- 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
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
The program is a direct-enrollment program that is available for the spring semester or the full academic year. Students take all of their coursework directly at the University of Haifa and on-site support is provided by the UH International School. Courses in the International School are taught in English by faculty from a variety of departments within the University of Haifa.
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.
For students interested in combining an internship with their Study Abroad program, the International School offers them the opportunity to integrate career-related internships with their studies during their time on campus. Internships are available in a variety of fields. The internship awards 3 credits and entails a total of ten hours weekly at 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: early October - late May
Spring: mid February - late May
Students who enroll in the optional introductory Ulpan will have an earlier start date. 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.
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.
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.