University of Haifa (Summer)
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The port-city of Haifa offers beautiful views of oceans and gardens, as well as diverse architecture and places of worship. As you walk along the streets built on Mount Carmel, enjoy the street art and dozens of new restaurants tucked into each neighborhood. With a diverse and lively student population that can be seen throughout the city, Haifa is the perfect home base for your time in Israel.
The University of Haifa prides itself on its diverse campus, friendly students and staff, and comfortable living spaces. While living on campus you will have an opportunity to engage with both Israeli students, as well as students from around the globe. Transportation from Haifa to the rest of Israel is easy, making it possible to explore your new home away from home.
In July and August, the Education Abroad Program at the International School of the University of Haifa offers several month-long programs. Each four week academic or language course allows you to benefit from the unique cultural diversity that the University and the city of Haifa offer.
Summer options include:
- Learn all levels of Hebrew language at a fast pace
- Each Ulpan session will offer a wide range of social activities, including trips, lectures, and celebrations. Participation is optional
- Learn Arabic language at a fast pace
- Enhance your cultural experience with excursions to The Old City of Acre, Druze Villages in the Golan Heights, and Study Tour in Jerusalem
- Summer Israel Studies
Review the University of Haifa’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
The University of Haifa provides dormitory housing. You may also make your own off campus housing arrangements.
Individual dormitory suites may house both Israeli and or/international students. All apartments in the dormitories are single-sex.
Each room includes a single bed, desk, closet, and shelves. You will also be provided with a hotplate and a refrigerator. You must bring your own sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, and other linens needed for your room. You can also purchase these items upon arrival.
There is a self-service laundry room and a grocery store in the dormitory complex. All public spaces in the dormitories have Wifi connections. There is also a “moadon” or “club” with a big-screen TV which often hosts parties, workshops, lectures, and other activities.
These modest apartments have three double occupancy rooms and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space.
These spacious apartments have six single occupancy rooms, each room with its own bathroom, and a shared kitchen and living space.
*During the summer programs, the single rooms fill up quickly, so the Talia dormitories will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis.
There is no meal plan for this program. However, you will have access to numerous cafes and restaurants both on and off-campus. You may also cook your own meals. There are several grocery stores and markets conveniently located near campus.
Estimate of Costs
The Summer 2021 costs are forthcoming.
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
ONLY SUNY STUDENTS MAY APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM. ALL SUNY APPLICANTS MUST APPLY THROUGH UALBANY IN ORDER TO RECEIVE SUNY CREDIT FOR THIS PROGRAM.
Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at least a 3.0 GPA are welcome to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.
If you are interested in applying to the University of Haifa, you should follow two steps:
1) Click “Apply Now” at the top of this page in order to access the UAlbany application materials.
2) Apply directly to the University of Haifa, following their procedures and observing their deadlines, and inform the University at Albany when they have been accepted. Please do not send the University of Haifa’s application paperwork to the University at Albany.
Field trips and/or excursions are a part of the following summer programs:
• July Intensive Hebrew Program
- Wide range of social activities
• Spoken Arabic Intensive July Program
- Excursions to The Old City of Acre, Druze Villages in the Golan Heights, and Study Tour in Jerusalem
- Trips to Israel’s tourist attractions, such as Jerusalem, Golan Heights, Bahai Gardens, etc.
- Educational field trips to Carmel, IOLR and The Mediterranean rocky shores at Dor nature reserve, and Caesarea.
The University of Haifa and Israel offer several scholarship opportunities.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
“I would definitely recommend this program to any students interested in learning Arabic. I learned more vocabulary in this month than I did in any of my other Arabic courses. It was amazing. They brought us on tons of trips, immersed into the language and I was roomed with Arab students whose mother tongue was Arabic. I am more than satisfied with it and it was an absolutely wonderful experience.”
-Jessika Ball, Political Science/CEHC Cybersecurity Major
The University of Haifa International School Student Blog contains more testimonies from past participants.
About the City
The University of Haifa is located in Haifa, Israel, the third-largest city in the State of Israel. Haifa is located in the northwest region of Israel.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are required to obtain a visa to enter Israel.
For all other nationalities, please check with your government and the Israel Consulate New York website to determine whether you are required to obtain a visa for this program.
More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Summer programs: December
Classes are held Sundays through Thursdays in the mornings for five academic hours per day, with the possibility of 1-2 Friday morning classes during the session.
About the Program
The University at Albany’s program through the University of Haifa offers you the opportunity to learn Judaic, Israeli, and Middle Eastern studies, Hebrew language, Arabic language, and general studies. Israel, as a center for several cultures and religions, provides a stimulating environment for personal growth, both inside and outside the classroom. While it is an obvious resource for Judaic Studies majors and minors, these programs also attract students from all academic disciplines, religions, and ethnic groups.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at the University of Haifa, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary. The University of Haifa’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.