Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program

The Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program offers a semester or year in the vibrant and cosmopolitan Mediterranean port of Haifa, Israel. The program combines language study with other coursework at the University of Haifa and excursions in Israel.

There is also an opportunity for students to participate in an internship while studying in Haifa. Placements may vary according to students’ interests, background, and language abilities. Internships have been offered in such fields as medical services, archaeology, education, public relations, social work, conflict resolution, and women’s studies.

Program Curriculum

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.

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.

Program Details

  • 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
Program Dates
  • Fall Semester: early August to early January
    • Spring Semester: mid January to early June
    • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn sixteen to twenty Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a minimum of sixteen credits.
    • Boston University’s Haifa Program is administered by the International School of the University of Haifa. It provides academic and social programs for international students to ease their integration into the university community and to acquaint them with the peoples and cultures of Israel. The program is small, offers a wide variety of courses, and provides tutorials and guidance counseling. While at the University of Haifa, students live with Israeli students in fully equipped dormitory suites in the new Residence Hall Village.
    Application Deadlines
    • Fall Semester: March 15 
    • Spring Semester: October 1 

    Download a description of the Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program.

    Program Faculty & Staff

    The Boston University Haifa Program is administered by staff in both our Boston and Haifa offices. In Boston, a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Haifa. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Haifa, the staff comprises a resident director and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.