Inspiration through education.
Goal of ProgramIsrael Experience offers the unique combination of Torah study, secular university classes, internships, chessed, trips and clubs to ensure a well-rounded experience. This fun, meaningful and productive environment ensures that each student can fully reach THEIR unique potential. Attitude towards Israel and Medinat YisraelIsrael Experience fosters a sense of appreciation for the state of Israel and love for our homeland. Aside from a variety of Israel-themed classes and trips and in addition to the passion exhibited by the dedicated Israel XP staff, there are over 33,000 students at Bar Ilan University. Attitude towards University StudiesThe University classes offered by Israel Experience enable students to begin their College careers in a safe and secure environment. They will be well prepared to excel in their future college studies and career path, while maintaining a strong sense of Jewish pride and identity. Attitude towards Extracurricular ActivitiesIsrael Experience offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities. From an internship in an Israeli company to a powerful Shabbaton to on-site clubs like drama, music, art and sports, there is something for everyone. Preparation for Post IsraelIsrael Experience prepares students well for their post-Israel experience. As students progress in University and life, they may face challenging academics or work environments, philosophical challenges to the State of Israel or even deniers of the Holocaust. Participants of Israel Experience will be up to these challenges and many more. The "Successful" StudentIsrael Experience does not have any one “success” story. Each student has unique talents and interests. The caring and nurturing staff empowers each students to fully reach THEIR unique potential as they make their mark on the Jewish people and the world. Dress
Guidance PersonnelThe Israel Experience contains a large staff ranging from formal educators such as Talmudic Scholars and PHD professors to our informal staff such as Av/Eim Bayit couples, Programming staff, and Madrichim. All serve as religious role models and make themselves available to guide and care for our students in every way.
SupervisionSeveral Madrichim and two young families live on the Israel Experience campus to ensure both the physical and spiritual safety of the students.Safety With the exception of vacations and free weekends, students must be back in their dorm rooms by 1:00 AM EVERY night.
MakeupThe curriculum at Israel XP offers a wide variety of styles and levels to accommodate multiple backgrounds and interests. Some of the English-language courses offered include: Courses Offered
These courses are supplemented by Internships, field trips and social activities Daily Schedule Sunday: Morning hours feature several classes of Ulpan/Hebrew Laguage, split into different levels. On Sunday afternoons our students take part in various internships in the realms of business, chessed, volunteer work, science, and Torah.
Monday- Thursday: After our morning prayer services (or optional prayer workshop) at 8:00am, students have Judaic studies classes in the morning hours and a full afternoon of secular studies classes. Evening hours feature optional Torah classes, informal programs, workshops, presentations, and more.
Language of InstructionAll Israel XP courses are offered in English. Students who are well versed in Hebrew also have access to over 7,000 Bar Ilan courses taught in Hebrew. Ulpan or Hebrew ClassStudents take a placement exam at the outset of the year to determine which ulpan class they are in. Thanks to the combination of the intensive ulpan and sharing a campus with thousands of Israelis, motivated students can be fluent in hebrew by the end of the year. Assessment and GradingThe program offers up to 80 university credits. Students take a minimum of 20 secular credits. Each class has a final exam and class attendance and participation does influence the final grade.Students receive an official Bar Ilan University transcript which is transferrable to most universities in North America Shana BetStudents are welcome to come back for a 2nd year. Options range from more intensive Torah study to making Aliyah and continuing their studies at Bar Ilan. Joint ProgramBar Ilan University is accredited by Ministry of Education in Israel and the New York State Board of Regents. That being said, if a student is eligible for U.S. Federal Aid, they are encouraged to attend Israel XP through a joint program. Options include Yeshiva University or the Michigan Jewish Institute (www.mji.edu ).
Interaction with Israelis
Bar Ilan University has over 33,000 students. Since the majority are Israeli, students will likely hear Hebrew on a daily basis. The campus also exposes students to a wide variety of cultures as it contains students from 28 nationalities.
Special Informal programs
From the Drama department to the “school of rock” music Club, from the cooking club to the Art club, there is something for everyone.
There is a health club at the dorm site which contains a basketball court, workout gym and swimming pool.
Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
For Shabbat, there is a rotation to ensure a broad experience:
1st Shabbat – Shabbaton off Campus with program (typically at hotel)
2nd Shabbat – Free to visit friends and relatives
3rd Shabbat – Shabbat on campus with program
4th Shabbat – Free to visit friends and relatives
During an off Shabbat, students are encouraged to take advantage of a “mini Israel Experience” where they and their friends can be hosted for Shabbat in the city of their choice. This will enable students to experience the rich diversity of Jewish life that Israel has to offer.
The program is called Israel Experience b/c students can experience everything that Israel has to offer. Here are just two samples of the many exciting trips:
Negev Trip Highlights will likely Include:
Golan Trip will likely Include:
Israel Experience’s was founded in 2008 as the only alternative to the two prevalent options:
It offers the best of both worlds. A powerful and inspiring Torah program coupled with secular pursuits to help students prepare for a productive and meaningful Torah life in the secular world.
Bar Ilan is chartered and accredited by the Israeli Ministry of Education, and therefore many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada recognize its courses. A sizeable list of universities that have accepted BIU credits in the past is available on the Israel Experience website. However, every college and university has its own policy regarding international study and we cannot guarantee that a particular institution will grant credit for specific courses taken at Bar Ilan. Students are encouraged to contact the school they intend to enroll in after their studies at Israel Experience to determine that school’s policy on study abroad and the transfer of credits.
Israel Experience students also have the option to apply their credits towards an entire undergraduate BA degree at Bar Ilan, with all classes taught in English. Click here for more information (link to ) Israel Experience classes can count for up to a full year of credit, which leaves just 2 years left to graduate. If a student maintains an 85 average at Bar Ilan, they also receive automatic admission to Bar Ilan’s prestigious 1-year MBA program.
Popular universities that accept Bar Ilan credits:
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Israel Experience at Bar IlanU.S. Office(mailing address) Israel Experience, Attn: Morrie Osterer2667 Spreading Oaks LaneJacksonville, FL firstname.lastname@example.org
Israel OfficeRabbi Eli Menaged, DirectorRabbi Ari Kahn, Director of Foreign Student ProgramsBar Ilan University CampusBuilding 905, Room 009Ramat Gan 52900
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
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