APPLICATION PROCESS OVERVIEW:
Applying to BCI includes the submission of an application,
two (2) letters of reference, and a phone interview.
Since space is an issue, the sooner you submit your Application
and the two (2) reference letters, the better your chance
of acceptance to the program.
Deadlines are provided below, but applications can (and
should) be submitted anytime prior to these dates. A deadline
is considered to be met when BCI receives a completed application
and (2) reference letters by the designated date. Interviews
do not have to be completed by the deadline.
Once we receive your application on line, someone from our
office will contact you to schedule a phone interview.
Applicants will be notified of program acceptance within
four weeks of the deadlines provided. Accepted applicants
will be sent the link to the online payment form to pay
their BCI tuition in order to secure their spot ($250 for
domestic applicants; $100 for international applicants).
Once the Early Bird deadline has passed, applicants will
be accepted on a rolling basis as space allows. We encourage
you to apply as early as possible for the best chances of
Early Bird Deadline: March 13,
2013 (BCI cost = $250; $100 for international participants)
Final Application Deadline: May 8, 2013 (BCI cost = $500; $200
for international participants)
Early Bird Payment Due: April
Early Bird Refund Policy: Full
refunds will be issued for cancellations that occur prior to
May 1, 2013. 50% refunds will be issued for any cancellations
made from May 2nd to May 22nd. Refunds will not be
given for cancellations made after May 23rd.
(Please note the application cannot be saved.)
Date of Birth:
Please select ONE of the following
I am in my last year of High School
I am currently a College Student
College / University:
Expected Graduation: month year
I am currently a Graduate Student
College / University:
Area of Study:
Expected Graduation: month year
I am currently a Professional
College Attended: Graduation Date:
Graduate School Attended: Graduation Date:
Other (Include brief description)
Please list all paid jobs that you have held
CURRENT/School Contact Information
(If you are currently enrolled in school, please provide us with your address while you are at school.)
Permanent Contact Information
How did you learn about BCI? If someone specific recommended
BCI to you, please list their name(s) and their relation to
you and/or to BCI.
Please list extra curricular activities and professional organizations
in which you participate (i.e. fraternities/sororities, clubs,
volunteer work, honor societies, etc).
Please list some of your interests and hobbies (sports, music,
Please list all organized Jewish experiences in which you have
participated and the approximate year you were a participant
(i.e. college courses, summer camps, non-Birthright Israel trips,
Hillel ASB trips, religious schools, youth groups, etc).
Did you attend and/or staff a Birthright Israel trip? Please
list date(s). Be sure to indicate if you were a participant
or staff member.
List any programs that you have previously attended at the Brandeis-Bardin
Institute. Please also list any family members who have attended
Brandeis programs and indicate the program(s) they attended.
(Examples include BCI, Camp Alonim, House of the Book, Weekend
Retreats, Gan Alonim, and Elderhostel).
In order to help us ensure your safety and health while at BCI,
please list all medical conditions and how they may affect your
participation in BCI. Please note that this information will
NOT be used in determining acceptance to the program and will
Do you know anyone else applying to BCI 2013?
If yes, please provide their name(s):
What is your nationality?
What languages (other than English) do you speak fluently?
BCI welcomes applicants from all over the world. In addition
to the rest of the information included in this application,
international applicants should also note the following:
Visas are required for entry into the United States from
most countries. We will supply a letter of support - the
rest of the application process is in your hands. Once you
have applied, please start the Visa process immediately.
In some countries, the process can be quite lengthy.
International participants are expected to book and pay
for their own travel to and from California. We will provide
you with the average price of a round-trip ticket to/from
your country of origin. At the end of BCI we will reimburse
you for the full cost of your round-trip ticket. The exchange
rate will be calculated on the day you submit your FULL
flight information to our office. Please note that the exchange
rates we use are based on figures provided by
Once accepted, International participants must pay a $100 participation payment
if you apply before March 13, 2013. After March 13th, the
participation payment increases to $250.
Two reference letters must be submitted in order to complete
this application. References may be provided by teachers, counselors,
advisors, mentors, former BCIers, employers, rabbis, or Jewish
professionals. Reference letters should be able to accurately
assess your character, strengths, and abilities and should be
referrals specific to the BCI program.
Reference forms must be submitted to us directly from your recommender.
Please cut and paste the link below and email it to the two
(2) people you are asking to write the letter for you. Letters
will not be accepted if they are sent from anyone but the person
writing the letter of recommendation.
Please Note: If your references prefer,
they can print the form and mail it directly to Navah Becker,
American Jewish University, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles,
CA 90077. Faxed letters will not be accepted. No applicant can
be accepted to BCI without both completed references in their
Click here for the link to the reference letter. You may
also cut and paste the following link and send it to your recommenders.
1 - Name, Title & Relationship to you
2 - Name, Title & Relationship to you
A 20-30 minute telephone interview is required in order to be
considered for BCI. Please note that the interview will be granted
only after a completed application is received. Please indicate
the best days and times of the week to reach you, as well as
your preferred phone number for these times:
To help us get to know you
a little better, please complete all three short essays below.
Each essay should be no longer than 250 words.
You may type directly into the form space below or paste your
essay into the space below from your favorite word processing
Essay #1 - Why do you want to come to BCI?
Essay #2 - What do you hope to get out of a summer at BCI?
Essay #3 - Please share a significant or defining moment
in your life.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Regular cost of the program is $4,000. However, due to the generosity
of the donors who support BCI, the actual cost to participants
is only $500 for domestic participants ($200 for international participants). The Early Bird special (through March 13,
2013) is only $250 for domestic participants ($100 for international participants). This
price includes the cost of your round-trip airfare.
Admission is independent of financial needs, and we strive
to make sure that no applicant is turned away due to lack of
funds. If you would like to be considered for financial aid,
please contact Navah Becker
and let her know. Please note that you cannot be awarded scholarship
money until after you have been accepted to BCI.
Some scholarships are automatic with acceptance to BCI, and
given out first come, first serve. Others have a separate application
process. Please read the descriptions and select any of the
following scholarships for which you qualify.
Melinda Joy Siegel scholarship (for Baltimore/DC or Clearwater/St.
Petersburg/Tampa, FL residents and students)
Sioux City scholarship
Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies Alumni Scholarship
International scholarships (non-Israeli)
I do not qualify for any of the above scholarships (but would
like to apply for other BCI scholarships not listed above.)
A third party has offered to pay my tuition: