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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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 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.
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.
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.
The Israel Scholarship
The Israel Scholarship was born out of a partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and is intended to provide opportunities for the best and brightest of the Hispanic-American community to study abroad in Israel. The fund awards up to $3,000 in scholarship prizes to qualified applicants. Applicants must be of Hispanic descent and show proof of acceptance to an Israeli university. Learn more about and apply for The Israel Scholarship.
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 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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