Recent years had witnessed an unprecedented growth of scholarly interest in Israeli history, politics, society and culture. Numerous programs, research centers and endowed chairs in Israel Studies had been established in North America and in Europe, adding a new, fresh and innovative dimension to existing programs in Judaic Studies.

The MA Program in Israel Studies is designed to attract international students who wish to deepen their understanding of the Israeli experience from a wide perspective, and see it against the larger backdrop of twentieth century Jewish history, and Middle Eastern politics and society.

Taught in English over three semesters, the program will examine Israeli society from a variety of perspectives, including Aliyah and migration, economics, politics, culture, religion, and the ties between Israel and Jewish communities abroad.

The multidisciplinary curriculum will include courses in history, international relations, sociology, political science and religious studies, in addition to weekly meetings with representatives from different sectors of Israeli society. 

The program is aimed for both Israeli and International students and is conducted in English.

Why Study in Haifa?
The University of Haifa is one of Israel's seven research universities, the largest in the north. It is a microcosm of Israeli society dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility.

The University of Haifa is the perfect place to be exploring the history of the State
of Israel, Israeli society and the Jewish Diaspora.The campus is a living laboratory where Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, Bedouin and Bahá'ís study side by side. Students will experience a dynamic, cultural mosaic where students of all ethnic backgrounds encounter and engage, becoming acquainted with each other and, even when disagreeing, learn to understand and respect each other. In this setting, students will experience the relevant issues of a multicultural, multiethnic society.

Studies at the University of Haifa consist of both demanding academics, as well as social and cultural opportunities. An academic advisor will guide you during your studies and will respond to all academic issues. The experienced and professional staff at the International School will guide you through any bureaucratic challenges as well as provide a range of social and cultural events on campus.