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What is unique about Mayanot's Program?

At Mayanot you will find students who are serious about their learning and teachers who meet their demand. Rigorous textual study of the classical texts of Judaism are central to our curriculum including encouraging intellectual inquiry and vibrant discussions. In addition, you will be introduced to Chassidic philosophy which adds a unique spiritual dimension to the studies.

What will I learn at Mayanot?

At Mayanot we believe that it is imperative for a student to develop the necessary skills so that you can approach Jewish texts with confidence and independence. Therefore, an emphasis is put on skill acquisition, including Hebrew language.

What are the ages of Mayanot students?

Students at Mayanot range in age from 20 through 29. Mayanot also offers an Executive Learning Program for those who are older than 30.

Do I need to have a background in Jewish texts?

Students are welcome at Mayanot regardless of familiarity (or lack thereof) of Jewish texts and the Hebrew language. However, classes are offered on different levels in order to accommodate our students' needs.

Do I need to know Hebrew?

Part of the Mayanot philosophy is that mastery of Hebrew is vital to your studies. However, no previous knowledge is necessary to attend. We have a strong Ulpan (Hebrew language course) allowing you to progress as your skills develop. As your Hebrew skills improve you will move to classes where Hebrew texts are used.

What religious affiliations do Mayanot students have?

Mayanot welcomes students from all backgrounds. As such, you will find that within our student body are students who are committed to Jewish practice and those who are not. Students are encouraged to learn and make decisions about their religious lives independently.

Must I keep kosher or be religiously observant at Mayanot?

Students from all backgrounds are welcome at Mayanot. We give you the tools to enable you to make your own life choices. Our premises, however, are kept kosher and the laws of Shabbat are observed.

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code for classes at the Mayanot program. However since we do visit religious sites it is advisable to bring appropriate clothing for such visits (i.e. a skirt and shirt/sweater with sleeves).

I'm planning to study in Israel for a year but haven't decided which program to attend. Can I sit in on classes?

Sure! You are welcome to visit (with prior coordination) and sit in on classes. You may also use this opportunity to speak with faculty and students. Please contact our office to set up a visit.

When will the new semesters begin?

Please see our academic calendar for the complete schedule.

Is there a part-time study option?

Although you can best maximize your time here in Jerusalem by full time study, we know that this may not be a possibility for all students. If you are ready to commit to a serious part-time learning schedule, Mayanot can customize a program to fit your needs.

Can I attend Mayanot for just a few weeks?

Yes. New students can join the program on one of our official start dates and stay for a minimum of three weeks.

I am coming to Israel on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip. Can I join the program when my trip ends?

Yes, you are welcome to join the Mayanot program when your trip is over. See our Post-Birthright Study Program for all information regarding this great opportunity.

What types of teaching styles are used?

At Mayanot there is a great emphasis on skill building and textual learning. In addition, our teachers create an interactive environment where challenging discussions are encouraged.

What kind of connection does the faculty have with the students?

There is a close relationship between faculty and students. Organized trips and Shabbat meals spent together provide opportunities for students and faculty to meet outside the classroom walls.

Will I get academic credits for Mayanot?

Yes! Please see our Accreditation page for more details.

How long will it take after submitting an application until I find out if I am accepted?

After we have received your complete application you should expect to receive an answer within 14 business days.

What is the cost of tuition?

For information about tuition please click here.

What sort of financial aid is available?

Mayanot offers various financial aid packages and scholarships. In addition there are often grants available for airfare and tuition. Our financial officer will discuss the option with you upon your acceptance. We do all we can to ensure that lack of finances is not an obstacle to your coming to study at Mayanot.

When will I find out about my financial aid package? I need to know as soon as possible so I can make my plans.

You should receive an answer within two weeks of receipt of your financial aid form and application. Be sure to fill out everything carefully to reduce delays.

I have never been to Israel. Will I get to see the country?

Throughout the year Mayanot takes the students on trips around the country. In addition many students choose to travel on their own during school breaks.

Will I meet Israelis?

Yes. Part of the experience of living in Israel is interacting with Israelis. This is done in part by spending Shabbat with Israeli families around the country.

How does Mayanot deal with the unique security situation in Israel?

We understand and share the safety concerns of students and their families. We take all precautions to maximize safety while at Mayanot and on Mayanot trips. Personal safety issues are discussed during orientation.

How much should I budget for a year in Israel?

Most of the daily expenses are included in your tuition (room, board, utilities, etc.). Costs you need to budget for include cell phone usage, laundry fees and any personal spending you do.

How much will I need to spend on textbooks?

You should budget approximately $100 for textbooks. Many of the books are one time purchases and can be used for more than one semester. If you already have a Hebrew/English Tanach (and enough travelling weight) you can bring yours along, if not we sell them here.

Is there a packing list?

There is no specific packing list as we dont need you to bring anything other than your open heart and mind. We do provide linens and blankets, but no towels.

Are there facilities to do laundry?

Yes, Mayanot has a washing machine and dryer for your personal use.

Can I bring my laptop? Is there wireless internet service?

Sure! Many students bring their laptops. We have wireless in the public areas throughout the campus.

How do I get from the airport to Mayanot?

The most common way to get from the airport to Mayanot in Jerusalem is by Super Shuttle, called a Sherut in Hebrew. The Sherut service at Ben Gurion airport is operated by a company called Nesher and are available 24 hours a day to major cities such as Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. They can easily be found just outside the main arrival terminal. The cost per person is approximately $15.00 USD. The other more expensive option is to take a private taxi to Jerusalem.

Do I need a student visa?

Israeli law requires you to obtain a visa after being in Israel for more than 3 months. This process is done in the Interior Ministry and is not complicated at all. Upon acceptance, our office will assist you with this.

Does Mayanot have its own dorms?

Yes! Mayanot has apartment style dormitories, with two or three students rooming together in a room. We provide linens and blankets, but no towels. You are welcome to bring your own linens and blankets if you wish to personalize your space.

Do I have to live in the dorm?

We recommend living in the dorms since living with students on a similar path as yourself and walking distance to where you learn will help maximize your experience. However dorm residence is not a requirement.

Where is Mayanot located?

The Mayanot Women's Campus is located on a beautiful newly renovated campus in the quaint Katamon section of Jerusalem, minutes from the coffee shops of Emek Refaim, and walking distance to the Old City, and city center. The Mayanot Men's Campus is located in the residential Mekor Baruch neighborhood of Jerusalem, minutes from the city center and walking distance to the Old City.