University of Haifa - CMSS Only

Spread along the top of Mount Carmel, at the southern edge of Haifa overlooking beautiful Carmel National Park, the University of Haifa (UoH) is the most pluralistic and diverse institution in Israel.

Haifa's student population of 18,000 is a unique and inspiring cultural mosaic of native Israels and immigrants, the secular and the religious: Jews, Christians, Muslims, Druze, Bedouins. Additionally, UoH educates a high volume of military personnel, and is the largest comprehensive research university in northern Israel. Its inclusive environment of mutual respect has contributed to its excellence in research, and demonstrates the benefits of cultural diversity in education.

Key information


Haifa, Israel


English, Hebrew


Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



20-21 applications

First come, first considered for remaining spaces until full or:

Mar. 15 (Fall, full year)

Oct. 15 (Winter)

University-specific additional requirements

Two references required - see the Eligibility section below.

21-22 applications

Opens Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

Programs Offered: Students with Hebrew language ability are welcome to take courses from any department at the university, but UoH's International School offers a wide variety of courses taught in English, including Anthropology, Arabic Language & Culture, Business, Communications, Economics, English Language & Literature, Fine Arts, Hebrew Language & Culture, History, Holocaust Studies, Israel & Middle East Studies, Law, Peace & Conflict Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religious & Jewish Studies, Sociology, and more.

Exchange students are expected to take 12-18 UoH credits (typically 3-5 courses) per semester. 3 UoH credits = 3 UCalgary units (1 half course equivalent)

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters. The Fall semester runs from early October to early January and the Spring semester runs from mid-February to late May. Some Fall courses may offer final exams in December, and so it may be possible to complete the Fall semester early.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.

    Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

    In addition to accommodation, UoH recommends that students budget around $500-600 USD per month to cover their living expenses. 

    Haifa cost comparison vs Calgary: Click Here

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?   
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Exchange students to UoH are guaranteed housing in one of two university dormitories. Rent is charged per semester and typically ranges from $1575-2025 USD.

The Federman Dorms are apartments with three double bedrooms and shared bathroom & kitchen. 
The Talia Dorms are apartments with six single bedrooms (each with private bathroom) and shared kitchen.

Both types of dormitory are single-sex and include a combination of exchange and Israeli students. Students may apply for either dorm although space is allotted first-come-first-served. 

This exchange is only open to regular, full-time graduate students in the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).

While only one academic reference is required for a complete application to us, Haifa will require a second reference, to be submitted later. You can submit this additional reference after you have been nominated to this partner by the exchange advisor, or you may submit this with your application to us if you so choose.

Do I have to speak Hebrew?

Courses in UoH's International School are taught in English. All other departments at the university teach in Hebrew, so students who have Hebrew language ability are welcome to take courses from outside the International School.

What's so special about this city?

The third-largest city of Israel, Haifa mirrors its university campus community, exhibiting a multifaceted range of natural and urban sites, modern and traditional districts, as well as a population of over 270,000 ranging from numerous ethnic and cultural backgrounds. With its interlocked zones demonstrating co-existance of different religious sites and former European colonies, Haifa is often considered an outstanding symbol of tolerance. It is a physically beautiful city containing many artistic sites dedicated to different cultures, and its large port and beaches make it a highly active centre of international commerce.

What resources are available for new students?

UoH's International School runs orientation events at the start of each semester. There are also thorough orientation packages and information available online under "admissions". 

What safety precautions are required?

Please read the following Safety Message provided by the University of Haifa.

"As you consider an exchange experience in Israel, the issue of security is undoubtedly on your and your family's minds. First and foremost, know that the welfare of our students is our highest priority. It is an unfortunate fact that we have had to adjust ourselves to difficult times here in Israel, but we have learned to deal with them calmly and professionally.

"The International School staff has many years of experience making sure that our students live and study in safety and return home enriched by their time here. The University of Haifa's campus is set on a quiet spot on top of Mount Carmel on the edge of Haifa. The University employs special security guards who check every individual coming into campus and who patrol the campus grounds. Entrance to the dormitory complex is limited to those with a dorm ID card, and a guard is on duty 24 hours-a-day, 7 days a week. This facilitates a secure and relaxed atmosphere where students can focus on their studies.

"We also require that all students have an Israeli cell phone number while enrolled in our programs. The University of Haifa has signed a contract with Talk'N'Save, providing students with a plan that offers reduced rates on international calls and inexpensive rates to other Haifa students on the same plan. In addition, the University of Haifa will be able to send text messages to all students on the plan automatically, meaning you will be automatically updated about safety and security issues as well as announcements regarding classroom changes, class cancellations, etc.

"All aspects of our social program, including trips around Israel, are coordinated with the security authorities, thus allowing students to see the country in the safest possible way. During orientation at the beginning of each semester, students will receive an updated list of security instructions. These instructions will include information about measures students can take to keep themselves safe, parts of Israel where students are not allowed to travel, and what to do in case of an emergency. These instructions change from semester to semester and all students enrolled in the International School are required to abide by these instructions. Failure to abide by the security instructions may result in dismissal from the International School."

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Saskia Schaelicke

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.