Application and Acceptance
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 references.
When I Will Be Notified of My Acceptance?
Candidates with completed applications will be interviewed and then will be notified regarding their acceptance.
What is the Application Deadline?
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 1, 2021. 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.
I'm an Israeli Citizen - Can I Come on Year Course?
If a Year Course participant has Israeli citizenship, it is essential that they obtain the year-long 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.
Am I Guaranteed Acceptance?
Most Year Course applicants are accepted. 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.
Can You Accomodate Applicants 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.
Is There a Minimum GPA for Acceptance?
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 2.0 or higher. Attendance and active participation in classes on Year Course is mandatory, even for those taking classes on a not-for-credit basis
Can I Speak with Alumni in My Area?
Likely yes, please contact Daniel Smith in our Israel office directly and he will put you in touch with an alum in your area. If there are no available alumni in your area we are happy to put you in touch with an alum from elsewhere.
Does Everyone Get their First Choice of Section?
The two sections of Year Course are made up of the same components— Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yafo, and Adventure 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 late June/early July.
Does Year Course Support LGBTQIA+ Participants?
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.