Aardvark International


Program Description

Aardvark International combines a dynamic Israel program with travel to EIGHT different countries allowing students to further cultivate their knowledge of the Jewish People’s history in the Diaspora, experience different cultures, and learn about Israel’s place in the international community.  In Israel, the program offers Jewish students the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS,” by providing a tailor-made, modular curriculum, so students can build a customized experience in Israel.  Aardvark offers volunteering and internships, the chance to study and earn university academic credit, an opportunity to explore the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, and independent living in apartments in the center of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.  Our experienced staff and high ratio of staff to students allow Aardvark to cater to the different interests of our international student population.

Complementing the Israel experience, Aardvark International participants will travel once a month to a foreign country (France, Spain, Czech Republic, China, Ethiopia, Italy, Germany, and Holland.) This program is perfect for students who love to travel and want to have a unique, global adventure.

In addition, students may customize their experience even further by choosing one of our

Special Interest Add-Ons:

- Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army
- Mind-Body Track (Psychology and Medicine track), including volunteering with Magen David Adom ambulances
- Entrepreneurship Track
- Law and Government Track
- Sea Sports Track
- Social Media and Communication Track
- Nepal Cultural Exchange


- Live in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
- International travel to Europe, Africa and Asia
- Unique internship and volunteering opportunities
- Live with students from all over the world
- Earn university academic credit


Aardvark Israel - Selah


Program Description

Aardvark Israel - Selah offers Jewish students from around the world the opportunity to “MAKE ISRAEL YOURS” through enriching Jewish learning and experiences in a co-ed, non-coercive atmosphere.  Students will explore their Jewish identity, ask questions and enjoy their Jewish learning in an open and supportive environment.
While living in apartments in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, students will volunteer or intern, tour the hidden gems of Israel through trips and excursions, take academic courses, study in a Beit Midrash, have unique Jewish experiences, celebrate Shabbat with different communities in Israel and interact with amazing Rabbis and Jewish educators.  Our experienced staff and high ratio of staff to students allow Aardvark to cater to the different interests of our international student population. This program is for young adults who love to learn, interact with many different types of people and want to be immersed into Israeli society.

In addition to the core components of the program, students may customize the experience even further by choosing one of our
Special Interest Add-Ons:

- Mind-Body Track (Psychology and Medicine track), including volunteering with Magen David Adom ambulances
- Israeli Military Track, including Marva basic training in the Israeli Army
- Nepal Cultural Exchange


- Live in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
- Opportunities for international travel to Europe, Africa and Asia
- Enriching Beit Midrash and experiential Jewish learning
- Unique internship and volunteering opportunities
- Live with students from all over the world


Young Judaea Year Course

Program Description



Year Course sets you up for success! In College, in Life!



You’ll live independently, sharing apartments with friends in our modern campus located in the beautiful, central Jerusalem neighborhood of Baka. Shops, cafes and public transportation are all close by with the magical Old City a short walk away. Throughout this semester you will explore Israel’s complex political and social issues as well as Judaism, Jewish History, Art and more through classes, workshops, tours and discussions, all in a unique informal setting.



Make a real difference in Israel living in Bat Yam, an up-and-coming beach town 15 minutes from Tel Aviv. Teach in a school, volunteer in a soup kitchen, train to be a paramedic or choose one of hundreds of other possibilities where your skills and time are most needed.
There’s also an opportunity to sign up for Marva – a challenging 8 week IDF boot camp and push yourself to the limits!



In the last month of your year, you’ll choose from an unbelievable range of options and design your own Special Interest Month! Learn new skills, challenge yourself and boost your resume!


  • Backpack Israel’s epic Sea-to-Sea hike
  • Learn to surf in Tel Aviv
  • Take a photography crash course
  • Intern with an Israeli company
  • Study Jewish texts at a Yeshiva/Midrasha
  • Work on a kibbutz



Specialty Tracks: Customize your year!

Tracks offer you specialized activities to meet your interests and passions led by top Israeli experts that will enrich your year and your resume.

Business: Network, entrepreneurs, start-ups, leadership!


Art: Meet local artists, workshops, shows, exhibitions!


Medical: Volunteer, meet experts, research, hands-on!


Sound: Concerts, musicians, jam sessions, studio time!


Sports: Competitions, exercise, meet professional athletes!


Tiyulim: Hike, outdoor skills, teamwork, hadracha!


Beit Midrash: Jewish texts, shabbatot, inspiring educators!


Olami: The world is your classroom!


Love traveling? Take advantage of our world travel options to Italy, Greece, Morocco and Poland! See famous world sites and learn the story of the Jewish people live on location!


Tikun Olam: Africa volunteering experience!


Make a difference in the lives of others with our unique partnership at the inspirational Shalom Agohozo Youth Village in Rwanda. You’ll embark on an empowering, rewarding journey and volunteer with youth struggling with the after-effects of the 1994 genocide and prepare them to take on leadership roles in society



Midreshet Bat Tsion


Program Description

This program is conducted in French.


Nativ - Hebrew University Track


Program Description

Nativ is a challenging academic year program dedicated to creating and inspiring the Conservative Jewish leaders of tomorrow. Nativ, which means “path” in Hebrew, provides its participants with a unique opportunity to explore new directions on the journey to becoming a Jewish adult. From September to May, Nativ participants are immersed in the rich and diverse society of Israel, exploring the land and enjoying a fulfilling Conservative Jewish lifestyle. The program includes academic university classes, intensive Hebrew classes and innovative leadership training. Nativ enables recent high school graduates to earn college credits for their studies while living in a classroom without walls.

A year of true exploration, Nativ provides the freedom for personal discovery as well as the security of a carefully structured program. This unforgettable experience is created through an intricate balance between academics and volunteer work, learning and teaching, personal challenge and community living. Participants on Nativ return from the year with a stronger attachment to the land of Israel as well as a deeper passion for Judaism, enthusiastic to share with their North American communities what they have learned.


Betar - Moreshet


Program Description

This program is conducted in French.


Hebrew University - MA in Jewish Studies


Program Description

The Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa is excited to introduce a new international Jewish Studies MA program in Jewish history, philosophy and thought. The course offers a comprehensive combination of Judaic studies that weaves together Biblical and Talmudic Studies, Jewish History, Philosophy and Mysticism. The course’s focus extends from the Biblical to Modern era, and is taught by experts in the fields of Biblical studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early and Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, early Modern and Modern Jewish History and Thought. Our parallel Hebrew-language program draws over two-hundred students annually and we are now happy to be able to offer it to students from around the world.


Track A – with thesis

Track B – non-thesis


Mitzpeh Bagalil


Program Description

Mitzpeh BaGalil is a ten-month, intensive enrichment program designed for high school graduates from North America and Europe, but open to applicants from around the world.

A typical week in the Mitzpeh BaGalil program includes:  Formal study of the Hebrew language, Israeli history, and Torah (in a modern context); group discussion; social activism; exploration and touring; and informal social interactions with the Hannaton Mechina participants and Hannaton kibbutz member families.

Why choose to spend your gap year at Hannaton? 
Our Israeli-style gap year program is a pluralistic experience, open to Jews of all denominations and political leanings

Our program structure has an Israeli flavor to it. How?
Through community building, social action, and a significant amount of self-governance while they’re here, participants actively determine the outcome of their experience.

Asked why they chose Hannaton, most current participants say one of two things: First, they wanted to be in close contact and dialogue with Israelis their own age. Parallel to the gap year program, Hannaton runs a pre-army Mechina. The two programs take place on the same campus; meals are often together, as well as some activities and trips. 
Second, Hannaton’s location and experiential programming offer a unique opportunity to interact with a wide spectrum of residents of the region; not just Jews, but local Bedouins, Druze and Muslims, often inside their homes or institutions Through one-on-one exchanges, program participants become intimately familiar with Israel. Graduates return home with a strong network of Israeli friends, their own opinions about the region, the skills to cogently express them to others.

Or Vishua - Shnat Yeshiva

Program Description

This program is conducted in French.


Machon Bina


Program Description

The Machon Bina program is designed around the students – providing an environment where each can further develop her unique self and strengthen her identity and commitment to a life guided by Torah and Chasidus. It is the details and the nuances of the Machon Bina program that fosters this growth - classroom learning (discussions, text based, small group learning and other modalities of adult learning) and hands-on/ minds-on projects. Through this blend of learning and projects, the girls will gain deep and meaningful insights into life as Chabad women and hone their strengths and learn new skills for living a full and purposeful life. The Machon Bina program will help them develop the mindsets and tools for life – as a woman, wife, mother, and Shlucha, or wherever life takes them.