Scholarships and Financial Aid

Presidential Merit Scholarship
MASA Scholarship Program
Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe
University of Haifa Need Based Scholarship
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
American Zionist Movement Helyn B. Reich Scholarship
American Jewish League for Israel
Azrieli Institute for Israeli Studies
Bernice and Gordon Brown Scholarship
Boston Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Danish-Israeli Study Foundation in Memory of Josef and Regine Nachemson
US Federal Financial Aid
Other Financial Aid Resources 


**Please note grant eligibility is for tuition paying students only

Presidential Merit Scholarship (Undergraduate Students ONLY)

This scholarship is made available by the President of the University of Haifa. To be eligible, candidates have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or the equivalent. The transcript submitted with the application for admission to the International School will be used to assess eligibility for merit-based aid. In addition, please submit the following items:

  • Personal Statement:  The Presidential Scholars Program is intended for potential leaders in their respective fields. Please write a one page statement explaining how your study at the University of Haifa will contribute to your role as a future leader in your chosen field.
  • Resume including a list of awards and honors received 

In order to submit an application for the Presidential Merit Scholarship, the student must have applied for admission and been accepted to the International School. You are welcome to submit an application for the Presidential Merit Scholarship at the time you submit your application for admission.

The Presidential Merit Scholarship is only available for students who will study for one semester or full year at the University of Haifa.  Students participating in summer programs are not eligible.

Recipients of Presidential Merit Scholarship from the University of Haifa are required to participate in the Volunteer Program while they are in Haifa.  In addition, they will be expected to serve as ambassadors for the University of Haifa for the year following their return to their home countries.  As ambassadors they will be expected to promote the University of Haifa via participation in Israel program fairs, visits to Hebrew classes and other relevant groups on campuses, and telephone and e-mail contact with potential applicants.

The application deadline for the Presidential Merit Scholarship for the fall semester and full year is April 15; for spring semester only the deadline is November 15.

**Please note grant eligibility is for tuition paying students only

Presidential Merit Scholarship Application

MASA Scholarship Program

The Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with the Israeli government is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity entitled "MASA," which means "Journey" in Hebrew.   The program is designed to provide financial assistance to Jewish students who want to participate in a long-term Israel program (minimum of five months, meaning either fall and spring semester or one semester plus Intensive Ulpan before start of semester).  Jewish students ages 18-30 are eligible for the scholarship. 

All eligible students are guaranteed a scholarship for their long-term program in Israel.  The amount of the scholarship depends on the student's age, country of origin, and financial background.  Please click here to visit the MASA website and to find out exactly how much scholarship you are eligible to receive.

Students can apply for a MASA scholarship by completing the application on the MASA website.  Upon completion of the application, a PDF file of the application will be sent to you via e-mail.  You will need to print the completed application, sign it, and then return the scholarship application to the International School at the University of Haifa.  The International School will then confirm your acceptance to the program and send the application to the Jewish Agency.  In order to qualify for this scholarship, you must have already completed your application to the International School at the University of Haifa and been accepted.  You are welcome to submit your MASA scholarship application to the University of Haifa at the same time as your application for admission.

MASA applications must be received by the MASA office no less than 60 days before the start of the program.  Because applications must first be sent to the International School, students should plan to have their application received in Haifa no later than 70 days before the start of the program.All students who receive a scholarship from MASA are required to study Hebrew and participate in the Volunteer Program as well as social activities

Click here for the complete list of Master's programs eligible for this scholarship.  


Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe

Ulpan Scholarships are now available for European graduate students and early career scholars of Jewish Studies to undertake Hebrew language programmes in Israel during the Summer of 2018. These scholarships have been funded through the generous support of the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe.

In order to be eligible to receive an Ulpan Scholarship from WUJS, applicants must be:

  • EU citizens or citizens of another European non-EU member country (Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Gibraltar, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia)
  • Based at a European University;
  • Either a graduate student or early career scholar (who received their doctoral degree no more than five years ago);
  • Researching a topic within the field of Jewish Studies;
  • Able to demonstrate the relevance of Hebrew language skills to their research interests.

Applicants for Ulpan Scholarships will have to apply BOTH to the educational institution for the study programme as well as to the World Union of Jewish Studies for the grant. Successful candidates will receive the grant on condition that they are accepted to the Ulpan programme. They will be required to participate in the programme and submit a final report to the World Union of Jewish Studies after completion of the programme.

For more information about the scholarship and to apply, please see the following link:


University of Haifa Need-Based Scholarship   

Each year, the University of Haifa awards need-based scholarships to students. All students seeking financial assistance are encouraged to apply. 

In addition to the scholarship application form, students must submit a letter explaining his/her financial situation.

*U.S. Applicants Only:  Copy of your Student Aid Report.  (The Student Aid Report is received after completing the FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  For information about completing the FAFSA please visit Be sure to list the University of Haifa on your FAFSA.  The University of Haifa's Federal School Code is G10456. Please note, even though the FAFSA online system might say it sends a copy to the University of Haifa, it does not actually send copies to foreign schools. As such, please provide a copy in your scholarship application to the University of Haifa.)The FAFSA forms are submitted to us for information only. You do not need to actually apply for Federal Loans.

Your application will be returned to you if any pertinent information is left blank or if you do not submit all requested supporting documentation by the deadline stated in the guidelines.

The Scholarship Committee will not look at a scholarship application unless the applicant has completed his or her application to the International School and has been accepted.

The application deadlines are as follows: 


Study Abroady

Full Year and Fall Semester:                   April 15
Spring Semester:                                    November 15 
Summer Programs:                                 May 15

Master's programs:                                  

April 15


Scholarship Application (Undergraduate Students)

Scholarship Application (Graduate Students) 


Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Cultural and Scientific Relations Division of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships for the University of Haifa's Intensive Summer Ulpan as well as the year overseas program or a research grant. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

      • Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada (Quebec Province), China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.
      • Hold a B.A. or B.Sc. Degree (or higher) and have a good record of academic achievement.
      • Be a citizen of the country where he/she applies for the scholarship and be under the age of 35.

Preference will be given to research students and/or applicants who intend to study Israeli or Jewish-related subjects. Knowledge of the English or Hebrew language is required. Scholarships to the Ulpan include the cost of tuition, living expenses, health insurance, social activities, and housing. Scholarships for year-long studies include the cost of tuition, living expenses, and health insurance. To learn more about the scholarship, and to download an application, please visit the website of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. If you have questions regarding the scholarship, please e-mail:


American Zionist Movement Helyn B. Reich Scholarship

Each year, the American Zionist Movement grants scholarships to a limited number of students who demonstrate past pro-Israel activity and a commitment to future involvement with Israel and the Jewish community. Financial need will also be considered, though more emphasis will be placed on merit.


      1. Applicants must be American and studying at an American college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
      2. Applicants must have been accepted to study in Israel at Ben-Gurion University, University of Haifa, or Tel Aviv University for a minimum of one semester (Preference given to students attending for a full year).
      3. Applicants must be actively engaged with pro-Israel activities on their college campus and/or Jewish community in the United States.

Recipients of the Helyn B. Reich Scholarship will be expected to remain involved with the American Zionist Movement following their return to the United States.  

The scholarship application must be filled out online on the AZM website. The deadline to apply is June 8.


American Jewish League for Israel

The American Jewish League for Israel provides up to $2,000 for an American student to spend the year in Israel attending one of seven universities, including the University of Haifa. Scholarships are based on merit. To learn more about the scholarship, and to download an application, please visit the website of the American Jewish League for Israel.


Azrieli Institute for Israel Studies

Graduate fellowship for Concordia University graduate students in Montreal. Offers awards of $7000. Click here for more information.


Bernice and Gordon Brown Scholarships

This scholarship is open to Montreal residents who have demonstrated academic excellence and community involvement.  Students must study for a full year at the University of Haifa.  Preference will be given to students who have not been to Israel. Candidates must plan to return to Montreal to participate in the Jewish community. Please see their website for more details.


Boston Combined Jewish Philanthropies 

There is a $1000 scholarship (per person) available for Jewish students from the Boston area, either originally from Boston or studying at a Boston area college/university. To apply, contact Matt Lebovic


Danish-Israeli Study Foundation in Memory of Josef and Regine Nachemson

The purpose of the foundation is to grant scholarships to Danish students for studies at universities and other institutions of higher education in Israel, and to Israeli students for studies at universities or other institutions of higher education in Denmark. Application from a Danish citizen with permanent residence in Israel, referring to studies in Israel or in Denmark, cannot be accepted as the object of the Foundation is exchange of Israeli students. Application from an Israeli citizen with permanent residence in Denmark referring to studies in Israel is also excluded. For further information about The Danish-Israeli Study Foundation, please contact:

Director Carsten R. Christensen
Ny Vestergade 17
DK-1471 Copenhagen K
Tel. +45 33127913 Fax +45 33930313

Download English application form here.


U.S. Federal Financial Aid - STUDY ABROAD

The University of Haifa participates in the United States Department of Education Student Financial Assistance Programs. Students who are enrolled at a US institution of higher education can use their US federal financial aid (Pell grants, Stafford loans, PLUS/SLS loans) to help pay for their education at the University of Haifa.  The University of Haifa is not able to provide US federal financial aid directly to students.  Instead, you must continue to receive financial aid from your home university.  Please visit the financial aid office and/or study abroad office at your home university for more information.  Most likely your home university will ask the University of Haifa to sign a consortium agreement.  This agreement allows your home university to continue disbursing financial aid while you study abroad at the University of Haifa.   

Please note that sudents who are not yet enrolled in a university in the U.S. will not be able to access federal financial aid to study in the International School at the University of Haifa.  The University of Haifa's OPE Identification number is 01045600 or G10456.

Graduate Students Who Want to Study a Foreign Language

A grant is being offered by the US Government to Graduate students looking to study a foreign language.

Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education.;

NOTE: Students do not apply directly to the U.S. Department of Education. Students must apply to grantee institutions.

*American students who are studying in a full degree MA Program at the University of Haifa might be eligible for Federal loans. Click here for more information. 


Other Financial Aid Resources

We strongly recommend that students applying to the International School explore the following scholarship opportunities:

Study Abroad Staff


Director, Study Abroad

Ms. Michal Morgenstern Laor



Undergraduate Marketing and Recruitment

Ms. Michal Gottlieb

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Academic Advisor

Dr. Miryam Sivan



Undergraduate Admission

Mr Jason Hochman



Student Affairs Coordinator

Ms. Sivan Shovaly



Finance Director

Ms. Keren Hashimshony








Tobias Schmieke

Academic Year 2015-2016

Maintz University

      Why Haifa? I wanted to experience something else than Europe. I really liked the program and the  ourses were very interesting.  The University is filled with International Students, the city feels more liberal, and everyone can live how they want.

      What do you like to the most About Haifa? The weather is the best thing! 

       You can meet people from the all over world and I have met people from every continent