International Graduate Programs at the University of Haifa
The Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES) is a joint venture between the University of Haifa and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD – Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst). HCGES was founded in 2007 with the goal of exposing students, researchers, and the community at large to a rich spectrum of topics related to modern Europe, and Germany in particular, since 1945. The international MA program in German and European Studies at the University of Haifa is being launched as part of the teaching activities of the HCGES. The MA program is designed to acquaint students with topics related to Germany and Europe, highlighting Jewish and Israeli perspectives as well as the relationship between the Middle East and Europe. The program is interdisciplinary and allows students to approach German and European studies from a variety of angles while providing students with the opportunity to engage with other departments for a wellrounded education. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to fill a myriad of professional positions including in academia, business, tourism, communication, media, and cultural and public administration in German, Israeli, European, and international arenas.
The Academic Program
The MA program in German and European Studies aims to deepen students’ knowledge of Germany, Europe, and the European Union. The program is structured using the “area studies” model and offers a challenging and unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines many fields of study including economics, law, political science, geography, environmental studies, sociology, history and literature. In addition to the core curriculum, students in the program acquire a strong command of the German language by studying 4-8 language hours per week. The program is available in two tracks: a thesis track and a non-thesis track. Students have the option to complete the program in one or two calendar years.
The program includes an optional, though highly recommended, study tour to Germany and other European countries. The study tour is built around a chosen theme which changes every year. During the study tour, students visit EU institutions as well as other sites relevant to their studies. The cost of the study tour is not included in the program tuition.
Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0, 80%, or the equivalent. Candidates who have not graduated from an academic institution where the language of instruction is English, or who are not native English speakers, must submit official TOEFL scores of at least 570 (in a written test), 230 (in a computerized test), or 89 (in an internet test) to be considered for admission.
The program offers 15 DAAD scholarships annually, which covers tuition fees (around 14.000 NIS for the two years track and 27.000 NIS for the one year track).
For international students tuition and fees for the full academic year is $US 10,000. The fee breakdown appears below:
- Tuition - $9,100
- Service Fees (Security, Library, Health Insurance, etc.) - $900
- TOTAL (in US Dollars) - $10,000
Two letters of recommendation from either academic (i.e. a professor) or professional (i.e. a supervisor) sources.
Statement of Purpose
Please submit your application through online application system.
For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.