College

Study Abroad

Some students begin their adult stories with unique introductions, like spending a year of study and travel in Israel or other parts of the world, or postponing formal academics to concentrate on arts or athletics. We value the broadened horizons that returning gap year students bring to our community. AJU College knows that spending time exploring the world helps focus your studies once back in the formal classroom.

  • We encourage applications from students who have traveled or needed time away from formal schooling.
  • If you earned academic credits in Israel or another gap year program, you can still finish your college degree in four years.
  • You can apply to AJU College before you leave on your gap year and defer your enrollment, so you’re ready to jump in on your return.
  1. Year Course

Young Judaea Year Course in Israel is the largest gap year program for recent high school graduates. Over the course of nine months, Year Course participants immerse themselves in all aspects of Israeli life and culture – learning Hebrew, interacting with their Israeli peers, developing an appreciation for their Jewish heritage and exploring Israel through a variety of volunteer placements. Accredited college-level courses (by American Jewish University), extensive travel, independent/group living are all available with so much more!

Click here to learn more [http://www.yearcourse.org/]

  1. Aardvark

Aardvark Israel offers several dynamic program options in Israel for Jewish students ages 17-21 looking for a hip, trendy, urban experience in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The Year Program is a 9-month university gap year program where students can elect to earn college credits from American Jewish University via the AJU College Initiative program.

Aardvark combines an exciting immersion program in Israel with 8 trips to countries around the world.

The goals of Aardvark Israel are for participants to:

  • Love, advocate for, and contribute to Israel
  • Love Judaism
  • Advocate and contribute to the Jewish People
  • Grow as a person and have fun in the process
  • For more information, go to

Click here to learn more [http://www.aardvarkisrael.com/]

An inclusive
jewish environment

While the majority of our students are Jewish, we appreciate and value differences in observance, lifestyle, and thought. Here, everyone’s story and experiences add to the mosaic of our community. As we consider what it means to be human and part of a wider society, we employ an ethical framework informed by Jewish culture and philosophy to prepare all students for success both in civic life and their chosen profession.

  • L.A.’s vibrant Jewish life provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your relationship with Judaism, both on and off campus.
  • Whether observant or secular, we all enjoy celebrations that mark seasonal changes (Sukkot), major historical events like the establishment of the State of Israel (Yom Ha’atzmaut), and biblical legends (Purim).
  • Welcoming Shabbat dinners bring our community together in celebration of Jewish identity and rituals.

ADVISORS AND MENTORS
WHO KNOW YOU

Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.

  • Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.
  • Your faculty advisor helps with everything from choosing class schedules to recommending courses to help you reach the next phase of your story—whether that’s graduate school, law or medical school, or an entry-level position in your field.
  • All students are also assigned a personal mentor who helps guide you through the social and interpersonal aspects of your college experience.

learn by
serving others

By participating in community-based projects you gain perspective on the challenges facing our human family. Serving others broadens your horizons, engages your ideals, and cements within you the Jewish tradition of civic responsibility. These attributes combine to make you a fuller human being as you move forward on your chosen track.

  • All AJU College students take part in hands-on service projects, part of the Sid B. Levine Service Learning Program.
  • Students have led projects to raise awareness of social injustices like human trafficking, hunger, and gender inequality.
  • Faculty and students annually host middle school students for the Prejudice Awareness Summit, where such topics as bullying and discrimination are discussed and conflict-resolution skills are taught.
  • AJU College participates in the international service projects of the American Jewish World Service, which takes students on study-volunteer trips to El Salvador, Ghana, and India.