• Israel
    • Tel-Aviv
    • Jerusalem
26 - 52 weeks

Program Details

City Exploring Hiking Sightseeing
Academic Year Fall Spring
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Price Details
Tuition includes housing, monthly food stipend, education (up to 30 college credits) basic medical insurance and a bus pass. It does not include flights or cell phones. There are multiple scholarship opportunities, special discounts and promotions that can help reduce the cost of tuition.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Some Meals Park Fees Tour Guide Transportation Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Some Meals SIM cards
Dec 14, 2020
Jun 15, 2021
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About Program

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!

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Program Highlights

  • College Credits
  • Internships
  • Volunteering
  • Global Trips
  • Special Tracks

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Program Reviews

4.50 Rating
based on 22 reviews
  • 5 rating 86.36%
  • 4 rating 0%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 4.55%
  • 1 rating 9.09%
  • Housing 4.3
  • Support 4.4
  • Fun 4.8
  • Value 4.8
  • Safety 4.65
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No, I don't recommend this program

Average program

I had a great year with my friends, but the program was average. The staff meant well but they had no idea what the kids were really up to and so there were a lot of people doing things they shouldn't have been doing, like partying, and skipping classes. The food in Jerusalem was terrible and the staff tried to justify it all the time as being ok. The counselors were cool but it didn't really seem like they had the authority ever to solve problems that came up. It was good to be in Israel and I'm glad I did it but I expected more from the program.

110 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Something Special

I am so thankful for my Year Course experience. There are many parts of the program that are amazing the way I assume other programs would be: being in Israel, living on your own, exciting opportunities, and making friends. What makes Year Course stand out, however, are the little things that create an overall feel.
Year Course does a great job of balancing independence with structure. From what I have heard about other programs from friends many do not provide enough structure or are too controlling and planned. Year Course runs interesting activities and provides exciting volunteering and internships, while also allowing plenty of time for participants to explore the cities they are living in and find what interests them. You live autonomously with friends and face the various associated survival and social challenges, but you have amazing, caring counselors and staff to lean on.
One thing I will say time and time again about Young Judeans and their programs is that they have the unique ability to build a loving and accepting family out of people who begin as strangers. I can't seem to pinpoint exactly what it is, but there is something about the staff and participants attracted to Young Judea that creates a true feeling of family. Even through a pandemic, Year Course staff (and participants) maintained a safe and comforting community. I am enjoying my first year of college greatly and have made a lot of friends, but something I, along with many friends and sister (who also went on YC), say is that we can't seem to find people we connect with and love as deeply as those from our Year Course.
Choosing Year Course was seriously one of the best decisions of my life.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Buy a travel towel (great for the beach), compactable sleeping bag, and extra-large carabiner! Lots of YCers go on hiking/camping trips, stay with family of friends, or take random weekend trips to random places. They will all serve very useful when only wanting a backpack on exciting adventures you will soon embark on with friends!
111 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Beat year of my life

I want to start off by saying that gap years are not for everyone!! But anyone looking for a way to grow, experience a new culture, travel, learn through experiences rather than a textbook, or even just have a year to explore and make memories, this is the program for you!! You very much get out what you put into it. To anyone nervous about being behind in college, my school initially said they wouldn’t take the credits but I ended up with 35 (23 from YC) . I’m also graduating a semester early.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
The time goes by SO fast. Make the best out of it and don’t take yourself so seriously
109 people found this review helpful.
Exploring in Israel
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Experience!

Going on year course was an extraordinary experience! It helped me become more independent, taught me so much about my country, and gave me all the tools I needed to make a living while I was away. Though being overseas from the people you love can be stressful, I felt a sense of home and security from the staff that gave a similar vibe. Overall this program was really good for me and I definitely recommend going if you have the chance! Also- the food is TO DIE FOR. promise your kids will not go hungry while they’re away :)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go out and explore as much as you can! Try new foods, take field trips to new places! Expand your horizons! Year Course is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and if you blink you might miss out on the awesome adventures Israel has to offer!

110 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Young Judaea Year Course

Year Course absolutely changed my life. After high school I thought I knew who I was and what my interests were, but my time in Israel completely changed that. I loved being able to live in my favorite country with all my favorite people. Being immersed in the country through different activities, learning Hebrew, and living with Israelis was an unmatched experience. I deepened my connection to Judaism and Israel as well as discovering so much about myself in general: I was able to decide what I wanted to major in and gain more direction going into college. Go on YC!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make every day count! With all of Israel at your feet you should never be bored. Get on the bus and go!!!!
104 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Experience

I never imagined going on a gap year after high school, but I am beyond grateful that I chose to participate in Year Course. I learned about myself as a Jew, a Zionist, a friend, and overall person. I grew so much on Year Course. I created lifelong friends and had learning experiences that will stay with me forever. The staff was so supportive and there for us as we embarked on this journey. I learned about life on a kibbutz, the land of Israel, Israelis and more. It was the best year of my life!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future Year Coursers is to embrace every moment. Time flies and you should take advantage of every moment of it.
102 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Year of my Life

Young Judaea Year Course truly was an unforgettable experience. I met amazing people from all over the world and got to travel and experience things I never would have done without Year Course. The friends I made on Year Course will be my lifetime friends because of the strong bonding experiences living in Israel facilitates. Year course allowed me to have both an educational and fun experience at the same time. The staff were always there for any of us when we needed it and supported us in any way possible.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Year Course took us to the Temple Mount which is something not many people get to do in their lifetime. We learned about the history of it in both a Jewish and a Muslim context.
97 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Decision Yet

Year Course has definitely been the best decision I've made. Coming on a gap year program is a difficult decision, and then finding the right program is even harder. I knew that I wanted a program that would allow me to earn college credits while still getting to experience living in Israel and doing all the things that come along with being in a new place with new people. Year Course has provided me with everything I could have hoped for and even more. One of the biggest benefits of coming on a gap year is the personal growth aspect. With Year Course, I believe that the personal growth aspect is enhanced even further than other programs because of the way it is set up. We live in apartments with 4-5 other kids and have to uphold a healthy living environment. This means we have to clean the place and make sure that everyone's needs are taken care of. We have to buy groceries together, and then cook together because we don't have food provided. Other programs might give the personal growth experience, but none like Year Course. In the fall I will be attending Muhlenberg College and already feel as though I have more life experience than the average student who is starting school. Speaking of which, did I mention that I will be transferring over 40 college credits? Year Course has given me the opportunity to learn from some of the best professors I've had, ever! The education aspect that Year Course provides will potentially allow me to graduate in three years of undergraduate studies on American soil. I'm leaving Israel in less than two weeks and have been reflecting a lot on the past nine months of my life. I've travelled all across Israel, I've been to Poland, made life-time friends, gained life experiences that college would never be able to teach me (like how to cook for myself, taking care of an apartment and so much more), I've learned a new language and am leaving Israel a better, more mature and more complete version of myself than when I first got here. I can't thank Year Course enough for all it has done for me. These last nine months will be such an important part of my life for as long as I live. I would recommend this program to anyone who is even slightly considering taking a gap year.

107 people found this review helpful.

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