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Academic FAQs

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How many classes will I need to take?
What is the difference between full-time and part-time students?
What is the language of instruction at the International School?
How much Hebrew will I need to know before I apply for a Hebrew Ulpan?
Will I receive credit for the courses I take at the International School?
Will I receive a degree at the end of the program?
If I want to stay for a full year, do I have to start in the fall?
If I study in the Global Law Program will I be able to enroll in other International School courses?
Is it possible to enroll in a course outside the International School at the University of Haifa?
Am I able to appeal a grade I received?
How do I receive a copy of my transcript?

 

 

How many classes will I need to take?

We expect all full-time International School students to enroll in 12-18 credits, or 3-5 classes, per semester. When choosing your courses you should check the number of credits awarded for each of your desired courses, as each course offers a different number of credits. Full-time students in the International School must take a minimum of 12 credits, but students are responsible for fulfilling the requirements of their home university, whether a minimum number of credits, language requirements, or any other academic requisite for studying abroad.

What is the difference between full-time and part-time students?

A full-time student will enroll in 12-18 credits, or 3-5 classes per semester. This student will be eligible to live in the dorms on campus, assuming there is space available. Our Social Activities Coordinators organize a schedule of trips and tours for our full-time students to enjoy during their semester at the International School. Students on our summer programs are considered full-time students for the duration of their studies at the University of Haifa.

A part-time student will enroll in one or two classes per semester. This student will not be eligible to live in the dorms on campus and will need to arrange his or her own housing off campus. Part-time students may not participate in the trips and tours organized by the Social Activities Coordinators.

What is the language of instruction at the International School?

All of our courses are taught in English, with the exception of our Hebrew and Arabic Language courses. While English is used in these language courses, the amount of English that will be used decreases as the student progresses in the course.

How much Hebrew will I need to know before I apply for a Hebrew Ulpan?

We offer the Intensive Hebrew Ulpan (summer and winter) and the Semester Ulpan (fall and spring) at all levels: from absolute beginner through very advanced. All students will take a Hebrew Placement Exam to determine their Hebrew level and will be placed in the appropriate level. If you do not know any Hebrew before you join us, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Hebrew alphabet before you arrive to campus. Otherwise, no further preparation is required.

Will I receive credit for the courses I take at the International School?

The University of Haifa is an accredited university under the auspices of Israel's Ministry of Education and the Israeli Council for Higher Education. The credits you earn while studying in the International School are transferable back to your home university. Keep in mind that it is ultimately the decision of your home university whether or not your credits will be counted towards your degree. Therefore, we advise you to consult with your home university as to whether they will accept the credits you receive from the University of Haifa.

Will I receive a degree at the end of the program?

At the International School at the University of Haifa, we only work with foreign students who want to study for a semester or year and then return to their home university to complete their degree. We do not work with students looking to complete a degree at the University of Haifa. Students who join us for an academic semester or a summer program will receive an official University of Haifa transcript at the completion of their studies. Students who would like to complete a full degree at the University of Haifa should contact the general Admissions Office at +972 04 8240324.

If I want to stay for a full year, do I have to start in the fall?

Students who wish to study for two semesters may start their program of study in the fall or in the spring. Please note, however, that spring semester students who wish to continue to the fall semester must enroll in our summer programs in order to stay in the dorms on campus throughout the summer.

If I study in the Global Law Program will I be able to enroll in other International School courses?

Students in the Global Law Program are able to enroll in International School courses, provided that these courses fit into their schedule. The Global Law Program is quite demanding, and we advise our students against taking on too many courses at the expense of their Global Law studies. Global Law students who wish to study either Hebrew or Arabic language are encouraged to enroll in an Intensive Language program at the International School prior to their semester of study.

Is it possible to enroll in a course outside the International School at the University of Haifa?

Students who are proficient in Hebrew can enroll in courses in other departments at the University of Haifa. Students with or without prior knowledge of Hebrew may enroll in classes in the English Language & Literature Department as well as in the Fine Arts Department (pending art portfolio review by department head). Please be aware, however, that the International School semester may not always coincide with the semester at the general University. Therefore, students who elect to study in courses outside the International School should be prepared to remain on campus long enough to complete their coursework.

Am I able to appeal a grade I received?

 Within two weeks of receiving the final grade for either a midterm, final exam, or final essay, students may appeal their grade using the Multiple Petition Form. The completed form must be submitted to the International School Office.

How do I receive a copy of my transcript?

 In order to receive a copy of your transcript, you must complete the Transcript Request Form and submit it to the International School Office.

 

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