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Israel: University of Haifa
Haifa, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
Budget Estimates Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/01/2018 04/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
3.0
Class Standing:
Junior, Senior
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: None
Areas of Study: Arabic, Art, Art (Studio), Communications, Comparative Literature, Economics, Hebrew, History, International Relations, International Security/Conflict, International/Global Studies, Jewish Studies, Liberal Studies, Literature, Middle East Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology Special Notes: GPA cannot be waived.
Program Description:

ISRAEL: UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA


APPLICATION DEADLINES

Academic Year Applications
February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline 
April 1: Late Applicant Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline. If spaces are available, student may submit applications for the later deadlines, but may need to be flexible regarding their program options, available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

Eligibility Requirements
Minimum 3.0 GPA; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than fall term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by spring term of the program start date.

Course Prerequisites
One college-level course with a focus on contemporary Middle Eastern studies (history, politics, geography, religion, humanities, etc.) is recommended.

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

Cost
Students pay the same tuition for Israel: University of Haifa as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program. The traditional Israeli academic cycle begins in February and ends in November. 

Academic Year: July to November & February to June.
 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The University of Haifa, established in 1972, has a diverse student population of over 18,000. CSU IP students study at the International School which is an interdisciplinary department within the University of Haifa. The International School offers courses in English in subject areas such history, Jewish studies, literature, Middle Eastern studies, peace and conflict studies, political science and psychology. In addition to the courses taught in English, students with sufficient Hebrew language skills can also take courses in other departments of the university.

View of the University of HaifaThe university offers Hebrew and Arabic language courses, and CSU students must take at least one Hebrew or Arabic language course each semester. Instruction is offered at all levels to accommodate students from beginner to advanced language levels. Students take a placement exam upon arrival to determine their level.

For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.


LOCATION

Haifa is the largest city in Northern Israel and the third largest city in the country. The city serves as a major seaport located on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa. Haifa is Israel’s largest high tech center with companies such as Google, Intel, Cisco and Qualcomm, and IBM has its headquarters on the University of Haifa campus. The University of Haifa campus spreads along the Carmel Mountain ridge and is surrounded by the Carmel National Park. Haifa is located 56 miles north of Tel Aviv, which can be easily reached in about 50 minutes by train.


HOUSING

Housing is arranged prior to arrival in Israel by the University of Haifa. All students live in on-campus dormitories. Each dormitory apartment houses six students in either double or single bedrooms, with a shared kitchen and living space. Israeli and international students live in the dorms, allowing CSU students the opportunity to meet local students and have a more complete Israeli experience.


INTERNSHIP

In the second semester, students have the option of taking an internship course which features directed work-study experiences related to the student’s academic or vocational interests. The internship course is coordinated by an International School faculty member and supervised by on-site personnel who have academic or professional credentials. Most internships involve 10-15 hours of work per week at the internship site, and are worth three or four academic credits.