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  • Locations: Haifa, Israel
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer, Summer Session 1, Summer Session 2
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 07/01/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA
Fall 2020 07/01/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA
Spring 2021 11/01/2020 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Advisor: Carol Lebold Click here for a definition of this term Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Arabic, Art, Hebrew, Judaic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Click here for a definition of this term Program Options: Independent Study, Internship Credits, Undergraduate Research
Click here for a definition of this term Key Word Search: Cyber Security, Honors Courses, Interdisciplinary, International Development, Peace & Conflict Studies, Pre-Law Click here for a definition of this term Host Institution: University of Haifa International School
Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enrollment, Int. Language Studies, Internship (Part), Language & Culture Studies, US/Int'l Student Center, Volunteer Component Click here for a definition of this term Summer Program Duration: 2-4-6-12 weeks
Click here for a definition of this term In Classes With: Mostly International Students Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 1st Semester Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment, Residence Hall
Program Description:

Program Overview

Imagine beginning each day by saying "Boker Tov" to Israeli roommates. Imagine studying in courses that use the country you are living in as a learning tool.  Imagine working hard to learn Hebrew, while also picking up a few words of Arabic, Russian, Amharic, French, Spanish, and all the other languages you'll hear on campus.  Imagine walking out the door of your dorm room and into the Carmel National Forest, Israel's largest park.  Imagine watching the sunrise over the hills of the Galilee and the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea.  All of these scenarios can be realities if you spend a summer, semester, or year in the International School at the University of Haifa. 

Being the only liberal arts university in the north of Israel, the University of Haifa attracts students from cities, towns, and villages from the surrounding areas, as well as students from other areas who want the opportunity to experience Haifa. The university is a world class research institution with internationally recognized faculties in the humanities, the social and natural sciences, law, education, social welfare, and health studies. It has a diverse student body, with a mixture of Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Druze, a combination of new immigrants with native Israelis, a blend of secular and religious. Over 16,000 students study at the University of Haifa, and over 400 foreign students study in the programs of the International School each year.


Haifa Bay, IsraelHaifa is Israel's foremost port city for international commerce and the center of Israeli high tech industries. Two of the most distinguishing features of this dynamic city are its physical beauty and its cosmopolitan population of 400,000 Jews, Christians, Moslems, Druze, and Bahá'ís living in harmony. Haifa provides a wonderful environment for almost any kind of recreational and cultural activity. Numerous cinemas, restaurants, cafes, and discos provide entertainment until the early hours of the morning, while Haifa's beaches and the Carmel National Forest provide recreation throughout the day.

The International School at the University of Haifa welcomes international students to study at the university on a non-degree basis for a summer, semester, or full academic year. The University of Haifa is recognized internationally as an approved study abroad site, and academic credits earned are transferable back to home institutions to be applied towards completion of a degree. All of the courses in the International School are taught in English and are fully accredited. Students who are proficient in Hebrew are welcome to take courses in all other departments of the university. Students are expected to take between three to five courses a semester. In addition, students in the program are welcome to enroll in specialty programs: Honors Programs in Psychology, Peace & Conflict Studies, Jewish Culture and Civilization, and an Internship Program.

Living Arrangements

Students are welcome and encouraged to live in the dormitories on campus. There are two dormitory complexes that are open to Overseas students. The Federman Dorms are apartments of three double rooms and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space. The Talia Dorms are apartments of six single rooms, each room with its own bathroom, and a shared kitchen and living space. Students can choose which set of dormitories they would prefer, though the Talia Dormitories are open only to students who have had at least a year of university study.

About 1,200 students live in the dorms at the University of Haifa, including students of all social, economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. All apartments in the dorms are single-sex. Students are provided a bed, desk, closet, and shelves, as well as sheets, a blanket, and a pillow. The kitchen comes equipped with a refrigerator and two stove-top burners. While dishes, utensils, and other appliances are not provided, most Israeli roommates are happy to share their kitchen supplies with their foreign roommates.

Located in the dormitories complex are computer labs, a grocery store, and self-service laundry rooms. In addition, there is a "moadon" or "club" which includes a large-screen television and a snack bar, and often hosts parties, classes, lectures, and other activities.