Shalom Dear Applicant!
APPLICATION & REGISTRATION
Thank you for your interest in our program. The earlier you start the application process, the better! We recommend to complete it at least four weeks before the start date of your session.
Please carefully read below all information regarding the requirements to successfully complete your registration process for the Kibbutz Ulpan program. We recommend you use it as a checklist.
Application Form (
Participation Form (
Declaration of Commmitment (
You will find the Medical Form (in PDF format) at the end of this page. Print it out, fill out (you and your doctor), and send it back to us (
upload from this website,
by email email@example.com, or fax +972.3.6352961
), signed by you and your physician.
: failure to disclose all known and relevant medical information before arrival may result in expulsion from the program without refund!
The program coordinator will contact you after receiving your application.
In certain cases we may ask you for additional documents. (for example, declarations about health, letters of character reference).
Payment (more information below).
After application is accepted and payment is received, we will send you the Acceptance Package (including receipt), and your place in the program is secured.
4 original passport photos that you must bring with you to Israel
You may be invited for a face-to-face or phone/Skype interview by one of our representatives. Also note that we have the right to reject applicants.
MASA ISRAEL JOURNEY
PZC Hagshama is the organizer of the Kibbutz Ulpan Program, in cooperation with Masa, a project operated by the Government of Israel, and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Masa provides financial support for eligible applicants, based on country of origin, age, program length, and personal or family financial situation. When you register for the program, simultaneously check your eligibility for a Masa grant or scholarship here. Processing of the Masa application may take up to 30 days. Applicants are then informed directly by Masa of the amount awarded to them. All grant/scholarship applications must be submitted before the start date of the ulpan.
IMPORTANT : Entry Permit to Israel
In order for you to receive any Masa funding you must present Masa with your entry permit from passport control (a small bluish note) that you will receive when entering Israel . You need to upload the entry permit to your Masa Profile Page no later than the start date of your program in order for the funding to be transferred to the organizer of your Masa program.
If you are not eligible for Masa funding, skip this part, and continue reading from the # sign. If you have Israeli citizenship, continue reading from the ## sign.
Once you are awarded financial aid from Masa, you need to go to the Israeli Consulate/Embassy to get an A2 Masa student visa to Israel (free of charge). Needed documents: 1) passport which is valid for at least ONE YEAR from the date you plan to enter Israel, 2) our acceptance letter, and 3) the letter of participation that you will receive from Masa. IMPORTANT : WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND ARRANGING YOUR A2 MASA VISA BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL! After full completion of the program, Masa particpants are eligible for a six-month work permit.
#If you are not eligible for Masa financial aid, please contact our Kibbutz Ulpan Program Head office by phone or email, in order to receive information how to obtain an A2 non-Masa student visa valid for six months.
##NOTE: Holders of Israeli passports do NOT need any visa, just a letter of army deferral (IDF). Contact your nearest embassy/consulate.
PAYMENT – To ensure a place in the program, all due payments have to be in our possession one month prior to the beginning of the program. We do not accept cheques. You can pay either:
BY CREDIT CARD :
BY BANK TRANSFER. Make payments available to:
Bank Name: Bank Hapoalim
Branch number: 524
Address of Bank: Ramat Efal, Israel
Account name (beneficiary): P.Z.C. Hagshama
Account number: 170479
Swift Code: POALILIT
In some cases, you'll be asked for our name and address, which are:
PZC Hagshama, 1 Hayasmin St., Ramat-Efal 5296000, Israel
The ordering customer (
…) pays for the transfer/bank charges (
). Incomplete payment may cause delay in the registration process.
You must mention NAME OF THE PARTICIPANT & THE NAME OF THE KIBBUTZ in the description of the transfer, e.g.:
JOSHUA LEVY MAAGAN MICHAEL
You must email (
) or fax (
) us proof of payment (the confirmation document you receive from your bank/Credit Card Company) so that we can track the money.
How much should you pay?
The total cost of the Kibbutz Ulpan Program is US$ 5,650. The price includes: accommodation, meals, Hebrew lessons, subsidized laundry, trips around Israel and medical insurance for the duration of the program.
If you receive a MASA grant/scholarship, you are required to pay the program price MINUS your MASA grant/scholarship, with a minimum of US$ 1,600 (this is the scholarship deposit), in order to book a place in the program. So in any case you must make a first payment of at least US$ 1,600 – one month before the program start date at the latest. If your MASA scholarship is higher than US$ 1,600, we will refund the difference after four months into the program.
If you do not receive a MASA grant/scholarship, you are required to pay the full price before the beginning of the program.
Acceptance will not be confirmed until all documents and payment have been received. When our office receives your application, we will make every effort to place you in a program of your preference. Please note that in certain cases we might ask you for additional documentation or evaluation before final placement.
We will be available for any questions you may have throughout the registration process.
OTHER IMPORTANT POINTS
Flights & Arrivals
Participants must buy their own flight ticket(s). They are
Participants must email their flight ticket to us before arrival.
Transportation to/from the airport is the responsibility of the participant.
When entering Israel, the participant will receive from the Border Police (Passport Control) a small blue note. KEEP IT IN A SAFE PLACE BECAUSE THE KIBBUTZ STAFF NEEDS TO MAKE A COPY OF IT,
YOU HAVE TO UPLOAD IT TO YOUR PERSONAL MASA PAGE (if relevant, of course)!!!
The insurance is included in the program fee.
All participants are covered with medical insurance
while on the program (starting from the earliest possible arrival date). If you arrive in Israel BEFORE that date, we strongly recommend that you arrange medical insurance until the start date of the program. Medical coverage ends when you leave the program.
The insurance enables the participant to purchase medicines at a reduced price in the kibbutz clinic.
If a participant needs a certain medicine on a regular basis (for chronic diseases), we recommend (s)he bring an sufficient supply for the entire period, or alternatively makes prior arrangements so that the medicine will be sent to him/her.
Once the program is over or if the participant chooses (or is asked) to leave early, they will no longer be covered by the program medical insurance. It is the participant's responsibility to buy adequate medical insurance from that time on!
PZC Hagshama will not refund medical expenses beyond what the insurance covers.
The participant will independently cover any additional costs.
Valuables: PZC Hagshama and the kibbutz are not responsible for any lost or stolen items and will not refund any of the above. We suggest you leave valuable belongings in the Ulpan safe, or avoid bringing them with you altogether.
Cell Phones: PZC Hagshama does not endorse any provider of cell phone services. We recommend checking out the various deals by Israel Phones, Golan Telecom, Cellcom, Rami Levy, 012, Pelefon, etc. Purchase/hiring/use of any kind of phones/sim cards etc. are the participants' responsibility ONLY.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Tova Salmon – Kibbutz Ulpan Program Coordinator