This program is offered through the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) at the University of Haifa. The Haifa program is ideal for students interested in living and studying in a country at the nexus of world history and current events; you can enroll for a semester or full year. The University of Haifa is the most pluralistic institution of higher education in Israel, committed to an atmosphere of coexistence, tolerance, and mutual respect, and offering first-rate academic courses, immersion with the local population, and a rich selection of social and cultural activities. Both Hebrew and Arabic language study are available at all levels of proficiency, as well as coursework in English in a variety of disciplines, including Communications, Contemporary Israeli and Middle East Studies, Economics and Management, History, Literature, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology.
USAC, working in collaboration with the University of Haifa, will help you arrange a program of study to best suit your needs. Fields of study and a sample selection of courses available in English and believed to be of most interest to USAC students are included. University of Haifa offers courses too numerous to list completely here; by no means are students limited to this listing. Additionally, all courses in the Department of English Literature and Language are taught in English and available to all international students. This list of courses is subject to minor changes; course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment. Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Prerequisites for all courses will be verified during course registration.
Full-time undergraduate students in the International School must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester to be regarded as a full time student. Each credit represents one academic hour (45 minutes) of classroom instruction however the normal course load per semester for international students is between 15-16 credits. All of the semester and year abroad program courses in the International School are upper level undergraduate courses, even if they occasionally contain introductory subjects. They usually require a research paper and a mid-term or final exam.
Students already fluent in Hebrew are also welcome to attend courses from the general course catalog, provided they meet the prerequisites for the course. The International School has an agreement with the University that any student in the department who enrolls in a course taught in Hebrew can write the required papers and exams in English.
The Haifa program is administered in the US by the USAC Central Office and in Haifa by Professor Hanan Alexander and the staff of the University of Haifa International School, who are responsible for the overall operations of the program abroad: securing appropriate student housing, organizing exciting field trips, and overseeing your general well-being. They will arrange your housing, assist you with registration, and provide the mandatory on-site orientation.