- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Second Semester Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- This program is only open to students in the College of Engineering
The program is a direct-enrollment exchange program that is available for the spring semester or the full academic year. Students take all of their coursework directly at the Technion Institute of Technology and on-site support is provided by Technion International. The semester study abroad program in engineering and science is designed to give students not only a unique academic experience, but also a chance to get to know Israel. Technion International courses are given at second-, third- and fourth-year undergraduate levels. Some include off-campus activities as well as business and industry site visits. Areas of engineering include: basic engineering and science, civil and environmental engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and related fields. Additional academic courses are offered in entrepreneurship and innovation, business, and history.
There are two optional course options: an introductory Ulpan or an internship. Students are not able to complete both optional course options due to time conflicts, but students can choose one or the other. Please note that both courses come at an additional cost.
Optional Introductory Ulpan
Students can enroll in an optional introductory Ulpan, intensive Hebrew study program at Technion before the regular semester program. The course will provide knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet, vocabulary, and basic language and grammar structures. Students will acquire elementary reading, writing, and communication skills to use during their visit.The Ulpan does have an additional cost, so is not required, but is strongly encouraged.
Students have the option to add a Professional Internship in a high-tech company or start-up, or a Research Internship at a Technion Laboratory in different faculties to work on real-life scientific challenges. Internships are awarded up to 3 academic credits and completed prior to the semester start date. Internships are optional, as they come at an additional cost. If students are interested in completing an internship, it is encouraged that they begin working with Technion during the application process to secure an internship placement.
Please note U.S. citizens who study in Israel will be required to travel to the Consulate General of Israel in New York City to apply for a visa in-person prior to the start of the program and should budget for travel costs accordingly.
Academic Year: mid October - late July
Spring: mid March - late July
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Haifa is Israel's third largest city and extends from the Mediterranean Sea up the north slope of Mount Carmel. A busy international port city, Haifa is known for its fast-growing high-tech industry and ethnic and religious diversity. World center of the Bahá'í faith, Haifa’s cultural tapestry also includes Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities and the neighboring Druze villages. The city’s most iconic sites are the immaculately landscaped terraces of the Bahá'í Gardens and, at their heart, the gold-domed Shrine of the Báb. At the foot of the gardens lies the German Colony, with shops, galleries and restaurants in 19th-century buildings. Residents enjoy concerts, theater, museums, clubs, cafés, beaches, and easy access to the Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.