TAKA is an all inclusive great opportunity to fully prepare yourself for academic life in Israel. TAKA includes, Hebrew studies and experiencing various academic courses.

TAKA is a 5 month pre-academic program for students who are exempt from Mechina and plan to continue on to a graduate degree (MA or PhD) or intend to study practical engineering or certificate studies.

You can find the Israeli Student Authority & Ministry of Absorption guide to TAKA here: Three Step Taka

Is TAKA for you?

First check if you are REQUIRED to do Mechina. You can do this by asking your local Aliyah Shaliach, by contacting the Pre-Aliyah services of the Student Authority or by approaching the university of your choice directly. TAKA is designed for students eligible for assistance from the Student Authority, who are not obligated to do Mechina OR who choose to study in institutions or study tracks that do not require Mechina.

*This flow chart was created by the Student Authority.

Acceptance Criteria

You must be eligible for Student Authority assistance.

You must pass the Hebrew entrance exam with at least 60%, including the verbal exam.

Students already in Israel are requested to present an Ulpan completion certificate, in addition to successfully completing the TAKA entrance exam.

The Student Authority is NOT responsible for finding alternative programs for students who do not pass the entrance exam.

The program is very intense and suitable only for serious students who are willing to work hard.

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TAKA study topics

The TAKA Program is about 30 weekly hours:

  1. Advanced Hebrew
  2. English
  3. Computers
  4. Mathematics
  5. Introducing Research Methods
  6. Preparation for the YAEL test

What Do You Pay For?

  1. Rent for dorms
  2. Registration – 220 NIS
  3. Regular living expenses (food, etc.)

Special Ashkelon Stipend

The Student Authority in the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration has decided to give participants in the TAKA Ashkelon Pre-Academic program a special monthly stipend to encourage young people who wish to study in Ashkelon. The grant is to the sum of 1000 NIS a month, from the date of completion of the absorption basket, including the duration of the summer Ulpan in Ashkelon, for a maximum of 7 months in total or up to the end of your first year of Aliyah (the earlier of the two).

Important To Know

  1. TAKA is funded & maintained by the Student Authority in cooperation with the academic institute and the Ministry of Education
  2. The program is in addition to the regular Student Authority tuition entitlement
  3. Students are entitled to study in TAKA OR Mechina – NOT both

Student Housing

For information regarding student housing while enrolled in a TAKA program, see here, or contact the pre-Aliyah student services of the Student Authority.


In Israel

Via the Minhal HaStudentim (Student Authority) offices.


Via our pre-Aliyah services:

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