What is GPA? How can I calculate my GPA? How do I count Bagrut Bonus Points?
GPA stands for Grade Point Average and is the average of all your grades in the last 4 years of High School or the average of your grades of all your University courses.
The GPA is "weighted" by the number of units you took in a particular course. Contact us at 1700-709-907 or www.yedaplus.co.il for details!
In the American system of grading the maximum grade point average is a 4.0 = A, 3.0=B, 2.0 =C, 1.0=D Yeda Plus can communicate with the Universities you apply to and assist in explaining the Bagrut Bonus point system.
Where in Israel can I find out information for Scholarships for International students to the USA?
The Yeda Plus web site lists scholarships for International students for free! Currently, Yeda Plus lists 85 American universities and colleges that offer scholarships for international students!
Come to the Yeda Plus office in Tel Aviv where we have reference material available for scholarship information
Go to the "Scholarships" section of the home page www.yedaplus.co.il to find the American scholarship listings.
We are constantly updating this information so check it frequently! Yeda Plus is contacting all major American Universities and Colleges and listing their scholarships for international students.
If you have scholarship information you wish to share with us please e-mail us at email@example.com
Infomation is also available in Tel Aviv at the US Israel Educational Foundation (Fullbright Commission in Israel)
Information on Scholarships for international students is available in Jerusalem at the American Center-Keren HaYesod 18.
Can Yeda Plus help with translation of academic transcripts and notarization?
Yes, Yeda Plus provides this service.
We can translate Bagrut certificates, High School records, College Transcripts, University transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, testing for disabilities and other academic documents. Our translation fees are very competitive.
Our Notary can perform the notarization of the Bagrut Certificate. Please call us at 1700-709-907 for details.
What is the difference between an American university/college and Israeli university/college?
In the United States a University is a "Collection of Colleges", which generally includes Graduate studies (Masters and PhD).
For example, Columbia University consists of Columbia College, Barnard College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Medical School (Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center), Columbia School of General Studies, Columbia Law School, the Graduate School of Art & Sciences & Teachers College.
The academic level of specific colleges can be higher than that of Universities. For example, Amherst College and Reed College are amongst the most prestigious academic institutions in the USA.
Universities are not necessarily government-sponsored as they are in Israel. For example, NYU is a private university as is Harvard University.
Where can I find a list of American Universities and Colleges granting bachelor or advanced degrees?
The following link will provide such a list: http://www.clas.ufl.edu/au/
If you visit the Yeda Plus offices in Tel Aviv, you can access information about college rankings.
How do I add my Bagrut Bonus points to my GPA?
Yeda Plus has developed a method for this. Please contact us at 1700-709-907. Some American institutions have guidebooks that take specific countries grading systems into account while others need to be informed.
Can Yeda Plus help students review their college essay or statement of purpose?
Yes, Yeda Plus specializes in assistance for College Application Essay and Statement of Purpose for Graduate School applications.
Yeda Plus works with experienced counselors to help you write effective and polished essays and statements of purpose. For more call us at 1700-709-907.
I want to study Law or Medicine in the United States. Where and how can I do this?
Law school and Medical schools in the USA are only available as Second Degrees, not a First degree.
Generally, you will need to complete B.A or B.S. studies before beginning law or medical school. There are also tests you will need to take, the MCAT for Medical school and the LSAT for Law school. These tests are taken once you have finished the 4 years of college. The LSAT is available in Israel while the MCAT is not. Contact us at 1700-709-907 for more information.
Where can I get information in Israel about USA Sports scholarship or USA athletic scholarships? NCAA Division I and Division II Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball etc?
Yeda Plus has contacts in the USA and Israel that can give information about Athletic Scholarship procedures and NCAA rules. Israelis that have served in the Army will have their age "frozen" at pre-army date. So if you are 21 and have served in the army for 3 years you will be considered 18 by NCAA rules. Different rules may apply to different sports, so it is best to consult the Athletic department of the College that is interested in offering the scholarship for details.
We also have information about NAIA schools, Junior Colleges and a variety of training and scouting camps.
Quite a few of Yeda Plus's students have received full athletics scholarships. These have been in Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimmings, Track & Field, Water Polo, Football. Both in Division I and Division II.
We also recommend to check out the listsofscholarships.com archives. They have vast resources of scholarships in the US.
Does Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) accept the SAT test?
Yes, they do. Please call us at 1700-709-907 for more details.
Are there Universities in Israel that accept AP Exam grades?
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem accepts AP Exam grades in the admission process.
Where can I obtain a list of US banks in order to get a student loan?
Go to https://ccbank.us/
Where can I get information about scholarships and fellowships in the USA?
Yeda Plus has a free library of source material for research in scholarships, grants and fellowships.
Every Yeda Plus student that is enrolled in one of our GRE, TOEFL, SAT or GMAT courses receives free initial counseling.
The Fulbright Foundation, and Fulbright commission in Israel (USIEF) has free access to their materials.
Can I take the ACT exam in Israel?
This exam is not offered in Israel.
Does YedaPlus prepare for the Test of Spoken English TSE?
Yes, we can prepare you for this exam.
Where can I get help writing a Personal Statement for College or Graduate School in Israel?
Yeda Plus has staff that is experienced in assisting in writing and editing effective personal statements.
I want to study at Princeton, can you give a review of their admission policies here in Israel?
These can be found on the Princeton College website or we can put you in touch with a qualified college counselor.
While I'm in the states, where can I find an insurance company?
We don't want to mislead you,
but you can find many insurace agencies through: http://www.insurance-login.com
Does Yeda Plus offer college counseling for students who want to study in the USA?
YedaPlus works with EducationUSA to provide counseling services for our students.
Where can I receive loans for study in the USA?
Please contact us. We have access to companies that provide loans to international students that want to study abroad.
The requirements are that you are an Israeli citizen that has a bank account in Israel and have been admitted to the university. A letter of acceptance is generally sufficient.
After a credit check you may receive your student educational loan. Call us at 1700-709-907 for more information.
Does Brandeis offer Scholarships for Arab and Jewish Israeli students?
In years when the competition is held, one Arab and one Jewish Israeli are selected for fall entry. A total of six Slifka Scholars in various years of degree study can be enrolled in a given year. The award covers tuition and fees, room and board, and one round-trip ticket each year; the student bears the cost of books and personal expenses. Candidates are interviewed in Israel; they must demonstrate academic achievement, English proficiency and commitment to coexistence efforts in Israel. The Sylvia and Joseph Slifka Israeli Coexistence Scholarship began in 1996 to enable a number of Israeli citizens to study at Brandeis and to enliven the coexistence dialog.
It's a good idea to educate yourself with some terms so you won't come in shock as the U.S. personal finance is a bit different from the rest of the continents.
Check out this online credit glossary by creditspot and you should be good to go.
Where can I obtain rankings for US colleges and universities?
What is Need-Blind Admission? Are international students eligible?
Several US universities have separated the college application process in two distinct parts.
A student is evaluated on their academic and personal credentials independently of their need for financial support.
For example, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Stanford, amongst others, do not charge tuition to students accepted to the university undergraduate) for families earning less than $40,000 per year and for some of these Colleges the threshold is $60,000 family income for free tuition.
This policy also applies to international students.
What is an appropriate timeline for admission to US Colleges and Universities?
Begin your search of possible U.S. colleges or universities as soon as possible, keeping in mind your desired field of study, size and location of school, its reputation, and cost. Utilize web resources, reference books, college/university websites, and of course our Yeda Plus counselors.
Establish a list of 7-10 prospective schools and prepare for and take the TOEFL and SAT exams. 12-14 months before U.S. study (June-August). Request application forms and information from prospective schools, or access this information and the necessary forms online.
Narrow your choices to about two institutions that you would like to attend but that may not accept you (“reach schools”), two or three which you think will accept you, and about two where you are certain to gain admission (“safety schools”).
Identify two or three teachers or other people who know you well (e.g. army commander, former supervisor) and ask them to write references for you. Provide them with a summary of your academic/extracurricular background and tell them which aspects you want them to address in their recommendation letter.
Ask the schools you have attended to prepare your grade transcripts. Any copies of the transcript you submit to a university must be certified with the official seal of the school that issued it, or certified by another authorized official. Transcripts must be translated into English (YedaPlus offers this service), and the translation must also be certified (notarized).
Obtain a copy of your Bagrut scores and have it translated and notarized. If your previous TOEFL or other exam scores were not satisfactory, take the test again.
Take SAT II subject tests if they are required by any of the universities to which you are applying. Not every school will accept the SAT II Hebrew subject test if it is your native language. 11 months before U.S. study (September)
Review the applications you have received and note the deadlines for each institution.
Consider benefits of early admission/decision options and corresponding deadlines.
Note requirements for need-based and merit-based financial aid and submit related information.
Begin exploring external scholarship resources. Apply well in advance of deadlines. Yeda Plus can assist with this.
Write your application essays and statement of purpose. Have these checked for content and clarity. 10 months before U.S. study (October)
Make a checklist of the items required for submission with each application. These may vary slightly from one college to the next, but they usually include:
* The nonrefundable application fee; usually a dollar check that can be cashed at a bank in the United States.
* Required financial statements, such as notarized financial forms from the institution, bank letters, etc.
* The completed application form
* Your essay or statement of purpose
* Some Schools require "supplements' particularly in the arts, this may include a portfolio of your work
Keep copies of the completed applications and essays, and mail the originals to the institutions in the United States or apply online. Observe the deadlines!
Make sure your recommendations and school transcripts have been sent. Since the recommendations need to be sent by the recommender and the original transcripts by this school, it is very important to follow up with this.
Check to make certain that you have requested that your test results for the TOEFL, SAT, and SAT II exams have been sent to each of the universities you have applied.
Retake SAT if necessary.
Wait to hear from the institutions to which you have applied.
Upon receipt of your completed application, the university or college will probably begin a correspondence with you. Some institutions may request more information or resubmission of something you have already sent. Unless there is some delay with your application, you should expect a decision by April or May. 3 months before U.S. study (May/June)
*Get a visa application form from the U.S. embassy or consulate. When you apply for a visa, the consular officer may want to see the following:
*An I-20 or IAP-66 from an accredited college or university.
*Original documents evidencing your educational credentials for the previous four years.
*The scores of tests you have taken, such as the TOEFL and SAT exams.
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