The PPE program is an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree combining the study of philosophy, economics and political science. The degree provides students with a broad general knowledge base and a toolkit that will allow them to serve as experts in applied fields that require a background in economics, public policy and politics. The target audience of the program are those who envision themselves as future leaders in public service, the business sector, and international organizations. These aspiring leaders will need to prepare to prepare to face a complex future taking place in a multi-faceted strategic environment that spans the local, regional and global levels.
The PPE program prepares students for this challenge by equipping them with skills and viewpoints that offer new perspectives through which to address a wide range of issues shaping Israel’s political and economic environment. The program responds to a pressing need in the public service for a new generation of employees who are not only versed in economic policymaking and narrow practical insights, but are capable of discerning the wider perspective of society’s needs, and are able to weigh the needs against values such as social justice, solidarity, and personal autonomy.*
In recent years, PPE programs have transformed the personal and professional profile of employees and managers in Israel’s public sector, and we are proud to invite students at the University of Haifa to join this promising pathway.
Advantages of the program:
· Tuition scholarships that exempt students from first year tuition fees (for those who are admitted on the basis of their psychometric scores).
· The option of residence in the university dormitory.
· A study-work placement at leading national institutions
· The possibility of continuing towards graduate studies in a range of fields.
* The awarding of a degree is conditional on the approval of the Council for Higher Education.
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.
1. A weighted score of 660 or higher on matriculation and psychometric exams.
2. A matriculation grade of 70 or higher in mathematics 5-units, or a grade of 80 or higher in mathematics 4-units.
3. Applicants for whom the language of instruction in high school was not Hebrew, and who did not complete the psychometric test in Hebrew, will be required to attain a grade of 120 or higher on a Hebrew language test (Yael or Yalnet tests).
4. All applicants are required to attain a minimum grade of 120 in English (Advanced Level B) as part of the psychometric exam, the Amir exam, or the Amiram exam.
5. Personal Interview if needed.
6.Students who have completed the university’s preparatory course with outstanding grades, will be accepted with an average grade of 93 (without bonuses) in the preparatory course certificate.
Applicants must meet all other university admission requirements (matriculation certificate or equivalent).
Admission Requirements for Students who have a Matriculation Certificate** but have not taken the Psychometric Exam:
Direct addmission to the undergraduate degree:
- Students with an average matriculation grade of 11.25 and more.
- A matriculation/ preparatory course grade of 70 or higher in mathematics 5-units, or a grade of 80 or higher in mathematics 4-units.
- Applicants for whom the language of instruction in high school was not Hebrew, and who did not complete the psychometric test in Hebrew, will be required to attain a grade of 120 or higher on a Hebrew language test (Yael or Yaelnet tests).
- All applicants are required to attain a minimum grade of 120 in English (Advanced Level B) as part of the psychometric exam, the Amir exam, or the Amiram exam.
- Personal interview – as needed
- Applicants must meet all other university admission requirements (matriculation certificate or equivalent).
Admission to pre academic program
- Matriculation with an average of 100 or higher (including bonuses) or a weighted grade of 570-629, will be able to take the pre academic program.
- Matriculation in mathematics – 4 credits with a score of 80 or 5 credits with a score of at least 70
- English classification grade English level from the Amiram/Amir/psychometric test – Advanced 2nd or exempt.
- Hebrew classification level: score 120 in the Ya’al test (for those who must take the Hebrew knowledge test)
- Personal interview – as needed
In this program, students will be required to take 5 courses in the first semester of their studies, and pass them with an average grade of at least 70.
These courses are introductory courses who are part of the department’s curriculum, and will be accredited for those who successfully complete them. Duration of pre- academic program – one semester only.
- For the calculator that rates the likelihood of your admission, click here.
*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
The study program will take place in the framework of a single disciplinary program over 3 years. The program includes a combination of compulsory and elective courses in the fields of philosophy, economics and political science, as well as specialized interactive courses for the PPE cohort. The degree consists of 122 credits hours in total.
Graduates have a range of employment prospects including: Public service, business administration, economics and banking, politics and work in the Knesset, parliamentary assistance, financial advising, foreign service and diplomacy, government advising, education, mayorships and leadership of regional councils, positions at government ministries, research positions, systems analysis at local and international organizations, activism in civil society, and more.