Program Overview

This program is currently on hold and not accepting new applicants due to conflict in the region.

The World Endeavors Study in Israel program takes place at the University of Haifa. Israel is known for its rigorous academic institutions, and the University of Haifa is no exception. As the largest comprehensive research university in northern Israel, the University of Haifa is committed to academic excellence and social responsibility. International students at the University of Haifa have the opportunity to take courses alongside Israeli students in subjects specific to Israel’s culture and history as well as courses relevant to a variety of majors. Internship and volunteer opportunities are also made available to participants, allowing students to truly experience Israel first-hand through community engagement. The city of Haifa itself is the perfect destination to gain an understanding of Israel’s unique culture that harmoniously merges histories and religions. As one of the safest cities in the region, Haifa offers students opportunities to explore the cities religious and historic sites, all while providing beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Looking for courses taught in English but in a truly unique location? The program at the University of Haifa is a great fit for students in a variety of academic disciplines, but who are also looking to learn a bit of Israel’s unique and history past. Participants can choose from courses in common subjects such as Communications, Psychology, and Economics but also explore courses such as Hebrew and Peace & Conflict Resolution.

REQUIREMENTS

  • The University of Haifa International School’s admissions criteria require study abroad students to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  • No previous Hebrew or Arabic language experience needed
  • Admissions requirements for all programs

Location

Located between a wide bay on the Mediterranean Sea and the peak of Mount Carmel, the sloping city of Haifa contains an intriguing mix of churches and mosques, historical and modern districts, and mountain and sea. As the third largest city of Israel, this vibrant port city attracts tourists and business from around the world. Students can enjoy the wide array of cultural events hosted here, including the annual Haifa International Film Festival, a portside Jazz and Blues festival, the New Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of museums. On foot, by subway, or via cable car, students will never tire of the stunning facets Haifa and the surrounding sites of Israel offer to explore.

Housing

International students at the University of Haifa live in spacious apartments on campus. Participants receive their own bedroom with an en suite bathroom and access to shared kitchen, living space, and self-service laundry facilities. The apartment bedrooms are furnished with a bed, desk, linens, and closet space. Campus dorms house both Israeli and international students, allowing World Endeavors participants to integrate with Israeli culture and build relationships with local students.

Life in Haifa

Studying abroad in Haifa, Israel, offers an enriching experience at the crossroads of history, culture, and innovation. Haifa boasts a diverse and thriving economy, particularly in the fields of technology, research, and healthcare. As a major port city, Haifa serves as a crucial gateway for international trade, providing students with insights into global commerce and business opportunities.

The city’s vibrant cultural scene is shaped by its diverse population, where students can engage with various traditions, religious practices, and culinary delights. Exploring the historic Bahá’í Gardens, immersing in local art galleries, and attending festivals highlight Haifa’s cultural richness. Additionally, the city’s efficient public transportation system enables easy exploration of its landmarks, like the ancient port of Caesarea or the bustling markets of Akko, contributing to a truly memorable study abroad experience.

Support whilst in Israel

World Endeavors study abroad programs offer full support, starting with airport pickup and accommodation transfer upon arrival followed by an on-site orientation covering health, safety, and local tips. Emergency support from your in-country coordinator, 24/7 travel medical insurance, and continuous contact with your advisor for additional assistance throughout the program helps you feel secure and supported. Whatever challenges life throws your way, we’ve got you covered!

Academic

After successful completion of the program, academic credit and transcripts will be issued by the University of Haifa. The University of Haifa is a fully-accredited, state recognized Israeli institution of higher learning.

The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.

Eligibility

Students applying to this program should:

  • Be currently enrolled in a university or college and have completed at least 2 semesters of study
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or equivalent
  • Be fluent in English

Course Load

International students must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester, though, typically, course load is 15-16 credits. Courses are typically 3 to 4 credits each.

What's Included/ Costs

INCLUDED

  • Dedicated Program Advisor who is accessible and experienced
  • Tuition: 12-18 credits per semester (up to 5 courses)
  • Academic transcript from University of Haifa
  • Pre and post arrival orientation; re-entry guidance
  • Student services and learning support
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Airport reception and welcome
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Travel visa guidance and support
  • Advice on how to get a local phone number

NOT INCLUDED

  • Round-trip transportation to Haifa
  • Meals
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses
  • Refundable housing security deposit
Study in Israel (University of Haifa)
Cost: $12,170

Dates & Deadlines

As a result of the current conflict in the region, we will not be running programs within Israel at this time. Please contact an advisor if you would like to be contacted when these programs reopen. You can check out our program finder and continue your study abroad search beyond Israel.

Summer Program Descriptions

INNOVATION ACADEMIC COURSE:

In this two-week program, students will learn about Israeli innovation, hear lectures from world-renowned Israeli professors, and study Israeli startup culture. In addition, the students will have opportunities to give roadshow presentations, share their startup ideas, and receive the mentorship of highly successful entrepreneur Dr. Kobi Inbar.

INTENSIVE HEBREW COURSE:

The two-week Intensive Hebrew Summer Ulpan at the University of Haifa immerses students in Hebrew and Israeli culture. Difficulty levels range from beginner to advanced and instruction accommodates all skill levels. Two sessions are offered for the months of July and August and students may enroll in one or both. Classes run from Sunday to Thursday for five hours a day, with the possibility of one or two Friday morning classes.

INTENSIVE SPOKEN ARABIC COURSE FOR BEGINNERS:

The University of Haifa’s Summer Spoken Arabic Intensive is a two-week immersion program for students interested in learning spoken Arabic. A heavy emphasis is placed on Arab culture as well, with conversations with native Arabic speakers, Arabic music, and trips to Arab cultural centers in Israel such as Druze villages in the Golan Heights, the Old City of Acre, and Jerusalem. Classes will meet four days a week for five hours.

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.

YOUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports

ACADEMIC CREDIT

  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN ISRAEL

In your spare time in Israel, there are numerous activities and experiences to enjoy. Here are some suggestions:

  • Explore Historic Sites: Visit iconic sites like the Western Wall and the Old City of Jerusalem, the ancient port city of Jaffa, and the archaeological ruins of Masada.
  • Visit Vibrant Markets: Explore bustling markets like Machane Yehuda in Jerusalem and Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, sampling local foods, spices, and handicrafts.
  • Experience the Dead Sea: Float in the unique waters of the Dead Sea and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of its mineral-rich mud.
  • Sample Israeli Cuisine: Indulge in a variety of dishes like falafel, hummus, shawarma, and freshly baked pita bread.

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Israel FAQs

When was Israel founded?

Israel was officially founded on May 14, 1948, when David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, declared the establishment of the state of Israel, marking the end of British rule in the region and the culmination of efforts to establish a Jewish homeland.

Is Israel safe?

Israel can be safe for travelers, but its complex security requires vigilance. Follow local guidance, stay informed through reliable sources, and heed travel advisories.

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