Through a partnership with the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, Aardvark Israel participants may earn up to a full year of college credit while on the year program or up to 15 credits per semester for each semester a students is enrolled. Those students who choose to register for credit and successfully complete the course requirements may able to request to transfer their credit to their desired university following their semester/year in Israel. Students may also choose to audit their courses. The range of courses offered on Aardvark allows students to choose courses that interest them and advance them in their college career.
Transcripts for courses taken as part of Aardvark Israel are issued by the American Jewish University which is fully accredited by WASC (The Western Association of Schools and Colleges), the same body that accredits UCLA, Stanford, and all other recognized Colleges and Universities in the Western United States.
Course offerings include Hebrew language instruction and a variety of Jewish and Zionist themed subjects. In addition, a small sampling of typical college freshman courses are offered. The goal of the academic program is to inspire students and actively engage them in exploration of their Jewish and Zionist beliefs. Course offerings are those that have been proven to be of interest and relevance to typical gap year and study abroad participants.
• Hebrew Language
• My Space – Your Space: Finding Yourself in Society
• Introduction to Economics
• Introduction to Midrash
• Evolution of Science and Religion
• Contemporary Politics
• Zionism, Israeli Society, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
• Judaism as a Faith and Civilization
• Introduction to Political Science
• The Destruction of European Jewry
• Introduction to Psychology
Click here to read sample course descriptions of classes available on Aardvark Israel