Please note: 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 Student International 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 at http://travel.state.gov/.
University of Haifa is known for its particularly high academic standards, including its honors courses in Psychology and in Peace and Conflict Studies.Haifa offers a very broad-based curriculum, at the top academic level. Its intellectual rigor and impressive breadth of offerings, combined with a unique attention to the integration of international students into the general university, which makes it an excellent study abroad location for any Penn State student.
One of the great strengths of this program is its integration of international students with Israeli students. International study abroad students are placed in dormitories , with Israeli students as roommates, and are thus fully integrated into the Israeli student community.
Education Abroad Credits/Prerequisites
The program at the University of Haifa is a broad-based liberal arts program. Penn State students can choose to attend the University of Haifa for one semester or for a full academic year.
Students are expected to take between three and five courses each semester. In addition to the wide range of courses that the International Program offers, study abroad students are welcome to enroll in any of the university's specialty programs: Honors Programs in Psychology, Peace & Conflict Studies; or the Internship Program. All of the courses in the International School are taught in English . The professors and lecturers teaching in the International School are members of the university faculty who have distinguished careers in their respective fields. They bring to this program a high quality of academic and teaching experience.To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Haifa Course Equivalency List.
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 will register for a minimum of 12 credits per semester; students can register for a maximum of 16 credits per semester. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Students who are proficient in Hebrew are welcome to take courses in all other departments of the university.
Housing and Meals
As mentioned above study abroad students are placed in dormitories, with Israeli roommates.The housing arrangements are made for the students and the cost is included in the program fee. Students will be responsible for providing their own food. During some excursions, meals will be provided and paid for by the program fee.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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 see Funding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Whitney Strickler, the education abroad adviser for this program.
How to Apply
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
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 at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
1 academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.