- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Israel
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: College
- Program Length: Academic Year, Semester
- Start Month: January, September
- Category: Career Exploration
- Selective: Yes
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19
- Housing: Dorm, Student Apartment
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
- Minimum Cost: > $20,000
Year Course is the largest gap year in Israel, offering amazing Israel experiences, up to 30 college credits, and fulfilling volunteering and internship opportunities with an incredible community of fellow participants from around the world!
Why Choose Year Course in Israel for your gap year? After more than 60 years, Year Course is still the leader in gap year in Israel experiences! Just ask any of our nearly 10,000 alumni!
Young Judaea Year Course in Israel is a nine-month gap year program for high school graduates ready to have one incredible year! With semesters in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, you’ll live in fully furnished apartments or in dormitory-style housing. Explore your passion through interning or volunteering, and take a variety of stimulating courses for college credit. Learn Hebrew intensively and get to know Israel from top to bottom – because the best way to understand Israel’s diverse society, history, culture and geography is to live like an Israeli on your gap year in Israel!
Earn Up To 30 College Credits
Customized Internship and Volunteering Placements
Special Tracks and Add-ons including: Medical Track, Coding and Tech Track, Kibbutz Volunteer Track, Marva-Army Bootcamp, Business Add-On, Fitness Add-on, and more!
Aside from it being a spectacular program that changed my daughters life and better prepared her for college, the fact that she received a full years worth of credit meant that it actually saved us money!- Mike Lasday, father of Frances, YC 2013-14 - August 1, 2014
As a family we felt in safe hands. Young Judaea did a great job of keeping our kids secure and keeping us well informed throughout the year.- Janet Lewis, mother of Madi, YC 2012-13 - September 1, 2013
Spending a year in Israel is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Youre giving them a boost of self confidence that will serve them for the rest of their life.Yosef Abramovitz, YC 1983-84- Yosef Abramovitz, President and CEO, Energiya Global Capital, YC 1983-84 - September 1, 2015
The richness of this year helped me figure out who I am as a person and the people I want to surround myself with for the rest of my life.- Tali Ron,Year Course 14-15 - September 1, 2015
Looking back, these past nine months have brought out aspects of my personality that I didnt even know existed.- Josh Ferrell, Year Course 14-15 - September 1, 2015
Living independently and immersing myself in a different culture was the highlight of my year.- Ari Lusky, Year Course 12-13 - May 1, 2015
Due to my experiences on Year Course I had a much easier time adjusting when I was in college. Jacqueline Gold,- Jacqueline Gold, Year Course 13-14 - September 1, 2015
My volunteering experience on Year Course gave me a better understanding of what to study at college. I joined a paramedic team and Im going to study Medicine.- Gabi Shwartz,Year Course 14-15 - June 1, 2015
In the interview for my current job, the life experience I gained on Year Course was one of my biggest selling points.- Caleb Zipperstein, Year Course 2010-11 - September 1, 2015
Do the things you believe in. Because what we believe in makes up who we are. We often underestimate the extent to which the choices we make today affect us tomorrow. We dont immediately realize how the people we meet and friends we make inspire and teach us. Conversations I have had this year, both inside the classroom and even more so outside it, have impacted my worldview. They have strengthened some of my beliefs and challenged others. That is one thing that Year Course, that choosing Year Course, did for me. We know were growing but we usually cant notice a difference until we have to look back in order to move forward. Picture yourself nine months ago and remember the fears you may have had about this year. Now, think about where you are at this moment. Do the fears you once had feel small? Do they feel far away? I can remember counting down the number of sleeps I had left in my room every night. I remember feeling like once I packed up and hit the road things would never be the same. Fast forward to now: I have learned that the feelings I had those nights werent so far off from the truth. One of the most difficult things that I have been fortunate to learn can be summed up by this quote you will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. Over the past few weeks Ive found myself counting the nights left here in Israel just as I had done nine months ago in New York. Fear is something inevitable within ourselves but sometimes the ideas and actions that scare us the most can lead us to our greatest accomplishments. When I signed up for Year Course I didnt know anyone else that was coming on the program. I was a little worried about that but decided to make it a fun adventure. It didnt take much time to notice that many people already knew each other from Young Judaea. Introducing myself to a group of people who already know each other wasnt so easy. It felt awkward but everyone tried their best to say hi and meet everyone else. About a month later, the dynamic of the group was changing. We were moving from strangers, to friends, to family. I think most of us would agree that the first impressions we had of each other began to fade away. The friend who had described themselves as shy was transforming into a social butterfly and the person who originally didnt know where they stood on so many issues started screaming their ideas and opinions. So many of us have jumped out of our comfort levels, whether it be to help a friend or help ourselves, we have done it. 9 months ago I didnt know who would bike the Kineret, who would hike the country, who would travel the world, who would challenge my opinions and who would agree with them, who would be lazy and who would be crazy, who would stop me from making mistakes and who would be my partners in crime when, inevitably, we all made mistakes. I didnt know who I would be to each of you, or who you would be to me. And now I gladly pay the price for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. I started by saying do the things you believe in, because when you believe in what you do you believe in yourself. You believe that even alone you can create, give, help and succeed. We are all, thank god, alive and capable of imaginable and unimaginable things. We are the only people who control our capabilities. If each of us can reflect on this year and say that we sucked the juice out of the fruit entirely, kol hakavod, dont stop. Take Year Course with you as a reminder wherever you go that you not only tried, you succeeded. For those of us who may feel like we didnt get as much as we could have, start taking and giving and doing more. It is not too late to take the lessons of Year Course forward, to take matters into our own hands, to create meaning, to try something different and new, to repair the world, on whatever scale we can manage. Take the recipes, the crazy stories, the almost accidents and new friendships with you wherever you go. Year Course, for me, has been a year to figure out what I believe in and Im sure this pursuit will follow me into my next chapter in life. Part of me hopes that this pursuit follows you too because life isnt black and white and only we can decide how to color the pages.- Sarah Silverstein Year Course 14-15 - September 1, 2015