Arabic Language, Culture & Civilization أللغة العربية, الثقافة والحضارة

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The University of Haifa's International School is renowned for its intensive language study programs in Arabic. In light of global trends and the increased interest of students to have access to more in-depth curricula, we are pleased to offer a new program in Arabic Culture and Civilization that will enable the serious student to experience an integrated and expanded approach to the Arab world.

 Modern Standard Arabicالعربية الفصحى

Students interested in learning Modern Standard Arabic are welcome to enroll in the semester course of the International School. During the academic semesters (October – January and February – June), Modern Standard Arabic classes meet three days per week for two hours each morning. Instruction is offered at the beginning through advanced levels. Admission is conditional upon completing an online placement test to make sure the appropriate level is offered. 

As the Modern Standard Arabic classes are relatively small, each student receives a great deal of personal attention and has many opportunities to interact with fellow students and with the instructor. As an integral part of their language studies, all classes have a  weekly two hour conversational Arabic component. Credits: Six

 Summer Intensive MSA Language Courseالعربية الفصحى

In August, four-week sessions are offered as an intensive summer language program. Students will go on weekly field trips to visit locations of interest in Arab communities in the northern parts of Israel. An afternoon homework club is offered for students who wish to receive extra help with their studies from local students. Credits: Five

Arabic Culture & Civilization أللغة العربية, الثقافةوالحضارة

A concentration of 3-credit courses is now being offered to provide the student with expanded knowledge of Arab culture to complement the Arabic language courses. Please check our website for details and syllabi.

Arabic Immersion Experience

In order to provide a more comprehensive immersion experience in both Arabic language and culture, students have the opportunity to request to live with Arab students in the on-campus dormitories. Additionally, internships in the Arab community, either in Haifa or in one of the Druze villages next to campus, can be arranged. Student interns experience the Arab society from the inside and can gain important insights by actually being part of grass-roots political, educational, feminist and/or cultural organizations.


The Intensive Arabic Course is open to all students above the age of 18 with a high school diploma, as well as adult learners. Please click here for application process and deadlines.

Placement Exam

Click here to download the Prior Knowledge Questionnaire & Placement exam.


Global Law Program

In cooperation with the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa, current law students are invited to study through the International School in the unique Global Law Program.  

The Global Law Program brings together students from around the world for intense study of numerous aspects of law both internationally and in the context of Israel and the Middle East.  International students study alongside Israeli students in law courses taught by visiting faculty from around the world as well as professors from the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa.  The program will take place every spring semester, though a few courses may be taught during the fall semester as well.

The semester will consist of at least six law courses. Each course will be taught intensively for a period of two to three weeks, meeting for several hours daily during this time.  In addition, University of Haifa faculty may teach courses for the duration of the full semester. All the courses are taught in English.

In addition, students are encouraged and recommended to take additional courses offered through the International School, assuming the additional courses fit into the student's schedule.

Please find the available courses for the 2018-2019 Academic Year, here.

Co-Curricular Activities
To complement the academic experience, students are encouraged to participate in a full range of social activities, including trips, tours, celebrations, and lectures, as well as our volunteer program.  Due to the unique schedule of the Global Law Program, students may not be able to participate in all activities offered.

The Global Law Program is open to students who are currently studying law at their home universities.  American applicants must be graduate students studying law.  European applicants and students from other countries where law is taught as an undergraduate degree can apply as undergraduates. 

The Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa is a member of the Erasmus Mundus Program in Law and Economics. The University of Haifa is a third semester university in this program.

The course list for the Global Law Program is posted on the Faculty of Law's website here.


Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies

Peace and ConflictThe Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies is an interdisciplinary program which focuses on cultural, economic, educational, historical, political, psychological, religious, and social aspects of conflict resolution and peace efforts. The program brings together international students in order to use Israel as a laboratory for examining issues relating to regional and geo-political conflicts, and the pursuit of peace.

Required Curriculum


Fall Semester Honors Seminar


Spring Semester Honors Seminar


ElectivesStudents are required to take one elective course in a related field


Guest Lecturers: As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to hear guest lecturers who will present controversial topics, as well as participate in field trips to specific locations that will provide students with additional insight into actual situations here in Israel.                                                                                                                                                        

Optional Courses 

Students can choose an Internship that relates to peace and conflict management.


Language Study Students have the option to take either Hebrew or Arabic during the semester. 


Admissions and Eligibility.


Admission to the Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies is selective and is open to undergraduate students who are currently studying in Departments of Peace and Conflict Studies or related programs at their home universities, as well as students of Political Science, International Relations, Middle East Studies and Law.

To be admitted to the program, students must have a 3.2 grade point average or the equivalent, and must have taken courses in peace and conflict studies and related fields beyond the introductory level. Students are welcome to participate for a semester or a full academic year.


Video from Peace and Conflict Student

Psychology Track


Psychology Courses

Two elective psychology courses are offered each semester, as listed in our course catalog. Students in the International School are able to take part in these courses without applying for the Psychology Track.

Only those students who are majoring in psychology, and wish to do the Mentored Independent Research, need to apply to the Psychology Track. They must have a 3.2 grade point average or the equivalent, and need to have taken psychology courses beyond the introductory level.

Mentored Independent Research Project (Fall and Spring)

Issues in Political Psychology (Fall)

Psychological Thinking in 21st Century Sexuality and Relationships (Fall)

Refugee's Mental Health: Global and Local Perspectives (Spring)

The Social Brain: Exploring the Brain Mechanisms Behind Social Interactions & Behavior (Spring)


Mentored Research in a Psychological Science Laboratory

The unique and intensive experiential learning doing research in one our psychological science laboratories, provides students with an exceptional opportunity rarely accessible in the context of study abroad programs. Students are matched, based on their interests, with a faculty mentor, and then conduct supervised research in her/his laboratory. In the context of this mentored independent research, students are typically integrated into an existing research project, or, together with their Faculty Advisor, develop a novel independent project. In addition to completing the mandatory hours (10 hours per week = 3 credits), students are required to write a final paper summarizing their work


Mentored Research Topics

Mentored Research Project Topics


**Please Note**: Students cannot do both mentored research and a semester internship. They must choose one or the other.

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