Academic Information - University of Haifa International School

Academic Information



Semester Courses:

Before the start of the semester, students will submit their preliminary course registration using an online registration form. This will be sent to students by email as their semester of study approaches. The first week of the semester is a "shopping period." During this period students may attend as many courses as they wish, not only those that appear on the pre-registration form. After one full week of study, students will fill out and submit their Final Registration Form. After this, students may not add or drop courses, they may not change a course's status from for credit to Audit , or from seminar to elective. 

Our staff will be available to help students plan their course schedule. During orientation and throughout the shopping period, students will be able to make appointments for academic advising with Dr. Miryam Sivan, the academic advisor.

Students who are proficient in Hebrew may also register for courses in other departments of the University of Haifa. The Study Abroad staff will assist in registration for these courses. Students who select courses in other departments should note that the semester schedule of the University begins and ends later than the Study Abroad calendar. If you intend to take courses offered through other departments, you must be available to stay on campus for the duration of the course and possibly into the exam period.

Students who wish to take courses in other University departments, have one week of studies in the regular university to make a final decision about whether to register or not for a particular course. This week is usually one or two weeks later than the Study Abroad semester's start. After that there is adding or dropping of them either, nor a change of status from for credit to Audit, or from seminar to elective.

Short Intensive Courses:

Registration for intensive courses (intensive language courses and/or Study Tour) will take place on the first day of the course. Because of the short length of these programs, registration is closed after the third day and no changes can be made to a student's course schedule after that time.


Course Load and Information:

The normal course load for a student studying in the Study Abroad Program of the International School for the fall or spring semester is 15 credits per semester, though 12 credits is the minimum and 18 credits is the maximum. Students who drop below the 12 credit minimum will lose access to campus facilities such as the dormitories and libraries and scholarships may be revoked.

All of the courses in the Study Abroad Program of the International School (with the exception of elementary language courses) are upper level undergraduate courses even if they contain introductory subjects. They require a research paper or mid-term examination and a final examination. Students are permitted to audit courses, but audited courses will not count towards the required minimum of credits that students must take.

Syllabi for all courses in the Study Abroad Program of the International School are published on our website. Students should consult with an academic advisor at their home university prior to coming to the University of Haifa to ensure that the courses they intend to select satisfy their particular degree requirements. Students are encouraged to seek approval from their home university for more courses then they will actually take while in Haifa, so that they have some flexibility when they need to submit their final course registration. The Study Abroad Program of the International School will assist all students who may have any questions about the suitability of their courses.


Grading System:

The following is the grading system in the International School at the University of Haifa:

A+ = 97-100
A = 93-96
A- = 90-92
B+ = 87-89
B = 83-86
B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79
C = 73-76
C- = 70-72
D+ = 67-69
D = 63-66
D- = 60-62
F = Below 60

There is no pass/fail option in the International School

Credit Equivalence

1 Study Abroad Credit = 1 American University Credit                                

1 Study Abroad Credit = 1.5 ECTS

Withdrawal from a Course:

You may withdraw from a course within the first week of the fall or spring semester or within the first three days of summer or intensive course, and the course will be erased from your registration and transcript. After final registration, no withdrawals are permitted, and all registered courses will appear on your transcript.

Incomplete Coursework, Late Submissions, Finals:

Students who have not completed all required assignments by the end of the designated grading period following the end of the semester, will receive a number grade which reflects the course work done up until that point. The grade of "Incomplete" is not given in the Study Abroad program of the International School. Late assignments will only be accepted with advance permission from the instructor and may result in a lower grade.

Students are not permitted to leave the program before the end of the semester/course.
Final exams are given during the last week of the semester. Final exams in all language courses (Hebrew and Arabic) take place on the very last day of the semester.  Exams will not be given on any other day. Please keep this in mind when booking plane tickets.

Final papers/ seminar papers will be due after the semester has ended. Final papers are due two weeks after the end of the semester and seminar papers are due one month after the end of the semester. Exact dates of final paper submissions will be given during orientation.

For full-time students studying in the fall or spring semester only, if you have extenuating circumstances and must leave the program early, you must submit the Multiple Petition Form (available on line under 'Admissions' – 'Supplemental Forms') to the International School within the first two weeks of the semester. The form will be reviewed by the Academic Adviser of the International School and, if approved, and if necessary, arrangements will be made for you to take your final exams at your home university with a proctor.


Your official University of Haifa transcript is issued by the International School approximately one month after the end of the semester. While in Haifa, you will receive an email with a link to the Transcript Request Form. Here you will indicate the address or addresses to which you would like your transcripts to be sent. Before leaving the University, please make sure that you have indicated the precise address and mailing instructions. This will avoid unnecessary delays in the receipt of your transcript by your home university. You may also request that a copy of this transcript be sent to your home address.

Transcripts will not be issued unless all tuition, dormitory, activities, and gym fees as well as library fines have been paid and you have vacated your dormitory room in good order.

It is possible to order transcripts at a later date. There is a fee for these additional transcripts.



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