The Next Ulpan #87 Starts September 6, 2015 - February 7, 2016 (06/09/2015-07/02/2016)


The Next Ulpan #88 Starts February 28, 2016 - July 31, 2016 (28/02/2016-31/07/2016)




Tourists - Please approach the Israeli embassy with a written confirmation from "MASA" stating that


you are participating in the program and apply for an A2 VISA.





Welcome to Ulpan Ramat Yohanan's web site




The Kibbutz

General: The kibbutz was established at the end of 1931 and was named for Jan Christian Smuts, a former Prime Minister of South Africa. He was an ardent Zionist sympathizer and one of the first politicians who supported the creation of the state of Israel.

It is a secular kibbutz in the north of Israel, about half an hour from Haifa. Today about 950 people work on the kibbutz.

On the kibbutz, there is a big plastic factory (Palram), an herb and spices factory, avocado fields, orchards, other fields for crops, video studio, cow barn for dairy and beef, welding and carpentry shops, and more.

For the convenience of the Kibbutz members and Ulpan students, there is dining room, supermarket, ATM, clinic (with insurance Clalit), salon, physical therapy, soccer field, basketball court, tennis court, pub, etc. There is a fitness park located a few minute's walk from the Ulpan.  There is also a synagogue at neighboring kibbutz, Kfar Maccabi.

History: In April 1948, the Druze began an offensive attack on Ramat Yohanan. There was a hard battle at the kibbutz against the Druze based in the city of Shfaram. The Druze attacked Ramat Yohanan and other neighboring kibbutzim in order to try to take over the roads leading to Haifa.  Casualties were suffered from both sides. With the help of the Hagana, the battle stopped at Ramat Yohanan and a non-aggression treaty was signed with the Druze.  Throughout the kibbutz, there are scattered defense towers and hidden stashes of weapons that were used by the kibbutz to defend itself in the War of Independence.

Transportation: The kibbutz is located about 2 kilometers from the city of Kiryat Ata and about 25 kilometers from Haifa. The types of transportation in the area include: bus, metronit, and shared taxis from Kiryat Ata to the Krayot and the central bus station Lev Hamifratz.  At Lev Hamifratz, there is also a train station with trains that go all over Israel.

For bus times:

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The Ulpan


The Ulpan works in joint effort with the Jewish Agency, Nefesh B’Nefesh, Project MASA, Progressive Zionist Caucus (Kibbutz Program Center) and the ministry of education.  The curriculum for the studies is determined by the Ministry of Education, as well as the days off for Israeli holidays.

At the end of the Ulpan, the Ministry of Education administers to all students a written and oral exam. Students will receive a certificate of completion.

The Ulpan starts twice a year (in March and September). The students come from all over the world and are between the ages of 18-30. Some of the students are tourists and rest of the students are new immigrants, totaling about 45 students all together in each group.

The students live on the kibbutz, study Hebrew in the Ulpan three days a week and work on the kibbutz three days a week for 8 hours per day, to contribute to part of the living expenses.

During the Ulpan, the students and kibbutz members often develop good connections, especially with the younger kibbutz members.

The Ulpan students are invited to take part in some of the kibbutz activities. The students celebrate the Israeli holidays with the kibbutz members (and have an additional celebration in the Ulpan for some of the holidays), Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday night in the dining room, musical performances, parties, and more.

Living arrangements – There are three students per room. In each room, there is a refrigerator, air conditioner, bathroom and shower, desk, closet, etc.

Studies – There are three level of Hebrew: Level A for beginners, Level B for people that speak basic Hebrew and Level C for the more those that are advanced. Upon arriving to the Ulpan, each student will be tested so that their level can be determined.

Work – Usually students in the Ulpan work in the supermarket, plastic factory, landscaping, dining room, laundry, kindergarten, or spice factory.  Working helps pays for part of the students’ stay in the Ulpan. The jobs are decided on by the Ulpan staff based on scheduling and need in the work places.

MealsUlpan students eat breakfast and lunch in the dining room together with the kibbutz members. They eat dinner in the club room at the Ulpan. The club is open 24 hours a day and has hot/cold water fountain, air conditioning, TV and Wi-Fi.

Laundry –Once a week the laundry will be done by the laundry service on the kibbutz

Trips – During the Ulpan, the students take organized trips to: Golan Heights, Jerusalem, Yad VaShem, and a two day trip to the Negev.  The trips are planned with a professional tour guide in several languages.

The students go to Gadna at an army base for five days. The base staff will take the students through an experimental week of army life, as is done with Israeli high school students.  The students will go to Ganda based on permission by the army and availability at a base.


***The program includes living arrangements, laundry service, meals, trips, Wi-Fi, and activities.     


Why come to the Ulpan?


New Immigrant




The opportunity to start life in Israel smoothly and easily, without worrying about financial issues


Learning Hebrew will give you more confidence when starting your life after the Ulpan


Working on the kibbutz will help you understand the habits that will be expected from you at work in Israel


Opportunity to volunteer on a kibbutz where members still work together in a collective effort

You will get to know Israeli society and the kibbutz society and allow you to make your first connections with people in Israel


We will help you overcome the difficulties of the Israeli beuracracy you need to go through as a new immigrant – ID cards, health insurance, bank account, driver’s license

Introduction to the landscape and history of Israel


Chance to learn Hebrew in a quiet and relaxing environment where you don’t have other worries and distractions so that you can integrate more easily after the Ulpan

For those interested in  going to the army, we will help you get information and connect you with the recruiting office and programs for volunteers from outside of Israel

The Ulpan studies will give you the opportunity to learn to speak, as well as read and write in Hebrew

Get to know young people from all over the world, share this special experience together, and leave with great memories you will never forget

You will experience what is means to live in a “kibbutz,” something special and unique to Israel

Learn about the Israeli holidays and celebrate them together with us



New Immigrants




Through a Shaliach (emissary) from the Jewish Agency.

Jewish Agency Global Center:

Nefesh B’Nefesh:



The Jewish Agency subsidizes your time at the Ulpan (also for Returning Minors and Immigrant Citizens) so that the program is very worth your while. Two weeks after your arrival at the Ulpan, you will receive a payment slip for a total of 4,500 Shekels to be paid to the Jewish Agency.




Please contact the Kibbutz Program Center or the MASA Project for costs of the Ulpan, scholarships, and directions for how to register, including the correct forms to fill out.

Kibbutz Program Center:

Project MASA:

This is a once in a life time experience. We receive email from tourist that came to the Ulpan 20 and thirty years ago that remember their time in the Ulpan and, after so many years, still has a special spot in their hearts.


Addition Questions:

1. I know that the state gives new immigrants an Ulpan for free. Why do I need to pay 4,500 shekels?

The government gives only the studies at the Ulpan for free. If you chose to live in the city, you would pay for rent, food, electricity, water, laundry, etc.  The 4,500 shekel nominal fee is the excess after your working hours and the Jewish Agency contribute to the majority of the cost.

2. After I arrive at the Ulpan and take the test to determine my Hebrew level, will there be an opportunity during the course of the program to change from one level to another?

Changing levels is allowed on the recommendation of the teacher and with the approval of the Ulpan manager.

3. I made Aliyah. Where do I go when the Ulpan is over?

In order to reduce uncertainty about the future, about one month and a half before the end of the Ulpan, we’ll start to help the new immigrants find housing and an employment solution.

4. Is it required to go to class, work and the trips?

Yes. In this program, we require students to be serious, in class and at work. The trips are educational tours (in addition to being a fun experience) so all students will participate.

5. What training to the teachers in the Ulpan have?

All of the teachers received their certification from the ministry of education, which is also the organization that supervises the curriculum.

6. How many days off can I take during the five months of the Ulpan? How much free time will I have each day after class or work?

During the Ulpan, you can take four days off plus the days off we will have from the holidays. You will have a lot of time each day after you finish your responsibilities for the day, except for activities that will be planned from time to time that take place in the evening.

7. Is it possible to visit family and friends that live in Israel during the week?

You may only go to visit friends and family on days off or after work/class. You can also go to visit on Friday afternoon and return on Saturday nights to the Ulpan.

8. Will I need to work on the weeks?

Like all the kibbutz members, every few weeks you will take a turn to work in the Ulpan or the kibbutz on the weekend. This work will be a maximum of two hours on Friday or Saturday night, in the dining room or in the Ulpan.

9. I want to volunteer on the kibbutz without learning Hebrew. Is this possible?

No. Participation in the program requires Hebrew studies.

10. What is the normal daily schedule in the Ulpan?

Three days a week you study Hebrew from 8:00am to 1:00pm plus another hours and a half after lunch. Three days a week you work from about 7:00am to 3:00pm. The hours of work might be slightly different depending on the work place.

11. I am interested in coming as a tourist. Is there an opportunity for a scholarship?

Jewish tourists are invited to look into what is available to you before coming to the Ulpan. Please check with the Kibbutz Program Center.

12. Where can I find a list of documents I need to register to the Ulpan?

If you are making Aliyah—the Jewish Agency. If you are a tourist—the Kibbutz Program Center. Do not forget to tell them that you want to sign up to Ramat Yohanan. J

13. I registered for the Ulpan. What should I bring with me? How do I get to the Ulpan?

After you received confirmation that you are registered, please send us your email address and we will send you all the details you will need to know before you arrive at the Ulpan.

14. I am coming to the Ulpan as a tourist and received a visa only for three months. Is it possible to lengthen it?

Towards the end if the visa, we will help you make an appointment with the Ministry of Interior to ask them for an extension.


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Contact Us:

Please call between the hours of: 8:00 am to 5: oo pm (IST, GMT +2) to Keren Shahar, Ulpan Manager

+972 4-8459219 or +972 52-3662219




Photos of the Ulpan rooms and area





Photos from former Ulpans on Flickr