Chai Israel students receive up to 36 university credits accepted by majority of the colleges and universities attended by our students.

Chai Israel is a division of The Derech Institute of Ohr Somayach Tannenbaum College. As a program of Ohr Somayach, Chai Israel is recognized as an accredited institution of higher learning by the U.S. Department of Education and Religion. Ohr Somayach has been internationally recognized for its excellence in Jewish education for over 30 years. Ohr Somayach is an accredited undergraduate school in Israel granting a four -year bachelors degree in Talmudic law and Education.

Chai Israel students who fulfill their course requirements will receive up to 36 credits issued by Ohr Somayach Tannenbaum College towards their college transcript. These credits are accepted by majority of the colleges and universities attended by our students. (A list of schools will be provided upon request)

To further assist Chai Israel students along their college career, we have made arrangements with several Joint Israel programs including Yeshiva University and Touro College that will enable our students to receive a college transcript directly from a recognized American college institution . Students must apply tdirectly o the Joint Israel program  to register. Students who are admissible and accepted on the Joint Israel program will receive a regular student transcript from these institutions at the completion of each semester in Israel. Students may choose to continue their education at Yeshiva University or Touro College or they can transfer their credits to a school of their choice.

By participating in one of Chai Israel's Joint Israel programs, you will be recognized as a student attending the overseas program of a registered American college and are therefore eligible to receive FAFSA grants and loans.Although it is recommended, it's important to realize that students do not necessarily have to continue their education after Israel at the college in which they are enrolled for the Joint Israel program.

There are a few options of Joint Israel programs listed below. Please contact them to find out which one most suits your needs. There may be additional charges from these institutions for their services, however bare in mind that only through a Joint Israel program will you be able to apply for a FAFSA grant.

IMPORTANT: When applying to a joint Israel program for Chai Israel please register as if you will be attending “Derech – Ohr Somayach” . Chai Israel is a division of The Derech Institute of Ohr Somayach and is run under the same administration.


  1. S. Daniel Abraham Joint Israel program (Yeshiva University) - Students who participate in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program may receive federal and state aid if they are eligible. They should apply in the same manner as do students on campus. Students should apply for financial aid for the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program as soon as possible after January 1st of the year the student will attend the Israel Program. Students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). New York State residents will receive a TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) application as a result of filing the FAFSA.
    Yeshiva University institutional aid is not available for study in Israel. However, all Federal and State aid is available including Pell, Work-study, Perkins loan and Stafford loans as well as New York State TAP. It is important to apply early so the money is available for your attendance on the Israel Program. Once the processed FAFSA is received by the Office of Student Aid, a Financial Aid Allocation Letter will be sent to you, which will outline the Financial Aid available. Click here for more info.



  1. Michigan Jewish Institute Joint Israel option - The Michigan Jewish Institute Study Abroad Program was designed to permit our students to spend a year or two of intensive post secondary study in a foreign country.  MJI encourages its students to participate in intensive study abroad as a way of experiencing personal growth and expanding intellectual and educational horizons.  Students often speak of the immense benefit and fresh perspective gained from a change of scene, a new school and immersion in a foreign culture.  The MJI Study Abroad Program enables the student to have all of these benefits with the guarantee that the course work completed will earn credits toward the completion of an MJI BAS degree. Click here for more info.


  1. Hebrew Theological College - The Israel Experience Program (IEP) offered by Hebrew Theological College enables a student to spend a year of intensive study in an Israeli yeshiva or seminary while earning college credit. Most students find the year in Israel a challenging and enriching experience that serves as a guide in developing a lifestyle consonant with Torah values. Click here for more info.