The Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies of the University of Haifa addresses physical, environmental, and human phenomena in space and time.
The program grants students with theoretical, factual, and applied knowledge, research tools and skills through lectures, active learning in excursions and field trips, and hands-on activities in the department’s labs.
At the department research and teaching are carried out in a variety of disciplines, including geographic information systems (GIS),remote sensing, geology, geomorphology, climate, ecology and environment, water resources, cultural, social, urban, and historical geography, tourism, environmental planning and policy, emergency and disaster management
General Admission Requirements:
1. Complete Matriculation Certificate/ high school diploma or an equivalent recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Education or by the Registration Department.
2. Psychometric Entrance Examination/ SAT or ACT.
3. Knowledge of English– The level of English is determined within the framework of the Psychometric Entrance Examination, the English Placement Tests (AMIR /AMIRAM) or SAT, TOFEL, IELTS, ECRL tests.
The minimum level of English required for admission to the university is Basic (a score of at least 85). Certain departments require a higher level of English.
4. Knowledge of Hebrew – Applicants who took the Psychometric Entrance Examination in a language other than Hebrew and graduated from high schools where the language of instruction was not Hebrew, must prove satisfactory knowledge of Hebrew before the beginning of the academic year by passing a Hebrew Proficiency Test (YAEL/ YAELNET/ Hebrew classification test of the University of Haifa* ). The score required for admission to the University of Haifa is a score of at least 120 on the YAEL/ YAELNET/ Hebrew classification tests.
Applicants whose scores on the YAEL/ YAELNET/Hebrew classification tests range from 90-119 and their Psychometric score was at least 500 will be conditionally admitted and will have to pass the Hebrew Proficiency Test at the required score by the end of the first year of their studies. These students also have the option of studying a Hebrew literacy course within the framework of the University of Haifa preparatory program (Mechina) . Those who meet the course requirements and their final score in the course will be 85 and above will be exempt from the Hebrew condition.
Please note that certain departments require a higher level of Hebrew and that some departments do not approve admission with a Hebrew condition.
*The Hebrew classification test and Hebrew literacy course is valid at the University of Haifa only.
5.Departmental Entrance Examinations/Special admissions requirements– Certain departments require applicants to take a departmental Entrance Examinations and/or attend an interview or meet other departmental requirements.
For more information about the general admission requirements please read the supplement.
In addition to the general university admission requirements, the candidate must meet individual departmental admission requirements.
- Weighted grade: 540
- Weighted grade: 500 for evening program
- Special requirements for practical engineers, tour guides, and professional training programs (see departmental websites).
- Departmental interview / exam—if required and at the department’s discretion.
- To be accepted to the 2-year degree program: Weighted grade: 540, candidates coming from non-Hebrew speaking schools, must achieve a Hebrew evaluation test score (YAEL) of 120 and complete a literacy course in Hebrew, and they must have a basic knowledge of English.
- Outstanding graduates of the University of Haifa’s pre-academic preparatory program will be accepted (for more information click here).
- For the calculator that rates the likelihood of your admission, click here.
Admission Requirements for Students who have a Matriculation Certificate** but have not taken the Psychometric Exam:
Candidates over the age of 30, can be accepted with a minimum average grade of 75 in their Matriculation Certificate**, an interview, and if they meet the general admission requirements of the university.
Candidates under the age of 30, with a minimum average grade of 75 in their Matriculation Certificate, can be accepted to the pre-undergraduate track where they will take three required courses in Semester A and receive a minimum average grade of 76 in each.
If students meet the requirements of these pre-undergraduate track courses, they will be accepted to the Bachelor of Arts degree the following semester. These courses will count towards their degree.
Admission to the pre-academic track is on the basis of a double major track only, it is not possible to continue to a single major track at the end of the pre-academic track, only at the end of the first year – on an average of at least 82 in the double major track.
*The University reserves the right to change or amend the admission regulations, fees and tuition at any time without prior notification.
** Matriculation certificate = Israeli matriculation certificate or equivalent
Options for graduate employment: Graduates of the department find employment in a range of workplaces, including national and municipal government, environmental and natural resource focused organizations, tourism, defense, emergency response, cartography, and more. Certified teachers gain skills and knowledge they can apply within the field of education and pedagogy.