AJUCI/Gap Year Programs

American Jewish University works with a variety of academic partners, both in the United States and Israel, to offer coursework for college credit. Current programs include:

Through the AJU College Initiative (AJUCI), qualified Aardvark Israel and Year Course participants can earn nearly a year’s worth of college credit during their time studying, volunteering, and experiencing Israel. Cornerstone Fellows receive course credit for an intensive leadership-training program tied to Jewish experiential education.

Acceptance to Year Course or Aardvark Israel does not guarantee admission to American Jewish University. Similarly, admission to American Jewish University does not guarantee acceptance to Year Course or Aardvark Israel. Still, gap-year students are strongly encouraged to consider AJU’s College of Arts and Sciences for their bachelor’s degree.

During their time in Israel, gap-year participants are not eligible for American Jewish University scholarships/grants or need-based financial aid (state or federal). All fees are paid directly to the gap-year program. In order to be eligible to earn AJUCI credit through any one of our collaborating institutions, program participants must show evidence of one of the following academic records:

  • Current enrollment in an accredited two- or four-year college or university, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • A high school diploma, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • A high school equivalency certificate

AJUCI participants are encouraged to consider AJU’s College of Arts and Sciences for their bachelor’s degree. Here are just a few of the benefits of attending the College of Arts and Sciences after spending a gap-year in Israel:

  • Academic credits taken during the gap-year are awarded by AJU; no transfer evaluation is necessary upon matriculation in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Including the year in Israel, students are generally still able to graduate with their bachelor’s degree within a 4-year time frame.
  • AJU offers a generous financial aid package, consisting of both merit scholarships and need-based grants, to AJUCI participants.
  • AJU provides a supportive and intimate learning environment where students can explore their Jewish identity as they did while in Israel
  • Many gap-year students choose to attend AJU, so you will already be familiar with many of your future classmates.

For more information about applying to AJU after participating in a gap-year program, or transferring credit to another institution, see our AJUCI student presentation.

For more information about undergraduate admissions, visit the College of Arts and Sciences page.