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S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

Situated on a hillside overlooking the heart of Jerusalem, YU's Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute provides support to the more than 600 students in Israel as part of the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program. 

About Our Program

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program (SDAIP) is an educational partnership between Yeshiva University and more than 41 yeshivot and seminaries in Israel. For the more than 600 young men and women each year who choose to begin their Yeshiva University education with a year of Torah study in Israel, the program provides structure, support, guidance and programming during their first year as members of the YU family.

Students enrolled in the Yeshiva University Israel Program are considered YU undergraduate students and are eligible for all applicable state and federal financial aid programs. The program is headquartered at the dedicated Student Center at Yeshiva University's Israel Campus in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Most Yeshiva University undergraduates find a year of study in Israel to be an invaluable and enriching experience, academically and spiritually. By incorporating study at Israeli yeshivot, seminaries or universities that are formal partners with SDAIP into their overall college experience, students dramatically enhance their future academic experience. Learning with Israel's leading educators, students engage in intense study of Jewish subjects including Talmud, Bible, Jewish law, Jewish thought, philosophy, Zionism and Jewish history. The Israel experience increases proficiency in oral and written Hebrew and enables students to learn firsthand about Israel's land, people, history and culture.

Collaborations Throughout Israel

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program team works closely with the staff of all partner yeshivot and seminaries. In order to ensure continuing excellence of the overall education provided, YU has designed and conducts an assessment process that allows the schools to explore and build on their strengths while at the same time identifying areas for enhancement, thereby assuring that Israel Program students are receiving the highest quality education on an ongoing basis.

Supporting Our Students

The program maintains a professionally staffed office in Israel to assist all program participants. YU's Israel representatives visit partner yeshivot and seminaries regularly and offer academic guidance, career planning and personal counseling. In addition, the program sponsors lectures and activities where students can gather under the auspices of Yeshiva University, as well as a guidance center to provide support to help ease the occasionally challenging adjustment to life and study in Israel.

Yeshiva University also sponsors major events for American students in Israel, such as concerts, Melava Malkas, honors events, an annual Inter-Seminary Choir Competition, art and photo competitions, and an annual career fair in addition to publishing weekly D'var Torah newsletters.

Full Program Breakdown

About Our Program

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program (SDAIP) is an educational partnership between Yeshiva University and more than 41 yeshivot and seminaries in Israel. For the more than 600 young men and women each year who choose to begin their Yeshiva University education with a year of Torah study in Israel, the program provides structure, support, guidance and programming during their first year as members of the YU family.

Students enrolled in the Yeshiva University Israel Program are considered YU undergraduate students and are eligible for all applicable state and federal financial aid programs. The program is headquartered at the dedicated Student Center at Yeshiva University's Israel Campus in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Most Yeshiva University undergraduates find a year of study in Israel to be an invaluable and enriching experience, academically and spiritually. By incorporating study at Israeli yeshivot, seminaries or universities that are formal partners with SDAIP into their overall college experience, students dramatically enhance their future academic experience. Learning with Israel's leading educators, students engage in intense study of Jewish subjects including Talmud, Bible, Jewish law, Jewish thought, philosophy, Zionism and Jewish history. The Israel experience increases proficiency in oral and written Hebrew and enables students to learn firsthand about Israel's land, people, history and culture.

Collaborations Throughout Israel

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program team works closely with the staff of all partner yeshivot and seminaries. In order to ensure continuing excellence of the overall education provided, YU has designed and conducts an assessment process that allows the schools to explore and build on their strengths while at the same time identifying areas for enhancement, thereby assuring that Israel Program students are receiving the highest quality education on an ongoing basis.

Supporting Our Students

The program maintains a professionally staffed office in Israel to assist all program participants. YU's Israel representatives visit partner yeshivot and seminaries regularly and offer academic guidance, career planning and personal counseling. In addition, the program sponsors lectures and activities where students can gather under the auspices of Yeshiva University, as well as a guidance center to provide support to help ease the occasionally challenging adjustment to life and study in Israel.

Yeshiva University also sponsors major events for American students in Israel, such as concerts, Melava Malkas, honors events, an annual Inter-Seminary Choir Competition, art and photo competitions, and an annual career fair in addition to publishing weekly D'var Torah newsletters.

Contact Us

For more information about the Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program, please feel free to contact us at either our Israel or New York office.

Israel

Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
40 Duvdevani Street
Jerusalem 96428
Israel

Phone: 02.531.3020
Phone from the U.S. and Canada: 917.484.5020
Fax: 02.531.3021
E-mail: sdaip@yu.edu

 

Stephanie Strauss

Assistant Vice President for Israel Strategy and Enrollment

Executive Director, YU in Israel

+972-54-628-2711

stephanie.strauss@yu.edu

 

Rabbi Josh Frohlich, MSW

Director of Israel Recruitment

Associate Director, YU SDA Israel Program

+972-54-227-2880

josh.frohlich@yu.edu

 

Rabbi Jonathan Cohen

Assistant Director of Admissions

YU SDA Israel Program

+972-54-227-2850

jonathan.cohen@yu.edu

 

Estie Fried

Estie Fried

Admissions Coordinator

YU SDA Israel Program

+972-53-444-8474

estie.fried@yu.edu

 

Sara Fruchter

Sara Fruchter

Admissions Coordinator

YU SDA Israel Program

+972-53-779-8549

+1 917-695-2304

Sara.fruchter@yu.edu

 

Yehudis Goldschein

Admissions Coordinator

YU SDA Israel Program

+972-58-627-5388

yehudis.goldschein@yu.edu

 

 

 

New York

Yeshiva University, Office of Admissions
Furst Hall Suite 101
New York, NY 10033

Telephone: 646.592.4440
E-mail: yuadmit@yu.edu

Connect with Us

Check our Our Guide to Israel Schools

General/Non-Honors Admission Deadlines

Decision Notification is on a rolling basis beginning December 16, 2022
 

Early Decision Honors and Regular Decision Honors Deadlines

Fall 2023 Early Decision Honors Deadlines:

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

Notification: December 15, 2022

 

Fall 2023 Regular Decision Honors deadlines:

Application Deadline: December 23, 2022

Notification: February 13, 2023

 

Fall 2023 Israel Honors Applicants deadlines:

Application Deadline: December 23, 2022

Notification: February 13, 2023

 


How to Enroll

To enroll in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program, applicants must:

  1. Apply and gain acceptance to a Bachelor's Degree Program at Yeshiva University. Submit an application for admission, and then submit all the required supporting materials, such as an essay, SAT/ACT scores*, high school transcript, and have a personal interview.
    *Effective immediately, YU will no longer be requiring standardized test scores for regular admission.
  2. Apply to the Israeli institution of your choice. Each institution has its own procedures and criteria for admission. For contact information for yeshivot, seminaries and other partner programs, please visit the Guide to Israel Schools.
  3. Once accepted to both Yeshiva University and the Israeli institution:
    • Complete your online Intent to Enroll and pay your $250 nonrefundable enrollment deposit.
    • Upon submission, you will be prompted to complete the Israel Participation Agreement and upload a completed copy, along with your Acceptance Letter from the Israeli institution (not YU) in the Supplemental Items & Documents section of our online application.
    • Complete the Student Medical Form and return it to the Yeshiva University Office of Admissions.
    • Pack your bags... you are spending the next year in Israel!

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program enables students to study in Israel while officially remaining a YU student. There are many benefits to being on this program, including access to federal and New York State financial aid programs and flexible monthly payment plans.

What Is the Cost?

Each institution in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program establishes its own tuition and fees. Yeshiva University collects that amount on behalf of the institution. Yeshiva University begins sending invoices to students in June each year. The institution in Israel will collect a deposit directly along with other miscellaneous fees such as those for medical insurance and tourism. These fees will not be reflected on the Yeshiva University invoice. The Israel institution will detail the total tuition and fees students are expected to pay.

In addition to the tuition charged by the Israel institution, Yeshiva University charges a $1,500 Israel program participation fee. A non-refundable deposit of $550 is due at the time of enrollment.  The remaining $950 will be billed with the first tuition statement. Upon return to campus in NY, students will receive a rebate of $1,000 towards their first full-time fall or spring semester. Upon completion of their studies in Israel, students will pay a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $500.

(Students who plan to attend an Israel school that is not affiliated with Yeshiva University’s S. Daniel Abraham Israel program or not to enroll in the YU Israel program, please choose the option to defer admission when enrolling. Students selecting the deferment option will pay an enrollment deposit of $550. Upon completion of their studies in Israel, students will pay a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $500).

 

Tuition Payment Summary

To the Israeli institution

  • The Israeli institution's initial deposit
  • Other fees as determined by the Israel institution (if any). Please consult the Israel institution.

To Yeshiva University

  • The Israeli institution's tuition
  • Yeshiva University's Program Participation Fee of $1,500

What Aid Is Available?

Students who participate in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program may receive federal and state aid if they are eligible. They apply in the same manner as do students on campus in New York City at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Students should apply for financial aid for the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program after January 1st of the year the student will attend the Israel Program. New York State residents will receive a TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) application as a result of filing the FAFSA.

Yeshiva University institutional aid is not available for study in Israel. However, all Federal and State aid is available including Pell, Work-study and Stafford Loans as well as New York State Tuition Assistance (TAP) Grant (if eligible). It is important to apply early so the money is available for your attendance on the Israel Program. Once the processed FAFSA is received by the Office of Student Aid, a Financial Aid Award Letter will be sent to you, which will outline the Financial Aid available.

MASA application is not available through Yeshiva University. Student should consult with Israel institution.

Withdrawal Procedure and Refund Policy

 

Students must present withdrawals in writing to both the Israel institution and the YU office in Israel or New York. Once a student's payment has been processed by YU's Israel Program and paid to the Israel institution, the student must address all issues involving refunds directly to the Israel institution. Students should contact Israel institution for withdrawal and refund policy.

If a student changes schools in Israel after the bill has been paid, the student must arrange for the first institution to transfer all payments to the second institution.

A student that transfers between schools after the requisite dates in the academic calendar, that is – will not complete 13 contiguous weeks including completion of all academic requirements at the end of the semester, will not receive a transcript or Israel credit for that semester. 

A student who expresses interest in withdrawing from a school – any time after the first week of a semester - should be instructed by their administrators to speak directly with the YU/SDAIP office in order to receive comprehensive information with which to make that decision. Administrators are  also requested to speak with the SDAIP office to explain the circumstances and determine whether a transferring student will be eligible for credit or not. This should be done BEFORE the student switches schools or is given potentially incorrect information.

 

More Information

For more information about admission to YU or the Joint Israel Program, please contact the Office of Admissions at (646) 592-4440 or yuadmit@yu.edu.

For more information on the financial aid eligibility of the Israel program, please call the Office of Student Aid at (646) 592-6250.

To make payment arrangements for the Israel Program, please call the Office of Student Accounts at (646) 592-6260.

Enrollment Process and Deadlines

Check our Our Guide to Israel Schools

General/Non-Honors Admission Deadlines

Decision Notification is on a rolling basis beginning December 16, 2022
 

Early Decision Honors and Regular Decision Honors Deadlines

Fall 2023 Early Decision Honors Deadlines:

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

Notification: December 15, 2022

 

Fall 2023 Regular Decision Honors deadlines:

Application Deadline: December 23, 2022

Notification: February 13, 2023

 

Fall 2023 Israel Honors Applicants deadlines:

Application Deadline: December 23, 2022

Notification: February 13, 2023

 


How to Enroll

To enroll in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program, applicants must:

  1. Apply and gain acceptance to a Bachelor's Degree Program at Yeshiva University. Submit an application for admission, and then submit all the required supporting materials, such as an essay, SAT/ACT scores*, high school transcript, and have a personal interview.
    *Effective immediately, YU will no longer be requiring standardized test scores for regular admission.
  2. Apply to the Israeli institution of your choice. Each institution has its own procedures and criteria for admission. For contact information for yeshivot, seminaries and other partner programs, please visit the Guide to Israel Schools.
  3. Once accepted to both Yeshiva University and the Israeli institution:
    • Complete your online Intent to Enroll and pay your $250 nonrefundable enrollment deposit.
    • Upon submission, you will be prompted to complete the Israel Participation Agreement and upload a completed copy, along with your Acceptance Letter from the Israeli institution (not YU) in the Supplemental Items & Documents section of our online application.
    • Complete the Student Medical Form and return it to the Yeshiva University Office of Admissions.
    • Pack your bags... you are spending the next year in Israel!
Tuition and Scholarships

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program enables students to study in Israel while officially remaining a YU student. There are many benefits to being on this program, including access to federal and New York State financial aid programs and flexible monthly payment plans.

What Is the Cost?

Each institution in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program establishes its own tuition and fees. Yeshiva University collects that amount on behalf of the institution. Yeshiva University begins sending invoices to students in June each year. The institution in Israel will collect a deposit directly along with other miscellaneous fees such as those for medical insurance and tourism. These fees will not be reflected on the Yeshiva University invoice. The Israel institution will detail the total tuition and fees students are expected to pay.

In addition to the tuition charged by the Israel institution, Yeshiva University charges a $1,500 Israel program participation fee. A non-refundable deposit of $550 is due at the time of enrollment.  The remaining $950 will be billed with the first tuition statement. Upon return to campus in NY, students will receive a rebate of $1,000 towards their first full-time fall or spring semester. Upon completion of their studies in Israel, students will pay a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $500.

(Students who plan to attend an Israel school that is not affiliated with Yeshiva University’s S. Daniel Abraham Israel program or not to enroll in the YU Israel program, please choose the option to defer admission when enrolling. Students selecting the deferment option will pay an enrollment deposit of $550. Upon completion of their studies in Israel, students will pay a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $500).

 

Tuition Payment Summary

To the Israeli institution

  • The Israeli institution's initial deposit
  • Other fees as determined by the Israel institution (if any). Please consult the Israel institution.

To Yeshiva University

  • The Israeli institution's tuition
  • Yeshiva University's Program Participation Fee of $1,500

What Aid Is Available?

Students who participate in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program may receive federal and state aid if they are eligible. They apply in the same manner as do students on campus in New York City at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Students should apply for financial aid for the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program after January 1st of the year the student will attend the Israel Program. New York State residents will receive a TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) application as a result of filing the FAFSA.

Yeshiva University institutional aid is not available for study in Israel. However, all Federal and State aid is available including Pell, Work-study and Stafford Loans as well as New York State Tuition Assistance (TAP) Grant (if eligible). It is important to apply early so the money is available for your attendance on the Israel Program. Once the processed FAFSA is received by the Office of Student Aid, a Financial Aid Award Letter will be sent to you, which will outline the Financial Aid available.

MASA application is not available through Yeshiva University. Student should consult with Israel institution.

Withdrawal Procedure and Refund Policy

 

Students must present withdrawals in writing to both the Israel institution and the YU office in Israel or New York. Once a student's payment has been processed by YU's Israel Program and paid to the Israel institution, the student must address all issues involving refunds directly to the Israel institution. Students should contact Israel institution for withdrawal and refund policy.

If a student changes schools in Israel after the bill has been paid, the student must arrange for the first institution to transfer all payments to the second institution.

A student that transfers between schools after the requisite dates in the academic calendar, that is – will not complete 13 contiguous weeks including completion of all academic requirements at the end of the semester, will not receive a transcript or Israel credit for that semester. 

A student who expresses interest in withdrawing from a school – any time after the first week of a semester - should be instructed by their administrators to speak directly with the YU/SDAIP office in order to receive comprehensive information with which to make that decision. Administrators are  also requested to speak with the SDAIP office to explain the circumstances and determine whether a transferring student will be eligible for credit or not. This should be done BEFORE the student switches schools or is given potentially incorrect information.

 

More Information

For more information about admission to YU or the Joint Israel Program, please contact the Office of Admissions at (646) 592-4440 or yuadmit@yu.edu.

For more information on the financial aid eligibility of the Israel program, please call the Office of Student Aid at (646) 592-6250.

To make payment arrangements for the Israel Program, please call the Office of Student Accounts at (646) 592-6260.

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