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University of Haifa, Israel (Exchange)

The Program

Found in 1972, the University of Haifa has become one of Israel’s leading comprehensive research universities. Situated on the top of beautiful Mount Carmel, the University is remarkably diverse, with the students coming from Jewish, Christian, Moslem, Druze and Bedouin communities. Haifa is also one of the most beautiful and modern cities in Europe, but, as one US student, put it “it still maintains a mellow atmosphere.”

The Academics

The University of Haifa offers a rich menu of courses in English through its International School. You can take courses in Hebrew, Arabic, the Middle East, Religion, Communications, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Business, History, and Literature. If you are proficient in Hebrew, you can also take any course offered at the University.

If you are interested in getting some hands-on experiences, the University has an extraordinary internship program. Coordinated by a University faculty member, this program will allow you to work 15 hours per week while earning course credit. In the past students have interned in hospitals, women’s crisis centers, special education schools, on archaeological sites, and in organizations that promote Arab-Jewish relations.

Students may also be interested some of the Honors Programs offered through the University of Haifa’s International School, including those in “Peace and Conflict Studies”and “Psychology.”

For more on the Honors program, please see the International School website.

To begin your stay in Israel, you are also welcome to enroll in a summer Hebrew Ulpan (intensive language training camp) or Intensive Arabic before the start of the semester.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.

General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # UConn Course Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Date of Accreditation
BADM 2893 Foreign Study 702.2131 Management and Organizational Theory 3 6/30/2018
COMM 4993 Foreign Study 2803.3.183.01 Media in War & Crises 3 12/31/2016
COMM 4993 Foreign Study Israeli Media Research: Politics, Culture & Identities 3 12/31/2016
HIST 3993 Foreign Study 702.2120 Contemporary Israel 3 6/30/2018
POLS 3464 Arab-Israel Conflict 702.2126 Arab-Israeli Relations 3 12/31/2018
POLS 3993 Foreign Study 702.2120 Contemporary Israel: History & Society 3 12/31/2018
POLS 3993 Foreign Study 702.2173 Game Theory and International Security 3 12/31/2018
POLS 3993 Foreign Study 702.3131 Israel’s Cleavages: Searching for Common Ground 4 12/31/2018

The Experience

The University of Haifa offers two types of dormitories. The Federman Dormitories are apartments of three double rooms with a shared kitchen, living space, and bathroom. The Talia Dormitories are apartments with six single rooms, each with its own bathroom, and a shared kitchen and living space. Both are located on one end of campus, where there is a computer labs with internet access, laundry rooms, a grocery store, and a pub (lounge). The University endeavors to ensure that there are never more than two foreign students in an apartment, guaranteeing that you will have at least four, if not five, Israeli roommates (the dormitory campus is fully integrated with Israeli students. Individual dorm suites may house both Israeli and/or International students. We will try our utmost to fulfill your accommodation requests).

The University offers a rich extra-curricular program, including social activities, field trips, lectures and excellent athletic facilities, including yoga, Israeli folk dancing classes, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, aerobic and weight machines, a soccer field, and intramural sports.


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Haifa, Israel
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/21/2018 06/01/2018
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities, Jewish Studies, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: Hebrew Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3