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

Haifa, Israel
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology was founded in 1912 in Haifa and is the oldest university in Israel and the Middle East. The university offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as architecture, medicine, industrial management, and education.

Technion is noted as a global pioneer in multidisciplinary research into fields including energy, nanotechnology, and life science. It has 18 academic departments and 52 research centers, and over 13,000 students. Since its founding, it has awarded over 95,000 degrees and its graduates are cited to have brought the unique skills and penchant for innovation which helped conceive and consolidate the modern State of Israel. Technion’s over 610 faculty members include three Nobel Laureates.

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
  • No language requirements for the International School, however students must be fluent in Hebrew to participate in standard course offerings.

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. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Students can enroll in courses at Technion International School and the Technion.

  • Courses at the International School are offered in English. The International School of Engineering offers courses in English in a variety of engineering and science disciplines.
  • Courses at Technion are taught in Hebrew. Students can take coursework in the following disciplines: Science: biology, mapping and geo-information, chemistry, computers, computers - focus on bioinformatics, mathematics, physics, molecular biochemistry, medical laboratory, and computers & mathematics; Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Education in Technology and Science; Medicine.



There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at Technion will be converted as follows:

Technion Credit UMD Credit
1 Technion credit 1 UMD credit
3 Technion credits 3 UMD credits

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on July 17, 2014.


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

Technion Grade UMD Grade
C or 61 C -

Technion offers on-campus housing to international students.  Housing is limited and not guaranteed, students should request housing at least 3 months before the semester begins. Students may seek independent housing if desired. You can learn more about accommodation on the Technion website:

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

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 to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
The Technion Student Association runs multiple clubs that are free for students, including the Lecture Club and various music clubs. The university also offers a variety of sports teams and arts-based organizations.

International Welcome/Orientation
The university provides an Orientation Day that will help students meet their peers and explore student life on campus and in Haifa.

Counseling & Health Services
The university requires all international students to have health insurance while studying in Israel.  The campus is located in close proximity to many hospitals in Haifa. The university also offers a wide range of counseling services to help students with issues adjusting to a foreign university or address any other mental health issues.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2021 05/01/2021 05/10/2021
Fall 2021 05/01/2021 05/10/2021