Spend ten months living, studying, and volunteering at Israel’s most prestigious technical institute:
The Gap Year at Technion International offers high school graduates a 10-month program combining academic studies, leadership development workshops, Jewish studies, community service, cultural experiences, and unforgettable trips.
We offer two Gap Year tracks:
1. October 18, 2017 – August, 2018
2. January 10, 2018 – August, 2018
You may choose to participate in either of these tracks (depending on personal preference, date of complete of studies, etc).
Science & Engineering (mandatory):
- Basic science and engineering academic courses
- Hebrew studies
- Social activities
- Basic science and engineering academic courses
Torah, Science & Engineering (optional):
- Spiritual guidance from Technion’s Rabi. Elad Dokov
- Gmara lessons and Havruta
- Hebrew studies
- Israel and Jewish social activities
We offer basic science and engineering courses, tailored for students who are considering a degree track in Engineering & Science
Technion’s Gap year includes volunteering work during spring semester break and once a week throughout the academic year. Students will enjoy enriching cultural activities and trips around Israel.
- During your stay, you will have the opportunity to enjoy guided tours around Israel: Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea, Caesarea, Rosh Hanikra, Acre, Safed, Tel Aviv, the Galilee, the Golan Heights, and more.
- We will also travel to Jewish Heritage sites: Yad Vashem (the World Holocaust Remembrance Center); Beit Lochamei Hagetaot (Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum); Beit Hatfusot (Museum of the Jewish People) and more
The cultural program is as diversified as Israel itself: lectures on Israeli culture and society, entrepreneurship, and science, celebration of Jewish Holidays, music and theatre shows, and more.
In addition to TI’s social activities, students will have access to all the cultural events on campus organized by the Technion Student Association (ASAT), giving you the opportunity to socialize with students from Israel and all over the world.
This program is suitable for students who observe the Sabbath and keep Kosher.
Social Activities during the year:
- Beit Hatfutsot – (The Museum of the Jewish People),
- Yad Vashem
- The Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum in Lohamei HaGeta’ot
- Bialik house
- Activities for Remembrance Day “Living memory” for Holocaust Day
- Lectures on technology entrepreneurship and Biomedical
- Lectures on Jewish Culture and Society: Israeli cinema; journalism; Music, politics and more-
- Meeting with ‘Buddies’ – in cooperation with Israeli students
- “Language exchange” Meeting – in cooperation with Israeli students
- Eve of Holidays
Travel around Israel:
- The Dead Sea
- The Kineret [sea of Galilee]
- The Galil and more.
- For those interested, there will also be an option to take Judaic courses in the religious framework.
- Leadership Workshop: and life skills: 9 meetings, 5 hours each
- Twice a semester Technion Shabbat Saturday includes festive Shabbat meals, and other social activities.
- Once a semester there will be a two-day trip (Thursday until Friday Evening)
- High-tech laboratories: a combination of ten visits to various high-tech companies and various industries: Wix, Mindspace
* Changes may occur to the opening of the program at the discretion of TI
Application and Admission Process
Application Deadline: June 1, 2017
To begin your application process, click “Apply Now“ to launch the online application system.
Contact for Admissions or additional questions: Ms. Zehava Solomon:
email@example.com | Tel: +972-77-887-1897
What We Look For
Technion invests in tomorrow’s engineering leaders and is thereby committed to attracting and admitting the best and the brightest. Admission decisions take into account an applicant’s academic performance in math/science as well as their ambitions, excitement and extra-curricular talents and achievements.
YOUR APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:
- Completed Application Form
- Secondary school diploma and transcripts (students should have a strong background in math/science)
- High school Physics (required) and Chemistry (recommended)
- Two teacher recommendation letters*
- Standardized test scores depending on your country of origin (SAT, AST or ACT, or GAO-KAO (Science))
- Resume with two passport sized photos
- Personal essay
- Students who are a non-native English speakers must also submit English proficiency test scores, either TOEFL or IELTS (see below for required minimum and recommended score)
- $100 (USD) non-refundable application fee
*An original copy must be sent directly from the evaluator. At least one letter should be from a mathematics or science teacher.
** As part of the admission requirements, strong candidates for the program will also undergo a personal interview.
English Proficiency Tests
Since the academic program at Technion International is taught entirely in English, applicants are required to demonstrate their English proficiency before they enroll. Applicants from high-schools where English is not the primary language of instruction are recommended to submit official copies of their scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an equivalent test, such as the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), the SAT Reasoning, or ACT Plus Writing Test. We will hold an English proficiency tests at Shantou and Beijing, China. Dates for these tests will be announced in advance.
Required Scores on English Proficiency Tests
|TOEFL – Paper Based Test (PBI)||600||550|
|TOEFL – Computer Based Test (CBT)||230||188|
|TOEFL- Internet Based Test (IBT)||85||80|
Candidates applying from the USA or from high schools taught according to the American system, must take a standardized test (SAT or ACT) before applying. Technion International has minimum test score requirements for the math section as detailed below. Those who take subject tests may send their results in as well.
Required Scores on Standardized Tests
|Recommended Math||Minimum Math|
|SAT- Math section||700||630|
|ACT- Math section||30||27|
1. October 18, 2017 – August, 2018: $20,000/year
2. January 10, 2018 – August, 2018: $19,000/year
Cost includes: Tuition, Campus Fees, Accommodation, Volunteering Program, Trips & Social Activities, and Health Insurance.
To apply: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Fees are subject to change.
**Scholarships are available based on academic merit and financial need.
* Opening of the program is contingent on the number of registered students.
Please note that tuition fees do not cover applicants’ airfare, meals, the cost of textbooks and other expenses (not including housing, detailed above). We estimate these expenses at $5,000 (USD) per year.
Students will have the opportunity to take optional religious studies courses as well as participate in prayer in the mornings and evenings.
In addition to coursework, there will be activities, seminars, trips and exciting workshops for the students.
- Introduction to Materials Engineering
- Humanities Course
- Sports Course (Elective)
- Hebrew course for beginners (Elective)
- Physics 1
- Calculus 1
- Organizations and Entrepreneurship
Spring Break: Exams; Kibbutz experience- Volunteering (two weeks); Trips