Holy Sites (Please entry in modest dress)

The World Center of the Baha'i Faith – Tours of the gardens need to be arranged in advance through the Reservation Center. Open Sunday - Thursday 9:00- 17:00, Tel. 04-831-3131

Stella Maris Church and Monastery – This is one of the most beautiful spots in Israel with a church and monastery belonging to the Carmelit order. Free entrance, open all week, 6:00- 12:30, 15:00-18:00. Located at Stella Maris Way. Tel. 04-833-7758

Elijah's Cave – A pilgrimage site for followers of all the three monotheistic religions.. Allenby St. Sunday-Thursday 8:00- 16:45, Friday 8:00-12:45, Tel. 04-852-7430


Reuven and Edith Hecht - Fascinating archaeological exhibitions on the subject of "the people of Israel in the land of Israel". Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00- 16:00, Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00, Friday 10:00- 13:00, Saturday 10:00 - 14:00. Haifa University, Main Building (Eshkol Tower). Free entrance. Tel. 04-824-0308

The Ancient Boat Museum – A unique museum, serves as a laboratory and workshop for learning about sailing in ancient times. Open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00- 14:00, Tuesday 10:00- 19:00, Friday by prior arrangement. Haifa University, Main Building (Eshkol Tower). Free entrance. Tel. 04-824-0308

Chagall Artists' House - Hosts changing exhibition of members of the association, new immigrants and other exhibitions. 24 Ha'ziyonut Ave. Open Sunday- Thursday 9:00- 13:00, 16:00- 19:00, Saturday 10:00- 13:00. Tel. 04-852-2355

Children's Art Center – Changing interactive exhibitions for children on the subject of contemporary art, and creative workshops for all ages given by leading artists. 24 Shabtai Levi St Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:00- 14:00, Friday 10:00- 13:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00.. Tel. 04-853-1585

Haifa Art Museum – Changing exhibitions of modern art. 26 Shabtai Levi St. Sunday-Wednesday 10:00- 16:00, Friday 10:00-13:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00, Tel. 04-852-3255

Illegal Immigration and Navy Museum – A spectacular audio-visual presentation and museum. Guided tour. 204 Allenby St. Open Sunday – Thursday 8:30- 16:00. Tel. 04-853-6249

National Maritime Museum – Changing exhibitions of marine history. Permanent exhibition on the subject of "5000 years of shipping". 198 Allenby Way. Tel. 04-853-6622

National Museum of Science, Planning and Technology – An innovative and fascinating center for the whole family. Over 250 exhibits can be operated by visitors and provide an understanding of different scientific phenomena through play and experiment. Historic Technion Building, 25 Shmariyahu Levin St./ 12 Balfour St., Hadar Hacarmel. Tel. 04-861-4444 

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art – Savor the culture of Japan. 89 Hanassi Blvd. Sunday-Thursdays 10:00-16:00, Friday 10:00-13:00 Tel.  04-838-3554

Stekils Museum of Prehistory – A unique display showing the development of the human lifestyle in prehistoric times and findings from caves used by prehistoric man.

Open Monday-Thursday 10:00-15:00, Friday 10:00-13:00, Saturday 10:00-15:00; Entrance through the zoological garden, Gan Ha'Em. Tel. 04-837-1833

 On Land and Sea

Haifa Cable Car - A breathtaking view of the Carmel and the coastline is revealed to passengers in the Haifa cable car. Open daily 10:00- 18:00. Bat-Galim Promenade or Stella Maris. Tel. 04-833-5970

Outdoor Activities – Horseback riding in the Carmel Park. Horseback riding, jeeps, bicycles, rappelling. Open Daily 9:30- 15:30. Beit Oren junction. Tel. 04-830-7242 x0

Panorama Promenade/ Louis Promenade – the promenade traverses the Carmel ridge along Yefe Nof St., by the Carmel Center between Dan Panorama Hotel and Dan Carmel Hotel. The promenade provides a 180˚ view of Haifa, Acre, Rosh HaNikra, the Galilee hills and the Bahai Gardens.

Hecht Park & Promenade - located at the southern entrance of Haifa, overlooking the sea, along

 a promenade and grassy expanses, playground facilities for children and sports facilities.

 The Haifa Zoo- located in Carmel Center, (bus 37, 37א', 30 from the university)

 Hiking Trails –There are quite a few nature trails in Haifa and its area such as: Little Switzerland,

Ofer Forest, Nahal Oren, Yagur Stream, and the Bridge Park in Nesher.

 Movie Theaters

  Globus Max Haifa

  Grand Canyon Shopping Mall

  Simha Golan Rd

  Box Office: *2235

   Yes Planet Lev HaMifratz

  Histradrut 55, Checkpost

  Box Office: 04-841-6090


  142 Hanassi Blvd.

  Box Office: 04-810-4299

 Shopping Malls

 Grand Canyon

Simha Golan Rd, Tel: 04-8121111              

Sun- Thurs: 10:00-22:00, Fri: 9:00-15:00 Sat: 18:30-22:30                                                                               

Horev Center                                    

15 Horev St, Tel: 04-824-6164     

Sun-Thurs: 9:00-21:00, Fri: 9:00-14:00 Sat: 19:00-22:00

Panorama Center                            

109 Hanassi Blvd.                            

Sun-Thurs: 9:00- 20:00, Fri: 9:00-14:00

Sat: 19:00-22:00

Canyon Haifa

4 Fliman St/ Freud Rd, Tel: 04-855-0340 Sun-Thurs: 10:00-22:00, Fri: 10:00-15:00

Sat: 19:00-22:30

Lev HaMifratz

Histradrut 55, Checkpost Sun-Thurs: 10:00- 22:00, Fri: 9:30-14:00 Sat: 19:00-23:0

 Restaurants, pubs & bars

 Down Town Haifa (bus 24,36 from the university)

The German Colony – "Hamoshava Hagermanit" (bus 37,37 א', 24 from the university)

Carmel Center (bus 37, 37א', 30 from the university)

Moria Street (bus 37 from the university)

Ziv Center (bus 36 from the university)

 Food Market

Talpiyot Market - "Shuk Talpiyot" is located at Hahaluts Street in the Hadar neighborhood (bus  36 from the university)

 Beaches & Promenade

 Hof Hacarmel & Dado Beach (bus 46,146 from the university)

Bat Galim Beach & Promenade (bus 37, 36, 24 from the university)


The University Sports Center - During the academic year the Sports Center is open Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 until 22:00, and Friday and Saturday from 8:00 until 15:00.

Hours in the summer may vary. Extension:2688/ 2583

The Technion Swimming Pool - (bus 144,145 from the university)

Phone number: 04-8324945 / 04-8295184

 Holmes Place Health Club – Grand Canyon Mall (bus 145 from the university)

Phone number: 04-8124545

The Sportek Park – Sports Activities Park which features a track, basketball courts and more,Located next to the Grand Canyon mall.

 Houses Of Worship


University of Haifa Synagogue

 University of Haifa Campus

Student Buildibg, 1st floor, Room 103

For information contact Rabbi Dr. Yossi Shtemler. Telephone: 054-3933-062 or Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or Hadash – Reform Synagogue      

55 Hantke St.

Tel.: 04-834-3905

Moria – Conservative Synagogue                    

7 Horev St.

Tel: 04-825-1495

Denya – Orthodox Synagogue

Hof Hashenhav St.

Tel: 04-825-3292


Stella Maris Church and Monastery

Stella Maris Way

Tel: 04-833-7758

Greek Orthodox Church

Palyam 6

Latin Orthodox Church

Hameginim 80

Tel: 04-852-4346

Russian Church

Hatishby 55

St. John's Church

Yonatan Hakadosh  23


Ahmadiyya Mosque

Kababir Village

Al Istiqlal Mosque

11 Kibbutz Galuyot Street, Corner of Pal Yam Avenue


The International School at the University of Haifa requires that all students be covered by an Israeli health insurance company for the duration of their studies. We work with the Harel Insurance Company and the health insurance covers all injuries or illnesses that occur while you are in Israel. The insurance provides coverage from the moment you leave your home country until the moment you return to your home country. 

The health insurance provided by Harel does NOT cover any pre-existing conditions.  Therefore, if you have any pre-existing conditions, we require that you also be covered by insurance from your home country that will be valid for treatment in Israel.

Health insurance is included in the tuition fee for all full-time students studying in the International School.

Harel-University Medical Services

Health Insurance Registration Form


The University of Haifa is first and foremost committed to student safety and security. The University has security guards at the entrances to the campus as well as at the entrance to each building. In addition, there is a security guard at the entrance to the dorms 24-hours-a-day. In case of an emergency, the University of Haifa has a crisis management and evacuation plan in place.

We require that all students have an Israeli cell phone number while enrolled in our programs and students must bring with them an unlocked phone in order to obtain an Israeli SIM card upon arrival. This enables the University of Haifa to send text messages to all students automatically,  updating them about safety and security issues as well as announcements regarding classroom changes, class cancellations, activities etc.  Students are required to have their cell phones charged and with them at all times to enable International School staff to reach them by phone call or text message in the event of an emergency.

During the orientation session, that students are given upon arrival to campus,  are instructions on how to keep themselves safe while in Israel. We advise all students to register with the embassy of their home country. American students can register through the website:  All other students can find their Embassy's contact information online or come to the International School Office for assistance. 

We ask that all students inform us when they choose to travel out of Haifa. All of these measures allow us to know where they are and to be able to give them security updates when necessary. Because there are places in Israel that may be less safe, and because international students are not always familiar with these areas, we encourage our students to participate in the trips that we offer. All of our trips and tours are organized and run in consultation with the relevant security authorities, including the University's Security Division and the Israeli Police and Defense Forces. Should students decide to travel on their own, we encourage them to consult with International School staff so that we can assist them in planning their trip. It is forbidden to travel to the West Bank and or Gaza Strip while a student in the International School.

If there is an emergency in Haifa, we immediately contact all of our students to be sure that they are safe. We ask them to contact their families directly, but we will also send out an e-mail to addresses of family and friends that the student provides us with. We encourage family and friends at home who are worried about their student to be aware that what you see on television and what may actually be happening in Israel is not always the same. Despite the political situation in the region, Israelis continue to live their lives, including going out to public places and riding buses, and our international students agree that they feel safe in Haifa.

In case of emergencies during the day, please call the International School Office at 04-8288730. For emergencies after office hours, you should contact the Madrichim (Social Activity Coordinators) at: 052-866-6431.Please use that number on the day you arrive, should you need assistance as well. To call Magen David Adom (paramedics), dial 101. For the police dial 100.

Follow these guidelines and behave sensibly so that you can have the best time while you are with us.

Commonly Asked Security Questions 

Are there written safety policies/procedures in place to protect students?  How are these policies/procedures communicated to the students?

When students arrive to campus, they receive an orientation packet that includes information regarding safety and security.  This information is reviewed with the students during orientation.  In addition, should there be a change in security procedures all students are notified.  This notification comes via meetings with the students, message boards, telephone contact, and e-mail.  All students are required to carry a cellular phone with them while in Israel so that we can contact them if necessary and they can contact us in the case of an emergency.  All students also receive a University of Haifa student ID card at the beginning of the semester.  On the back of this card are listed the phone numbers of International School staff as well as campus security, police, medical services, and other emergency information.

Is there a written crisis management plan in place?  How is this plan communicated to students?

The University of Haifa has a crisis management plan.  In the International School, we make sure to translate this plan into English and share it with our students when necessary.  Please see the attached information regarding emergency procedures during a crisis.

How are students alerted to safety information issued by US Center for Disease Control and US State Department?

Similar to how we contact students with any new security information, we will also contact them with safety information provided by the US Center for Disease Control and the US State Department through meetings with students, message boards, telephone contact, and e-mail.

What protocols are in place for communicating with university officials and parents of students participating in the program in the event of a crisis?

In the event of a crisis, we first verify that each of our students is safe.  We ask the students to come to our office and call their families immediately.  We will notify university officials in the event of a crisis.  We also send an e-mail out to the families of students who have agreed for us to have contact with them. 

Do you have general liability, worker’s compensation, employer’s liability, and automobile liability coverages in place? 

The University of Haifa has all of these in place.


While we know that your reason for choosing the University of Haifa is the desire for a challenging academic experience, we also want to give you the opportunity to explore and understand Israel as much as possible. For this reason, we provide you with numerous social activities throughout your time at the University of Haifa.

The International School employs full-time Madrichim (or "Social Activities Coordinators") who build and implement an exciting social activities program. The Madrichim live on campus, and it is their responsibility to assist you in immersing yourself in campus life as much as possible. All social activities planned by the International School are included in the tuition fee, so we encourage you to take advantage of them. These range from movie nights, Haifa city tours, a night downtown, bowling outings, holiday celebrations, and more. Activities planned by outside providers, but advertised for you through us may have a charge. Whichever activities you choose to get involved in, you are guaranteed to have an amazing social, cultural and educational experience here at the International School in the University of Haifa!

You can take advantage of the opportunity to immerse yourselves in Israeli society in different and significant ways. Firstly there are several volunteer opportunities both on and off-campus that will expose you to day-to-day Israeli society. Secondly, we offer a student buddy program that matches international students with local Israeli students. On holidays and the Sabbath, you may request to join a local family for a festive meal, which has been proven to be rewarding for both the student and the families involved.

To see the Social Activities Calendar for the Full-Time Study Abroad Spring Semester 2019, click here


Meet the Madrichim

The Madrichim (Social Acitivity Coordinators) are all Israeli University of Haifa students.  Most of them live on campus near our students and they are on call 24 hours a day. Every semester they prepare an extensive array of social and cultural programs for our students as well as coordinating the volunteer program. The Madrichim are here for our students with any needs or questions they may have, or just to shoot the breeze.

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Mr. Maor Zlotzever-  Maor is 33, a doctoral student at the University. His research deals with his passion for biology, food production, industry and sustainable ecological economics. In his spare time he volunteers in a financial education organization that helps disadvantaged populations. He volunteers as a paramedic in a rescue unit, and among his hobbies are playing guitar and nature walks.


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Ms. Aviva Badgili-  Aviva is 26 years old. She is a Law student at the University of Haifa. Her hobbies include sailing, hiking and getting to know new cultures. She hopes you would make the best out of your time in Haifa. 


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Mr. Ali Swetat- Ali is 23 years old. He is studying for a B.Sc in Psychology and Counselling at the University of Haifa. His great passion is helping to bring peace, love, and inclusion within himself, around him and in the world. He is a world traveler and cultural mediator. 

Congratulations and welcome to the University of Haifa and the International School! There is a lot of information that we have to share with you before your arrival. Please take the time to read through these important documents to understand what will be happening in your first days upon your arrival. 

Study Abroad & Language Programs Orientation Packages

July Intenisve Hebrew Ulpan 2019

July Intensive Beginners Spoken Arabic 2019

August Intensive Hebrew Ulpan 2019


Graduate Programs Orientation Packages

2019 - 2020 Graduate Programs 

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