Course Load

Course Load

Full-time undergraduate students in the International School must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester to be regarded as a full time student. Each credit represents one academic hour (45 mins) of classroom instruction however the normal course load per semester for international students is between 15-16 credits. Students are responsible for fulfilling the minimum requirements of their home universities.

All of the semester and year abroad program courses in the International School are upper level undergraduate courses, even if they occasionally contain introductory subjects. They usually require a research paper and a mid-term or final exam.

The following is the grading system in the International School:

A+ = 97-100
A = 93-96
A- = 90-92
B+ = 87-89
B = 83-86
B- = 80-82
C+ = 77-79
C = 73-76

C- = 70-72

D+ = 67-69
D = 63-66

D- = 60-62
F = Below 60

There is no pass/fail option in the International School


Credit Equivalence

1 Study Abroad Credit = 1 American University Credit


1 Study Abroad Credit = 1.5 ECTS


Courses of Instruction

The International School offers a variety of courses taught in English, as well as Hebrew and Arabic language courses. Not all courses are offered each semester, so please pay attention to when a course is being offered.

Click here to see the International School's course catalog.

Students who are proficient in Hebrew are welcome to enroll in all courses taught in the various other departments at the University, provided they meet the pre-requisites of the course.  The International School has an agreement with the University that any student in our department who enrolls in a course taught in Hebrew can write the required papers and exams in English.  If your computer can display Hebrew fonts, please click here to view the University's course catalog.  Otherwise, please be in touch with us about courses of interest taught in Hebrew.

Courses offered in the Department of English Language and Literature are all taught in English - and are open to international students. The department course list will become available during the summer before the beginning of the fall semester. If you would like to receive a copy of the complete list, please be in touch with us.

The course schedules of the International School will be published during the summer.  However, each year we expect that we will offer most of the same courses.  Therefore, if you need to receive pre-approval from your university regarding the courses you will study in Haifa, use the current course list as your guide. 


Registration Information

After the one week shopping period, students fill out their final registration form. Once this is done, students may not add or drop courses, they may not change a course's status from for credit to Audit , or from seminar to elective. 

Students who wish to take courses at the the regular university, have one week of studies in the regular university to make a final decision about whether to register or not for a particular course. This week is usually one or two weeks later than the Study Abroad semester's start. After that there is adding or dropping of them either, nor a change of status from for credit to Audit, or from seminar to elective.


Academic Advising

Students in the International School may request academic advising at any point of the semester for their academic uncertainties. The academic advisor is available to meet with each student individually at the beginning of the semester to go over the student's choice of courses to determine whether the courses are suitable for the student's academic needs. Throughout the semester students are encouraged to meet with the advisor if they need any assistance with their academic programs. The academic advisor, Dr. Miryam Sivan, can be found in room 236 of the International School in the Hatter Student Building. Her office hours are on Thursdays between 9:30 and 12:00 or by appointment. To schedule an appointment, or for any questions, please email:

Study Abroad Staff

Director, Study Abroad

Ms. Michal Morgenstern Laor



Undergraduate Marketing and Recruitment

Ms. Michal Gottlieb


Academic Advisor

Dr. Miryam Sivan



Undergraduate Admission

Mr Jason Hochman



Student Affairs Coordinator

Ms. Sivan Shovaly



Finance Director

Ms. Keren Hashimshony




Social Acitvities Coordinator

Ms. Dana Itskovitz