International Programs
Application Deadline
December 15
Early March
Program Start
Early August
Program End

Israel: Overview

The city of Haifa is the third largest city in Israel with a population of nearly 300,000. Characterized by coexistence and mutual respect between diverse religious and ethnic groups, Haifa is a mixed city. Jews, more than a quarter of whom are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, and Arabs, predominantly of the Christian faith, peacefully coexist with Muslim and Druze.

Today, Haifa is a major seaport located on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline and plays an important role in Israel's economy. It has several high-tech parks. In fact, IBM has its headquarters on the University of Haifa campus and, right down the mountain, you will find Israel’s largest high tech center with companies such as: Google, Intel, Qualcomm, Cisco, Microsoft, and many more.

IP students attend the International School at the University of Haifa where courses are taught in English in the following areas:

  • Hebrew & Arabic Language and Culture
  • Contemporary Israel & Middle East Studies
  • Religious & Jewish Studies
  • Communications
  • Economics & Business
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • English Language & Literature
  • History

The year begins with a short intensive language program (Arabic or Hebrew). IP students are also required to take at least one course in Arabic or Hebrew throughout the year. The campus is located atop Mount Carmel with amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea below. CSU students will feel at home among the 18,000 students who attend the University of Haifa which boasts of cultural and ethnic diversity.