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Application Process Overview for BCI Summer Programs:
  1. Applications and two reference letters should be submitted as soon as possible for greater chances of acceptance due to space availability. See application deadlines below for guidelines, but applications can be submitted anytime prior to these dates.
  2. Upon receiving a completed application and both reference letters, BCI will contact the applicant to schedule a phone interview.
  3. An application deadline is considered to be met when BCI receives a completed application and two reference letters by the designated date. Interviews do not have to be completed by the deadline, but applicants are responsible for responding to BCI emails and phone calls in a timely manner.
  4. Applicants will be notified of program acceptance within four weeks of the Early Bird and/or Priority Deadlines.
  5. After the Priority 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 acceptance.

Applications will be taken for BCI Classic after the Final Deadline as space allows.

Final Application Deadline: June 1, 2007
Priority Deadline: March 20, 2007
Early Bird Deadline: February 1, 2007


Please indicate the session for which you wish to apply:

BLI: Bardin Leadership Institute (Ages 24-32):

  June 13-June 24

BCI Classic: July Aliyah (Ages 18-26):

  June 27-July 22


 Personal Information

Last Name:  
First Name:  
Middle Name:  
Date of Birth:   mo day  yr
Education &
  University, College, and Graduate School Education
    School:   Major:   Graduation Date:
    School:   Major:   Graduation Date:
    Are you currently a student?
Yes No
    I am Professional
    Company:   Position:
    Other (Include brief description)


 Current/Preferred Contact Information

Email Address:  
Home Phone:  
Cell Phone:  
Current Address:   Suite/Apt:
City:   State:
Zip Code:

 Permanent Contact Information

Email Address:  
Home Phone:  
Permanent Address:   Suite/Apt:
City:   State:
Zip Code:


How did you learn about BCI Programs?


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, art, etc).


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, birthright and other Israel trips, religious schools, youth groups, etc).


List any programs that you have previously attended at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute. Please also list any family members who have attended BBI 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.


 Reference Letters

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.

Please Note: Your references need to send their letter of reference to Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper, The Brandeis-Bardin Institute, 1101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis CA 93064 or fax to (805) 526-1398, Attn: Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper.  No applicant can be accepted to BCI without both completed references in their application file and interviews are not granted until both letters are received.

Reference 1 - Name, Title & Relationship


Reference 2 - Name, Title & Relationship



A 30-minute telephone interview is required in order to be considered for BCI Summer Programs. Please note that the interview will be granted only after a completed application and both reference letters are 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 a better idea of who you are, please write ONE essay, addressing ONE of the following themes.  Your essay should not exceed 500 words. 

Note: You may type directly into the form space below or paste your essay into the space below from your favorite word processing application.

  • What accomplishment are you most proud of?

  • Who is your hero?

  • If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

  • Describe a moment of discomfort and how you overcame it.

  • Share a significant or defining moment in your life.


 Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Tuition for BLI (Bardin Leadership Institute) is $1,050 plus a $100 materials fee.
    Tuition for BCI Classic: July Aliyah is $2,250 plus a $100 materials fee.

    Admission is independent of financial situations, 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 download the form below and send it in as soon as possible (after you have submitted the BCI Summer Application). Please note that you cannot be awarded scholarships until after acceptance into the BCI program.
  • 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. To read about all scholarships, click here.

  Melinda Joy Siegel scholarship
(for Baltimore/DC or Clearwater/St.Petersburg/Tampa, FL residents and students)

  Sioux City scholarship

  Kansas City Area scholarship

  Soref Campus scholarship

  Jewish Campus Service Corps (JCSC) Fellow scholarship

  Hillel Professionals scholarship

  Israeli scholarships

  International scholarships (non-Israeli)

  Bnai Brith of England Youth Leadership Award

  I do not qualify for any of the above scholarships
       but would like to apply for other BCI scholarships not listed above.

Payment Plan

  A third party has offered to pay my tuition:

Financial Aid Applications


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