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Traveling and studying abroad brings exposure to different ideas, people and ways of living. We place great value on the broadened horizons that returning gap year students add to our community. That’s why AJU's College Initiative (AJUCI) works with several gap year programs to apply credit earned in Israel or another country towards a four-year college degree. We strive to make returning gap year students at AJU feel their life’s adventure has only just begun.

AJU College Initiative FAQs

  • Who does AJU partner with for Gap Year credit?

    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. 

    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 for their bachelor’s degree.

  • What are the requirements to receive college credit from AJUCI?

    In order to be eligible to earn AJUCI credit through one of our collaborating institutions (Aardvark or Young Judea), 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 and a minimum of one full year completed
    • A high school diploma, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

    Also, please make sure to follow the specific application instructions of your program carefully, including sending (and confirming receipt) of official HS transcripts directly to AJU prior to beginning your program. We highly suggestion you follow-up and confirm receipt of official transcripts, as they must be on file in order for you to receive credit for your work.  

  • I'm thinking of attending AJU after my Gap Year, when should I apply?

    You are welcome to apply to AJU before you are leaving for your GAP year, get accepted, and then defer your acceptance until your return back from you study abroad program. That way you know what’s next and can focus solely on your adventure ahead. AJU has both a Spring and a Fall entrance cycle. Our admissions process is rolling, meaning, that you’ll generally receive our admissions decisions within 5-7 business days after completing your application.  

    Once admitted, you can defer your admissions for up to a full academic year in order to complete your GAP year.

  • Are there scholarships available at AJU for returning Gap Year students?

    Yes, we value the experience Gap Year students bring to our community. All our applicants have equal access to merit-based scholarships and need-based grants. In addition, AJU offers Gap Year participants who complete their year abroad in good standing an automatic $7500 Gap-Year Speciality scholarship.  The Gap-Year speciality scholarship is generally awarded upon acceptance to AJU and are separate from need-based awards.

    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 for the specific Gap Year program are paid directly to the specific program.

  • I'm planning on attending another institution, but what if I still want college credit?

    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.  You'll need to request your official transcript from AJUCI be sent to your chosen undergraduate institution following completion of your GAP year.

    Please note: Not all credits will transfer to all other colleges & universities.  Please check with your college or university if you have specific questions regarding transferability.