Haifa, Israel

Course Information

Haifa, Israel | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Areas of Study Available at the University of Haifa

Through our agreement with the University of Haifa, an array of courses will be made available for you to take. Areas of study believed to be of most interest to USAC students are included below as a sample of what the University offers. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by the University of Haifa.

  • All of the semester and yearlong program courses in the International School are upper level undergraduate courses, even if they occasionally contain introductory subjects. They usually require a research paper and a mid-term or final exam.
  • Full-time undergraduate students in the International School must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester to be regarded as a full-time student.
  • Each credit represents one academic hour (45 minutes) of classroom instruction, however the normal course load per semester for international students is between 15-16 credits.

Keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 US credits per semester (even if host university requirements are lower). Be sure to have plenty of primary and alternate course options in mind as schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred courses is not guaranteed.

Grades may not be ready until one or two months after exams are completed; in some cases it may take longer. Check your Credits, Courses, and Transcripts document in Gateway for details specific to your host university. The transcript evaluation and grade reporting process at your home university will also take time after your overseas transcripts arrives. If you plan to study here during your senior year, review your home university requirements carefully to allow enough time for grades to be posted for graduation. Plan to work ahead with your academic advisor if you will be using your study abroad coursework to meet prerequisites back at home.

Undergraduate Areas of Study


Recent courses have included:

  • Israeli Collective Memory
  • Media in the Arab World

Contemporary Israel and Middle East Studies

Recent courses have included:

  • Arab-Israeli Relations
  • Contemporary Israel: History and Society
  • Islamic Fundamentalism in the Arab World

Economics and Management

Recent courses have included:

  • Economics of Inequality
  • Green Technologies: Sustainability and the Environment in Israel

Hebrew and Arabic Languages (Beginning through Advanced)


Recent courses have included:

  • Arab-Israeli Relations
  • Visual Culture and the Holocaust
  • Women in Israel


Recent courses have included:

  • Faith, Reason, and Dogma in Jewish Literature
  • Literature of the Shoah

Peace and Conflict Studies

Recent courses have included:

  • Arms Control in the Nuclear Realm
  • Islamic Fundamentalism in the Arab World


Recent courses have included:

  • Athens and Jerusalem in Jewish Philosophy
  • Spiritual Practices

Political Science

Recent courses have included:

  • Contemporary Arab Thought and Culture
  • Terrorism and Response


Recent courses have included:

  • Issues in Political Psychology
  • Refugee's Mental Health: Global and Local Perspectives

Religious Studies

Recent courses have included:

  • Bible: Soul's Journey to Completion
  • Modern Jewish Identity
  • Rabbinic Stories


Recent courses have included:

  • Educating Jews in an Open Society
  • Women in Israel

Graduate Areas of Study

  • Creative Arts Therapies
  • Patent Law
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Maritime Civilizations
  • Peace and Conflict Studies

Winter Intensive Ulpan (Spring Semester Early Start)

Language courses in both Hebrew and Arabic will be offered in the Winter Intensive Ulpan (the early start
session before Spring Semester).

Areas of Study Available at Technion: Israel Institute of Technology

USAC students studying at the University of Haifa have the option of taking a course at the Technion: Israel Institute of Technology. Home of several Nobel prize-winners, including the 2011 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, it is among the world's top ten science and technology research universities. Students may take one additional course as part of their program fees; a second additional course has an additional fee. The main teaching language at the Technion is Hebrew, however courses are offered in English in areas including:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biotechnology and Food Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering and Biology
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering for Developing Communities
  • Mechanical Engineering

Please note that courses at the Technion run according to the regular university schedule that is different than the USAC program calendar. For example, Fall courses would run into February and Spring would run into July.


Host university internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development particularly in your study abroad setting. Internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are very worthwhile. Students are placed in an environment with high exposure to culture and language. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of courses.

Internship opportunities fall into broad categories determined by the University of Haifa. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

The University of Haifa internship program features directed work-study experiences related to your academic or vocational interests; the internships are unpaid and for academic credit (up to 4 credits). The program is coordinated by a member of the International School faculty along with on-site supervisors who hold academic or professional credentials.

Interested students must complete a supplemental application for the internship before the semester begins. Upon admission to the International School and receipt of the internship program application, the Internship Coordinator will be in touch with the student about possible internship locations. When the student arrives to Haifa, she or he will meet with the supervisor at the internship location. Together they will establish the student's schedule.

Internships are mostly focused in the areas of social services, health services, and education, but other possibilities may be available.

Course Descriptions

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