Haifa is the technology hub of northern Israel and a picturesque mix of people and cultures. Students in the Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program spend a semester or year at the University of Haifa, considered one of the most pluralistic institutions of higher learning in the country. The program combines language study with other coursework and excursions in Israel. There are also internship opportunities; past placements have included such fields as medical services, archaeology, education, public relations, social work, conflict resolution, and women’s studies.

  • All students must enroll according to, and remain in compliance with, the Boston University Study Abroad Course Load Policy.
  • The University of Haifa International School’s admissions criteria require study abroad students to have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0Students with a GPA below a 3.0 may be considered on a case-by-case basis and should contact BU Study Abroad before applying.
  • No previous Hebrew or Arabic language experience needed
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Pre-Semester Option

So that students can get the most out of their time in Israel, Boston University and the University of Haifa can often offer students opportunities to live in Israel and gain credit before the regular semester begins at no additional cost. These opportunities vary from semester to semester, but may include a study tour, intensive beginning Arabic language program, or an Ulpan (intensive Hebrew language program). Contact us for more information on these pre-semester options.

Required Courses

Students enroll in the University of Haifa's International School. Generally, each student takes four courses (ranging from three to six credit-hours each) during the regular semester: a course in Hebrew or Arabic language, a course related to the culture or history of Israel and the Middle East, and courses in the student's area of interest in the general liberal arts curriculum.

Subject areas include:

  • Communications
  • Education
  • Hebrew and Arabic Language
  • History
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Middle East Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

Students may also enroll in the Department of English Language & Literature, and art majors may enroll in the Department of Fine Arts. Students with sufficient Hebrew skills are encouraged to enroll directly in the regular courses offered at the University of Haifa.

Course offerings are subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule with descriptions, visit the University of Haifa International School website.

The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus

University Dormitory

  • Students have single rooms with their own bathroom and share a kitchen and common space with 5 other Israeli and international students. The rooms are fully furnished with a bed, desk, chair, bookshelf, and closet, and students are provided with bedding (pillow, pillowcase, two sheets, 1 blanket). There is a 24-hour security guard, and one room in each suite has a “secure” room with a heavy steel door and walls 
  • Haifa is on the top of Mount Carmel with a sweeping view over the Mediterranean. It is adjacent to a national park in which students can run, and they can take an hour-long hike downhill to the “student beach.”
  • Students share a kitchen with Israeli and international students who are usually very happy to share their supplies.
  • Board is not included
  • The campus has a cafeteria, smaller eateries, and a weekly market
  • Laundry room in the building
  • Students can purchase a membership to the gym on campus, which is equipped with aerobic machines and weights. There is a library, a museum, and a student center with a bar and room for activities.
  • Fall Semester: early August to early January
    • Pre-semester Option: early August to early January
  • Spring Semester: mid January to early June
    • Pre-semester Option: mid-January to early June
  • Fall Semester: March 15
  • Spring Semester: October 1