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ENGR Exchange: Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)

Haifa, Israel
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English,Hebrew

Host Institution
In 1924, the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel's first university, opened its doors and began the historic task of preparing young men and women to build a new nation. Today, the Technion is Israel's primary science-technology university and the largest center of applied research. The Institute's 13,000 students can choose from 19 faculties, and from 49 undergraduate and 65 graduate programs in engineering, science, architecture, medicine and management. Ranked among the top technological universities in the world, the Technion has a distinguished faculty of 550 that includes two Nobel Prize-winning scientists. These faculty members collaborate with leading scientists on research projects worldwide. The campus houses 40 research institutes and centers and nine interdisciplinary centers of excellence. Visiting academics and some 400 overseas graduate students provide an international atmosphere. The Technion's semester, summer and year-long programs in English are open to undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world.

Host City
Haifa is the third largest city in Israel and is located in the northern part of the country. It is the main port of Israel making use of its natural bay and serves as Israel's major link to the sea. Haifa extends over a chain of hills, part of the Biblical Carmel range, which rise majestically overlooking the Mediterranean.  Today, the city is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa covering 63.7 square kilometers (24.6 sq. mi). It is located about 90 kilometers (56 mi) north of Tel Aviv and is the major regional center of northern Israel. Two respected academic institutions, the University of Haifa and the Technion, are located in Haifa, and the city plays an important role in Israel's economy. It is home to Matam, one of the oldest and largest high-tech parks in the country.


Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be an ENGR major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.


  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
  4. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  5. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  6. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Students studying at Israel Institute of Technology enroll for engineering courses. Review the Technion International website for details including the availability of courses taught in English and the course options for the various engineering majors.

In addition to taking classes, students have the option to undertake a Professional Internship in a High Tech/Engineering Company or a Research Internship at a Technion laboratory. Internship can take place either before the start of the semester (in January) or following the end of the semester.

During the spring semester, students can choose from a variety of courses in the following study tracks (offered in English):

  • Neubauer - Engineering & Science: In this program, students can build a curriculum from courses in diverse fields such as Biomedical, Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Industrial, Aerospace Engineering and Math.
  • Neubauer - Entrepreneurship & Innovation: This program is tailored for individuals who are interested in developing ideas into a business plan or start-up. Students will learn about the Israeli entrepreneurial ecosystem and take introductory courses in entrepreneurship, finance and marketing, and they will work on a cumulative project that puts their knowledge into action.
  • Neubauer - Architecture & Industrial Design: This program is designed for senior undergraduate students. It offers challenging and intensive academic courses that touch upon various topics in the field of Architecture and Industrial Design.

The main teaching language at Technion is Hebrew. (Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are the only regular Technion study programs taught in English.) Students fluent in Hebrew may join regular Technion study programs/courses. Information and course listings are available here

Disciplines available: 

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering for Developing Communities
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Hebrew Intensive Ulpan
  • Humanities Courses

Credit

All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:

Technion Credit UMD Credit
1 Technion credit 1 UMD credit

Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

To view previously approved study abroad courses by engineering department, view the Engineering Study Abroad Course Guide. Or, you can view a list of all the previously approved courses for Technion, here.


On-campus housing in the main Technion campus varies from apartments with 3 shared bedrooms to 5 single bedrooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Students receive apartment assignments based upon the program they are in. Electricity and internet utilities are separate from rent payments.

Dorm assignments are extremely limited and students must submit their request for housing at least three months in advance through the Technion International School. There are off-campus housing options available as well. Click here for more information.


UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:


Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 10/11/2016 03/18/2017 07/31/2017
Please confirm dates with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017
Year (Fall-Spring) 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017