Boston University has an ongoing relationship with Haifa University (see below). Students can also, with approval, choose to spend up to one year in foreign study at any Israeli university for Boston University credit.

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.

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).

Faculty and 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.

For more information, see Haifa Israeli & Middle Eastern Studies Program and BU International Programs.

Financial Support

If you are interested in being considered for financial support during your study abroad, please contact Professor Nancy Harrowitz at, or visit our funding opportunities page.