Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
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Language of instruction
The main teaching language at the Technion is Hebrew. Courses are also offered in English.
In 1924, the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel's first university, opened its doors and began the historic task of preparing young men and women to build a new nation. Today, the Technion is Israel's primary science-technology university and the largest center of applied research. The Institute's 14,000 students can choose from 18 faculties, and from 50 undergraduate and 82 graduate programs in engineering, science, architecture, medicine and management.
Ranked among the top technological universities in the world, Technion has a distinguished faculty of 550 that includes three Nobel Prize-winning scientists. These faculty members collaborate with leading scientists on research projects worldwide. The campus houses 40 research institutes and centers and nine interdisciplinary centers of excellence. Visiting academics and some 400 overseas graduate students provide an international atmosphere.
Technion’s semester, summer and year-long programs in English are open to undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world.
TERMS OF EXCHANGE
International students may visit the Technion for:
- Semester/or Year taking courses in English or Hebrew (pending the professors' approval)
- Semester/summer for a research internship (English)
- Students may take a Hebrew language intensive Ulpan prior or following the semester and may take additional humanities classes at the Technion or the University of Haifa
- Undergraduate Students : Accepted
- Graduate Students : Accepted
- Computer Science Majors : Pending faculty approval
Winter (October-February), Spring (March-July) or Academic Year
Pre-semester activities (August & January) include Hebrew intensive Ulpan and an Orientation day
Summer Program - Technion Summer Programs
These summer programs are available to Global E3 students as fee-paying programs and are not administered by IIE as part of the Global E3 program. For more information, please visit the summer program information sheet or the program website or contact the university directly.
The main teaching language at the Technion is Hebrew. Courses are offered in ENGLISH in the following areas:
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Industrial Engineering and Management
- Mechanical Engineering
- Hebrew Intensive Ulpan
- Humanities Courses
Students may take additional humanities classes at the University of Haifa.
Additional application materials?
Applicants register also through the Technion online system.
Applicants should submit 2 academic recommendations, essay, official grades, TOEFL/IELTS (TOFEL-70; IELTS-5.5) score (when applicable) and have a personal interview.
When will students receive their acceptance package?
Approximately 12 weeks after the entire application has been submitted.
COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION
The dates of the Israeli school year differ from the dates of American universities. Our Winter semester begins in October and the Spring semester ends in July.
- Fall: October - February (Pre-semester Hebrew Ulpan will begin August)
- Spring: March - July
Workload per semester
Full-time undergraduate students are typically required to complete approximately 16 credits per semester to be considered full-time students. Students coming for the semester/academic year are recommended to take 3-5 academic courses.
The courses in the study abroad program can usually be characterized as third and fourth year undergraduate courses. They may be considered elective courses at some colleges. The courses usually comprise periodic homework assignments, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. Some courses involve off-site activities and visits to Israeli industry.
- One academic lecture hour (50 minutes) represents one credit point.
- One tutorial or one laboratory hour represents one half credit point.
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Students are able to see their official grades online and also print out their official transcripts here at the Technion.
Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?
Visiting international students receive on-campus housing, depending on availability - a shared room in an apartment with, their international peers. The students share a kitchen, dining area, shower and toilets. All apartments have internet.
When can exchange students move in to the Hall of Residence?
Visiting students usually move in on the first day of the semester, as they participate in an orientation day. The student can also choose to participate in an intensive Hebrew course a month before the semester begins.
If you choose to take a pre-semester Hebrew intensive Ulpan, please note that no on-campus housings are available for the period prior to the start of the semester.
Students who are entering Israel in order to participate in an educational program must apply for a student visa. Application for a Student Visa is done at the Israeli Consulate in your home country. Visa Renewal or Extension- if you have a student visa (type A2), you can renew or extend your visa at the Ministry of Interior (Misrad Hapnim), located at Government buildiing, 15 Pal Yam Street, Kiryat Hamemshala, Haifa.
In order to request an appointment to renew or extend your student visa at the ministry of interior, you will need to contact the Technion International's Visas Coordinator at least a month in advance of your renewal date.
Health Insurance & Immunizations
All international students at the Technion are required to have an Israeli health insurance during their entire stay. We recommend that they use a specific company and will help all students register and understand the insurance policy. Please be in touch with our staff for further details.
When should I arrive?
Visiting international students who come to Technion for the semester/academic year usually move in on the first day of the semester.
Is airport reception available?
Getting to the Technion from the Ben Gurion airport is quite simple. Students have two choices:
- Train directly from the airport terminal to Hof Hacarmel station in Haifa (about 1 hour trip). From the Hof Hacarmel station, the student can either take a taxi to the Technion campus or the #11 bus (from the Hof Hacarmel bus station). The taxi should be about 50 NIS. Please note that in Israel we do not tip cab drivers. The patron can either use the meter or decide on a fixed price with the driver.
- Amal Taxi (a big yellow van) stationed right outside of the terminal that will take you to the neighborhood of Hadar in Haifa. For an extra fee, the driver might agree to take you to the Technion Campus.
Is there a bank on campus?
Yes. There is a Bank Leumi on campus and several others in walking distance from the campus.
All international students at the Technion are required to have an Israeli cell number and it must be powered on at all times. We recommend a company that gives inexpensive group rates, however the student can choose what company he/she would like to work with. Once a student has been accepted, we will send them the information.
ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING
Technion has over 20 restaurants, cafeterias, and cafes located on campus. All eateries are kosher except for one. There is also a kitchen in every dorm so students can cook as much as they need. Each dorm village has a small grocery store and a larger grocery store is located walking distance from the Technion campus.
Housing cost is approx. $380 per month
Haifa, and Israel in general, is quite accessible by public transportation. Municipal buses cost about 6.40 NIS ($2). Haifa is only an hour train ride from Tel Aviv and a two hour bus ride from Jerusalem.
Academic expenses (e.g. books, stationery)
Including food app. $500 per month
Other administrative fees:
Approximately $250 per semester
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Ms. Dana Ben-Ari, Coordinator
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