International Exchanges
(Pitzer Students Only)

Israel: Haifa

Program Title Semester at the University of Haifa
Location Haifa
Host Website University of Haifa International School
http://overseas.haifa.ac.il/
Eligibility Minimum GPA is 3.00. Preference given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.
Preparation Suggested general preparation options include: Comparative Politics; Intercultural Communications; Language Culture and Society; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology; Engaging Difference.
Application Pitzer College study abroad application and the forms required by the university.
Program Dates Fall program: Early August to early January. Note: Students will take Intensive Hebrew Ulpan or Intensive Arabic from early August to late August. The actual semester program runs from mid October to early January.

Spring program: Late January to early June – Intensive Hebrew Ulpan or Intensive Arabic winter program runs late January to mid February. Semester program runs late February to early June. http://overseas.haifa.ac.il/events.asp
Required Courses Pre-semester Intensive Hebrew Ulpan or Intensive Arabic, the minimum full-time course-load during the regular semester, and the Sakai Intercultural Learning – Portfolio Writing course. See below under ‘Credit Possible’ for important information on credit requirements.
Intensive Language Students will take either an Intensive Hebrew Ulpan or Intensive Arabic prior to the semester program. Students may choose to continue their language study during the regular semester.
Independent Study The university does not offer support for independent study projects.
Course Options The International School offers a variety of courses taught in English, an internship program, and Hebrew and Arabic language courses. http://uhaifa.org/courses.asp. International students may also take courses offered in the Department of English Language and Literature. Students who are proficient in Hebrew may enroll in courses offered in other departments outside the International School.
Credit Possible Pre-semester Intensive Hebrew Ulpan or Intensive Arabic (5 credits), and 12 or 13  credits during the regular semester. Additionally, students are required to take the Sakai Intercultural Learning – Portfolio Writing for 0.5 Pitzer course credits. In total, students should end up with 4.75 or 5.00 course credits.
Accommodations There are two types of dormitory accommodations available to international students:  modest apartments of three double rooms and a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living space or apartments of six single rooms, each room with its own bathroom, and a shared kitchen and living space. All international students will be sharing their suite with Israeli students, a diverse population of Hebrew, Arabic, English, Russian, and Spanish speakers. There is no meal plan. Students receive a stipend to prepare meals in their suites.