Application & Acceptance
How long is the program and when does it start/end?
The next Year Course program will begin on September 3rd, 2018 and end on May 26th, 2019.
What is the application process?
The Year Course application is similar to a college application. We request an official high school transcript, an autobiographical essay, and two letters of recommendation. The application can be completed online here.
What is the application deadline?
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 1, 2018. Applications received late in the season may impact notification of your admissions status, and may make it difficult to accommodate participants’ requests regarding section and volunteer placements, etc.
Are most people who apply accepted?
Yes. Our goal is to accept as many people as possible, as long as they meet the acceptance criteria. We do everything we can during the application process to ascertain that the applicant and the Year Course program are right for each other.
What are the criteria for acceptance?
We are looking for students who show that they are very interested in the benefits Year Course has to offer, and who will be able to contribute in a positive manner to the group.
When do I find out about acceptance?
Candidates with complete applications will be interviewed and then will be notified regarding their acceptance.
Is there a minimum GPA for acceptance to Year Course?
In order to be eligible to receive credits for studies on Year Course through American Jewish University, applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. Attendance and active participation in classes on Year Course is mandatory, even for those taking classes on a not-for-credit basis.
Does everyone get the section they want? When will I find out what section I am in?
The two sections of Year Course are made up of the same components— Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yafo, and Israel Experience and Special Interest Month. Young Judaea makes the best effort to accommodate all section requests, but reserves the right to make individual placements based on availability and other factors. Section announcements generally occur in June.
I am an Israeli citizen. Can my teen go on the program without getting drafted by the Israeli Army?
Yes, previous participants in this situation have done so by contacting the local Israeli consulate and requesting a yearlong deferral from the army. (Find your local consulate by visiting www.mfa.gov.il).
If a Year Course participant has Israeli citizenship, it is essential that s/he obtain the yearlong deferment from military service as well as a valid Israeli passport prior to departure. Israeli citizens should be aware that they cannot stay in the country for more than 12 months without endangering their future immigrant rights if they choose to move to Israel. Compliance with applicable laws is the responsibility of the participant. Year Course cannot accept responsibility for the sufficiency of this information or its applicability in any particular situation.
Is there someone in my area who has been on the program that my teen can call?
Yes, please contact Emily Odesser in our Israel office directly and she will put you in touch with an alum in your area.
When will I find out who the other participants are?
We will set up Facebook groups before Year Course begins so that you can meet other participants and begin to chat. In some areas, we also host send-off events where participants can meet each other.
Is Year Course supportive of the LGBTQ community?
Yes. Young Judaea prides itself on a founding principal of pluralism and strives to be a safe and welcoming place for all students regardless of sexual or gender orientation. In any give year we have students and staff who identify passively or actively with the LGBTQ community.
Is Year Course able to accommodate participants with physical disabilities?
Year Course is committed to balancing our desire to accommodate all eligible students with an honest assessment of reasonable accommodations. We approach physical challenges on a case by case basis, discussing the potential challenges and available accommodations with the family so that we can make the best decision together.