Students studying in the Division may be eligible for scholarships in foreign programs. Please approach the course coordinators for information.

Courses are either mandatory or elective, depending on the requirements of the different faculties and departments. The Division offers courses in: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Yiddish. These full-year courses are offered on two levels, Beginners and Advanced, both composed of two 2-hour classes a week for the entire academic year.

We also offer intensive one-year courses in French, German, and Spanish for students studying toward a post-graduate degree. The courses are intended for students whose department or faculty requires a second foreign language for use as a scientific tool. Students are advised to inquire which languages their individual department accepts as a second foreign language. These intensive courses meet for two sessions per week, for a total of 6 hours.

Post-advanced Courses

These yearly post-advanced level courses are offered in Italian and Yiddish. Please see 'registration' for further information.

Students should follow announcements regarding registration dates. Late registration is not always possible. When registering students must note the department number and the study framework number. 

Cancellation: Registration for English courses can be cancelled during the first two weeks of the semester. Registration for language classes can be cancelled during the first four weeks of the first semester of the academic year. After this date, full fees will be charged.

Please note: Students seeking either exemption from language studies or placement in the advanced class based on studies abroad are required to meet with the language studies coordinator to evaluate their proficiency through conversation and other tasks. Students must present original documentation of their studies and prove their knowledge. In lieu, students may choose to take the exemption exam, for a fee of NIS 150, on the scheduled dates.  

Placement / Exemption Exams

Placement exams in foreign languages other than English are offered twice a year. The next exams are scheduled for Monday January 30, 2017 and Wednesday October 18, 2017. Please contact the Division office (Webb 205) to register and arrange payment (NIS 150).

Students registered for a language course must take the course exam. The exemption exams are only for students not participating in courses.

Sample exams (PDF):

FAQ (temporarily out of order)




If you have any further questions, please contact Lisa Ratz at

The Division of Foreign Languages offers courses in pre-basic, basic, intermediate and advanced levels. The courses are geared toward improving English reading and other academic skills to enable students to successfully complete University language requirements and function competently in the academic and professional world.
In the advanced English courses, English for Special Purposes is taught using authentic material and assignments related to particular areas of study. There are several different advanced classes in this program, such as English for the Health Sciences, Law, Humanities, Arts, Exact Sciences, Social Work, Social Sciences, Engineering, etc.
The final date for fulfilling English language requirements is determined by the individual faculties (as appears in their separate catalogs).

Exemption from English Language Requirements

Candidates are exempt from studying English if:

  • They hold an academic degree from an accredited Israeli university or college
  • They have studied in an English-speaking high school (grades 11 and 12) in an English speaking country
  • They have studied at a university where the language of instruction was English in an English speaking country

NOTE: A degree from a college in Israel affiliated with a foreign university DOES NOT grant students exemption from Tel Aviv University English requirements.

English Placement Test

Placement is determined by scores on the psychometric examination or on the AMIR exam.

Psychometric Score


1 – 84 Pre-basic A
85 – 99 Pre-basic B
100 – 119 Basic
120 – 133 Lower Advanced
134 + Exempt

NOTE: AMIR scores are 100 points higher than psychometric scores.
Scores for all placement tests are valid for a period of ten years.

Registration - English

Fees - English

Summer Courses

The Division offers a variety of intensive English courses on several levels during the summer. Placement is determined by the Psychometric or Amir score, or by authorization from a recognized institution. Summer courses are taught by the same professional staff as during the academic year.

First session

Registration: around the third week in June
Courses: July – August

Second session

Registration: around second week in August
Courses: August – September

Contact the office for specific dates.

Courses in Academic Writing in English for Graduate Students

  • Academic Writing for PhD Students in the Arts and Humanities
  • Technical Writing for MSC-Engineering Students

These courses are specially designed to serve the writing and oral presentation needs of students in specific disciplines who are doing research and are required to publish papers and participate in international conferences. Students meet with the teacher both in small groups and individually to learn and practice the principles of effective writing and to get feedback on their work. Video, PowerPoint and other technological tools are used to enhance the writing and presenting process. Most students write about their current research and produce authentic work in a variety of genres: abstracts;  research articles; grant proposals;  chapters of theses;  progress reports; oral presentations; academic correspondence/email, e.g., to editors of journals.

English for Business Administration

(Executive MBA Program – Faculty of Management)

This course prepares students to meet the English language requirements for the Executive MBA Program by helping them improve their ability to read authentic professional/academic texts in the field of Business Administration. Some of the topics of these texts include: multicultural issues in international business, leadership training, emotional intelligence and management. Students also employ their listening, speaking and writing skills to activate the process of reading.

Participants work in small groups as well as individually to accomplish the following general objectives:

  • Improve reading and writing in English for academic purposes
  • Increase speed of reading
  • Expand general academic and specialized business vocabulary
  • Explore genres used in Executive MBA studies
  • Acquire "strategic reading" – reading for different purposes
  • Use English to critically analyze current issues in management
  • Use the Internet as a resource for reading and research
  • Practice oral presentation skills, including use of technological aids

First Semester

English                                    Friday, January 24, 2020      08:30

[second sitting: Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 09:00]

Other languages                       Monday, January 27, 2020      09:00

  [there is no second sitting for the language midterm exam]


Second Semester

English                                       Friday , June 26, 2020        08:30

[second sitting: Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 09:00]

Other languages                          Sunday June 28, 2020        09:00

[second sitting: Thursday, July 23, 2020, 09:00]

Language Placement Exams        Wednesday, October 30, 2019    9:00 (students must register and pay)

                                                      Monday January 27, 2020

                                                      Monday October 12, 2020

CLE - Center for Language Excellence invites you to improve your English writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills for academic and professional purposes.

We offer individualized sessions with experienced tutors. Tutors address your personal strengths and challenges, empowering you to improve your language performance at all levels.