University of Haifa
Posted on January 23, 2013
Founded in 1963 and accredited in 1972, the University of Haifa is Israel’s most pluralistic university with students from across the world’s religions and cultures. The university emphasizes the fostering of social responsibility and community service while maintaining a strong academic base. With over 18,000 students, the University of Haifa is the largest comprehensive research university in northern Israel. Nearly 900 international students from over 40 countries study at the University of Haifa International School (UHIS).
The University of Haifa is located in Haifa’s Carmel National Forest and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Haifa, home to just under 300,000 people from all religions, is Israel’s largest port city and is thus a center for international trade and commerce. Haifa is easy to explore via its several bus routes, and is well connected to the rest of Israel by public transportation.
Academic Year, Fall or Spring semesters
Fall: Early October to early January
Spring: mid-January to end of May (including language component)
Courses & Credit
Students are required to take a total of 5 courses per semester at 3 UHIS credits apiece.
Students must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average at Wheaton prior to their study abroad at Hebrew University. No previous Hebrew instruction is necessary, as UHIS courses are instructed in English. Students will also be enrolled in a one-month intensive pre-semester Hebrew Language course.
Housing & Board
Students will be housed in apartment-style suites of either single (own bath) or double rooms with shared bathrooms, kitchen, and living space. Linens are provided, and each dorm has access to laundry facilities and a grocery store. Meals are not provided.
Wheaton Tuition and housing
Students are responsible for a $500 study abroad administrative fee, passport and visa fees, supplemental insurance, and personal expenses including meals.
Materials are available in the Center for Global Education.
Contact Mark Hoesly at the Center for Global Education for information and application details on the BGU Program. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education. Additionally, Professor Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus serves as a strong resource for questions and concerns about Israel and Jewish and Hebrew Studies.
Courses of Study
Hebrew and Arabic Language and Culture
Contemporary Israel and Middle East Studies
Religious & Jewish Studies
Business & Economics
Peace & Conflict Studies
Students are briefed with security information prior to each semester, and all campus facilities are kept secure. The University of Haifa is committed to keeping its students and staff safe and secure at all times.