- 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 for regular courses in the International School
- 3.2 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application for the Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies and the Psychology Track
- 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. Both Hebrew and Arabic language courses are also offered during the semester.
Intensive Hebrew Ulpan
Students can enroll in an optional introductory intensive Hebrew Ulpan prior to the start of the semester. The Ulpan does have an additional cost, so is not required, but is strongly encouraged. Read more about the Hebrew Intensive Winter Program on the University of Haifa website.
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. There is an additional fee to participate in an internship.
See the program Budget Sheet for information about the additional fees for the Ulpan and internship.
Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies and the Psychology Track
Students with a 3.2 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application can apply to participate in the the Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies or the Psychology Track
Two elective psychology courses are offered each semester, as listed in our course catalog. Students in the International School are able to take part in these courses without applying for the Psychology Track.
Only those students who are majoring in psychology, and wish to do the Mentored Independent Research, need to apply to the Psychology Track. They must have a 3.2 grade point average or the equivalent, and need to have taken psychology courses beyond the introductory level.
The Mentored Research in a Psychological Science Laboratory is a unique and intensive experiential learning doing research in one our psychological science laboratories, provides students with an exceptional opportunity rarely accessible in the context of study abroad programs. Students are matched, based on their interests, with a faculty mentor, and then conduct supervised research in her/his laboratory. In the context of this mentored independent research, students are typically integrated into an existing research project, or, together with their Faculty Advisor, develop a novel independent project. In addition to completing the mandatory hours (10 hours per week = 3 credits), students are required to write a final paper summarizing their work. For more information, visit the Psychology Track website.
Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies
The Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies is an interdisciplinary program which focuses on cultural, economic, educational, historical, political, psychological, religious, and social aspects of conflict resolution and peace efforts. The program brings together international students in order to use Israel as a laboratory for examining issues relating to regional and geopolitical conflicts, and the pursuit of peace.
Students are required to take the Honors Seminar as well as at least one Political Science elective course in a related field. Students can also choose an Internship that relates to peace and conflict management.
Admission to the Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies is selective and is open to undergraduate students who are currently studying in Departments of Peace and Conflict Studies or related programs at their home universities, as well as students of Political Science, International Relations, Middle East Studies, and Law.
To be admitted to the program, students must have a 3.2-grade point average or the equivalent and must have taken courses in peace and conflict studies and related fields beyond the introductory level. For more information, visit the Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies website.
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.