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Hebrew Summer Institute

The Hebrew Summer Institute is an online extension program at UT Austin designed to help students reach the intermediate level of Hebrew in one summer of intensive Hebrew instruction. 

Course Details

  • Term: Summer Sessions I and II (June 6-August 19, 2024)
  • Format: Online (synchronous): M-F from 8:00am-12:00pm CT
  • Credit Hours: 12 hours of lower-division Hebrew credit
  • Instructor: Dr. Avi Blitz
  • Application Deadline: April 19, 2024


HSI is open to all qualified students who are at least 18 years of age by the start of the program. You do not need to be a student of UT Austin to apply. No Hebrew experience is required! 

Classes and Credit

HSI students earn 12 hours of lower-division Hebrew Language credit (equivalent to one year of language credit) at UT-Austin by taking Intensive Hebrew I and II (HEB 601C and HEB 611C). Each week, classes will meet synchronously from 8:00am-12:00pm (CT) from Monday through Friday. Open tutoring sessions are also available to students who wish to continue developing their oral skills. 


The Summer 2024 HSI will run June 6-August 19, 2024. 

April 19 Application deadline
May 23 Tuition payment due
June 6 First summer term begins
June 19 and July 4 No classes for the Juneteenth and Independence Day holidays
July 12-13 Final exams for the first summer term
July 15 Second summer term begins
Aug. 17/19 Final exams for the second summer term


Tuition for the Hebrew Summer Institute is competitively priced at $3,000.

Funding is available for students who qualify!

  • UT Students only - There are a limited number of tuition subsidies available for the top UT applicants. These awards, which can cover up to the full price of tuition, will be awarded based on the quality of each student's application. 
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) award - Covers up to $5,000 worth of tuition and $2,500 worth of living expenses. In order to receive a FLAS award, students must attend a member institution and apply through their school.
  • Israel Studies Dual Language Fellowship (UT students only) - Students who take four semesters of Arabic or Hebrew and express commitment to taking two semesters of the other language are eligible to receive $1,000 towards their studies. 

Application Requirements

All HSI applications must include: 

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • One listed reference (preferably from a professor or supervisor)
  • A Statement of Purpose (500 word maximum)
    • Prompt: Describe your interest in attending the Hebrew Summer Institute at UT and how Hebrew fits into your future academic and career goals. Additionally, please discuss your preparedness for completing an intensive, demanding academic program. 


Applications are now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until April 19, 2024!

Apply here!

Questions? Feel free to reach out to Tyus Welter, CMES’ Special Programs Associate, at tyus.welter@austin.utexas.edu