The University of Haifa, established in 1972, is an academic institution whose initial and central function is to carry out excellent academic teaching and research. The academic excellence is showcased in many various interdisciplinary and international programs and by means of collaborations with academic institutions around the world.
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  • 19 Masters
  • 17000 Students


The University of Haifa is a developing and dynamic institution with a world-renowned reputation in many different fields of research, and it is the leading University in Israel in the fields of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Marine Research, Education in the Face of Modern Technology, etc.

The University is situated atop Mount Carmel, where Haifa’s southern boundary verges on the Carmel National Park.

Over 18,000 students study here for their undergraduate, graduate and doctoral Degrees. Its unique geographic location and population, including the largest number of military and security personnel who acquire their education there alongside Jewish, Haredi and secular students, new immigrants, Arabs and Druze, make this institution of strategic importance to the State of Israel.

The University’s distinctive mission is to foster academic excellence in an atmosphere of tolerance and multiculturalism – an environment which contributes to excellent research and to more exceptional, creative and productive alumni – while strengthening Israel’s northern region to the benefit of strengthening Israel as a whole. We view this mission as being of strategic importance to the continued existence and prosperity of the State of Israel.

Research is concentrated in centers and institutes on a wide variety of subjects and fields. Among them: study of psychological stress, information processing and decision-making, evolution, the Holocaust; maritime studies, natural and environmental resources, shipping and aviation, the family.

Research facilities include The Jewish-Arab Center, Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel, Study of Crime, Law, and Society, Study of Pilgrimage, Tourism and Recreation; Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Emotions; International Brain and Behavior Research Center; Center for Democratic Studies; Center for Law and Technology; Center for Research of Education for Peace; Center for National Security Studies and Geostrategy. IBM put up its largest research center outside the United States on the University campus.


Research is concentrated in centers and institutes on a wide variety of subjects and fields. Among them: study of psychological stress, information processing and decision-making, evolution, the Holocaust; maritime studies, natural and environmental resources, shipping and aviation, the family.

Research facilities include The Jewish-Arab Center, Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel, Study of Crime, Law, and Society, Study of Pilgrimage, Tourism and Recreation; Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Emotions; International Brain and Behavior Research Center; Center for Democratic Studies; Center for Law and Technology; Center for Research of Education for Peace; Center for National Security Studies and Geostrategy. IBM put up its largest research center outside the United States on the University campus.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (10)
Humanities (5)
Business & Management (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Education & Training (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Medicine & Health (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Haifa!



The University of Haifa has taken multiple measures to ensure the safety of our students. 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.

Part of the orientation international 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, we require that students rent an Israeli cell phone so that we can reach them at all times, and we ask that they 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.

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 are 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.


Students who study full-time in the International School are welcome to live in the student dormitories on campus. There are two dormitory complexes that are open to international students.

  • Federman Dorms have modest apartments with three double rooms and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space.
  • Talia Dorms have spacious apartments with six single rooms, each room with its own bathroom, and a shared kitchen and living space.

Students can choose which set of dormitories they would prefer. Please note that during our summer programs, our single rooms fill up quickly and students who request to live in the Talia dormitories will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis.

About 1,000 students live in the dorms at the University of Haifa, including students of all social, economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. The dormitory campus is fully integrated with Israeli students. Individual dorm suites may house both Israeli and/or International students. We will try our utmost to fulfill your accommodation requests.

All apartments in the dorms are single-sex. In your room you will be provided with a bed, desk, closet, and shelves as well as sheets, a blanket and a pillow. The kitchen comes equipped with a refrigerator and two stove-top burners. While dishes, utensils, and other appliances are not provided, most Israeli roommates are happy to share their kitchen supplies with their roommates.

Located in the dormitories complex are self-service laundry rooms and a grocery store. All public spaces in the dormitories have WIFI Internet connections. In addition, there is a "moadon" or "club" with a large-screen television which often hosts parties, workshops, lectures, and other activities.

During the academic year, only students who are enrolled full time in the International School are permitted to live in the dorms. All students enrolled in summer programs can also live in the dorms. While students are not required to live in the dormitories on campus, it is strongly encouraged. The dormitories allow you the opportunity to meet many Israeli students and have a more complete Israeli experience.


The International School at the University of Haifa requires that all students be covered by an Israeli health insurance company. 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.



The University Library, offering computerized services as well as some two million book and non-book items, is one of the most advanced of its kind in the country. The library houses a large collection of both English and Hebrew books, as well as smaller collections of books in other languages.

Students who study in the International School for a semester or year will be allowed to check out books and use other library services upon presenting their student identification card. Summer students and part-time students, while unable to check out books, are welcome to visit the library and enjoy its many resources on the premises. Please click here to visit the home page of the University Library.

Computer Rooms

There are computer rooms available throughout the University campus as well as in the dormitories for student use. The computers are IBM compatible and are equipped with internet and Microsoft software programs. In order to print, students will need to purchase a print card. Hours of the computer rooms vary depending on location.

In addition, wireless internet access is available from a variety of locations on campus (though not in the individual rooms of the student dormitories). Students who have laptops that are wireless-accessible will be able to use their laptops to connect to the internet.

There is no internet service in individual rooms in the dormitories. Students who want internet service in their rooms will need to first open a phone line or cable service, and then make arrangements with one of the Israeli internet providers (this option is not available for short summer programs). However, most international students agree that there are plenty of computers available throughout campus, and that it is not necessary to arrange for internet in their rooms.

Athletic Facilities

International students are welcome to pay for a membership to the Sports Center on campus. The Sports Center includes a gym with a variety of aerobic and weightlifting machines, tennis courts, and several large gyms for basketball, volleyball, and other activities. 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. The cost for all students to join the Sports Center is 300 shekels for a semester.In addition, international students are welcome to participate in the University's intramural sports teams, including basketball, soccer, ping-pong, and volleyball. Please click here to visit the website of the Physical Education Department.

Student Life

Life On and Off Campus

The Student Association

The Student Association at the University of Haifa offers a variety of activities throughout the year, and international students are welcome to participate in all activities.

In the past, the Student Association has offered the following activities:

  • Classes in kick-boxing, yoga, and salsa dancing.
  • Celebrations for the beginning and end of the school year, as well as different holidays.
  • Student Day, a multi-day event in the spring consisting of concerts by top Israeli artists at the beach, crafts fairs, and trips to a nearby water park.
  • Weekly concerts on campus during the semesters.

Religious Life

The University of Haifa is very proud of the diversity on campus. The campus is a mix of secular and religious Jewish native Israelis, new immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, South America, and France, and Israelis whose religious and ethnic backgrounds are Muslim, Christian, Druze, and Bedouin. In the International School, we promote the diverse religious and ethnic self-expression of all of our students, and help them find their own unique connection to Israel. While the number of observant Jewish students at the University of Haifa is small, the campus is very comfortable for observant students.

All campus dining facilities are kosher, and in your apartment in the dorms you can observe kashrut and Shabbat. Two Orthodox synagogues are located within walking distance from campus and there is a Conservative synagogue and a Reform synagogue a short ride away from the University. All formal activities organized by the International School are both kashrut and Shabbat observant -allowing all students to participate. Haifa also has many churches and mosques, as well as the center for the Bahai faith. The International School is happy to assist any student in finding a place of worship or a religious community.

Area Attractions

Haifa is Israel's foremost port city for international commerce and the center of Israeli high tech industries. Two of the most distinguishing features of this dynamic city are its physical beauty and its cosmopolitan population of 265,000 Jews, Christians, Moslems, Druze, and Bahá'ís living in harmony. Haifa provides a wonderful environment for almost any kind of recreational and cultural activity. Numerous cinemas, restaurants, cafes, and clubs provide entertainment until the early hours of the morning, while Haifa's beaches and the Carmel National Forest provide recreation throughout the day. Please visit the websites of the following Haifa-area attractions:

  • Tour Haifa
  • Haifa Hillel
  • Haifa English Theater
  • Haifa Music Center
  • Haifa Cinemateque
  • Israel National Museum of Science
  • Shatil
  • Haifa International Film Festival
  • Martef 10 Student Club-Hebrew Site

Types of Social Activities

Every semester includes, but is certainly not limited to, the following:

Traditional Shabbat Dinner: At the start of every semester, we invite all the students to join us for their first Shabbat in Israel. Along with the University Rabbi and International School staff, we sing traditional Shabbat songs, teach the students the blessings as we recite them over the wine and food and we all enjoy a traditional Shabbat meal together.

Haifa Tour: At the start of every session we take our students on a tour of the city exposing them to the different neighborhoods (and views) and the plethora of religious communities in and around Haifa. We show them where the best places to shop for food, eat falafel, find pharmacies or exciting night life venues and how to navigate through the city on public transportation.

Israel Night: Every Tuesday evening we organize a cultural evening activity for our students that touches upon a different aspect of Israeli life (i.e. guest lectures, Israeli artists, group discussions, Israeli music sessions etc)

Israeli Movies: Every Sunday we show a different Israeli movie to our students that is based upon a different and relevant viewpoint of Israeli society such as the army, the Kibbutz Movement, immigrating to Israel, religion, and more.

Hikes: One weekend a month we take our students on an overnight hike somewhere in the country, either in the Northern region or Southern. The hikes include a cookout, bonfire, and sleeping under the stars. The hikes are led by professional Israeli tour guides and allow our students to see parts of history where they actually took place. (i.e. Golan Heights, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea, Eilat)

Academic Tours: Every Sunday our students have a chance to go on a field trip around Israel with one of their professors on an academic field trip. This enables our students to take their classroom outside and understand the dimensions of Israel. (Gilboa, Mount Arbel, Jerusalem, Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek, Ghetto Fighters, Akko, Nazareth)

Active Campus Life: Our students share their dorms with Israelis, are invited to all campus and city wide activities, and are also registered in classes alongside Israelis. As diverse a campus as we are, our students get the chance to integrate and befriend the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze and Bedouin student body that exists here in Haifa.


The University was established in 1963 under the joint auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Haifa Municipality. In 1972, it gained academic accreditation as a separate institution from the Council for Higher Education.

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