what you might want to know before applying
Before applying to KIVUNIM you and/or your parents might want the opportunity speak with one or more of our many alumni or their parents. As KIVUNIM began in 2006 you can even get the perspective of the lasting impact of KIVUNIM 10+ years down the road. We will be happy to provide you with names of former students and their parents from around the United States and Canada and from across the spectrum of the Jewish community. Each year KIVUNIM students come from the full expanse of North American Jewish life and from communities in all parts of the country. We welcome applications from other parts of the world as well.
Tuition includes all meals and housing*, the full academic program of 4 major courses and 1 minor course plus art, music, film supplements; the full experiential program including all international travel to and within at least 10 countries for a total of approximately 10 weeks, all internal Israel travel and programming, RT airfare from NYC to Tel Aviv, all museum and other special event admissions that are part of the official program, medical insurance and many additional extras.
The KIVUNIM application fee is $125. The all-inclusive KIVUNIM tuition for 2018-19 is $52,500. Students who complete the application process by December 31, 2017 qualify for a 10% discount. KIVUNIM students may receive a transcript from Hebrew College of Boston, MA allowing them to transfer up to a full year of 30 credits to most North American Colleges and Universities. Program dates for next year are September 26, 2018 - May 26, 2019.
Financial aid is available upon submission of a COPY of the FAFSA form required of college financial aid applicants and a specific request from the family to KIVUNIM. Scholarship Funds are distributed throughout the year of application on a needs assessment basis. Financial aid requests are considered AFTER a student has completed the full application process and has been admitted to the program.
A limited number of MERIT AWARDS are available to candidates who present superior academic records, college entrance exam scores and a history of school and community activism and social responsibility as reflected in their letters of recommendation. Merit Awards are determined competitively in April each year. Financial aid and merit awards can be combined.
In addition, your local synagogue, JCC, Bureau of Jewish Education and/or Federation may have scholarship funds available. Call your local Jewish Federation directly to check on available funds and application procedures. We suggest calling rather than relying upon email.
Call JNF as you may qualify for their very interesting revenue sharing plan. The Amy Adine Schulman Scholarship Fund is another possibility. Google search for others. Students have previously received support from fraternal organizations devoted to improving international relations such as Kiwanis International.
* Excluding winter and Passover vacations and free weekends spent away from our Jerusalem base.
The APPLICATION form is here
Please complete ALL questions on the application form. PLEASE provide your name EXACTLY as it appears on your passport. You will be receive a confirmation letter with details of the admissions process within 2 days. If you will require financial aid, please note that funds are distributed on a first come, first served basis, based upon demonstrated need. Completing the application process as quickly as possible is to your advantage. Admissions are processed on a rolling basis throughout the year. The date and time of your application is automatically entered when you click "Submit Application." (An incomplete application is not considered an application.) If you cannot answer a required question, place "N/A" in the box. If you have any problems with the form, please call 917-930-3092 or email Pgeffen@kivunim.org. Thank you for your interest in KIVUNIM! We are looking forward to seeing you next year.
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