BINA Gap Year Application & Admissions

Application Process:
  1. Personal Questionnaire - Start your application here!

  2. Health Form

  3. Essays 

  4. Interview with BINA Staff

  5. Masa Grant Application

Only applicants who have submitted complete applications will be eligible for admission! Once all 3 online components (items #1-3 above) are submitted, a BINA staff member will contact you to schedule a telephone interview.


The tuition for the 10-month program is $17,000 USD.

Tuition includes:

  • Educational programming, including Hebrew Ulpan, and studies at BINA's Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv

  • Prepared meals at the Secular Yeshiva

  • Accommodations in Tel Aviv, including all utilities & internet

  • Group living expenses for collectively buying food and house supplies

  • Educational tours, overnight trips, and seminars

  • Bus fare to and from volunteering, program trips etc. (not including bus fare for private traveling)

  • Health insurance

*Please note that tuition does not include flights to and from Israel.


Health Insurance:

All participants will receive basic health care coverage from one of Israel's health care cooperatives. There is a clinic and pharmacy in the neighborhood, a very short walk from the apartments. Please be advised that your health insurance will not cover preexisting conditions; participants taking prescription medications must bring enough with them to last the duration of the program.

Financial Aid:

Masa Israel works to make it as easy as possible for Jewish young adults to come to Israel. Masa offers grants and/or scholarships to help make the experience more affordable, and collect information about other grants and scholarships available for long-term Israel programs from third party organizations. Masa provide every eligible participant a grant towards participating in a program in Israel. Grant amounts are determined by factors such as age, home country, length of program, etc. In addition, need-based scholarships are available.


Masa Israel’s grants and scholarships are a gift of the Government of Israel and The Jewish Agency for Israel, made possible through the generous contributions of the Jewish Federations of North America and Keren Hayesod-UIA.

Find out more on the Masa Israel website.

It is strongly recommended to contact your local Jewish Federation to see what kinds of scholarships might be available in your area. If you belong to a synagogue, it is helpful to speak with your Rabbi about financial aid possibilities as well. For more information and assistance, please contact us: 

For more scholarship and funding options we also recommend Masa's "Find Additional Funding" page.


Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Participants in BINA: Social Action and Study in Tel Aviv who withdraw from the program prior to its conclusion will be eligible for refunds of paid tuition under the following conditions:

  • Participants who choose to terminate their participation prior to the program start will be eligible for a full refund, less the non-refundable deposit of $1000.

  • Participants who choose to leave the program following the program start will not be eligible for refunds. Exceptions will be made at the sole discretion of the Program Director.

  • We ask that participants who choose to terminate their participation in the program give at least two weeks notice, in order to ease their departure from their volunteering assignments, from the group and from the program facilities.

  • Participants who are dismissed from the program due to violation(s) of program rules will not be eligible for refunds.


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