Israel Option

The Israel Option of Hebrew Theological College enables HTC students to spend a year of college study in a yeshiva or seminary in Israel. A year in Israel is a challenging and enriching experience that serves as a guide in developing a lifestyle consonant with Torah values. Students can earn up to 30 credits for their Fall and Spring semesters of college studies and are provided academic advising to map out their course of study upon their return, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Enrollment in Hebrew Theological College’s Israel Option is a mutual commitment. We expect students to continue their undergraduate studies at Hebrew Theological College. Students may not hold a deferral at another institution while enrolled in HTC and participating in the Israel Option.


STEP 1.  Apply to Hebrew Theological College:

To apply to HTC, please click here and you will be directed to our HTC/Touro Online Application System.   Please refer to the application requirements found in the application instructions to determine your eligibility for consideration to HTC.  Applications for HTC should be submitted by March 31. 

Click here for HTC application instructions 


All Israel Option documentation (will be emailed to you after acceptance) must be returned to Hebrew Theological College by June 15 in order to receive the discounted rate of $1,100. The discounted rate of $1,100 will only apply if the administrative fee has been paid on TouchNet by June 15 and all of the documents have been received by June 15. If any of the above items are outstanding on June 16, the rate will go up to $1,250 and if still outstanding by August 31, the rate will increase to $1,450.

Israel Option Students who complete their year in Israel, will receive a tuition credit of $500 towards their first fall or spring semester when returning to Hebrew Theological College.  Click here to download Participation Agreement and additional required documents

Financial Aid and Scholarships

HTC encourages students to explore local and national Financial Aid opportunities to help offset the cost of their education while enrolled at HTC and participating in the Israel Option.  HTC Students may qualify for federal and state grants and student loans.

Additional Enrollment Information

1. Enrollment is the first year of your baccalaureate degree at Hebrew Theological College.
2. Acceptance is contingent on the completion of all admission requirements and acceptance to Hebrew Theological College.
3. Should you enroll, you will be required to participate in all Hebrew Theological College meetings and programs scheduled specifically for you in Israel. These include presentations by Rabbeim, faculty and deans geared to assist in academic planning.

To learn more about the Israel Option, please contact our offices. For Men’s division please call (847) 982-2500 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For women’s division please call (773) 973-0241 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To Do Checklist

Apply to HTC

  • Submit HTC application with all supplemental information required for admission

Submit Additional Israel Option Documentation

Click here to download Participation Agreement and additional required documents

  • Non-refundable Program Fee - (See Application Deadlines and Program Cost section for fees)
  • Signed Participation Agreement 
  • Final High School Transcript
  • Immunization Form



  • Phone: (847) 982-2500
  • Fax: (847) 674-6381
  • 7135 N. Carpenter Rd.
    Skokie, IL 60077


Hebrew Theological College is authorized to operate as a postsecondary educational institution by the Illinois Board of Higher Education