Ethnographic Practicum

Why Do Ethnographic Field Work in Israel?

The Anthropology Department at the University of Haifa, in cooperation with the International School, is currently offering a one or two semester practicum in ethnographic field work catering to graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines who are seeking short-term fieldwork abroad.

Israel has a rich socially diverse landscape from which to select fascinating and easily accessible research sites. Capitalizing on the diverse expertise of the Anthropology Department's faculty, potential fieldwork topics may include:

• Political engagement and conflict management on both sides of the political divide.

• Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze identities, religious practices and relations.

• Personal and Collective commemoration including Holocaust, Nakba, Diaspora heritage, Pre-State Founding Era.

• Israel's burgeoning diverse music, art and film scenes.

• Gender identities and relations in traditional religious and secular communities.

• Israel's reproductive technology, medical practices, and policy as hub for global research on health and wellness.

The Anthropology Department and the International School provide a tight knit supportive academic community:

Partner with local graduate students working on related topics.

• Relationship building with faculty and students for possible future collaboration.

• Program tuition and monthly expenses are financially viable.

The Practicum

This program offers a one or two semester long practicum. Differing from other study abroad programs, this practicum prepares students for ethnographic fieldwork and facilitates a research project of their choice.

Practicum instructors provide students with hands-on mentorship in the weekly practicum, assisting students in all stages of the fieldwork process:

• selecting a research site and entering their chosen field

• preparing a research design

• honing existing research skills

• feedback and group dialog throughout the research process

• formulating data findings to enrich new and existing research projects, to fulfill BA, MA or doctoral requirements at home universities (contingent upon home-university policy

Course Work

Per semester, students will take a total of two required courses for a total of 9 credits.

• Weekly Practicum (beginners or advanced) that provides key skills in ethnographic interviewing and participant observation. (6 credits)

• One semester long course - selected from a wide range of available English language electives in the International School - related to student’s chosen fieldwork topic. (3 credits)

Students may choose to take an optional language course – in Arabic or Hebrew (6 credits included in tuition)

• Accreditation – The University of Haifa has working relationships with foreign universities and credit will be given for course work.

Tuition and Fees

• 6000 USD for one semester, 10,000 USD for two semesters

• Includes health care

Admission Requirements

Pre-requisite – Introductory BA or MA course in Qualitative Methods.

• Original documentation of undergraduate diploma and transcript from accredited

institution of higher education

• Minimum 3.0 GPA, average of 80% or equivalent

• Two recommendation letters

• Personal statement

• Curriculum vitae/Resume

• TOEFL scores (if native language is not English)


The International School of the University of Haifa offers need-based scholarships for international students. Visit International School website for additional scholarship opportunities.

Anthropology faculty may have funding to partially cover tuition fees for outstanding students interested in providing research assistance.


All students are eligible to live in student dormitories on campus or to receive assistance in finding financially reasonable shared accommodations off-campus.


Students are required to be covered by an Israeli health insurance company for the duration of their studies. We work with the Harel Insurance Company and the health insurance covers all injuries or illnesses that occur while in Israel. Health insurance fees are included in the tuition.

For more information:

Contact Info

Carol A. Kidron, Anthropology Department Chair,


University of Haifa International School

Tel: 972-4-828-8728 | Fax: 972-4-824-0391 | of Haifa International School

Tel: 972-4-828-8728 | Fax: 972-4-824-0391