Kibbutz Ulpan is a 5-month long program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 30. Participants live on kibbutz, study Hebrew, work on kibbutz, tour and hike around Israel, experience kibbutz life and make new friends from around the world.
Kibbutz Ulpan is a great option for those interested in doing a gap-year in Israel, in taking time off from employment or college, or doing something interesting while you can.
Ulpanim (plural of Ulpan), on 9 different kibbutzim, begin at staggered times throughout the year. This allows you to begin the program at a time that best suits your schedule.
All of the Ulpan programs offer a number of different levels of Hebrew instruction.
The option of doing a professional internship instead of working on the kibbutz is offered on Kibbutz Tzuba, Na’an, Mishmar Ha’Sharon and Yagur. Internships are available for college graduates or to those with ample relevant previous experience.
The classic program: The total cost is $6,010. This includes full room and board, health insurance, tours, hikes and cultural activities.
The internship program: The cost is $3,500 for participants over 22 years of age who qualify for a Masa grant. The full price is $7,500 (USD). Basic Masa grants for participants aged of 22-30 is $3,000 (USD). Also, the program organizers provide an additional scholarship of $1,000 (USD) to each participant.
The cost includes full room and board, health insurance, tours, hikes, cultural activities and internship placement.
Masa scholarships are available for those who qualify. Go to www.masaisrael.org for more information.
The following kibbutzim have kosher dining rooms: Sde Eliyahu (a modern Orthodox Kibbutz), Mishmar Hasharon, Na’an and Tzuba.
As a tourist, you will need to obtain an A-2 Student Visa in order to remain in Israel for the duration of the program. This can only be done AFTER you are accepted on to the program and should be done in one’s home country before departing for Israel. Those with Israeli passports do not need a visa.
If you plan on making ALIYAH (moving to Israel) upon arrival to Kibbutz Ulpan, please contact Nefesh B’Nefesh as this office only works with TOURISTS.
TAKE A LOOK AT OUR 2017-2018 PROGRAMS!
- Ein Hashofet December 1, 2016 – April 27, 2017
- Yagur January 5, 2017 – June 8, 2017
- Ma’agan Michael January 26, 2017 – June 30, 2017
- Mishmar Hasharon February 7, 2017 –June 29, 2017
- Naan February 9, 2017 – July 7, 2017
- Sde Eliyahu February 27, 2017 – July 31, 2017 - Kibbutz Ulpan Dati
- Ramat Yochanan February 26, 2017 – July 30, 2017
- Mishmar HaEmek March 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017
- Tzuba April 25, 2017 – October 1, 2017 *Post-College Only
- Ein Hashofet June 8, 2017 – November 9, 2017
- Yagur July 5, 2017 – December 7, 2017 – Internships available
- Ma’agan Michael July 27, 2017 – December 31, 2017
- Sde Eliyahu August 31, 2017 – February 1, 2017 - Kibbutz Ulpan Dati
- Naan August 31, 2017 – January 31, 2018 – Internships available
- Mishmar HaEmek September 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018
- Ramat Yochanan September 4, 2017 – February 1, 2018
• “As an Israeli-American, I’ve always desired to work on a kibbutz. It’s somewhat of a rite of passage for young Jews to live and work on one. Jerry Seinfeld, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Joe Lieberman are among the Jews who’ve volunteered on kibbutzim. Living on Ma’agan Michael, one of the largest and most prosperous Kibbutzim in Israel, offered me a chance to better connect with my identity and ideology and participate first-hand in a movement that has been so formative to Israel’s development… I am certainly thrilled to have had this experience in my personal history–something I was only able to do up to a certain age–and do what so many Zionist and Jews have done before me”
-Daniel from New York
• I was at Kibbutz Yagur from Dec 26, 2007 to June 2, 2008. Being in this program changed my life in so many ways. The great friends I made, improving my Hebrew but most importantly meeting the man that I will be marrying 100 days. The day I arrived at the kibbutz I was introduced to another participant, Justin. We have been together since that day. We would not have met if it was not for this program. Justin is from Tampa and had decide to take a semester off of school and I am from Chicago and had recently separated from the U.S. Air Force. As we got to know each other while living on the kibbutz we knew we did not want to be apart and Justin moved to Chicago. He proposed a year ago and now our wedding is just over 3 months away. We can never express enough to people what a great program the kibbutz ulpan is and how wonderful Kibbutz Yagur is. It also helped us to find employment in the Chicago Jewish community.
• I wanted to say that this was the greatest experience and this is a program that impacts the participants for their whole life. Many of our friends we met at the kibbutz will be at the wedding and the others in spirit. We both can't wait to one day go back to Yagur, it is a wonderful place with wonderful people. - Mara, Illinois