A Mechina is a preparatory program for Israeli students who did not successfully complete their Bagrut exams. It is also for new immigrants who would like to study in an Israeli university. The goal of the program is to help students attain the levels required for regular study in University (equivalency to Israeli Bagrut) and proficiency in both Hebrew and in English. Some schools such as Bar-Ilan University and Machon Lev/Machon Tal in Jerusalem do not always require Mechina for students who do not have a bagrut or bagrut equivalent (see below) but fulfill other academic requirements. Therefore, it is important to be in touch with a student advisor at the university you are applying to before you sign up for Mechina.
Students who meet the following criteria are usually exempt from the Mechina for Olim. They also may not be eligible for the student benefits.
- UK students who earned a GCSE + at least 3 A-level exams (in certain subjects)
- Canadian students who earned a OSSD (in certain courses) or a high school diploma + CEGEP diploma
- US students who took at least 4 AP exams (in certain subjects)
There are four Mechina programs:
- Hebrew University (three tracks)
- Bar-Ilan University (one general track)
- Hadassah Academic College – (three tracks)
- Technion (one engineering track)
Eligibility for Preparatory Programs from the Student Authority
- High school completion certificate
- Completion of a five-month Ulpan or Hebrew knowledge equivalent to completion of advanced-beginner’s Ulpan (approximately Ulpan level Bet)
- Student must begin the program before his/her 23rd birthday
- Student must begin studies within three years of their Aliyah date
- Exemptions from the Mechina requirement are evaluated on a case-by-case basis
Choosing a Mechina
- At universities who require students to complete a Mechina as a condition of acceptance, the Mechina must be chosen according to the requested field of study.
- Acceptance into the Natural Sciences and Engineering tracks is dependent on passing a mathematics exam.
- Track placement is determined by exams administered at the beginning of the academic year.
- Weekly study hours range from 25-38 hours depending on the particular track.
Preparation for Psychometric Exams
In most of the Mechinot, the preparatory course for the psychometric exam is not part of the Mechina program and requires additional payment. The preparatory course is run by private institutions and organized by the Mechinot according to need; there is a minimum number of same-language students required in order to run a course.
Ulpan Programs in Mechina
The Mechinot all begin with a summer Ulpan which is a compulsory part of the Mechina. Successful completion of the Ulpan is a condition of continued studies.
Eligibility for summer Ulpanim for students accepted to regular university studies:
- Students eligible for Student Authority assistance who have a valid letter of acceptance to regular university studies in Israel.
- Students who completed TAKA need a special permit from the local Student Authority office in order to be eligible for the summer Ulpan.Note: Mechina is only funded by the Student Authority for students who are obligated to do it.
The Student Authority will pay for both Mechina AND a BA for those eligible, if Mechina is required by the university/college you are applying to. For more information see here.
For More Information
If you are still abroad, please contact:
English Speakers: [email protected] Tel: 02-621-4589
French Speakers: [email protected] Tel: 02-621-4582
Spanish speakers: [email protected] Tel: 02-621-4605
If you have already made Aliyah, please refer to your regional office of the Student Authority for more information.