In 1924, the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel's first university, opened its doors and began the historic task of preparing young men and women to build a new nation. Today, the Technion is Israel's primary science-technology university and the largest center of applied research. The Institute's 13,000 students can choose from 19 faculties, and from 49 undergraduate and 65 graduate programs in engineering, science, architecture, medicine and management.
Ranked among the top technological universities in the world, the Technion has a distinguished faculty of 550 that includes two Nobel Prize-winning scientists. These faculty members collaborate with leading scientists on research projects worldwide. The campus houses 40 research institutes and centers and nine interdisciplinary centers of excellence. Visiting academics and some 400 overseas graduate students provide an international atmosphere. The Technion's semester, summer and year-long programs in English are open to undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world.
Countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning
In order to comply with Penn State's International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries with active U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings are required to submit a petition for a waiver to the Standing Advisory Committee on International Student Travel. This petition will be included in the online application process for this program. For more information regarding the travel warning, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
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You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis.
Students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Students can register for a maximum of 15 credits.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Dept ENGR Haifa Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Optional Course Options
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 the University of Haifa before the Technion regular semester program. The Ulpan does have an additional cost (approximately $1,300), so is not required, but is strongly encouraged. Students then complete a full course load of courses offered in English at the Technion. Information about the range of courses can be found on the Technion website. Students may also take one humanities course at the University of Haifa during the semester. Local staff determine whether you have met the prerequisites for chosen courses.
Internships are available and most commonly completed prior to the semester start date. Internships are awarded up to 3 academic credits. Internships are optional, as they come at an additional cost (approximately $1,500). 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.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
It is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a one credit online course, before their semester abroad.
- 3.0 Cumulative GPA
- Junior class standing or higher at time of study
- This program is open only to students in the College of Engineering
Housing and Meals
Students will arrange their housing directly with the Technion. All students at the International School receive a private bedroom in a five-person high-standard apartment, which they share with their Israeli and other international peers. These apartments have 5 private bedrooms. The students share a kitchen, dinning area, shower and toilets. Many cafeterias and restaurants are also located on campus.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
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Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience. The college's international office is located in 204 Hammond Building, and international engineering envoys are available during fall and spring semesters to help answer your questions. In addition, there is a study abroad adviser in each department in the college who can help to answer academic questions that you may have. Please see the Global Engineering website for information about our office, programs for College of Engineering students, and the College of Engineering International Travel Grant. In addition, it is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a one credit online course, before their semester abroad.
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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