Haifa, Israel
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Haifa Courses - 2020-21 Yearlong

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.


USAC's partnership with the University of Haifa provides you with an array of academic offerings taught in English. You are required to take a minimum of 12 credits per semester; however, the normal course load for international students is between 15-16 credits. 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.

Undergraduate Areas of Study

Recent courses have included:


  • Israeli Collective Memory
  • Media in the Arab World

Contemporary Israel and Middle East Studies

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

Economics and Management

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

Hebrew and Arabic Languages

  • Beginning through Advanced


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


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

Peace and Conflict Studies

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


  • Athens and Jerusalem in Jewish Philosophy
  • Spiritual Practices

Political Science

  • Contemporary Arab Thought and Culture
  • Terrorism and Response


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

Religious Studies

  • Modern Jewish Identity
  • Rabbinic Stories


  • 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).


The University of Haifa internship program features directed work-study experiences related to your academic or vocational interests; the internships are for academic credit. The program is coordinated by a member of the International School faculty along with on-site supervisors who hold academic or professional credentials. Internships are mostly focused in the areas of social services, health services, and education, but other possibilities may be available.

Placement is not guaranteed by USAC; it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview onsite with the internship sponsor. 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 placements. The internship awards 3 credits.

Course Descriptions

To obtain course information, click on the link(s) below and follow the prompts to specific course resources. Please contact the USAC Student Information department if you have difficulty finding the information.