SmartAsset says:

The course, known as an Ulpan, is an intensive, five-month process. It’s designed to help you to assimilate into the Israeli lifestyle as well as master the Hebrew language.

The page also says it is free.  However, the page is apparently written for olim (immigrants who are Jewish).

Are these classes offered to non-Jews who are legal immigrants? Free, or at what cost?

  • I'm still researching, but so far, every page I've looked at assumes that no one who isn't a Jew ever wants to go to Israel.
    – WGroleau
    Commented May 24, 2022 at 16:37
  • I’m voting to close this question because it is a cross-post, answered here: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/173808/…
    – littleadv
    Commented May 24, 2022 at 17:19
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    Asked here as a potential immigrant/expat (but not Jewish) as indicated by the words "legal immigrants". Asked there as a potential short-term visitor as indicated by the mention of "non-immigrant" and the A/2 visa. Two similar questions but not the same and thus not a "cross-post." Each would no doubt be dubbed off-topic if posted on the other stack.
    – WGroleau
    Commented May 24, 2022 at 19:49
  • There are no non-Jews legal immigrants per se. Non-Jews can become Olim if they arrive by Law of Return, or become permanent residents through other means, but that would mean they've already lived in the country for a while.
    – littleadv
    Commented May 24, 2022 at 19:58
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    Becoming a permanent resident, is becoming an immigrant.
    – WGroleau
    Commented May 24, 2022 at 21:33

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I know people who have attended the Ulpan Hebrew workshop and are not Jewish - but they immigrated to Israel as spouses (not necessarily married) to citizens. Specifically, you might be eligible as an applicant for a B1 visa. edit: If you've not gained Israeli citizenship, it will cost you. I'm not sure if the rates are uniform, but it can be several thousand NIS. It's pretty intensive with hundreds of hours, so it's not that expensive I guess.


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