Mar 29 2011

International School on the study-abroad map

Published by Editor at 1:26 pm under Home Page, Press Releases

international-students-2More and more Universities in the US and Europe are enabling their students to choose the University of Haifa for their study abroad experience. This university, located on the picturesque Mount Carmel on the coast of Israel, draws hundreds of students from more than 40 countries to its unique programs every year and is forging exciting new partnerships with leading US universities to bring many more students to an unforgettable academic experience in Israel.

The University of Maryland, the University of Florida and Boston University are three such universities combining forces with the University of Haifa to provide an opportunity for outstanding students to study in Israel at the University’s unique International School. Others include Elon University, the University of Richmond and the University of Minnesota, to name just a few.

Dr. Susanne Hill, Executive Director of the University of Florida International Center recently visited the University of Haifa and returned home thrilled with the new prospects that her institution will now be able to provide. “The newly created partnership between the University of Haifa and the University of Florida has resulted in a fall semester program for UF students to study Hebrew, Israeli culture and various other subjects in Haifa,” she explained. “During my visit, I was extremely pleased to find a well organized program with sound academics, professional student services, safe and spacious housing as well as a wonderful and welcoming staff in the International School. We very much look forward to sending our first cohort of students to Haifa this October and know that they will have an unforgettable experience during their studies in Israel.”

This spring semester alone has attracted 180 students from 29 different countries to the university’s International School. The growing number of students and partnership agreements has enabled the University of Haifa’s International School to offer new tailor-made study programs, including multidisciplinary studies in human, social, and life sciences. (The University of Haifa is ranked #1 in Israel and #113 out of over 2,800 institutions worldwide by the SCImago Institutions Rankings 2010 in humanities and social sciences.)

In addition to academics, students from abroad take part in uniquely designed workshops, tours and activities that are designed to help them integrate into the university’s Israeli student body and Israeli life and culture.

Dr. Michael Ulrich, Executive Director of the University of Maryland Education Abroad Center emphasized how his visit to the University of Haifa confirmed that “this is a supportive and inspiring home for University of Maryland study abroad students to learn about the rich multicultural history of Israel.”

“Today the International School hosts close to 800 students each year from over 40 countries around the world in summer and winter intensive language programs as well as fall and spring semester programs. During the coming five years, we are looking to double those numbers by increasing partnerships with universities abroad who are attracted to the unique combination of academic excellence and cultural immersion offered by the University of Haifa,” says Professor Hanan Alexander, Head of the International School and incoming Dean of Students.

The University already offers English language MA programs in the fields of Peace and Conflict Management, Business Administration and Patent Law. New programs are currently planned in National Security Studies, Art Therapy, Child Development, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Maritime Studies to open in 2012, along with a summer semester focused on Learning Disabilities. Further international programs are in the works for the following academic year as well.

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