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S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

Situated on a hillside overlooking the heart of Jerusalem, YU's Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute provides support to nearly 800 students in Israel as part of the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program. 

91鶹 Our Program

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program (SDAIP) is an educational partnership between 91鶹 and more than 40 yeshivot and seminaries in Israel. For nearly 800 young men and women each year who choose to begin their 91鶹 education with a year of Torah study in Israel, the program provides structure, support, guidance and programming during their first year as members of the YU family.

Students enrolled in the 91鶹 Israel Program are considered YU undergraduate students and are eligible for all applicable state and federal financial aid programs. The program is headquartered at the dedicated Student Center at 91鶹's Israel Campus in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Most 91鶹 undergraduates find a year of study in Israel to be an invaluable and enriching experience, academically and spiritually. By incorporating study at Israeli yeshivot, seminaries or universities that are formal partners with SDAIP into their overall college experience, students dramatically enhance their future academic experience. Learning with Israel's leading educators, students engage in intense study of Jewish subjects including Talmud, Bible, Jewish law, Jewish thought, philosophy, Zionism and Jewish history. The Israel experience increases proficiency in oral and written Hebrew and enables students to learn firsthand about Israel's land, people, history and culture.

Collaborations Throughout Israel

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program team works closely with the staff of all partner yeshivot and seminaries. In order to ensure continuing excellence of the overall education provided, YU has designed and conducts an assessment process that allows the schools to explore and build on their strengths while at the same time identifying areas for enhancement, thereby assuring that Israel Program students are receiving the highest quality education on an ongoing basis.

Supporting Our Students

The program maintains a professionally staffed office in Israel to assist all program participants. YU's Israel representatives visit partner yeshivot and seminaries regularly and offer academic guidance, career planning and personal counseling. In addition, the program sponsors lectures and activities where students can gather under the auspices of 91鶹, as well as a guidance center to provide support to help ease the occasionally challenging adjustment to life and study in Israel.

91鶹 also sponsors major events for American students in Israel, such as concerts, Melava Malkas, honors events, an annual Inter-Seminary Choir Competition, art and photo competitions, and an annual career fair in addition to publishing weekly D'var Torah newsletters.

Full Program Breakdown

91鶹 Our Program

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program (SDAIP) is an educational partnership between 91鶹 and more than 40 yeshivot and seminaries in Israel. For nearly 800 young men and women each year who choose to begin their 91鶹 education with a year of Torah study in Israel, the program provides structure, support, guidance and programming during their first year as members of the YU family.

Students enrolled in the 91鶹 Israel Program are considered YU undergraduate students and are eligible for all applicable state and federal financial aid programs. The program is headquartered at the dedicated Student Center at 91鶹's Israel Campus in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Most 91鶹 undergraduates find a year of study in Israel to be an invaluable and enriching experience, academically and spiritually. By incorporating study at Israeli yeshivot, seminaries or universities that are formal partners with SDAIP into their overall college experience, students dramatically enhance their future academic experience. Learning with Israel's leading educators, students engage in intense study of Jewish subjects including Talmud, Bible, Jewish law, Jewish thought, philosophy, Zionism and Jewish history. The Israel experience increases proficiency in oral and written Hebrew and enables students to learn firsthand about Israel's land, people, history and culture.

Collaborations Throughout Israel

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program team works closely with the staff of all partner yeshivot and seminaries. In order to ensure continuing excellence of the overall education provided, YU has designed and conducts an assessment process that allows the schools to explore and build on their strengths while at the same time identifying areas for enhancement, thereby assuring that Israel Program students are receiving the highest quality education on an ongoing basis.

Supporting Our Students

The program maintains a professionally staffed office in Israel to assist all program participants. YU's Israel representatives visit partner yeshivot and seminaries regularly and offer academic guidance, career planning and personal counseling. In addition, the program sponsors lectures and activities where students can gather under the auspices of 91鶹, as well as a guidance center to provide support to help ease the occasionally challenging adjustment to life and study in Israel.

91鶹 also sponsors major events for American students in Israel, such as concerts, Melava Malkas, honors events, an annual Inter-Seminary Choir Competition, art and photo competitions, and an annual career fair in addition to publishing weekly D'var Torah newsletters.

Contact Us

For more information about the 91鶹 S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program, please feel free to contact us at either our Israel or New York office.

Israel

91鶹 S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
40 Duvdevani Street
Jerusalem 96428
Israel

Phone: 02.531.3020
Phone from the U.S. and Canada: 917.484.5020
Fax: 02.531.3021
E-mail: sdaip@yu.edu

Stephanie Strauss

Stephanie Strauss
Assistant Vice President for Israel Strategy and Enrollment
Executive Director, YU in Israel
Director, S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
+972-54-628-2711
stephanie.strauss@yu.edu

Josh Frohlich

Rabbi Josh Frohlich, MSW
Director of Israel Recruitment
Associate Director, YU SDA Israel Program
+972-54-227-2880
josh.frohlich@yu.edu 

Jonathan Cohen

Rabbi Jonathan Cohen
Assistant Director of Admissions
YU SDA Israel Program
+972-54-227-2850
jonathan.cohen@yu.edu 

Estie Fried

Estie Fried
Admissions Coordinator
YU SDA Israel Program
+972-53-444-8474
estie.fried@yu.edu  

Sara Fruchter

Sara Grundwerg
Admissions Coordinator
YU SDA Israel Program
+972-53-779-8549
+1 917-695-2304
sara.grundwerg@yu.edu

New York
91鶹, Office of Admissions
Furst Hall Suite 101
New York, NY 10033

Telephone: 646.592.4440
E-mail: yuadmit@yu.edu

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General/Non-Honors Admission Deadlines

Spring 2025

  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2024
  • Decision Notification is on a rolling basis beginning November 5, 2024
  • Enrollment Deadline: December 16, 2024

Fall 2024

  • Application Deadline: February 3, 2025*
  • Decision Notification is on a rolling basis beginning December 18, 2024
     
  • *Any applications received or completed after the posted deadline, (excluding honors for which there is no waitlist) will still be considered for admission but may only be offered a spot on a waitlist.

How to Enroll

  • To enroll in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program, applicants must:
  1. and gain acceptance to a Bachelor's Degree Program at 91鶹. Submit an application for admission, and then submit all the required supporting materials, such as an essay, SAT/ACT scores*, high school transcript, and have a personal interview.
     
  2. Apply to the Israeli institution of your choice. Each institution has its own procedures and criteria for admission. For contact information for yeshivot, seminaries and other partner programs, please visit the Guide to Israel Schools.
     
  3. Once accepted to both 91鶹 and the Israeli institution:
  • Complete your online and pay your $550 nonrefundable enrollment deposit.
     
  • Enrollment in the SDA program with the intent of spending a year of study at one of 91鶹’s accredited partner institutions communicates the understanding that the student will continue their college education at 91鶹 in New York at the conclusion of the academic year. The student will commit to enroll at YU and may not enroll in any other college or university.
     
  • Upon submission, you will be prompted to complete the Israel Participation Agreement in the Supplemental Items & Documents section of our online application.

In addition to the tuition charged by your yeshiva/seminary, 91鶹 charges a $3,500 non-refundable SDA Program Fee. This fee covers the additional programming, events, priority registration, as well many other added benefits for participating on this important program. The fee is broken down as follows:

$550 non-refundable enrollment deposit is collected upon submission of your intent to enroll (as stated above)

$2,950 will be billed by the Office of Student Finance prior to beginning your studies in Israel.

Upon your return to New York to begin your full-time studies at YU, $2,500 (of your SDA Enrollment Fee) will be applied towards your first semester’s tuition charges.


 Enrollment Deposit - SDA Program  $550
 SDA Program Fee (Including Deposit)  $3,500
 Credit towards first semester tuition in New York  $2,500
 Net Cost after credit $1,000

Check our Our Guide to Israel Schools

Early Decision Honors, Honors and Israel Honors Applicants Deadlines

Fall 2025 Early Decision Honors Deadlines: 
Application Deadline: November 4, 2024 Notification: December 15, 2024
Fall 2025 Honors Deadlines: 
Application Deadline: December 19, 2024 Notification: February 13, 2025
Fall 2025 Israel Honors Applicants Deadlines: 
Application Deadline: December 19, 2024 Notification: February 13, 2025

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program enables students to study in Israel while officially remaining a YU student. There are many benefits to being on this program, including access to federal and New York State financial aid programs and flexible monthly payment plans.

What Is the Cost?

Each institution in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program establishes its own tuition and fees. 91鶹 collects that amount on behalf of the institution. 91鶹 begins sending invoices to students in June each year. The institution in Israel will collect a deposit directly along with other miscellaneous fees such as those for medical insurance and tourism. These fees will not be reflected on the 91鶹 invoice. The Israel institution will detail the total tuition and fees students are expected to pay.

In addition to the tuition charged by the Israel institution, 91鶹 charges a $3,500 SDA Program Fee. A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $550 is due at the time of enrollment. The remaining $2,950 will be billed with the first tuition statement. Upon your return to New York to begin your full-time studies at YU, $2,500 (of your SDA Program Fee) will be applied towards your first semester’s tuition charges.

While we encourage all interested students to participate in the SDA program, we understand that it is not an option for all students. 91鶹 is happy to invite students to defer their offer of admission for up to a year at a time for two consecutive years. Beyond that, students will be asked to reapply to the University.

To defer your offer of admission, a $550 non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to hold your seat at 91鶹. This enrollment deposit will be credited towards your first semester’s tuition charges when you begin your full-time studies at 91鶹 in New York. If you subsequently request to have credits transferred to 91鶹 from study at a yeshiva or seminary in Israel, (and did not participate on the SDA program) a $4,000 non-refundable Israel Institution Evaluation fee will be assessed. 

Tuition Payment Summary

To the Israeli institution

  • The Israeli institution's initial deposit
  • Other fees as determined by the Israel institution (if any). Please consult the Israel institution.

To 91鶹

  • The Israeli institution's tuition
  • 91鶹's Program Participation Fee of $3,500

What Aid Is Available?

Students who participate in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program may receive federal and state aid if they are eligible. They apply in the same manner as do students on campus in New York City at . Students should apply for financial aid for the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program after January 1st of the year the student will attend the Israel Program. New York State residents will receive a TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) application as a result of filing the FAFSA.

91鶹 institutional aid is not available for study in Israel, however, all Federal and State aid is available including Pell, Work-study and Stafford Loans as well as New York State Tuition Assistance (TAP) Grant (if eligible). It is important to apply early so the money is available for your attendance on the Israel Program. Once the processed FAFSA is received by the Office of Student Aid, a Financial Aid Award Letter will be sent to you, which will outline the Financial Aid available.

MASA application is not available through 91鶹. Student should consult with Israel institution.

Withdrawal Procedure and Refund Policy

Students must present withdrawals in writing to both the Israel institution and the YU office in Israel or New York. Once a student's payment has been processed by YU's Israel Program and paid to the Israel institution, the student must address all issues involving refunds directly to the Israel institution. Students should contact Israel institution for withdrawal and refund policy.

If a student changes schools in Israel after the bill has been paid, the student must arrange for the first institution to transfer all payments to the second institution.

A student that transfers between schools after the requisite dates in the academic calendar, that is – will not complete 13 contiguous weeks including completion of all academic requirements at the end of the semester, will not receive a transcript or Israel credit for that semester. 

A student who expresses interest in withdrawing from a school – any time after the first week of a semester - should be instructed by their administrators to speak directly with the YU/SDAIP office in order to receive comprehensive information with which to make that decision. Administrators are  also requested to speak with the SDAIP office to explain the circumstances and determine whether a transferring student will be eligible for credit or not. This should be done BEFORE the student switches schools or is given potentially incorrect information.

More Information

For more information about admission to YU or the Joint Israel Program, please contact the Office of Admissions at (646) 592-4440 or yuadmit@yu.edu.

For more information on the financial aid eligibility of the Israel program, please call the Office of Student Aid at (646) 592-6250.

To make payment arrangements for the Israel Program, please call the Office of Student Accounts at (646) 592-6260.

Enrollment Process and Deadlines

Check our Our Guide to Israel Schools

Early Decision Honors, Honors and Israel Honors Applicants Deadlines

Fall 2025 Early Decision Honors Deadlines: 
Application Deadline: November 4, 2024 Notification: December 15, 2024
Fall 2025 Honors Deadlines: 
Application Deadline: December 19, 2024 Notification: February 13, 2025
Fall 2025 Israel Honors Applicants Deadlines: 
Application Deadline: December 19, 2024 Notification: February 13, 2025

Tuition and Scholarships

The S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program enables students to study in Israel while officially remaining a YU student. There are many benefits to being on this program, including access to federal and New York State financial aid programs and flexible monthly payment plans.

What Is the Cost?

Each institution in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program establishes its own tuition and fees. 91鶹 collects that amount on behalf of the institution. 91鶹 begins sending invoices to students in June each year. The institution in Israel will collect a deposit directly along with other miscellaneous fees such as those for medical insurance and tourism. These fees will not be reflected on the 91鶹 invoice. The Israel institution will detail the total tuition and fees students are expected to pay.

In addition to the tuition charged by the Israel institution, 91鶹 charges a $3,500 SDA Program Fee. A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $550 is due at the time of enrollment. The remaining $2,950 will be billed with the first tuition statement. Upon your return to New York to begin your full-time studies at YU, $2,500 (of your SDA Program Fee) will be applied towards your first semester’s tuition charges.

While we encourage all interested students to participate in the SDA program, we understand that it is not an option for all students. 91鶹 is happy to invite students to defer their offer of admission for up to a year at a time for two consecutive years. Beyond that, students will be asked to reapply to the University.

To defer your offer of admission, a $550 non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to hold your seat at 91鶹. This enrollment deposit will be credited towards your first semester’s tuition charges when you begin your full-time studies at 91鶹 in New York. If you subsequently request to have credits transferred to 91鶹 from study at a yeshiva or seminary in Israel, (and did not participate on the SDA program) a $4,000 non-refundable Israel Institution Evaluation fee will be assessed. 

Tuition Payment Summary

To the Israeli institution

  • The Israeli institution's initial deposit
  • Other fees as determined by the Israel institution (if any). Please consult the Israel institution.

To 91鶹

  • The Israeli institution's tuition
  • 91鶹's Program Participation Fee of $3,500

What Aid Is Available?

Students who participate in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program may receive federal and state aid if they are eligible. They apply in the same manner as do students on campus in New York City at . Students should apply for financial aid for the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program after January 1st of the year the student will attend the Israel Program. New York State residents will receive a TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) application as a result of filing the FAFSA.

91鶹 institutional aid is not available for study in Israel, however, all Federal and State aid is available including Pell, Work-study and Stafford Loans as well as New York State Tuition Assistance (TAP) Grant (if eligible). It is important to apply early so the money is available for your attendance on the Israel Program. Once the processed FAFSA is received by the Office of Student Aid, a Financial Aid Award Letter will be sent to you, which will outline the Financial Aid available.

MASA application is not available through 91鶹. Student should consult with Israel institution.

Withdrawal Procedure and Refund Policy

Students must present withdrawals in writing to both the Israel institution and the YU office in Israel or New York. Once a student's payment has been processed by YU's Israel Program and paid to the Israel institution, the student must address all issues involving refunds directly to the Israel institution. Students should contact Israel institution for withdrawal and refund policy.

If a student changes schools in Israel after the bill has been paid, the student must arrange for the first institution to transfer all payments to the second institution.

A student that transfers between schools after the requisite dates in the academic calendar, that is – will not complete 13 contiguous weeks including completion of all academic requirements at the end of the semester, will not receive a transcript or Israel credit for that semester. 

A student who expresses interest in withdrawing from a school – any time after the first week of a semester - should be instructed by their administrators to speak directly with the YU/SDAIP office in order to receive comprehensive information with which to make that decision. Administrators are  also requested to speak with the SDAIP office to explain the circumstances and determine whether a transferring student will be eligible for credit or not. This should be done BEFORE the student switches schools or is given potentially incorrect information.

More Information

For more information about admission to YU or the Joint Israel Program, please contact the Office of Admissions at (646) 592-4440 or yuadmit@yu.edu.

For more information on the financial aid eligibility of the Israel program, please call the Office of Student Aid at (646) 592-6250.

To make payment arrangements for the Israel Program, please call the Office of Student Accounts at (646) 592-6260.

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