Application Process

The Application Process

1. Fill out the BINA GAP Year application

Click here to apply online.

A) Complete the 3 Online Components:

    1 – Personal & Health Questionnaire

  ���� 2 – Essays

    3 – Resume CV

B) Submit the Printed Components (2 letters of recommendation from a supervisor or an instructor/teacher) by email, fax, or mail.

Only applicants who have submitted complete applications will be eligible for admission! Once all 3 online components and at least 1 printed component have been received, a BINA staff member will contact you to schedule a telephone interview.

Applications may be submitted online, or by mail, fax or email. Applications sent by mail may take 3 weeks or more to arrive. Please be patient! We will inform you when your application has arrived at our offices.

2. Apply for the MASA Grant

Our program is supported by Masa Israel. Travel vouchers and scholarships are available for those who are eligible.

As of the 2017-2018 academic year, Masa Israel participants under the age of 22 participating in a gap year program will receive a $200 travel voucher toward their flight to Israel in lieu of the Masa Israel grant. This change will not affect participants from the Former Soviet Union, Argentina, Venezuela, participants of academic/study abroad programs, participants in Aliyah preparatory programs, or participants who are eligible for the needs-based scholarship. Participants may apply for the travel voucher and the needs-based scholarship at the same time, but must wait for approval from Masa Israel for the needs-based scholarship before using the travel voucher. By using the travel voucher you are forfeiting your eligibility for the needs-based scholarship.
Click HERE to apply for the Masa Grant on their website

3. Participate in a phone interview with a representative from BINA: Social Action and Study in Tel Aviv
Upon receiving and reviewing your written application, we will contact you to schedule a time for a phone interview. Phone interviews can be expected to last 30-60 minutes. During the interview, your interviewer will try to learn more about who you are, why you are interested in the program, and how you would fit into the program’s goals. It is a chance for us to gauge your level of dedication, maturity, and how well you will be able to work in a group.

4. Stay in touch with us
We will be in touch with you, following your interview, to let you know of our timetable for reaching a decision. In the meantime, and even after a decision is reached, we ask that you keep in touch with us. We are happy to answer any of your questions or address any concerns. In the meantime, it is extremely important that you keep us apprised of any changes in your contact information. As the start of the program approaches, we will need to send you information on preparing to come join us in Israel.

Tuition & Financial Information

Tuition

The tuition for the 5 month program in 2017-18 is  $10,500.
The tuition for the 10-month program is $17,000.

Please note that this does not include flights to and from Israel.

Tuition includes:

• Educational programming, including Hebrew Ulpan, and studies at the Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv
• Prepared meals at the Secular Yeshiva
• Accommodations in Tel Aviv- apartments and all utilities
• Group living expenses for collectively buying food and cleaning supplies
• Educational tours, overnight trips and seminars
• Bus fare to and from volunteering, program trips etc. (not including bus fare for private traveling)
• Health insurance

Health Insurance
All participants will receive basic health care coverage from one of Israel’s health care cooperatives. There is a clinic and pharmacy in the neighborhood, a very short walk from the apartments. Please be advised that your health insurance will not cover preexisting conditions, and thus it is recommended that participants taking prescription medications for preexisting medical conditions bring enough with them to last the duration of the program.

Financial Aid
It is strongly recommended to contact your local Jewish Federation to see what kinds of scholarships might be available in your area. If you belong to a synagogue, it is oftentimes helpful to speak with your Rabbi about financial aid possibilities. For more information and assistance, please contact us: gapyear@bina.org.il.

MASA Israel Grant
MASA Israel Journey provides a travel voucher to eligible participants. Almost all of our participants qualify for the help.

It is HIGHLY recommended that you apply for the MASA grant by filling out their online application.

MASA Israel Needs-Based Scholarship
Applicants who can demonstrate a gross annual income of less than $22,000 (USD) are eligible for additional funding from Masa.
Fill out their application to get started.

Masa: Israel Journey — Masa’s website offers ideas for securing additional funding.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Participants in BINA: Social Action and Study in Tel Aviv who withdraw from the program prior to its conclusion will be eligible for refunds of paid tuition under the following conditions:

  • Participants who choose to terminate their participation prior to the program start will be eligible for a full refund, less the non-refundable deposit of $750.
  • Participants who choose to leave the program following the program start will not be eligible for refunds. Exceptions will be made at the sole discretion of the Program Director.
  • We ask that participants who choose to terminate their participation in the program give at least two weeks notice, in order to ease their departure from their volunteering assignments, from the group and from the program facilities.
  • Participants who are dismissed from the program due to violation(s) of program rules will not be eligible for refunds.

For more information please contact at us: gapyear@bina.org.il