) as well an Oral Proficiency interview. Students must pass it with a score of 75 or higher.

Upcoming Program Events

The College Monthly Faculty/Staff Newsletter, Dec. 2017: In Jewish studies, a major symposium came together thanks to the efforts of program assistant Carla Aspenberg. She organized the “Jews in the Midwest” conference featuring four speakers from outside campus, as well as KU. She has also assisted the transition of a new director of undergraduate studies and managed other duties amid staff changes. And following the conference in November, she quickly switched gears to organizing a new, unexpected faculty hire in the department. Director John Younger said that without Carla, “Jewish studies would be dead in the water.”

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