The Touro College Israel Option (TCIO) was established for students who wish to graduate from Touro’s Lander Colleges, in keeping with Touro’s commitment to offering its baccalaureate degree students the widest possible range of Judaic Studies options. The TCIO is a formal arrangement with more than 30 post-secondary men’s yeshivos and women’s seminaries in Israel.

The objectives of the TCIO are to:

  • Enable young men and women to explore their tradition without distraction, exposing them intensively to the concentrated study of Torah Texts: Talmud and Tanach with their respective commentaries, Jewish Law, History, and Philosophy.
  • Increase the students’ knowledge and fluency in the oral and written expression of Hebrew.
  • Provide students with a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture, history and land of Israel.
  • Enhance students’ collegiate experience by enabling them to incorporate accredited study at Israeli institutions into their academic career.
  • Provide students with necessary structure, support and assistance to gain the most from their Israel experience.

Benefits:

Up to 36 college credits applicable towards your Lander College Bachelor’s degree from your participation in the TCIO, with additional transfer credits from the yeshiva or seminary available, for a maximum accrual of 48 credits from yeshiva or seminary

• Courses and grades appear on official Touro transcripts

• Academic Advisement, career counseling, and course planning services provided by Touro Israel staff

• Opportunity to explore career choices with Touro faculty

• Government financial grants and loans for qualified students

• Possible tax benefits (1098-T form)

• Ability to use “529” accounts to pay tuition

Participating Institutions

As of September 2014 the following schools participate in the Touro College Israel Option:

Women’s Schools

ATERES BNOS YERUSHALAYIM

B’NOS CHAVA

B’NOS SARAH

B’NOT TORAH INSTITUTE

BA’ER MIRIAM

BEIT CHANA CHABAD

BETH JACOB OF JERUSALEM

DARCHEI BINAH

HADAR BAIS YAAKOV

LAHAV BAIS YAAKOV (HALF-YEAR PROGRAM)

LEVAVI

MACHON ALTE (CHAYA MUSHKA SEMINARY)

MACHON BNOS YEHUDA (BYA)

MACHON MAAYAN

MACHON RAAYA

ME’OHR BAIS YAAKOV

MESORES ROCHEL

MICHLALA

MICHLELET MEVASERET YERUSHALAYIM

MIDRESHET MORIAH

MIDRESHET TEHILLAH

NACHLAS BAIS YAAKOV

SEMINAR YERUSHALAYIM

SHA’ALVIM FOR WOMEN

TIFERET CENTER

TOMER DEVORAH

 * For up-to-date information regarding specific schools for the next academic year, please contact the Lander Colleges Office of Admissions at (718) 252-7800, ext. 299 Or 320 or via email at admissions.lander@touro.edu.

Credits, Grades and Transcripts

Students who successfully complete a year of full-time study in Israel will receive appropriate Touro College credits. Students may earn up to 18 credits per semester or a maximum of 36 credits for a year. Please note that students must satisfy all course and examination requirements of Touro College to earn credits. Individual courses are recorded on a Touro College transcript.

The grading system follows the American system (with letter grades A to F) for all courses with a written or oral final examination; students may select two courses, per semester, to be taken on a Pass (P)/Fail (F) basis. Courses credited are generally in the field of Judaic Studies. Grades earned in Israel are counted as part of the student’s grade point average (GPA) at Touro. Also, be aware that “credits” reported by Israeli institutions are often classroom periods, not American semester hours, and must be converted to American credits (often one half to two thirds of hours reported).

Please note, grades for the fall semester are generally not available until late in the spring, and grades for spring are usually not available until late in the summer. For year-long courses, no mid-year grades are available. Touro College reserves the right to determine the acceptability of credits for any particular course taken in Israel.

Transcripts can be issued only by the Office of the Registrar at Touro College in New York, not by the Israeli institution. Although many colleges grant transfer credit for the Israel Option Program, Touro College cannot guarantee that students will receive transfer credit at other institutions. Students considering attendance at another college are responsible for contacting the alternate institution to determine if transfer credit will be granted.

Enrollment in the Touro College Israel Option is the first year of a baccalaureate degree at Touro College. Accordingly, students are expected to complete their baccalaureate degree studies at Touro College. Furthermore, it is required that students not hold a deferral at another institution during the Israel year. Students holding deferrals at another college should not enroll in the TCIO.

Student Responsibilities

Students are required to complete course registration in the fall and in the spring on the dates designated by the Touro College Israel office. These dates are posted in advance at participating schools. Failure to register by the end of November (fall) and the end of February (spring) will jeopardize the awarding of credits. No financial aid will be disbursed until registration is confirmed each semester.

All Touro registrants are required to participate in the meetings and programs scheduled by the College. These include presentations by Touro faculty and deans geared to assist students in their academic planning.

Additionally, students must take an English proficiency examination and the Strong Career Inventory, which are usually administered during the fall semester.

Support Services in Israel

Counseling and advisement services for students in Israel are coordinated by Dr. Chana Sosevsky, the Touro College Resident Director. The Israel Option Office is located at the Touro Israel Center 11 Beit Hadfus Street in Givat Shaul, Jerusalem. The contact information is: Phone – (02) 651-0900 x3 or E-mail csosevsky@touro.edu. The Touro Office is open Sunday through Friday and students are encouraged to visit.

An on-site orientation program is conducted by the Resident Director and the Dean of Students at the beginning of each academic year. At that time, the organization of the Israel Option program, process for awarding credits, details of the grading system, and academic majors and pre-professional options available at Touro College will be explained.

Dr. Sosevsky and her staff are available to assist students with any questions they may have, provide career guidance, and help students plan their college programs for the year following their stay in Israel. Similarly, students can inquire after the requirements for a particular field or major. Touro College bulletins and brochures describing the College’s diverse options at the Flatbush, Manhattan, and Queens campuses are readily available at the Touro Israel Center.

Tuition and Fees

All payments with the exception of non-tuition related fees must be made using the Touro College Online Payment Plan. As such, only non-tuition related fees should be made to the Israeli Institution. If you have already submitted payments to the Israeli Institution for tuition please have these payments returned to you by the Israeli Institution.

Financial Aid

Touro students who participate in the Israel Option as a part of their baccalaureate degree may be eligible to apply for Federal and State Financial Aid to help with the cost of attendance for the Israel Option Program. Students who wish to apply for Federal and State Financial Aid for the 2014-2015 Academic Year may do so by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.gov. The Touro College FAFSA Code is 010142 (Touro College – New York).

In accordance with established Federal regulations, the Touro College Financial Aid Office may request additional documentation such as IRS tax transcripts, State tax returns, citizenship documentation, etc. to determine your eligibility for Financial Aid. The failure to submit any requested documentation as requested and in a timely manner will result in the delay or denial of Financial Aid. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Financial Aid at (718) 252-7800, ext. 258.

Students enrolled in the TCIO can also elect to have their tuition paid through a “529 plan” and/ or may be eligible to receive federal tax credits for tuition paid to Touro College. Please contact your accountant for additional information.

A variety of financial aid options are available for qualified students returning to Touro’s New York Campuses including:

• Federal and state grant and loan programs

• Touro College Grants

• Dean’s Scholarships

• Presidential Scholarships

• Touro Academic Scholarships

• Lander Honors Scholarships

Please see the Lander Colleges Financial Aid guide for more information.

In accordance with established regulations, Touro may request documentation such as Federal and State tax returns before approving a financial aid pack- age. Failure to submit any requested documentation will result in the denial of financial aid. If you have any ques- tions, please contact the Office of Finan- cial Aid at (718) 252-7800, ext. 258. Students enrolled in the TCIO can also elect to have their tuition paid through “529” accounts and/ or may be eligible to receive federal tax credits for tuition paid to Touro College. Please contact your accountant for additional information.

Israel School Transfer, Withdrawal, and Refund Policies

Financial arrangements for the payment of all tuition and instructional fees for the TCIO program must be made through Touro College.

Students who withdraw from the TCIO or who transfer from one institution to another may jeopardize the awarding of college credits and financial aid. Students should notify the Touro College Resident Director immediately if they plan to switch schools. Withdrawals from the Israel Option must be requested in writing to the Touro Israeli representative. Touro will not be held responsible for any financial obligation toward the Israeli school for any student who transfers or withdraws.

Requests for withdrawal must be received by November 30th for the Fall 2014 semester or March 15th for the Spring 2015 semester. Students who withdraw before the start of classes in the fall will receive a maximum refund of $850 of the total Israel Option fee paid. Students who withdraw in the spring semester will not receive a refund of the Israel Option fee. Please note that the administrative fee for the TCIO includes a $50 non-refundable deposit.

TUITION WILL BE REFUNDED ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE:

SEMESTER TO BE WITHDRAWNDATE WITHDRAWAL FORM RECEIVED BY TOURO ISRAELI REPRESENTATIVEAMOUNT TO BE REFUNDED
Fall 2014 SemesterPrior to the start of class:
During the 1st week of class
During the 2nd week of class
During the 3rd week of class
During the 4th week of class
After the 4th week of class
100% of Fall and Spring tuition
90% of Fall tuition +100% of Spring tuition
75% of Fall tuition + 100% of Spring tuition
50% of Fall tuition + 100% of Spring tuition
25% of Fall tuition + 100% of Spring tuition
0% of Fall tuition + 100% of Spring tuition
Spring 2015 semesterPrior to the start of class:
During the 1st week of class
During the 2nd week of class
During the 3rd week of class
During the 4th week of class
After the 4th week of class
0% of Fall tuition + 100% of Spring tuition
0% of Fall tuition + 90% of Spring tuition
0% of Fall tuition + 75% of Spring tuition
0% of Fall tuition + 50% of Spring tuition
0% of Fall tuition + 25% of Spring tuition
0% of Fall tuition + 0% of Spring tuition

The Israeli Institution is not obligated to follow the Touro College Tuition and Withdrawal Policy. As such, if you withdraw you may still incur financial obligations to the Israeli Institution.

What If…? Shana Bet?

Students who choose to remain in Israel during “shana bet” can receive up to 16 additional transfer credits from the yeshiva or seminary they are attending (for a maximum accrual of 48 credits from yeshiva or seminary). Also during “shana bet” students may elect to take additional college courses at Touro College Israel (TCI). TCI is located at the Touro Israel Center, in the Givat Shaul section of Jerusalem. Additional information about TCI is available at www.touroisrael.org.

Students who are either ineligible to participate in the TCIO or plan to attend a school not participating on the TCIO, may receive up to 32 transfer credits for one year of study in Israel.

The Lander College Advantage

Lander College is a division of Touro College, a Jewish sponsored independent institution of higher and professional education. Touro is chartered in New York and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Association of Colleges and Schools.

Undergraduates at Touro’s Lander Colleges have the opportunity to learn Torah while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in 30 majors, concentrations, and pre-professional options.

Lander College seniors have an impressive record of acceptance to the finest American schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and law, as well as graduate programs in business (MBA), education, health sciences, psychology, speech-language pathology, and social work. Furthermore, Lander College alumni have been hired by Fortune 500 companies, banks and investment companies, major accounting firms, insurance companies, public and private schools, hospitals, and social service agencies.

Why do Lander College Graduates Succeed

  • RIGOROUS AND MEANINGFUL CURRICULA – Because Lander College professors demand excellence, students graduate with thorough knowledge of their coursework.
  • SMALLER CLASS SIZES – With fewer students per class, students receive individualized attention, ensuring that their questions are answered.
  • ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT AND COUNSELING – Lander College’s academic advisors are available to assist students in selecting their courses, majors, and help them shape plans for their future.
  • CAREER SERVICES – Both current students and alumni can gain vital skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive job market. Whether learning interview skills or writing a resume, Lander College’s career counselors are eager to help.
  • PREFERRED ADMISSIONS TO TOURO COLLEGE GRADUATE PROGRAMS – Touro College graduate schools have competitive admissions, and Lander College graduates are given first priority for admissions.
  • Other Lander College Advantages

    • THE INTEGRATED HEALTH SCIENCES HONORS TRACKS – Occupational and Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology, Pharmacy and Osteopathic Medicine.
    • ACCOMMODATING SCHEDULES – With various class schedules available, including evenings and weekends, students can attend yeshiva or work full-time while pursuing their undergraduate degrees.
    • DEDICATED AND CARING STAFF AND FACULTY – Students can develop close relationships with their professors who help them throughout their college careers and as they enter graduate school.
    • EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES – A wide array of activities, including academic societies, student scholarly publications, and internships with business firms and government agencies enrich the educational experience of Lander College students.

    Admissions Procedures

    In addition to applying to the desired Israeli Institutions, students must apply to both Touro College and Touro College Israel Option.

    Applicants must meet full admissions standards to the Lander College divisions of Touro College

    in order to participate on the TCIO. Acceptance to the Israeli institution does NOT guarantee admission to Touro College. Students admitted to Touro on a probationary or non-matriculated basis may not participate in the Israel Option but are eligible to enroll in classes in New York upon their return from Israel. Additionally, students residing outside the United States are ineligible to participate in the Touro College Israel Option but are welcome to register at Touro’s New York campuses upon their return from Israel.

    The Application Process:

    1. APPLICATION FORM — Submit two applications: a) an Application for Admission to the Lander Colleges, together with a non-refundable $50 fee, and b) an Application Addendum to Participate in the TCIO (NEW FOR 2014!). Both applications are to be submitted to the Office of Admissions.

    Freshman Center students who are eligible to register for 12 credits per semester are automatically eligible to participate in the TCIO and need not submit a new application for admission but must submit the Application Addendum to Participate in the TCIO, available from the Office of Admission. Freshman Center students who are not eligible to register for 12 credits per semester are not automatically eligible to participate in the TCIO and must complete the enclosed Application Addendum to Participate in the TCIO and submit updated SAT or ACT scores.

    2. ACADEMIC RECORDS — Forward official high school transcripts to the Office of Admissions. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts are sent in a timely manner. All applications and transcripts must be received by May 15.

    3. TEST SCORES — US high school students are expected to take either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). To send scores to the Touro College Office of Admissions, students should contact their high school guidance office or visit the SAT or ACT websites. Touro College’s code is 2902 for the SAT (www.sat.collegeboard.org) and 2961 for the ACT (www.act.org).

    4. INTERVIEWS — The Admissions Committee may request that an applicant have an interview with an admissions officer and take an English proficiency examination. The interview and test results will be used to evaluate candidacy for admission.

    5. CONTRACT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ISRAEL OPTION — Students who are eligible to participate in the TCIO will receive a TCIO enrollment packet. The items in that packet will need to be completed and submitted to Touro College in order to be enrolled in the TCIO.

    Questions? Contact:

    Lander College Office of Admissions 1602 Avenue J, Room 207 Brooklyn, NY 11230

    (718) 252-7800 ext. 299 or 320

    For additional information, an application for admission, or to schedule an interview, please contact:

    Touro College

    Lander Colleges

    Office of Admissions

    1602 Avenue J

    Brooklyn, NY 11230

    (718) 252-7800 ext. 299 or 320 Fax: (718) 338-6295

    Email: admissions.lander@touro.edu

    Students residing in California who are interested in participating in the Israel Option with Touro College Los Angeles should please contact:

    TOURO COLLEGE LOS ANGELES

    1317 North Crescent Heights Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90046

    Phone: (323) 822-9700

    Email: tourola.admissions@touro.edu

    The Touro College Board of Trustees reserves the right to change the fee schedule without prior written notice.

    Touro College is an equal opportunity institution.

    Revised and reissued November 2014