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International Language Academy

The International Language Academy (ILA) believes that language education stands at the heart of all efforts to build a better world in which humans understand and sympathize with each other.

ILA is a joint initiative of The University of Notre Dame Jerusalem and Arabic Academy for Professional (AAP), and is housed at the Notre Dame Jerusalem’s academic center (“Tantur”). It is co-founded and co-led by Daniel Schwake and Harel Halevi.

ILA offers innovative and rigorous Language Programs, aiming to bring non-natives to speak fluently and understand the cultures.

These programs offer unparalleled versatility, and are flexible enough to fit the exact needs and sensitivities of every student. They also allow the students to have a truly immersive lingual experience, with constant communication with native speakers.

We also offer our unparalleled accommodations to students studying languages, allowing them to live and learn within our community. Our community is dedicated to providing our students the experiences and tools necessary to enact positive change in their environment.

Learn more about our programs

Intensive Arabic Program  Arabi Weekend   Custom-made Program
Univeristy Modules   Group Language Programs 



We bring a team of experts on a variety of topics (grammar, conversation, phonetics etc.) that look back at decades of designing and running Arabic and Hebrew language courses with focus on ensuring non-native speakers are able to speak the language fluently.


Our courses are conducted in an environment that supports the learning and speaking of both Arabic (with Palestinian dialect) and Hebrew, e.g. through regular interaction with native speakers and intentional encounters with Palestinian and Israeli figures and institutes.


Our programs are all based on thoroughly-built curricular offerings that can with privilege be adapted and further enhanced to meet the specific needs of our students (if desired) . Highest standards of a leading university as a global leader in education, ILA is committed to rigorous academic standards as well as seamless administration of its programs.


Our Jerusalem campus with its beautiful gardens and grounds, offers a safe learning space and all what our program participants need (classrooms in different sizes, a large library, a dining hall and accommodation services).

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