Program Overview

This program is for students who want to explore international relations, psychology, Middle Eastern Studies, and peace and conflict studies, and develop Hebrew or Arabic skills. Students primarily choose courses within humanities and social sciences taught in English, in addition to learning Hebrew and/or Arabic. Students with advanced Hebrew skills can enroll in regular University of Haifa courses with special permission.

A specialized honors program in Peace and Conflict Studies offer a unique opportunity for serious students to combine focused coursework with practical research and internship projects.

Psychology Track: A small cohort of students works with faculty members on a variety of research projects, covering a range of questions in psychology that are applied to Israel and the Middle East. Students also participate in mentored research projects with a University of Haifa faculty member.

Peace and Conflict Studies Honors Program: A small cohort of students focuses on cultural, economic, educational, historical, political, psychological, religious, and social aspects of conflict resolution and peace efforts, and examines issues from intra-state, regional, and international perspectives.

Haifa’s multi-faceted communities provide a unique backdrop for studying international relations, psychology, Middle Eastern Studies, and peace and conflict studies. A busy international port city, Haifa is known for its fast-growing high-tech industry, and ethnic and religious diversity. World center of the Bahá'í faith, Haifa’s cultural tapestry also includes Christian and Muslim communities, the neighboring Druze villages of Usifiya and Daliat-el-Carmel, and Jewish communities.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: International Relations in Haifa

Please Note: The U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory system has changed. Check the current travel advisory status for Israel.

Additional requirements

For optional psychology track students must have: 

  • An overall GPA 3.2 
  • Taken 2 psychology courses beyond the introductory level 
  • An essay and other application materials may be
  • required. 

For Honors Program in Peace and Conflict Studies student must: 

  • An overall GPA 3.2 
  • Taken 2 courses beyond introductory level in international relations, peace and conflict studies, political science, middle east studies, or law. 
  • An essay and other application materials may be required.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20203/1/2020Mid-SeptemberEarly January
Academic Year2020-213/1/2020Mid-SeptemberEarly June
Spring Semester202110/1/2020Mid-FebruaryEarly June

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.