A aerial shot of a large urban city (Haifa) in a dry climate with a large bay visible in the distance.
Haifa University
Dates to Remember

Exchange Dates to Remember

Spring 2017 Applications

Applications Due: 
  September 16, 2016
  September 19-30, 2016
  September 30, 2016

Classes were great. The Israelis were very interested in international students and were really friendly in class.

Karen Rabinovici
Haifa, Spring 2011

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.

There are approximately 17,000 students studying toward a degree (B.A., M.A., or Ph.D.). The University offers six faculties: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences and Science Education, Law, Social Welfare and Health Studies and Education. The University also offers five schools: Business Administration, Social Work, History, Public Health and Political Sciences.

The Global Law Program, which offers courses in the spring semester, brings together students from around the world for intense study of numerous aspects of law both internationally and in the context of Israel and the Middle East. International students study alongside Israeli students in law courses taught by visiting faculty from around the world as well as professors from the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa.  

Language Requirements

No language requirement exists for students attending in the spring semester as all instruction in the Global Law program is in English. Students attending for the full year must speak Hebrew or Arabic.

Term Schedule

Students choosing to study at Haifa University can opt to attend the university for the spring semester.

Spring Semester End of February to early June


The Global Law program at Haifa University combines excellent academic training in intellectual property and business law with high level practical experience in patent drafting, patent application and technology transactions. This unique comprehensive training provides the necessary background for practicing patent law in a global environment. 

Students opting to study at the University of Haifa will take a minimum of (12) credits in masters level courses focused in the areas of comparative and international law, intellectual property law, economics and health law. 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. Haifa University also offers classes in graduate level patent law.  

View a full array of classes.

Sample Course Offerings

World Trade Organization Law
The Law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), or World Trade Law, provides the most important international law framework for the regulation of trade in goods (GATT), services (GATS) and trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPs) by its 153 members (including the European Union). Contrary to other international organizations and fora, the WTO avails itself of an elaborate dispute settlement mechanism including a standing Appellate Body. The course will cover the historical development of the world trade order from the signing of the GATT (1947) to the foundation of the WTO (1995), the most relevant substantive legal principles applying to the WTO members (the most-favoured-nation principle, the national treatment principle, the tariffs-only principle etc.), the specific regulatory approach of the GATT, GATS and TRIPs, and the institutional structure of the WTO, including the settlement of disputes

European Union Law
This course provides an introduction to the law of the European Union (EU). We will discuss the theories of European integration and examine the constitutional and institutional structure of the EU. Substantial attention is devoted to the examination of the division of powers among the EU institutions and between the EU and its member states. Other topics include the enlargement of the EU, evolution of Fundamental Rights, the substantive law relating to the Common Market and the external relations of the EU.

The Regulation of Competition in the IT Sector – An EU Perspective
Although state monopolies in telecommunications are history, repercussions of that period are still palpable. Another factor giving competition in the information technology sector is network effects which create a tendency towards natural monopolies. The task of competition law in that context is to keep markets open and to prevent abusive practices. The course will present the EU approach to these questions. The most prominent cases will be studied, for example Microsoft, Intel and Google. Additionally, the case law will be connected with the broader categories of innovation, intellectual property rights, standards, interoperability and strategic behavior.

Non-Monetary Remedies
This course examines the law of non-monetary remedies. It will focus on remedies such as injunctions, declaratory judgments and apologies. Many of the readings are theoretical or historical, and they focus primarily on the place of non-monetary remedies in the U.S. legal system. The questions addressed go much deeper for the law of remedies implicates fundamental questions about justice and the design of a legal system, including what it means to satisfy a wrong, the optimal timing of adjudication, access to courts, and judicial discretion.

Haifa is Israel's foremost port city for international commerce and the center of the Israeli tech sector. Two of the most distinguishing features of this dynamic city are its physical beauty and its cosmopolitan population of 400,000 Jews, Christians, Muslems, and Druze living in harmony. Haifa provides a wonderful environment for almost any kind of recreational and cultural activity. Surrounded by abundant natural sites, the city contains an interesting mix of modern neighborhoods and older districts, churches and mosques, mountains and the sea. A number of cinemas, restaurants, cafés, 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.

Haifa’s proximity to the sea and its active port have helped develop this city and make it a center of maritime industry. The port draws merchants, shoppers and tourists to both its business center and the beautiful beaches. Due to the excellent surfing conditions, it’s also known as one of Israel’s top sailing locations, hosting a number of sailing and surfing competitions.

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.

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, and the family. Research facilities include: the Jewish-Arab Center, the Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel, the Center for Study of Crime, Law, and Society, the Center for the Study of Pilgrimage, Tourism and Recreation, the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Emotions, the International Brain and Behavior Research Center, the Center for Democratic Studies, the Center for Law and Technology, the Center for Research of Education for Peace, and the Center for National Security Studies and Geostrategy. IBM sited its largest research center outside the United States on the University campus.

Each year the International Programs department and the Office of Financial Aid work together to create an appropriate semester or year budget for the program.

Below is the budget for 2014-2015 for one semester:

Tuition paid to host school $0
Tuition paid to Uconn $12,684
Uconn Fees*** $428
Uconn Law School Abroad Fee $475
Books and Supplies $600
Room $1,120
Board $1,200
Personal $2,000
Transportation $2,000
TOTAL $20,507