The earlier you start the application process, the better. We recommend to complete it at least four weeks before the start date of the program.
Please note that we reserve the right to reject applicants.
After you contact us , we will send you additional information and the application forms.
You’ll have to fill out, read and sign the forms (your physician has to sign the medical form), and return them to us. Please note that withholding medical information of any kind and/or failure to truthfully and fully report existing health issues is reason for dismissal from the program without refund!
We may also ask you to send us two letters of character reference (from an employer, teacher, minister of faith, or someone of similar standing).
The program coordinator will contact you after receiving your application. Acceptance will not be given until all the documents have been received and payment has been arranged. In certain cases additional documents or evaluation may be required.
Please note that we do not accept checks or credit cards.
Once your application is accepted and payment has been received, we will send you a receipt and an acceptance package for the program you requested.
All participants are required to abide by the rules and regulations explained at the start of the program in each kibbutz. Breaking rules and regulations may result in removal from the program.
Possession and/or use of ANY kind of drugs is illegal and will result in immediate removal from the program.
Alcohol abuse is not tolerated and is reason for immediate removal from the program.
Aggressive and violent behavior – physical and verbal – is not tolerated and is reason for immediate removal from the program.
The Kibbutz and all related organizing and responsible organizations DO NOT carry responsibility for the participants while on free time and away from the kibbutz.
The participants are required to behave normatively, maturely, alertly and responsibly at all times.
The participants are required to take part in all aspects of the program. Non-participation may result in removal from the program.
There is a required security deposit upon arrival to the Kibbutz of 500 NIS (approx. 150 USD) for damage of kibbutz property, or for unforeseen expenses which will be refunded after the ulpan, assuming no damage has been done and no expenses were made.
Refund of deposit is solely the Ulpan Director’s decision. PZC-Hagshama is NOT responsible for refund or non-refund of the said deposit.
The Kibbutz Ulpan program is based on the principle of study and work.
Participants work up to 24 hours a week and study 18 to 24 hours a week. Specific schedules differ on each kibbutz.
The type of work one does depends mainly on the need of the kibbutz. One may be assigned to the gardens, dairy, fish ponds, kibbutz shop, barns, factories, kitchen, dining hall, kindergartens, laundry or any other place where needed. Work assignments are rotated whenever possible, but be prepared for relatively menial work and tiring physical labor.
While the jobs given to you during the Kibbutz Ulpan program are not necessarily your choice and perhaps also not your most favorite, please remember that they are not your jobs for the rest of your adult life, and also not necessarily your future career.
Kibbutz Ulpan students may participate in cultural activities held on the kibbutz, on the same terms as kibbutz residents.
Most kibbutzim have a library, clubroom, sports facilities, and outdoor swimming pool. The availability of these facilities to Ulpan participants varies from place to place. If you wish to use them, make sure to receive permission to do so from the Ulpan Director.
Ulpan students are free to use their off time, when they are not working or studying, as they please and are allowed to leave the kibbutz during these times. They must however take into account that they meet the Kibbutz Ulpan program’s requirements (such as being back in time for class or work) and adhere to the laws of the kibbutz and the country.