The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology was established in 1924, at the time of the British Mandate, making it Israel’s oldest university as well as its premier technical university with a student body of about 8,500 undergraduates and over 550 faculty. The eighteen Technion academic faculties and departments cover all the recognized fields of Science, Engineering, Architecture, Education, Medicine, and Management. The Technion offers Penn engineers the opportunity to take engineering courses in English while studying on a vibrant campus only minutes away from tech giants Intel and Google that share the beautiful Northern Israeli landscape.
For additional information, visit the Technion website.
The City of Haifa
Haifa is Israel’s foremost port city for international commerce and a center of Israeli high tech industries. It is the largest city in the North and Israel’s third largest city with a population of over 270,000. Two of the most distinguishing features of this dynamic city are its physical beauty and its diverse population of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Druze. The city is home to the Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space as well as the Haifa Museum of Art and the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, the Middle East’s only museum dedicated exclusively to Japanese art.
Did you know…?
Elijah’s Cave is a holy site that attracts worshippers from near and far. According to tradition, Elijah came to pray here before challenging the prophets of Baal. The cave has a Torah ark and a space in the ceiling where visitors place prayer notes.
Notice to Applicants: The travel destination of this study abroad program is in a location currently on Penn’s list of Heightened Security Risk Regions. Study abroad to this location is subject to review and approval by Penn’s Committee on International Travel Risk Assessment (CITRA). Please refer to Penn’s International Travel Guidance for more information.
The program at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology is for Engineering students.
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Prerequisite: Previous study of Hebrew recommended, but not required.
Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of 1 Area Studies course in language or culture by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is required.
The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Program is only available in the spring semester or the full academic year.
Language of Instruction
A full course load at the Technion consists of four to five classes per semester, not including an optional pre-semester Ulpan. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.
Penn students take engineering courses at the Technion. Penn engineers interested in Hebrew language are encouraged to take a Hebrew language intensive Ulpan, taught at the University of Haifa, before the semester begins.
The main teaching language at the Technion is Hebrew. Courses taught in Hebrew at the Technion are based primarily on mathematical material and do not present much of a linguistic barrier to the visiting student. All course homework (exercises and essays), as well as examinations, can be submitted in English. If a visiting student has a problem understanding Hebrew, he/she should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course and an English speaking student tutor can be made available. In addition, all Technion professors and students speak English and are expected to be fluent in English, so it is easy to communicate in English.
As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy. For more on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.
Grades are reported to Penn on the Technion scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by Technicon – Israel Institute of Technology prior to the start of each semester. More information on Technicon’s orientation activities can be found here.
Students may participate in Professional Internships at high-tech, start-up or engineering companies or Research Internships with Technion faculty working on real-life scientific challenges. More information can be found here. If seeking academic credit, Penn students must consult with their study abroad academic advisor at SEAS to inquire whether credit will be received for an internship experience while abroad.
Extracurricular activities include trips around Israel, working and studying with Israeli students, research experience, visiting start-up companies, and meeting technology entrepreneurs.
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.
Students, both graduate and undergraduate, live on-campus in dorms. Students typically are in 5-person apartments with Israeli peers with each student in a private bedroom within the apartment. The dorms are located within walking distance to classes and include a shared kitchen, dining area, and bathroom. Cafeteria facilities (kosher food), a general store and minimarkets are available on campus. Both a bank and post-office are open on campus throughout the week as well.
Students electing to remain in Israel after the spring semester for a summer research internship can remain in their campus dorm room for an additional room charge.
Information regarding accommodation can be found here.
Cost and Finance
Penn Abroad Financial Policies
Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs. Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare. Please see the program budget sheets below for more information. For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.
Financial Aid and Study Abroad
In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs. Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.
David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: Supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Excludes study in US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These US government grants entail a service obligation.
MASA Israel Scholarships provide financial support to Jewish young adult who study in Israel on long-term educational programs. Masa Israel has partnered with the State of Israel and the Jewish Agency to provide this scholarship assistance to Jewish young adults.
For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.
To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.