Excelsior College's Study Abroad Program (ESAP)

Excelsior College has partnered with TTI to offer seminary students a Study Abroad Program. By signing up for ESAP you will earn up to 30 credits (1/4 of your Bachelor’s degree!) after successful completion of the seminary year. Participants in this innovative program may be eligible to receive financial aid that would not be obtainable by direct enrollment in seminary alone.

In the senior year of high school, the prospect of continuing one’s Jewish education in seminary is foremost in the minds of many young women. Exploring the various options available to them, many students discover that financial issues may prevent them from attaining what they want most: the opportunity to spend their seminary year learning abroad. Many students also seek to maximize their year of learning abroad by getting an early start towards a college degree.

By signing up for the Excelsior Study Abroad Program through TTI, you can earn up to 30 credits just by successfully completing your seminary year! As a student enrolled in Excelsior College, you will have already finished ¼ of your Bachelor’s degree after successful completion of seminary!

As an added benefit, even if you don’t qualify for financial aid, you may be eligible for the American Opportunity Tax Credit, up to $2,500 for each calendar year.



Prospective students and their parents will meet with a TTI academic advisor. This advisor will guide you through the financial aid paperwork and help you with Excelsior College’s application process.

Once enrolled, your advisor will work with you to develop a college program to fit your goals, budget and time frame, and complete your degree through Excelsior College. From registration to graduation, your advisors will do everything possible to ensure that your college experience is an enjoyable and rewarding one.


  • TTI Registration Fee:
    $675 if student joins TTI before April 2, 2017
    $775 if student joins TTI from April 20, 2017 – June 9, 2017
    $1,000 if student joins TTI from June 10, 2017 – June 30, 2017
  • Excelsior College Program Admission Fee: $100
  • Excelsior College Administrative Fee: $1,200

In 2016, the maximum amount of grants based on family size and income was $11,680 for NY residents and $6,515 for non NY residents.

COLLEGE & TTI: Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Which seminaries partner with Excelsior College for this program?

A: Many highly respected seminaries and yeshivas participate in the Excelsior Study Abroad Program. Our current list of seminary partners for 2017-2018 include:

  • Ateres Bnos Yerushalayim
  • Bais Yaakov Seminar
  • Beis Chana– Milan, Italy
  • Beit Chana – Tzfas
  • Beis Chaya Mushka – Montreal, Canada
  • Beth Jacob Jerusalem/Machon Sara Schenirer (BJJ)
  • Binas Bais Yaakov
  • Bnos Avigail
  • Bnos Batsheva
  • Bnos Chava
  • Bnos Sarah
  • Bnot Torah (Sharfman’s)
  • Chemdas Bais Yaakov
  • Darchei Binah
  • Gateshead (Beth Midrash Lemoros- 2nd year only)
  • Hadar Bais Yaakov
  • Keser Chaya
  • KiTov Sachra
  • Machon Alta- Sfadt (Seminary Chaya Mushka)
  • Machon Bina
  • Machon Bnos Yehuda (BYA)
  • Machon Raaya
  • Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim
  • Me’ohr Bais Yaakov
  • Mesores Rochel
  • Nachlas Bais Yaakov
  • Tehilas Bais Yaakov

Please contact a TTI representative for more information or to inquire about a specific partner not listed here.

Q: While in seminary, are there any additional requirements or courses I need to complete in order to earn my 30 credits?

A: Excelsior College only requires that students successfully complete the courses mandated by the seminary attended.

Q: Are there any prerequisites to join this program?

A: A high school diploma or GED is required, as well as 10 college level credits. Often, these can be earned while still in high school, for example, through AP classes or affiliations between high schools and local colleges. Credits can also be earned via General Studies testing or Jewish Subject Exams offered by TTI. SAT scores are not required for this program.

Q: After seminary, are there any additional requirements?

A: Completing a Bachelor’s degree at Excelsior College is a requirement of joining this program.

Q: What are the benefits of the Excelsior Study Abroad Program?

A: Joining the Excelsior Study Abroad Program allows you to earn up to 30 college credits, which is equivalent to full-time enrollment. Additionally, you may qualify for financial aid. You may also receive an education tax credit at which time you enroll in Excelsior College while attending seminary. After you return from seminary, your TTI academic advisor will be there to guide you through completion of your Bachelor’s degree

To jump-start your future and join TTI and the Excelsior Study Abroad Program, call us today! Limited Spots Available!

877.RING.TTI • 718.376.0974