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Haifa: University of Haifa
Haifa, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Anthropology, Arabic, Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, Business, Business/Management/Finance, Communications, Culture, Economics, English, Hebrew, History, International Relations, Internship, Law, Literature, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Sciences/Sociology, Sociology
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment
Language of Instruction:
English, Hebrew
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Strickler
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:

Program Overview     

The 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 liberal arts 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, makes it an excellent study abroad location. Penn State students can choose to attend the University of Haifa for one semester or for a full academic year.

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.

Students can enroll in an optional introductory Ulpan, intensive Hebrew study program at the University of Haifa before the regular semester program. The Ulpan does have an additional cost, so is not required, but is strongly encouraged. Students then complete a full course load of courses offered in English. Information about the range of courses can be found on the University of Haifa course catalog. Students may also take one humanities course at the University of Haifa during the semester. 

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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Education Abroad Credits

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 expected to take between three and five courses each semester (equivalent to 12 - 16 credits at Penn State). 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
*. 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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study

Housing and Meals

Students arrange their housing directly with the University of Haifa. International study abroad students are placed in dormitories, with Israeli students as roommates, and are thus fully integrated into the Israeli student community.  Students will be responsible for providing their own food. During some excursions, meals may be provided.

Program Costs

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.

For More Information

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 GeoBlogs 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:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire

  •  One academic recommendation

  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 02/22/2015 06/04/2015
NOTE: Optional ULPAN program: 1/26/2015-2/19/2015. Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 05/01/2015 06/30/2015 TBA TBA

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