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Israel, Haifa: University of Haifa – International School
Haifa, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: Elon applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility:
1-Sophomore and Above
Minimum GPA:
Language Prerequisite:
Language(s) of Instruction:
English and local language, Hebrew
Course Prerequisite(s):
Housing Options:
Internship Option:
Volunteer/Service Opportunities:
Max Credits To Receive/Transfer:
Program Capacity:
Program Advisor/Manager:
Shanna Van Beek
Program Description:

About the Location

Located on the Mediterranean coast in northern Israel and spread around Haifa Bay and the slopes of Mt. Carmel, Haifa is home to more than 265,000 people.  It is Israel's foremost port city for international commerce and the center of Israeli high tech industries.  Haifa is known as a city of coexistence where Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze, and Bahá'ís live in harmony.  The Bahá'í World Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The city offers many options for cultural and social outings as well as the natural beauty of its beaches and Carmel National Park.

NOTE: A Travel Warning is in effect for Israel.  Elon has assessed the safety of the program and will allow students to participate.  See conditions below under Applications.


University of Haifa is a world-class research university and enrolls more than 16,000 students.  The International School welcomes more than 700 students from around the world who come to study Arabic, Hebrew, and a variety of other disciplines.  Students take language courses in Arabic or Hebrew and select additional courses in a variety of other disciplines  taught in English.  Students can enroll in courses in the Department of English.  Students who are proficient in Hebrew can enroll in all courses taught in various other departments at the university, provided they meet the prerequisites of each course.

Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.

Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available through the GEC website (Elon password required).

To see course listings for this semester program, click here.

General Program Date

Fall program – early October to early January

Spring semester – mid-February to early June

Students can choose to arrive early and participate in optional study tours and intensive Arabic or Hebrew courses at an additional cost.


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:

Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

MASA Israel Journey

Helyn B. Reich Scholarship

University Scholarship Fund of the American Jewish League for Israel

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.


About 1,200 students live in the dorms at the University of Haifa, including students of all social, economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds.  In most cases you will be placed in an apartment with no more than one other international student and the rest of your roommates will be Israeli.  Students usually live in the Federman Dorms, modest apartments with three double rooms and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space.  Students can also choose to live in the Talia Dorms for a supplemental cost. These are spacious apartments with six single rooms, each room with its own bathroom, and a shared kitchen and living space.  All apartments in the dorms are single-sex.  In your room you will be provided a bed, desk, closet, and shelves, as well as sheets, a blanket, and a pillow.  The kitchen comes equipped with a refrigerator and two stove-top burners.  While dishes, utensils, and other appliances are not provided, most Israeli roommates are happy to share their kitchen supplies with their roommates.  Computer labs, a grocery store, and self-service laundry rooms are located in the dormitories complex.  In addition, there is a "moadon" or "club" with a large-screen television which often hosts parties, workshops, lectures, and other activities.


Students must complete online the Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by The University of Haifa.

All applicants for this program are required to review the US Department of State Travel Warning for Israel and sign a Travel Warning Acknowledgment.


A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

Click here for the semester programs pre-departure orientation schedule.

Additional Links and Information

Like the Global Eduacation Center Facebook page.  You can connect with other prospective students and chat with alumni about the program!

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Israeli Embassy in DC

US Embassy in Tel Aviv

US Consulate in Haifa


Unique Aspect
It was very unique to be in a city of Israel of which is primarily secular. Since Israel is typically mostly Jewish, it made this part of the experience different than those I have had here in the past. It allowed me to truly separate the differences between my family trips or youth group trips to Israel, and study abroad.
     — Emily Cable, Spring 2012
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02/19/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2015-2016 02/19/2015
02/19/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/17/2015
Rolling Admission 02/21/2016 06/02/2016
NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis within two weeks of submission.

The start dates and end dates listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Please view the Semester Deadlines page for more information.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.