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  • Locations: Haifa, Israel
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Global E³ 
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Program Description:

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology 
Haifa, ISRAEL

University Info   |   International Student Info

Fast Facts

  • Top 100 university in the world.
  • 67% of Israel’s Nasdaq-listed companies are founded or led by Technion graduates.
  • 3 Nobel Prize Laureates are among the Technion faculty.
  • 23% of Technion graduates start at least one new company during their careers.
  • Israel is home to the greatest concentration of high-tech startup companies outside of the Silicon Valley.

Introduction

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 additional humanities classes at the Technion or the University of Haifa
  • Technion International also offers a non-academic Hebrew course every semester for complete beginners (for additional fee)

Study Level

  • Undergraduate students: Accepted
  • Graduate students: Accepted*
  • Computer Science majors: Accepted (only at graduate level)

*At the graduate level, currently some classes may be offered in English if requested by an international student. The following faculties are committed to conducting classes in English: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Engineering, Education in Science and Technology, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mathematics

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students should have the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale or an average of 80 on a percentile scale (0-100). Borderline students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students must have completed 2 semesters of their studies at their home university when applying to the exchange program at the Technion.

Language of Instruction

The main teaching language at the Technion is Hebrew. Courses are also offered in English.

English Proficiency Requirements

Students from non-English speaking countries must submit a language certificate or proof of English language proficiency issued by the home university.

  • Minimum TOEFL iBT score – 70
  • Minimum IELTS score – 7.0
  • Minimum CEFR – B2

Study Period

Fall (October-February), Spring (March-July) or Academic Year

Academic Calendar   |   Semester Dates (including exam period)

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.

Academic Information

The main teaching language at the Technion is Hebrew. At the undergraduate level, courses are offered in English in the following areas: 

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Humanities Courses

Students may take additional humanities classes at the University of Haifa.

Restricted Disciplines and Courses

  • Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Telecommunications, and Business classes are not available to exchange students at Technion.

Course Contents    

Enrollment Requirements

Please refer to our Partner Fact Sheet.

Workload per Semester

Full-time undergraduate students are typically required to complete 18 credits per semester to be considered full-time students. Students coming for the semester/academic year are recommended to take 3-5 academic courses, maximum 15 credit points. Exchange students may register for more courses with the approval of the Academic Relations Coordinator.

The credit value of a course is determined as follows: one lecture hour = 1 credit; one tutorial hour = 1/2 credit; one laboratory hour = 1/3 credit (aside from projects). Credits must be rounded to the nearest 1/2 credit. More credits can be added for more hours of work, but credit value cannot be less than the above-mentioned value. As of now, courses in the Department of Humanities and Arts of two lecture hours are worth 2 credits.

However, we do recommend the home universities to check the syllabus of each course and also to check the academic regulations for calculating credit points at the Technion (page 9). Furthermore, the information page for courses contains the hourly breakdown of work that is invested by a student in completing each specific course (please insert course number).

The courses in the study abroad program are undergraduate-level 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.
 

WINTER SEMESTER ABROAD
Join us for a semester abroad program in Environmental Studies, located within the faculty of Environmental and Civil Engineering. We offer a new set of courses for international students majoring in Environmental Studies, who are focused primarily on the domains of air, water, and earth.

COURSES
Fundamentals of Water and Wastewater Treatment
Laboratory on Water and Wastewater Treatment
Environmental Fate of Anthropogenic Pollutants 

CANDIDATES
This program is intended for advanced undergraduate students (3rd or 4th year) who are majoring in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science, as well as master's students.
 

Additional Application Materials

Students nominated by IIE to Technion must also register through the Technion online system. Applicants should submit:

  • Original Transcript of Grades
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • 1 recommendation letter
  • Passport-size photo
  • Passport copy
  • CV
  • Personal Statement (detailing the student's motivations for studying at Technion)

Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:

  • Required

Students will receive a decision about their acceptance within two weeks after the end of the application deadline.

Housing

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.

Request for on-campus housing must be submitted at least three months in advance to the Student Affairs Coordinator (details will be sent together with the admission letter).

Estimated Cost of Living

Estimated Living Expenses

Food/meals

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 – Approx. $380 per month

Local transportation

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) – Costs vary

Compulsory Israeli Health Insurance – approx. $400 per semester

Personal expenses – Including food approx. $500 per month

Other administrative fees – $250 per semester

Contact

Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

Dean of Students Office   |   visitors@int.technion.ac.il

City Info

Haifa is Israel's foremost port city for international commerce and a center of Israeli high tech industries. It is the largest city in the North and Israel’s third largest city with a population of over 250,000. The city, built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, has a history dating back to Biblical times. The earliest known settlement in the vicinity was Tell Abu Hawam, a small port city established in the Late Bronze Age (14th century BCE). In the 3rd century CE, Haifa was known as a dye-making center. Over the centuries, the city has changed hands: It has been conquered and ruled by the Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, Egyptians, and the British.

Two of the most distinguishing features of this dynamic city are its physical beauty and its cosmopolitan population of Jews, Christians, Moslems, Druze, and Bahai. 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 city is home to the Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space as well as the Haifa Museum of Art and The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, the Middle East’s only museum dedicated exclusively to Japanese art.




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