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 many 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.
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." (An incomplete application is not considered an application.)
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.
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.
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 2020-2021 is $55,000. Students who complete the application process by November 25, 2019 will qualify for a 5% discount, and students who complete the application between November 26, 2019 and January 6, 2020 qualify for a $2500 discount. After completion of application process and acceptance we must receive the $5000 deposit by January 15, 2020 in order to receive the 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 October 5, 2020 - June 5, 2021..
* Excluding winter and Passover vacations and free weekends spent away from our Jerusalem base.