Imagine beginning each day by saying "Boker Tov" to Israeli roommates. Imagine studying in courses that use the country you are living in as a learning tool. Imagine working hard to learn Hebrew, while also picking up a few words of Arabic, Russian, Amharic, French, Spanish, and all the other languages you'll hear on campus. Imagine walking out the door of your dorm room and into the Carmel National Forest, Israel's largest park. Imagine watching the sunrise over the hills of the Galilee and the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea. All of these scenarios can be realities if you spend a summer, semester, or year in the International School at the University of Haifa.
Being the only liberal arts university in the north of Israel, the University of Haifa attracts students from cities, towns, and villages from the surrounding areas, as well as students from other areas who want the opportunity to experience Haifa. The university is a world class research institution with internationally recognized faculties in the humanities, the social and natural sciences, law, education, social welfare, and health studies. It has a diverse student body, with a mixture of Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Druze, a combination of new immigrants with native Israelis, a blend of secular and religious. Over 16,000 students study at the University of Haifa, and over 400 foreign students study in the programs of the International School each year.
Haifa is Israel's foremost port city for international commerce and the center of Israeli high tech industries. Two of the most distinguishing features of this dynamic city are its physical beauty and its cosmopolitan population of 400,000 Jews, Christians, Moslems, Druze, and Bahá'ís living in harmony. Haifa provides a wonderful environment for almost any kind of recreational and cultural activity. Numerous cinemas, restaurants, cafes, and discos provide entertainment until the early hours of the morning, while Haifa's beaches and the Carmel National Forest provide recreation throughout the day.
The International School at the University of Haifa welcomes international students to study at the university on a non-degree basis for a summer, semester, or full academic year. The University of Haifa is recognized internationally as an approved study abroad site, and academic credits earned are transferable back to home institutions to be applied towards completion of a degree. All of the courses in the International School are taught in English and are fully accredited. Students who are proficient in Hebrew are welcome to take courses in all other departments of the university. Students are expected to take between three to five courses a semester. In addition, students in the program are welcome to enroll in specialty programs: Honors Programs in Psychology, Peace & Conflict Studies, Jewish Culture and Civilization, and an Internship Program.
Students are welcome and encouraged to live in the dormitories on campus. There are two dormitory complexes that are open to Overseas students. The Federman Dorms are apartments of three double rooms and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space. The Talia Dorms are apartments of six single rooms, each room with its own bathroom, and a shared kitchen and living space. Students can choose which set of dormitories they would prefer, though the Talia Dormitories are open only to students who have had at least a year of university study.
About 1,200 students live in the dorms at the University of Haifa, including students of all social, economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. All apartments in the dorms are single-sex. Students are 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 foreign roommates.
Located in the dormitories complex are computer labs, a grocery store, and self-service laundry rooms. In addition, there is a "moadon" or "club" which includes a large-screen television and a snack bar, and often hosts parties, classes, lectures, and other activities.