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Masa Israel JourneyMasa Israel JourneyMasa is the global leader in long-term international career development and leadership experiences in Israel for young adults from around the world. We offer top-notch gap year, freshman year and study abroad programs in Israel. It’s a year on – not a year off. Whether you want to explore your future degree, network with peers from around the world, volunteer or immerse yourself in all Israel has to offer – Masa Israel can help you find the perfect program.


Academic Gap Year Programs

Tel Aviv University

Academic Gap Year at Tel Aviv University

The program is foundationally like a freshman year of college, as it is integrated with the rest of the yearlong study programs for coursework and activities. What sets it apart is the focus and attention on its participants. Students will have much closer access to faculty and supportive program staff.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Freshman Gap Year at Hebrew University

The Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is pleased to introduce an innovative option designed for recent high school graduates entitled The “Hebrew and Israeli Culture Program.” This academic program will enable students on all Hebrew levels to achieve a high degree of fluency in Modern Hebrew through exposure to the language and culture of Israel.

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Freshman Year of Engineering and Science at Technion

The Freshman Year of Engineering and Science is a full year program combining Hebrew language studies and cultural activities within the framework of a challenging math and science-based academic program.

Bar-Ilan University

Mechina Bar-Ilan University – Pre-Academic Program

The Mechina (preparatory) Program at Bar-Ilan University is an intensive year of study aimed at preparing participants for academic life in Israel. Mechina consists of intensive Hebrew language study (approximately 25 hours per week), followed by two academic semesters of 30 hours of intensive Hebrew language study plus Jewish Studies, mathematics or statistics, Israeli geography and government, and introductory level academic courses based on possible career choices.


Traditional Gap Year Programs

Young Judaea

Young Judea Year Course

Year Course isn’t a year off between high school and college – it’s a year ON! Expand your mind, your horizons, and your life experience as you discover another culture, volunteer, study, and develop your Jewish identity before heading off to college.


Nativ College Leadership Program

Nativ, USCJ’s gap year program for Jewish high school graduates, is dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Nativ, which means “path” in Hebrew, provides a unique opportunity to explore new directions on the journey to becoming a Jewish adult.


Aardvark Israel Immersion Programs


Aardvark Israel Programs offer Jewish students from around the world the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS,” by providing a tailor-made, modular curriculum, so students can build a customized experience in Israel. Aardvark offers volunteering and internships, the chance to study and earn university academic credit, an opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, and independent living in apartments in the center of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.



Speciality Gap Year Programs


Bina Social Action Gap Year in Tel Aviv

Experience Israeli society with Israeli peers in Tel Aviv, Israel’s most exciting city. Live and Volunteer in south Tel Aviv. Explore the Jewish bookshelf from a pluralistic and progressive perspective. Join BINA’s thriving community from Israel and around the world.



Develop your career in hi-tech by building your resume with BIG IDEA! You will intern at top Israeli tech companies and Startups. Get inspired by Israeli entrepreneurs. Become a professional app developer with our training course which will give you the skills and knowledge to succeed with your future hi-tech career.

Kol Ami

Kol Ami

Kol Ami is a 6-month gap year experience pairing post-high school Israeli teens with Jewish teens from around the world. The program strives to forge a deep, meaningful, and lasting connection among the next generation of Jews, who embrace their differences. On Kol Ami participants learn about each other, while exploring Israel, volunteering, taking a wide variety of classes, and living together as a community.


Masa Israel is a project of the Government of Israel and The Jewish agency for Israel, made possible through the generous contributions of the Jewish Federations of North America and Keren Hayesod-UIA.

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