Haifa is a multi-faceted city with several unique characteristics making it an attractive place to visit. Its proximity to the sea and its active port contribute to its prominence. The bustling port area draws merchants, shoppers and tourists. The beautiful beaches are popular for sports and recreation, and are filled with people during summer weekends. In addition, because of their excellent surfing conditions, the beaches serve many of Israel’s top sailing enthusiasts and host sailing competitions and other sporting events.
Haifa’s reputation for tolerance extends to the Bahai Faith whose World Center is located in the city. The Bahais originated in the Bab sect which separated from Iran’s Shi’ite Islam in 1844. The Bahai World Center, an expansive and well-designed complex on the slope of the Carmel, is famous for its magnificent gardens. It includes the exquisitely landscaped “Hanging Gardens” which run about a kilometer along the Louis Promenade until Ha-Gefen Street. At the center is the impressive, gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, the burial place of the Bab, the founder of the faith. One can enjoy some enchanting spots while strolling through the beautiful gardens by day, but with the special lighting, an evening visit provides equal pleasure and a peaceful, romantic atmosphere.
Haifa also boasts many institutions devoted to culture, art and science which offer an array of festivals and activities. Several types of museums are located in Haifa, including: the Dagon Grain Silo; the National Maritime Museum; the National Museum of Science and Technology; the Haifa Museum of Art; the Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum; the Railway Museum; the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art; the Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum; and the Israel Oil Industry Museum.
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is a public research university in Haifa, Israel. Founded in 1912, Technion is the country’s oldest university. The institute offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as architecture, medicine, industrial management and education. Although the official language of instruction at Technion is Hebrew, several undergraduate and graduate study programs and courses are taught in English through Technion International.
Technion, consistently ranked among the world’s top 50, is a major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy. Technion graduates represent 70 percent of the high-tech workforce and established Israel’s industrial infrastructure, reinforced its technological defense capabilities, and pioneered its technology-based enterprises, that has earned the country’s reputation as the world’s “Startup Nation” (with the highest concentration of high-tech companies anywhere outside the Silicon Valley). Set on a modern campus, Technion is home to a prominent faculty, among them three recent Nobel laureates, and a long list of notable alumni including engineers, scientists, physicians, professors and entrepreneurs. The institute has also been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading entrepreneurial ecosystems and incubator for future successful entrepreneurs.
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NOTE: Core Curriculum designations on this list pertain to the OLD Core only
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Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alicia Peña
In addition to coursework, Spring semester students are able to participate in an internship prior to the start of the semester. Neubauer Professional Internship is offered by Technion International as part of the Neubauer American Semester Program. The program awards Technion credit for professional internships. It is open to qualified undergraduates and offers full- and part-time options. Students can be accredited up to 3 credits, for a minimum of 200 hours over a period of 8-30 weeks. Alternatively, students can join our Research Internships as part of their Neubauer Experience. Israel is a great place for interns – there are many excellent opportunities in a relatively small geographical region.
Technion places its interns in various work settings. Intern opportunities can be at leading multi-national corporations (MNCs) like Microsoft, Intel, or HP (and other MNCs involved in high-tech and low-tech activities), at smaller companies like Panorama Software, or even at an early stage start-up like 90Min. Interns have also been placed in companies active in various domains such as clean-tech, software, retail, consulting, and more. In addition, there are opportunities to be had in governmental units (at the Office of the Chief Scientist for example) and within the Technion community itself, working with Technion Technology Transfer (T3) portfolio companies and/or at Technion labs.
Grades awarded during a semester at Technion will be transferred back to USD and applied to the student's overall GPA.
On-campus housing at Technion is limited. If on-campus housing is unavailable, Technion will offer students assistance in finding affordable housing off-campus.
USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. Housing is not included in the fees assessed by USD and will be paid directly to the housing provider. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.
A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, immigration information will be sent to students from Technion. US citizens are required to obtain the A/2 Student Visa in order to study at Technion for the semester.