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Program Highlights for Haifa, Israel

The city

Language spoken:
Hebrew, Arabic

Israeli New Shekel (ILS, ₪)


City type:
Metropolis (Population >500,000)

Passport & Visa requirements

The program

Program type:

Host university:
University of Haifa

Language instruction:
English, Hebrew, Arabic

Terms offered:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Yearlong

Program capacity:
50 students

Credit type:
Overseas credit

Deadline to apply

Summer 2024:
On hold

Fall/Yearlong 2024-25:
On hold

Spring 2025:
On hold


  • Summer minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Semester minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum class standing: Sophomore

Scholarships and Financial Aid:
Deadlines vary

  • Challenge yourself to understand a region of cultural, political, and religious importance from ancient to modern times
  • Experience the cultural diversity of the Middle East
  • Study Hebrew or Arabic at all levels of proficiency or choose courses from a variety of other disciplines
  • Enjoy the scenery and climate of a Mediterranean city and campus adjacent to a national park

Why Study in Haifa?

Student hiking to the Dead Sea in Haifa, Israel.

Israel’s third-largest city, Haifa is known for its ethnic and cultural diversity and natural beauty. Situated on the Mediterranean coast, it benefits from a moderate coastal climate all year long. The city is an interesting mix of modern architecture and older neighborhoods; churches and mosques; mountains and sea. With several museums of history, culture, and art, the country’s largest port, an active beach, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Haifa is a multicultural, multifaceted city in which to live and study; with residents from the three largest religions as well as from various other faiths, Haifa is also a symbol of tolerance.

The Haifa program is ideal for students interested in living and studying in a country at the nexus of world history and current events. You can enroll for a summer, semester or full year. In the July and August, there are intensive Hebrew or Arabic sessions, and prior to the spring semester, there is an intensive early start session for Hebrew.

The University of Haifa is the most pluralistic institution of higher education in Israel, committed to an atmosphere of coexistence, tolerance, and mutual respect, while offering first-rate academic courses, immersion with the local population, and a rich selection of social and cultural activities. Both Hebrew and Arabic language study are available at all levels of proficiency, as well as coursework in English in a variety of disciplines, including communications, contemporary Israeli and Middle East studies, economics and management, history, literature, peace and conflict studies, political science, psychology, religious studies, and sociology.