University of Haifa
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About the Program
The University of Haifa, established in 1972, is an academic institution whose initial and central function is to carry out excellent academic teaching and research. This is showcased in its various interdisciplinary and international programs and through its collaborations with academic institutions worldwide.
The University of Haifa is a developing and dynamic institution with a world-renowned reputation in many different fields of research. Notably, it is the leading university in Israel in the fields of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Welfare and Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Education and Management. In addition, the university was selected by the Council for Higher Education in Israel as a leader in the field of Marine Research as well as the field of Education in a Networked Society. The university also offers 20 English-language international academic programs, which attract excellent students from Israel and around the world.
The University is situated atop Mount Carmel, where Haifa’s southern boundary verges on the Carmel National Park, providing a picturesque natural campus landscape where over 18,000 students come to study for their undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.
Our faculty and student population is unique in its composition. We host an exciting and inspiring cultural mosaic of secular and religious Jews, Christian and Muslim Arabs, Druze and Bedouins, new immigrants, native Israelis and a growing number of international students and staff. The University of Haifa is the most pluralistic institution of higher learning in Israel and serves as an example of how excellent research and teaching can be conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect and inclusion. This is our contribution to the State of Israel and its continued strength.
The University’s mission is to foster academic excellence in an atmosphere of tolerance and multiculturalism – an environment which contributes to excellent research and to exceptional, creative and productive alumni – while strengthening Israel’s northern region for the benefit of Israel as a whole. We view this mission as being of strategic importance to the continued existence and prosperity of the State of Israel.
Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country, with a population of over 265,000 and a metropolitan area population of 600,000. Haifa is mixed city: 90% are Jews, more than a quarter of whom are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, while 10% are Arabs, predominantly of the Christian faith. It is also home to the Bahá'í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the history of settlement at the site spans more than 3,000 years. Over the centuries, the city has changed hands: It has been conquered and ruled by the Phoenicians, Hebrews, Persians, Hasmoneans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, British, and the Israelis. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the city has been governed by the Haifa Municipality.
Today, the city is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa. It is located about 56 miles north of Tel Aviv and is the major regional center of northern Israel. Two respected academic institutions, the University of Haifa is located in Haifa, and the city plays an important role in Israel's economy. The University of Haifa, founded in 1963, is at the top of Mt. Carmel.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- completion of two semesters of Hebrew or Arabic
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Communication, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Jewish Studies, Literature, Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology
Students are expected to take between four to five courses each semester. In addition to the international school courses, students in the program are welcome to enroll in any of the University of Haifa’s specialty programs: Honors Programs in Psychology, and Peace & Conflict Studies; and the Internship Program. 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 (which operates on a different calendar, please verify that you can return to Tulane in time for the spring semester if you take normal university courses in the fall).
As a visiting international student at University of Haifa, you will have access to all of the services and support mechanisms right alongside degree-seeking students. These services include orientation programming, academic guidance, and social engagement opportunities through clubs, societies and the University of Haifa Student Union. You will also have a program advisor who will help you take full advantage of the resources available at Haifa. You may contact your advisor throughout the year about course selection and to plan semester programs. We strongly recommend that you also meet with the academic advisor at your home university to discuss your choice of courses before you come to Israel.
Haifa also offers students the opportunity to integrate career-related internships together with their studies during their time on campus. Special efforts are made for students who request specific intern-ships relating to their career paths and study majors, and each placement takes into consideration the specific professional and academic interests of the student.
Students are welcome and encouraged to live in the dormitory facilities on campus. While students are not required to live in the dormitories on campus, it is strongly encouraged. The dormitories allow you the opportunity to meet many Israeli students and have a more complete Israeli experience. The Federman Dorms have modest apartments with three double rooms and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space. The Talia Dorms have spacious apartments with six single rooms, each room with its own bathroom, and a shared kitchen and living space. In most cases you will be placed in an apartment with no more than one other international student, and the rest of your roommates will be Israeli.
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