Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sign up for more than one program?
No, you can only sign up for one program.
I signed up for one program last year and passed the first admissions exam, do I need to retake it this year?
Yes. All students must take the Future Scientists Test.
I am a new oleh/returning resident. Can I take the test in English?
No, the first admissions test - the Future Scientists Test, is offered in Hebrew or Arabic only. That being said, new olim and returning residents who indicated their status on the registration form, are eligible for certain leniencies.
I study at a democratic school that does not give out report cards, and so I cannot upload my report card and complete the registration process. What should I do?
You can upload a verbal report from your teacher, instead of a report card.
I am homeschooled. Can I register for the Future Scientists Center’s programs?
No, the Future Scientists Center’s programs are run in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and according to its guidelines. Students who are homeschooled are ineligible for participation in the Department for Talented and Gifted Youth’s national programs.
Do you need to pay to participate in the programs?
Participation in the Alpha and Idea Programs are free of charge. Participation in the Odyssey Program costs approximately 2,500 NIS per year, including summer activities.
Are there any scholarships available for students participating in the Odyssey Program? Yes, students who are accepted to the Program can apply for financial aid, in accordance with the criteria outlined by the Ministry of Education’s Department for Talented and Gifted Youth.
I signed up for the Program at a certain academic institution, and I am interested in switching over to a different academic institution, is it even possible?
Yes. After you’ve completed the first admissions exam (The Future Scientists Test), you can switch to another academic institution, from the Alpha Program to the Idea Program, and vice versa.
Where do the Programs take place?
All of the Programs take place on the campuses of the following academic institutions: Tel Aviv University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Technion - Israel’s Technology Institute, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Weizmann Institute of Science, Ariel University, Bar-Ilan University and the Tel-Hai Academic College.