University of Haifa: Study Abroad at Haifa International School

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  • Location(s): Haifa, Israel
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship, Volunteer, Intensive Language

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The International School of the University of Haifa offers semester, and year-long study programs for current undergraduate students, recent university graduates and adult learners. See our separate listing for summer programs.  We also offer full... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.2
Based on 51 Reviews
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It was definitely worthwhile. I learned so much about religion, the Middle East, and even my own identity. - Boston University View Entire Review
Past Review A New Experience
I study Political Science so being in Israel gave me a good learning experience about politics in the Middle East. But it is not just about what you learn in the class room that counts but what you learn out of it as well. If I can offer any advice I would say go and talk to everyone you can: Arabs, Jews, the Druze, everyone and... - University of North Dakota View Entire Review
I met amazing people. I got a unique perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I visited places that are holy to people of many different faiths. I had an amazing time. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I wish it was more rigorous academically so I am not so unprepared to get back into senior year. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned about the cultures of Israel and the myriad of conflicting factors that exist in the country both domestic and foreign. - University of Maryland - College Park View Entire Review
Too much to put into words--it was incredible. - Beloit College View Entire Review
Improved my language, better understanding of the culture; yes it was very worth it - University of Florida View Entire Review
Being abroad was very worthwhile but the program wasn't. I recommend Tel-Aviv. - Pace University View Entire Review
I gained so many memorable experiences and friends and I would do it again in a heartbeat. But more than that I felt like the life I had in Haifa was one that I want to emulate when I move back to the states. I was healthy and engaged and appreciative of all the unexpected surprises in my new environment. - University of Maryland - College Park View Entire Review
Past Review Was Purely Fun
I learned how to push myself to look for new experiences. It was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I am a lot more independent, and I have no problem navigating in Israel by myself. It was definitely worth it. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the Israeli people and their customs. I made a lot of friends and improved my language skills. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review Good And Bad.
I learned how other people are in another culture and what they deal with on a day to day basis; what they worry and what they don't worry about. and it was worthwhile. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Past Review Awesome
Of course Yes. I've experienced the difference in many areas and got some perspectives to see widely and academic learning was also so good. View Entire Review
Challenging courses that really helped me not only learn about the host country and the conflict that has plagued it for so long, but also provided inspiration for potential further research for my Senior Thesis and other important projects in the future. Eye-opening exposure to a side of the conflict I had never seen before, w... - Covenant College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with University of Haifa: Haifa - Direct Enrollment & Exchange
Past Review Life Changing
The Israeli culture is very different from the American culture. People are a lot more upfront and this can come off as rude to some Americans. I became a lot more direct and confident in myself after being in Israel. I can also make quicker decisions now since in Israel you need to be quick to act and more aggressive, this is a... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
I learned a new language. It was very worthwile - The College of Wooster View Entire Review
how to use language and knowledge - University of Haifa View Entire Review
I gained so much worldly experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I would definitely go back; I really didn't want to leave. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned to be more independent and speak up more. It was definitely worthwhile. It was the right choice for me. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Experience life in Israel first hand, which is valuable because Israel is in the news so much. Experience a new culture and get some perspective. Also appreciate life in America more :) - University of Miami View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with University of Haifa: Haifa - Direct Enrollment/Exchange
I learned a lot more outside of the classroom than inside, but it was absolutely worthwhile. I loved seeing Israel from a non religious perspective, because I'd only ever experienced it from a Jewish perspective before this. - Columbia University View Entire Review
I gained a sense of independence and a deeper connection to Israel. Yes it was worthwhile! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a closeness with my family abroad in Israel. I worked hard on my Hebrew language skills, and successfully navigated a foreign country in a language other than my mother tongue. It was worthwhile, and I am so proud of it! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a ton about Israel and how to speak Hebrew. I learned all about culture other cultures aside from mine. I learned not only about the local culture, but about the cultures of my fellow students as well. - Kenyon College View Entire Review

About

The International School of the University of Haifa offers semester, and year-long study programs for current undergraduate students, recent university graduates and adult learners. See our separate listing for summer programs.  We also offer full degree MA programs for international graduate students. The University of Haifa is the most pluralistic institution of higher education in Israel. The university community, consisting of 18,000 degree students, is a diverse and harmonious blend of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze, and Bedouin students who study together in an atmosphere of coexistence and mutual respect.

Hebrew Ulpan:
Students from over 40 countries come to our Summer Hebrew Ulpan. With 25 hours/week of language instruction and an array of social and cultural activities, this program will help you to speak Hebrew. Israeli roommates aid in language acquisition. We also offer a similar intensive program in the winter, between our 2 semesters.

The Internship Program:
This is a directed work-study experience related to the academic or vocational interests of students in the semester or year program. Students work 10-15 hours/week, complete weekly reports as well as a final term paper at the end to receive academic credit.

Semester or Year Program:
This interdisciplinary program offers courses in a variety of fields such as Global Law, Political Science, Religious Studies, Business, Psychology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Arabic language and Culture, Sociology, History and more. We have excellent honors programs in Psychology and Peace & Conflict studies. All courses are taught in English.

The Arabic Language Program:
This program is among the most effective language programs in Israel and attracts students from around the world. Classes meet 20 hours/week and have several hours of homework/day. One day/week is for field trips to Arab communities in the north.

Hebrew Winter Ulpan:
Intensive Hebrew Winter Ulpan is offered every year for one month prior to the start of the Spring semester. Students are encouraged to come and learn with other students from all over the world. With, 25 hours/week of language instruction and an array of social and cultural activities, this program will help you to conquer the Hebrew language.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Volunteer
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Maymester
  • January Term
  • Spring Break
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Arabic
  • English
  • Hebrew
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Global Studies
  • Hebrew Language, Literature
  • History
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Genocide, Holocaust Studies
  • Human Sciences
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Legal Studies
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Year Founded:
1973
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