Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
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About the Program
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is Israel’s premier center of science, technology and applied research. Ranked among the top 50 technology universities in the world, Technion is home to 18 faculties, and over 60 advanced research centers and institutes, and a distinguished faculty of over 600, including three Nobel laureates. Technion graduates have brought the unique skills and penchant for innovation which helped conceive and consolidate the modern State of Israel – commonly acknowledged to be the “Start-Up Nation.”
36 years before Israel declared independence, a ceremony took place on the barren slopes of Mount Carmel near the port of Haifa, which was then occupied by the Ottoman Empire. Unknown to the Haifa community witnessing the event, this would be a milestone in history. This first cornerstone embodied an implausible vision of creating a world-class institute of scientific and technological education in the Holy Land.
The story of the “Technikum” – the original German name of the Technion – is a tale of the century. The second industrial revolution created the printing presses and communications infrastructure allowing Jews scattered across the globe to organize in face of rising anti-Semitism. As Jews were often barred from technical education, the establishment of a technical school was a first priority to rebuilding a Jewish homeland. The Technion was to become unique worldwide as a university that would precede, create, shape, and protect a modern state.
The cornerstone laid on April 11, 1912, set in motion a century of progress responding to national and global needs. Technion would grow rapidly, becoming a global pioneer in fields such as biotechnology, stem cells, space, computer science, nanotechnology, and energy. Three Technion professors have won Nobel Prizes.
As Technion celebrated its cornerstone centennial in 2012, Technion City had become a modern miracle – a thriving world center of research and teaching, with 12,850 students and 80 graduate programs trailblazing excellence in research and teaching for the benefit of humanity.
Students from more than 30 countries study at Technion each semester. Join them and choose from a wide range of advanced engineering, science and entrepreneurship and innovation programs. As part of your study abroad experience get ready for a vibrant student life, living in modern dorms on campus, making use of the Technion’s excellent sports facilities, learning Hebrew, and participating in exciting social and cultural activities.
Haifa is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country, with a population of over 265,000 and a metropolitan area population of 600,000. Haifa is mixed city: 90% are Jews, more than a quarter of whom are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, while 10% are Arabs, predominantly of the Christian faith. It is also home to the Bahá'í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the history of settlement at the site spans more than 3,000 years. Over the centuries, the city has changed hands: It has been conquered and ruled by the Phoenicians, Hebrews, Persians, Hasmoneans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, British, and the Israelis. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the city has been governed by the Haifa Municipality.
Today, the city is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa. It is located about 56 miles north of Tel Aviv and is the major regional center of northern Israel. Two respected academic institutions, the University of Haifa is located in Haifa, and the city plays an important role in Israel's economy. The University of Haifa, founded in 1963, is at the top of Mt. Carmel.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- completion of two semesters of Hebrew or Arabic
Fields of Study
Technion is one of the world’s leading institutes of science and engineering in Israel and the world, consistently ranked among the world’s top 50. Technion International offers students from countries around the world an opportunity to join Technion academic programs in science and technology taught entirely in English. Full-time students typically take around 16-20 credits per semester. One academic lecture hour is 50 minutes long.
International students will easily integrate to student life at Technion, which supports a large 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 around Israel to enrich your study abroad experience. You’ll be invited to an Orientation day, designed to get you acquainted with peers and living essentials in Israel.
Students at Technion International can expect a rich and rewarding experience on campus. Technion is home to students from all over the world, with a diverse multicultural atmosphere that creates a vibrant, open and welcoming environment on campus.
Technion offers international students a wide variety of weekly athletic, social and cultural activities as well as top notch recreational facilities like state-of-the art media centers and a full-service gym offering daily workout classes and an Olympic-sized pool. With restaurants, cafes, banks, shops, a medical clinic, supermarket, school supply shop, laundromats, easy access to public transportation and student center within easy reach, the university campus has been named “Technion City.” We know it won’t take long before our city becomes your home away from home.
On-campus housing on the main Technion campus (science and technology complex) consists of 6-person apartments; in each apartment there are 3 bedrooms for 2 roommates each. These units are designed with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Students receive on-campus accommodations based on the program they are in.
- Bedrooms are equipped with a bed, a closet and a desk. Linens are not provided.
- Kitchens come with a gas or electric burner and refrigerator. Microwaves, stoves and kitchenware are not provided.
- All apartments have wireless internet.
- Electricity and internet expenses are paid for separately.
- There are laundromats equipped with washers and dryers in every dorm village.
- All dorm rooms are non-smoking; each building has a terrace where smoking is permitted.
Dorm rooms are extremely limited. Request for on-campus housing must be submitted at least three months in advance, through Technion International.
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Study Abroad Page
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