Israel Programs Year Course

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  • time Recent High School Graduates: 17-19 Years Old
  • location Tel Aviv-Yafo and Jerusalem
  • duration Nine Months
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Year Course Dates & Prices

DatesPriceDeadline to Apply
September 3, 2020- May 19, 2021$26,450July 2020


  • Cost does not include flight to and from Israel
  • All MASA-eligible participants receive an $800 grant, regardless of need
    • Needs-based MASA grants are available, with certain requirements

Special Track Costs

Business$1,4001 Semester
Medical$1,4001 Semester
Tech$1,4001 Semester
Fitness$1,4001 Semester
Road Trip with the Rabbi$6502 Semesters
Two Tracks$2,500

International Trip Costs

Kuma: PolandIncluded for all Year Coursers
Olami: Morocco$2,700
Tikkun Olam: Rwanda$3,850
Tikkun Olam: India$2,500

Special Discounts

DiscountAmountWho is Eligible?
Pay in Full$1000All applicants who pay tuition in full by December 31, 2019
Judaean$750All participants in Young Judaea camps and year round programs who make the application deposit by December 31, 2019.
Machon$500All Machon 2019 participants who make the application deposit by December 31, 2019.
Camp$250MIT (CJ), CIT (CYJTX/CYJMDW), Hadracha (TY), Yozma (CYJSL) who make the application deposit by December 31, 2019.

All discounts are subject to approval

Scholarship Resources

In partnership with Hadassah, we offer generous need-based scholarships. To access forms to apply for, click here.

MASA is an organization funded by the Jewish Agency for Israel and the government of Israel to help fund people who want to go on Israel programs. On their website is a list of all eligible programs. Their scholarships are available when signing up for a long term Israel program.

Jewish Federations, synagogues, Jewish Community Centers and other community organizations have provided numerous scholarships for Year Course participants. We encourage you to seek out and contact these funding sources.

Plant Your Way allows students to raise money for their trips to Israel, and help Israel at the same time. The program is simple! Once registered for PYW, students ask their family and friends to make donations in support of JNF’s forestry projects in Israel. Half of all the funds raised will go towards JNF projects, and the other half is held in an account for the student to be used for their trip. More information about Plant Your Way.

YC Payment and Cancellation Policy

Payment Dates and Options

Tuition Payment schedule and Cancelation Policy: *payment due does NOT include scholarships earned*

  • $100 due upon registration
  • January 1, 2020: $4000 is due; canceling between January 1, 2020 and April 1, 2020 $300 is non-refundable + the $100 deposit
  • March 1, 2020: $4,000 is due (a total of $8,000 must be paid); canceling between January 1, 2020 and April 1, 2020 $300 is non-refundable + the $100 deposit
  • June 1, 2020: $8,000 is due (a total of $16,000 must be paid); canceling between April 1 and August 1, 2020 $1,500 is non-refundable + the $100 deposit
  • August 1, 2020: Balance is due; canceling between August 1 and September 4, 2020 $2,500 is non-refundable + the $100 deposit
  • December 31, 2020: Balance of Payment Plans Due (Includes all scholarships, discounts and promotions; excludes additional tracks and trips)

If you will be working out a payment plan with us, the plans must be established by June 1, 2020 and will take place starting in August. A total of $16,000 must be paid before the start of the program.

Specialty Tracks, Olami and International Trips Payment Deadlines

  • All Specialty Tracks – August 1, 2020
  • Tikkun Olam in Rwanda – August 1, 2020
  • Olami: Morocco – September 1, 2020
  • Kuma (Poland) – December 1, 2020

Young Judaea has the right to cancel the Program or any Program option, or change any itinerary due to low enrollment, security, or other reasons as determined in its sole and absolute discretion

Receipt of application materials and deposit does not guarantee acceptance to the Program. Participation is limited to those chanichim who have been accepted and are paid in full. Young Judaea reserves the right to not accept any applicant and/or revoke acceptance at any time, in its sole and absolute discretion.

If applicant is not accepted to the Program or acceptance is revoked before the program begins, all payments, aside from the $100 will be refunded in full. Young Judaea reserves the right to cancel the Program or any Program option, or change any itinerary due to low enrollment, security or other reasons as determined in its sole and absolute discretion.

Payment Plan Policies

  • Each family receiving a payment plan will be required to pay a minimum of $16,000, including all scholarships, grants and discounts towards all tuition costs by August 1, 2020. If a portion of these funds are comprised of monies from non-family individuals or organizations, a written guarantee of payment by September 1, 2020 will be required
  • Payment plans will not exceed $9,000. Families requesting payment plans agree to a payment structure as determined solely by Young Judaea.
  • All payment plans will end by December 31, 2020
  • Participants who choose to travel via the Young Judaea group flight are required to pay all travel fees by July 13, 2020
  • Two current credit cards in good standing must be provided to Young Judaea by August 1, 2020

Payment Options

Payments towards Year Course tuition may be made by personal check, e-check or via Visa and Mastercard through your online application. Please note that a 3% online convenience fee will be charged to those paying through the online application with a credit card. If you will need to arrange a Payment Plan, please be in touch with Daniel Smith, Director of the Enrollment Office. You will need to sign off on your payment plan arrangement by June 1, 2020 in order to partake in the Program.

Please note: Year Course tuition includes classroom work, certain medical coverage in Israel, accommodations, food subsidy and all internal travel expenses that are a part of the Year Course program. Year Course Olami tuition also includes the cost of travel and insurance related to each of the scheduled trips. Year Course Specialty Track tuition also includes enrichment activities throughout the year, including workshops, excursions, courses, in addition to specialty staff. Program fees cover only part of the cost of the Program which is subsidized by additional funds from individuals and agencies within the Jewish community committed to providing participants with a deep understanding of Judaism and Israel.

Due to past experience, we require a $1,000 deposit from each participant who participates in the Marva program. This deposit will be refunded in full upon graduation from the Marva program, providing students return all equipment to the army. Those students who do not graduate from the Marva program may be entitled to a partial refund of the deposit.

Every effort will be made to keep the price for the program as quoted. Since the price is based on current land costs, it is subject to change.

Young Judaea Year Course participants may be eligible to earn college credit through the American Jewish University (AJU) in Los Angeles, CA, but they are not formally matriculated at AJU. This system is in place so as to allow participants to accept admission offers at other colleges/universities prior to attending Year Course. As a result of the non-matriculated status, neither Year Course nor American Jewish University can provide 1098-T, 529 or similar tuition statements to be used for tax purposes.

Refund Policy (After Program Commencement)

A maximum potential refund will be issued pursuant to the schedule listed below minus any balances due, for those participants who voluntarily leave the Program during the course of the year. Any participant who is dismissed from the program will be responsible for paying any and all open balances immediately.

Date Participant Leaves Maximum Potential Refund

  • On or before October 30, 2020 $4,500.00 + track/trip costs not completed
  • November 1, 2020 – December 30, 2018 $2,500.00 + track/trip costs not completed
  • After December 31, 2020 $0.00

No refunds will be given for chanichim who are involuntarily dismissed or removed from the Program for any reason once the Program has commenced. Young Judaea reserves the right to determine in its sole and absolute discretion whether a participant’s departure from Year Course was voluntary or involuntary.

Young Judaea reserves the right to amend the payment terms, the cancellation policy and the refund policy for the Program. In the event that changes are made to the terms or policies, you will be notified under separate cover and will be responsible for adhering to the new policy and/or payment schedule.

Scholarship funds and/or discounts may be pro-rated in accordance with the applicable scholarship terms for participants who voluntarily withdraw. Scholarship funds and/or credits may be revoked, in their entirety, for participants who are dismissed from the Year Course Program. Participant will be responsible for paying any resulting tuition balance from such withdrawal or dismissal. Participant will also be responsible for any remaining tuition balances under a payment plan as a result of such withdrawal or dismissal.

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