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 Jewish Kibbutz Ulpan applicants may apply for a MASA grant/scholarship.
You do not need to wait until you are officially accepted to a program to apply for a MASA grant/scholarship.
You should apply for a MASA grant/scholarship and the Kibbutz Ulpan program simultaneously.
Please note: the MASA application is only valid if you also apply to the program itself. Once your application is sent to MASA, you will receive an automatic confirmation from MASA.
MASA grants/scholarships are based on country of origin, program length, age, and personal need.
You will receive a letter of notification of your grant/scholarship from MASA.
The grant/scholarship will be transferred to the Kibbutz Ulpan Program on your behalf (it is NOT a personal grant/scholarship).
We recommend that you apply as early as you can, as it takes some time to process a new grant/scholarship application.
Please visit the MASA website to apply online for the grant/scholarship:
Program fee does NOT include flights, ground transportation upon arrival and departure and personal spending money and transportation fees.
Young adults between the ages of 18 and 30, single or married without children, in good physical and mental condition and willing to study and work hard, are eligible.
In some cases, the age requirements may differ. For example, Kibbutz Tzuba accepts individuals aged 22-35 who hold either a college or university degree or a professional diploma. Please see requirements for a specific kibbutz or consult with the facilitators of the Kibbutz Ulpan program before making a decision about which kibbutz to choose LIST OF ULPANS
The program is open to those with either a tourist status or New Immigrant status (Olim Chadashim).
New Immigrants (Olim Chadashim) may attend within one year of their Aliyah, they cannot apply through PZC Hagshama and should apply through the Jewish Agency for Israel.
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, upon full completion of the program, and 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.
Internship is a way to replace the work on the kibbutz with other type of activities. In other words, participants live on the kibbutz and study Hebrew in the Ulpan, but when the “regular” ulpan students go to work, the Ulpan interns will travel to their internship places.
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.
Medical insurance for participants on the Kibbutz Ulpan program for its whole duration is included in the fee. Insurance coverage starts on the earliest possible day of arrival.
The insurance covers participants while on the kibbutz and while working.
The insurance also covers the participants while they spend time elsewhere during their free time.
The insurance is identical to that of the medical services on the kibbutz.
Each kibbutz has its own clinic and medical staff, and if necessary, participants will be taken to specialists or hospital for more advanced medical care.
The insurance covers pre-existing health conditions under certain conditions.
The insurance does NOT cover dental care, except for emergencies.
The insurance does NOT cover self-inflicted injuries and wounds, for example: infected wounds as a result of piercings etc. and injuries that are results of drunken behavior.
Please note that the insurance does not cover time spent in Israel before or after the Kibbutz Ulpan program.
All medical information must be truthfully and fully reported.
To withhold medical information of any kind is reason for dismissal from the program, without refund.