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Financial Aid

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Israel Institute Study Abroad Scholarship

The Israel Institute is awarding scholarships of $4,000 to students with excellent records of achievement who have been accepted to the MA in Israel Studies program. Scholarships are awarded for one year, though students may apply for continued funding for subsequent years.

The Israel Institute is seeking students of the highest caliber and applications should reflect the Institute’s goal of advancing knowledge and study of modern Israel. In order to be considered for a scholarship, please submit the following materials to applications@israelinstitute.org by June 14, 2013:

  1. A complete resume
  2. A 2 page, double-spaced statement of purpose discussing why you chose to get a degree in Israel Studies and what you believe it will enable you to do
  3. M.A. students: Undergraduate and graduate transcripts from every school you have attended;
    B.A. students: High school and undergraduate transcripts from every school you have attended

The Israel Institute will interview the candidates with the best applications after the June 14 deadline and selections will be made upon completion of the interviews. 

For additional information please see the Israel Institute website.

Need-Based Financial Aid 

Each year a limited number of students will be granted financial aid based on need. Students who are in financial need are encouraged to submit an application. 

In addition to the financial aid application, students must submit the following:

  • Letter explaining your financial situation.
  • U.S. Applicants Only: Copy of your Student Aid Report. (The Student Aid Report is received after completing the FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For information about completing the FAFSA please visit www.fafsa.ed.gov. To ensure that the University of Haifa receives a copy of your Student Aid Report, please be sure to list the University of Haifa on your FAFSA. The University of Haifa's Federal School Code is G10456.)

Your application will be returned to you if any pertinent information is left blank or if you do not submit all requested supporting documentation by the deadline stated in the guidelines.

The Financial Aid Committee will not look at a scholarship application unless the applicant has completed his or her application to the International School and has been accepted. You are welcome to submit an application for financial aid at the time you submit your application for admission. However, your financial aid application will only be reviewed after the semester deadline.

Application deadline: April 15 for full-year programs   

Financial aid awards will cover between 10% - 30% of tuition fees.

Need-Based Financial Aid Application

MASA Scholarship Program

The Jewish Agency for Israel in partnership with the Israeli government is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity entitled "MASA," which means "Journey" in Hebrew. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to Jewish students who want to participate in a long-term Israel program (minimum of five months, meaning either fall and spring semester or one semester plus Intensive Ulpan before the start of semester). Jewish students ages 18-30 are eligible for the scholarship. 

All eligible students are guaranteed a scholarship for their long-term program in Israel. The amount of the scholarship depends on the student's age, country of origin, and financial background. Please click here to visit the MASA website and to find out exactly how much scholarship you are eligible to receive.

Students can apply for a MASA scholarship by completing the application on the MASA website. Upon completion of the application, a PDF file of the application will be sent to you via e-mail. You will need to print the completed application, sign it, and then return the scholarship application to the International School at the University of Haifa. The International School will then confirm your acceptance to the program and send the application to the Jewish Agency. In order to qualify for this scholarship, you must have already completed your application to the International School at the University of Haifa and been accepted. You are welcome to submit your MASA scholarship application to the University of Haifa at the same time as your application for admission.

MASA applications must be received by the MASA office no less than 60 days before the start of the program. Because applications must first be sent to the International School, students should plan to have their application received in Haifa no later than 70 days before the start of the program. All students who receive a scholarship from MASA are required to study Hebrew and participate in the Volunteer Program as well as social activities

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Cultural and Scientific Relations Division of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers scholarships for the University of Haifa's Intensive Summer Ulpan as well as the year overseas program or a research grant. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada (Quebec Province), China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.
  • Hold a B.A. or B.Sc. Degree (or higher) and have a good record of academic achievement.
  • Be a citizen of the country where he/she applies for the scholarship and be under the age of 35.

Preference will be given to research students and/or applicants who intend to study Israeli or Jewish-related subjects. Knowledge of the English or Hebrew language is required. Scholarships to the Ulpan include the cost of tuition, living expenses, health insurance, social activities, and housing. Scholarships for year-long studies include the cost of tuition, living expenses, and health insurance. To learn more about the scholarship, and to download an application, please visit the website of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. If you have questions regarding the scholarship, please e-mail: scholarship@mfa.gov.il.

American Zionist Movement Helyn B. Reich Scholarship

Each year, the American Zionist Movement grants scholarships to a limited number of students who demonstrate past pro-Israel activity and a commitment to future involvement with Israel and the Jewish community. Financial need will also be considered, though more emphasis will be placed on merit.

Elligibility:

  1. Applicants must be American and studying at an American college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  2. Applicants must have been accepted to study in Israel at Ben-Gurion University, University of Haifa, or Tel Aviv University for a minimum of one semester (Preference given to students attending for a full year).
  3. Applicants must be actively engaged with pro-Israel activities on their college campus and/or Jewish community in the United States.

Recipients of the Helyn B. Reich Scholarship will be expected to remain involved with the American Zionist Movement following their return to the United States.  

The scholarship application must be filled out online on the AZM website. The deadline to apply is June 8.

American Jewish League for Israel

The American Jewish League for Israel provides up to $2,000 for an American student to spend the year in Israel attending one of seven universities, including the University of Haifa. Scholarships are based on merit. To learn more about the scholarship, and to download an application, please visit the website of the American Jewish League for Israel.

Bernice and Gordon Brown Scholarships

This scholarship is open to Montreal residents who have demonstrated academic excellence and community involvement. Students must study for a full year at the University of Haifa. Preference will be given to students who have not been to Israel. Candidates must plan to return to Montreal to participate in the Jewish community. Please see the website for more details.

U.S. Federal Financial Aid


The University of Haifa participates in the United States Department of Education Student Financial Assistance Programs. Students who are enrolled at a US institution of higher education can use their US federal financial aid (Stafford loans, PLUS/SLS loans) to help pay for their education at the University of Haifa. The University of Haifa is not able to provide US federal financial aid directly to students. Instead, you must continue to receive financial aid from your home university. Please visit the financial aid office and/or study abroad office at your home university for more information. Most likely your home university will ask the University of Haifa to sign a consortium agreement. This agreement allows your home university to continue disbursing financial aid while you study abroad at the University of Haifa.   

Please note that sudents who are not yet enrolled in a university in the U.S. will not be able to access federal financial aid to study in the International School at the University of Haifa.  The University of Haifa's OPE Identification number is 01045600 or G10456.

Please contact Karen Doryoseph at kdor@univ.haifa.ac.il for more information or to apply.

Other Financial Aid Resources


We strongly recommend that students applying to the MA programs explore the following scholarship opportunities:

If you have any questions please contact the Admissions Office at infograd@univ.haifa.ac.il

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