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The Semester Abroad program at Technion, open to undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world, prepares students to excel in their future academic and professional careers. The Semester Abroad program is offered through the Technion International School and is taught in English and/or Hebrew. The Program offers a challenging and intensive course load that can be tailored to meet each student’s specific interests as well as ensuring their ability to meet specific pre-requisites or course requirements for their home universities or prospective graduate or advanced studies.

Semester Programs are offered in the following fields:

  • Aerospace Engineering – Courses available in Hebrew
  • Architecture and Town Planning – Courses available in Hebrew
  • Biology – Courses available in Hebrew
  • Biomedical Engineering – Courses available in Hebrew and English
  • Biotechnology and Food Engineering – Courses available in Hebrew and English
  • Chemical Engineering – Courses available in Hebrew and English (Only graduate level)
  • Chemistry – Courses available in Hebrew and English (Only graduate level)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering – Courses available in Hebrew and English
  • Computer Science – Courses available in Hebrew and English
  • Education in Science and Technology – Courses available in Hebrew
  • Electrical Engineering – Courses available in Hebrew and English
  • Humanities and Arts – Courses available in Hebrew and English
  • Industrial Engineering and Management – Courses available in Hebrew and English
  • Materials Science & Engineering – Courses available in Hebrew
  • Mathematics – Courses available in Hebrew
  • Mechanical Engineering – Courses available in Hebrew and English
  • Medicine – Courses available in Hebrew
  • Physics – Courses available in Hebrew and English (Only graduate level)

A select number of Humanities courses are also available.

Students may also enroll for an additional fee in an optional Ulpan, an intensive Hebrew-language immersion course, or a Conversational Hebrew course. Students with sufficient language proficiency may choose to take a regular Technion courses taught in Hebrew.

Academic Program

Full-time students typically take around 16-20 credits per semester. One academic lecture hour (50 minutes) equals 1 credit point. Courses are given at the second, third and fourth year undergraduate levels. Some include off-site activities as well as business and industry site visits.

Each semester is comprised of 14 weeks of teaching, followed by a 2 week exam period.
Choose from 1 or 2 Semesters:
Winter Semester: October – February
Spring Semester: March – July

Please note that even though full time load for Technion students is 60 hours a week,Technion do not allow visiting international students to study during one semester more than a maximum of 4 Technical courses and 2 general courses. Actual student programs may be lighter depending on the course requirements. This rule is because teaching at the Technion- except for special program – is in Hebrew, and taking classes in Hebrew poses special challenges to international students, even if the students have some background in Hebrew.

Grading System

The following table outlines the grading system for the Semester Abroad program:

Grade (letter) Grade (%)
A+ 97-100
A 91-96
A- 86-90
B+ 82-85
B 77-81
B- 73-76
C+ 65-72
C 61-64
D 55-60
F 54 and lower


International students may request on-campus housing on our vibrant Haifa campus in modern student dorms, which include flats of 5 bedrooms and a shared kitchen and bathroom. Bedrooms are equipped with a bed, a closet and a desk. No linen or kitchenware is provided. Dorm rooms are limited and must be arranged at least three months in advance through the International School. On-Campus housing is not guaranteed but all students accepted to the program may apply.More information about housing here

Student Life: Trips & Social Activities

International students will easily integrate to student life at Technion, which supports a multicultural student community. On campus you’ll have access to a wide range of sports facilities (including an Olympic sized pool), and participate in social and cultural programs, lectures and trips to enrich your study abroad experience. You’ll be invited to an orientation day (Next Tab), designed to get you acquainted with peers, student life and living essentials in Israel.

For Winter semester 2014 send your application by June 15th, 2014


Admission to the Semester Abroad program requires a GPA of 80/3.0 and above.

Please find all applications forms here

Your application package must include the following documents:

  • Completed Application Form
  • One letter of recommendation*
  • A personal statement outlining why you want to study at the Technion
  • Resume with passport size picture
  • Transcripts (original or approved copies)
  • $50.00 application fee
  • Students from non-English speaking countries must either undergo a personal interview or submit their TOFEL/IELTS scores

*An original copy must be sent directly from the evaluator.

English Proficiency

Since the academic program at Technion International School is taught entirely in English, applicants are required to demonstrate their English proficiency before their enrollment. Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language may be required to undergo an interview in English.

All forms and documents relating to your application should be sent to our Visiting Students Coordinator:
Mrs. Orna Nagan Hillman

Admission decisions will be based on a close evaluation of each application on a case by case basis. An emphasis will be placed on the academic performance of each candidate.


Registration Fee (Non-Refundable) $50.00
Tuition $7,500
On-Campus Housing (per month) $310
Health Insurance & Estimated Living Expenses (per semester) $2,500

*Please note that tuition fees do not cover applicants’ airfare to and from Israel.
**Prices are subject to change due to Technion decision, fluctuations in market prices and currency exchange rates.

Orientation Day

Technion International also provides a comprehensive Orientation day designed to familiarize students with the campus and surrounding neighbourhoods, and to provide a general guide to student life in Israel. Orientation presents you with such “survival tips” as acquiring a student card, email account and internet access code, opening an Israeli bank account, getting a cellphone, and getting around the sprawling Technion campus and your dormitory.

Hebrew Ulpan (Optional)

The Hebrew language Ulpan lays the foundation for life in Israel, at the Technion. An extremely effective technique, Ulpan is designed for those who want to immerse themselves in an intensive language acquisition experience. Instruction is offered for beginner levels and takes place on campus. The Ulpan is given during the month of August each year.

Conversational Hebrew for Beginners

Come learn some Conversational Hebrew
Technion International, together with the Department of Humanities & Arts offers a beginner’s Hebrew language course for international visitors. The course is offered each semester and is open to students, post-docs, sabbatical visitors and spouses of visiting scientists.
The course will provide knowledge of the Hebrew letters, vocabulary and basic language and grammar structures. Students will acquire elementary reading, writing and communication skills to use during their visit. The course will be taught during the semester.
Course Duration: 14 weeks (4 academic hours each week, taught in the afternoons)
Cost: NIS 1100
If you are interested, please send an email to:

  1. Winter 2014/2015 (October 2014 – February 2015)

  2. Spring 2014/2015 (March 2015 – July 2015)

Winter 2014/2015 (October 2014-February 2015)

Course Listings

The following courses are offered in English during the Winter 2014-2015 Semester:

List of Courses (in alphabetical order):
Civil and Environmental Engineering

104131 - Differential Equations

014005 – Engineering Laboratory

014305 - Environmental Engineering Laboratory

014211 - Fluid Mechanics

014841 – Fundamentals of Mapping and Surveying 1

014409 – Geomechanics

014008 – Graphical Engineering Information

016213 - Hydraulic Engineering

234112 - Introduction to Computer Language C

014606 - Introduction to Construction Management

014212 - Introduction to Hydrological Engineering

314535 - Introduction to Materials Engineering

014006 - Introduction to Numerical Analysis

014730 - Introduction to Transportation Systems

014609 - Mechanization in Construction

014601 - Project 1- Construction Management

114054 - Physics III

014108 - Statics of Structures 1

014004 - Systems Analysis

014309 - Water and Wastewater Technologies

014322 - Water and Wastewater Treatment

General Science & Engineering Courses

086777 - Estimation Theory (Aerospace)

036086 – Flow and Transport in Microdevices  (ME)

125001 – General Chemistry (CHEM)

096809 - Social Ventures (IE)

General Courses

324049 - Basic Hebrew

038782 - Computational Fluid Dynamics


Spring 2014/2015 (March 2015 – July 2015)

Course Listings

The following courses are offered in English during the Spring 2014 Semester:

List of Courses (in alphabetical order):
Entrepreneurship & Innovation

096211 - Electronic Commerce Models

098793 - Entrepreneurial Economics and Finance

099745 - Fundamentals of High-tech Entrepreneurship

099760 - Managerial Negotiation

096816 - Marketing for high-tech start-ups

096600 - Organizational Behavior

094815 - Project in Entrepreneurship

096807 - Social Ventures

32864 - Technology Entrepreneurship

Civil and Environmental Engineering

016302 – Air Pollution

014505 – Building Materials

014123 – Concrete Structures 1 

014610 – Construction Methods

014325 – Design of Water and Wastewater Systems

014603 – Engineering Economics

014405 – Engineering Geology

014008 – Graphical Engineering Information

014205 - Hydraulics

014605 – Industrialized Buildings

014103 – Introduction to Engineering Mechanics

014615 – Introduction to Financial Management

314535 - Introduction to Materials Engineering

104019 – Linear Algebra

124503 – Physical Chemistry I-B

114052 – Physics II

014617 – Planning and Control of Construction Projects

014301 - Project 2 – Environmental Engineering

014707 – Traffic Engineering

014320 – Water Chemistry

016203 – Water Resources Systems Engineering

General Science & Engineering Courses

096809 - Social Ventures (IE)

General Courses

324863 - Archeology and History in the Holy Land

324049 - Basic Hebrew 2

*** Courses are subject to change at any time.
Please note: Courses with fewer than five students will be cancelled.

This form should be filled out after receiving a letter of acceptance to the Semester Abroad Program.