Acceptance Instructions, Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program, Spring 2014
Congratulations on your acceptance to Boston University’s Haifa Israeli and Middle Eastern Studies Program! We are looking forward to your participation. The following contains forms and information that will help prepare you for your experience abroad.
Online General Forms
Please log in to your online application and complete your general pre-departure forms. These ‘general’ forms are common to all students going on one of the BU Study Abroad programs. All forms should be completed within two weeks of your acceptance.
Program-Specific Forms and Instructions
This is a second set of forms and instructions, specific to the Haifa Israeli and Middle Eastern Studies Program.
Below are pre-departure items that each student is required to complete, as well as visa instructions. Please carefully read the instructions on the forms and on the details below as you will be required to submit some materials to the Boston office and some to Haifa. All forms should be returned within two weeks of acceptance. The University of Haifa online application must be completed no later than November 15. Please note that if you wish to apply to any of the University of Haifa’s honor programs, additional recommendations are required.
You should in all cases clear your course selections with your academic advisor prior to arrival in Haifa.
Following the instructions below, all students must complete the online application for the University of Haifa by November 15. Once the online application is complete and you send all requested documents to Haifa, your application will be reviewed by Haifa within about two weeks. Unless applying to an honors program, you do not need to send a faculty recommendation or transcript, as we will send these two items on your behalf. Once accepted by the University of Haifa, you will first receive an email with an official letter to use when applying for your student visa. Remember that your admission to the BU Study Abroad program is pending your acceptance by the University of Haifa.
Form to Fill Out Online
Forms to Download and Send to Boston
Instructions for Completing the University of Haifa Application
To complete the application, go to www.uhaifa.org, and click on the red “Apply Now” button.
Step 1: Instructions
- Disregard the instructions regarding registering recommenders; you are not required to register recommenders.
- Disregard the payment instructions; your application fee will be waived and you will not pay tuition directly to the University of Haifa.
Step 2: Application Form
- Fill in your personal details on the application form.
- Housing note: You should select “single room” for housing. This will ensure that you will be placed in the newer Talia dormitories.
- Part H will ask you if you would like to waive your right of access to your recommendation.You are not required to submit letters of recommendation, so you can simply choose either answer to this question and it will be disregarded.
- Applying to the Honor’s Program in Peace and Conflict Studies, the Honor’s Program in Psychology, and the Internship Program is optional. However, if you decide to apply for one of the Honors Programs, you will need two recommendations from professors in related fields (language professors are not acceptable as professors in related fields).
Step 3: Documents/Essays
- You can upload the same personal statement you submitted to Boston University; you do not need to write a new one.
Step 4: Supplemental Forms
- Of the supplemental forms, you are only required to submit the Terms and Conditions Contract, Photographs, Health Insurance Form, Medical Forms, and Internship Application Form (if applicable).
Step 5: Recommendations
- Do not register recommenders; you are not required to submit letters of recommendation.
Step 6: Application Inspector
- Fill in any missing information as instructed.
Step 7: Payment
- You can select either “Bank Transfer” or “Cash or Check.” REMEMBER: your application fee is waived, so do not send any money to the University of Haifa.
Step 8: Submit Application
- You will receive an automatically generated email from the University of Haifa explaining what comes next… Good luck!
Step 9: Mail Supplemental Materials
- Be sure to mail the Terms and Conditions Contract, Photographs, Health Insurance Form, Medical Forms and Internship Application Form (if applicable) to Haifa as soon as you complete the online application.
Return The Above Materials To Haifa:
Admissions Office, International School
University of Haifa, Haifa, 31905, Israel
Email (for inquiries only): email@example.com (Please DO NOT email any documents to this address.)
**Please make a copy of all forms submitted for your records.
It is required that all students participating in the Haifa Israeli and Middle Eastern Studies Program secure a student visa (A/2) before arriving in Israel. Once the University of Haifa has reviewed and accepted your online application and supplemental forms, you will receive an official acceptance letter as an attachment, which you will need in order to obtain your student visa.
Students should first determine the correct consulate for their state’s jurisdiction by consulting the website for the Embassy of Israel to the United States in Washington, DC. Boston University students can apply at the Boston consulate while on campus or through the appropriate consulate for their home address.
Specific requirements for the Israeli A/2 student visa can be found on the website for the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, under “Visas.” Usually you would need to go in person to the closest consulate to arrange for the visa. Please do not forget to take your official letter with you.
Non-US citizens should confirm with their local Israeli consulate any additional requirements. Students who are Israeli citizens or descendants of Israeli citizens should also contact the consulate as soon as possible as additional passport requirements may apply.
Obtaining a student visa is a privilege, not a right. Boston University can not be held responsible for a student being denied a visa.
All students are now asked to upload a résumé in the online application for the International School, University of Haifa. For students opting to participate in an internship in Haifa, your résumé plays an important part in your internship placement since it helps give the internship coordinator an idea of who you are and what your experience is, and in some cases your internship director may send it out to internship supervisors to make a possible match. If you already have a résumé, please provide an up-to-date copy. If you do not have a résumé, you should follow these guidelines:
- Your name at the top
- Leave objective out
- Your present university and its location, relevant coursework to your particular program, and grade point average. (Do not include your high school education. If you have attended more than one university, list them in reverse chronological order.)
- Work experience, paid or voluntary, whether relevant or not, dating from the present and working back
- Extracurricular activities
- Interests (optional)
Please keep your résumé to one page unless it is absolutely necessary to have two pages. There is no need to put “references available on request” at the bottom because no one in Haifa will call your references. Proofread your résumé very carefully. Nothing looks worse than a résumé containing misspelled words.
Program Dates & Cost
Pre-departure Meeting Date
There is a mandatory, program-specific pre-departure meeting for all Boston University students enrolled in an off-campus program. The pre-departure meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 9, 2013 from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM at the BU Study Abroad Office, 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor.
The Spring 2014 Haifa program will run from January 19 (if enrolled in a pre-semester language program) to June 1, 2014. We have included a tentative calendar below, and will notify you of any changes. (See calendar for variations according to pre-semester options and course selection.)
Tentative Academic Calendar
If participating in the Hebrew Ulpan*:
- Saturday, January 18, 2014 – Depart U.S.
- Sunday, January 19 — Arrive in Israel, Check in between 8am and 8pm
- Monday, January 20— Intensive Hebrew Ulpan Begins
- Thursday, February 13 — Hebrew Ulpan Ends
*Students may opt to (and are encouraged to) enroll in the four-credit, pre-semester intensive language program, which is included in the program fee. Students who complete the language program will have housing in Haifa from January 19 through June 1. Please note that there is no reimbursement granted if students opt to not participate in the pre-semester program.
International School Semester**
- Sunday, February 16 – Students who do not participate in the pre-semester language program must check in between 8am and 8pm
- Monday, February 17 - Semester Begins at International School
- Tuesday, February 18 - International School Opening Event
- Tuesday, February 25 - Courses at the Regular University Begin**
- Sunday, March 16 – Purim Vacation
- Thursday, April 10 – Saturday, April 26 – Passover Vacation
- Monday, May 5 – Tuesday, May 6 – Yom Ha’Atzmaut Vacation
- Thursday, May 29 – Semester Ends for International School
- Sunday, June 1- Departure from Israel (International School students**)
**If students wish to take courses in Hebrew at the regular university, the schedule differs significantly. Please contact the Program Manager, Mary Ogburn, for details.
The Haifa Israeli and Middle Eastern Studies program fee for Spring 2014 is $26,450. Cost includes tuition, housing, airfare from designated U.S. cities, field trips, international health insurance, and emergency travel assistance coverage. Download an estimated program budget, including cost of living expenses. The total cost of the program will be charged to your Boston University student account, which must be settled by the deadline established by Boston University’s Office of Student Accounting Services.