University of Haifa
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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.
At the University of Haifa, you can enroll in courses taught in English, with the exception of language courses. However, if you can read, understand, speak, and write Hebrew fluently, you may also have the option of taking some courses in the regular university program.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
The University of Haifa’s courses are offered in the areas of Jewish history and thought, Holocaust studies, politics, economics of the Middle East, religious studies, Middle Eastern history and international relations, social sciences of the Middle East (anthropology, communications, political science, sociology), natural sciences, psychology, oceanography and maritime studies, Arabic languages, fine arts, contemporary Israeli society, Hebrew language and literature, and Bible studies. Supervised internships may be available.
Psychology majors may apply for admission to an honors program. Information about the psychology track can be found here, and mentored research project information is available here.
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.
There is no meal plan for this program. You may choose to purchase meals in the cafeteria, cook, or eat out at local restaurants.
Estimate of Costs
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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 once you have submitted your University of Haifa application materials. Please do not send the University of Haifa’s application materials to the University at Albany.
City tours and on-campus activities are included in the cost of this study abroad program, and are arranged by the Madrichim (social activities coordinators). You may also enjoy tourist attractions and events off campus, on your own.
Student Clubs and Organizations
There are several activities offered through the University of Haifa’s Student Association throughout the year.
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
“My program at the University of Haifa in Israel was an incredible learning experience. The most significant thing that I learned while abroad was how to handle unforeseen changes and challenges. I am happy I completed this program as it gave me tools to use for the future.”
Christiana Johnson, History and Political Science 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 Consulate General of Israel 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:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2020-2021
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, this program also attracts 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.