University of Haifa | International School

Welcome The City of Haifa Haifa is Israel’s third largest city. First, a port city for international commerce, it has become, in recent decades, a major center for Israel’s high-tech industry. Built on Mount Carmel, Haifa is a collection of diverse, picturesque, and easily accessible neighborhoods from the port area in the lower city, to the commercial Hadar area in the middle tier, and the beautiful residential areas on the upper ridge. Two of the most distinguishing features of Haifa are the physical beauty of the city and the coexistence of its ethnically diverse communities. Haifa is the world center for the Baha’i Faith. Its shrine, administrative center, and world-renowned gardens are prominent features of the city’s landscape. The Christian and Muslim communities in Haifa, and the neighboring Druze villages of Usifiya and Daliat-el-Carmel, are important components of the city’s social, economic, and cultural development. Along with Jews from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, North and South America, Ethiopia, and India, all these communities have combined to create a modern Mediterranean city that is truly special. “Haifa is a wonderful place to study because you can see how cultures coexist peacefully and they give birth to a wonderful mix of lifestyles, traditions, customs and languages.” Andreea T., Weiss-Livnat International MA in Holocaust Studies, Romania 2

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