University of Haifa
Haifa, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Haifa, in the north of the country, is the third-largest city in Israel. It is a busy port city that sits high on Mount Carmel. The Carmelites, a Catholic religious order, were founded here in the twelfth century. Today, Haifa brings together hi-tech commerce and the arts; the city is a center for cinema, theater, and concerts of all kinds. It also has a cosmopolitan mix of inhabitants, including a high proportion of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. And for a unique experience visit the Baha’I World Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the slopes of Mount Carmel.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Haifa website.
In addition to the regular International Program courses, the University of Haifa also offers specialized study tracks in Honors Peace and Conflict Studies, Arabic Language and Civilization, Honors Psychology, Global Law, and Business.
Haifa does not require that students study Hebrew or Arabic while at the university, however we certainly encourage it. Students have the option of participating in the summer or winter Ulpan, before the start of the semester. Students can also study Hebrew and Arabic during the semester. More information about Hebrew language study can be found on the Haifa University Language web pages for Hebrew and Arabic.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to the University of Haifa and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 12 credits each semester. Students usually end up taking 15-16 credits per term. The credit translation system between the University of Haifa and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at the University of Haifa will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early October – Mid-January
Optional Ulpan begins in August
Spring Semester: Late January – Late May
Optional Ulpan begins in late January
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the University of Haifa web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
The University of Haifa places visiting students in university residence halls. There are two dormitory complexes: Federman Dorms contain apartments of three double rooms and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space. Talia Dorms contain apartments of six single rooms, each room with its own bathroom, and a shared kitchen and living space.
In most cases students will be placed in an apartment with no more than one other international student, and the rest of your roommates will be Israeli. All apartments in the dorms are single-sex. In your room you will be provided with 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 international roommates. There is no meal plan at the university so you will need to cook for yourself. Your particular placement is made entirely at the discretion of the University of Haifa.
Computer labs, a grocery store, and self-service laundry rooms are all located within the dormitories complex. 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.
For more information about accommodations, please visit the University of Haifa web page.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the University of Haifa Expenses Worksheet:
Haifa Fall 2014 Expenses Worksheet
Haifa AY 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Rutgers Study in Israel Scholarships- A limited number of scholarships are available to all Rutgers students through the Jewish Studies department. For more information please visit the Jewish Studies Department website.
MASA Grant- Available to all Jewish undergraduate students participating in a MASA-affiliated program. For more information please visit the MASA website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.