Our program with Haifa University in Haifa, Israel is designed to give students a chance to study of Law and Economics in English as well as other courses in Hebrew and Arabic at a university in Israel.
- Application Process
- Course of Study
- Assessment and Grading
- The University and City
- Cancellation Policy
- Additional Information
- Haifa Contacts
- Law School Contacts
- Student Contacts
The program is open to students matriculating at the University of Connecticut School of Law. First- and second-year day division students are eligible to apply to study abroad in their second or third year. Evening division students and four-year students are eligible to apply in their second or third year to study abroad during their third or fourth year.
The application process for all programs takes place once a year in February and decisions are made in March for the following academic year. Application forms are available at the Study Abroad Fair and online. Selection criteria include grades, faculty recommendations, essay and interview.
Course of Study
Students who wish to study abroad for one semester may attend school in Haifa during the Spring semester. There is an orientation on the first day of classes that start in the last week of February and run through early June. UCONN students take four courses at Haifa and earn a total of 12 credits for a semester of work. This equates to Haifa's requirement that full-time students in the International School must take a minimum of 12 credits. However, a normal course load is between 15-16 credits. All of the courses in the International School are upper level undergraduate courses, even if they contain introductory subjects. Courses for Spring semester can be found on the website or in the Haifa notebook on reserve in the Library.
Assessment and Grading
Students will be examined and graded as are all other students at Haifa. Credit will be awarded for all courses in which a passing grade is received. Grades are not listed on the Connecticut transcript, but credit for those courses passed is noted. No mention is made nor credit given for failed courses. Credits are not averaged as part of the student's GPA. Haifa usually requires a research paper or mid-term exam as well as a final exam. The following is the grading system in the International School:
|F||54 and lower|
Students pay tuition directly to the UConn Law School Business Office. You will be charged for 12 study abroad credits. In addition, you will be charged a Study Abroad Fee of $475 to help defray the administrative expense of the program.
Costs for housing range from $990. for a double room to $1260 for a single room. There are also off campus housing options. Check the website www.homeless.co.il.
Applications for on campus or near campus usually outnumber spaces, so early application is recommended. The Coordinator for International Relations will assist you in getting housing. In addition to the housing fee, students are required to purchase an Israeli health insurance for the semester which costs $120. Other associated living expenses will be detailed as soon as the information is available.
The University and City
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 400,000 Jews, Christians, Moslems, and Druze living in harmony. Haifa provides a wonderful environment for almost any kind of recreational and cultural activity. Numerous cinemas, restaurants, cafes, and discos provide entertainment until the early hours of the morning, while Haifa's beaches and the Carmel National Forest provide recreation throughout the day.
The campus of the University of Haifa spreads along a Carmel Mountain ridge southeast of the city of Haifa and is surrounded by the Carmel National Park. 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.
The University of Haifa is the most pluralistic institution of higher education in Israel: sons and daughters of both veteran cities and development towns, kibbutzim and moshavim, new immigrants, Jews, Arabs, and Druzes, IDF officers and security personnel—all sitting together on the bench of knowledge in an atmosphere of coexistence, tolerance, and mutual respect.
Some 16,500 students are studying toward a degree (B.A., M.A., or Ph.D.) in 2005/06. The University offers six Faculties: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences and Science Education, Law, Social Welfare and Health Studies, and Education. And five Schools: Business Administration, Social Work, History, Public Health, and Political Sciences.
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 built its largest research center outside the United States on the University campus.
Foreign study in Haifa will not be canceled due to lack of enrollment. Should Haifa University decide to cancel the program, Connecticut students will then register for regular classes at the School of Law. In the event that cancellation occurs after the pre-registration period for the semester in question, every effort will be made to accommodate student preferences in registering for classes. No promise can be made that all desired classes will be available.
Additional information can be located on the website of Haifa University.
Check the Reserve Section in the Law Library for the Haifa study abroad notebook containing course listings and other useful materials about Haifa University.
Blanche Capilos can answer many questions or direct you to helpful resources.
Two Connecticut professors have visited and taught at Haifa: Dean Paul and Professor Wilf would be happy to answer questions about the university and town.
If you are an individual with a disability that requires accommodation in order to participate, please consult Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown, Dean's Office, 570-5130.
Tel: 011 972 4 828 8729
Dr. Oren Gazal
Law School Contacts
International Legal Programs
Professor Mark Janis
Director of Student and Faculty Exchanges
Johonatan Harel is an Exchange Student from Haifa and will be on campus during fall semester.