Gordon College, through the Jerusalem University College (JUC) and University of the Holy Land (UHL), offers a unique summer experience in the history and geography of the Bible. At JUC, students experience an intensive three-week on-site four credit course that introduces the geography, history and archeology of Israel. Through UHL, students may participate in an additional two-week (two credit) program that focuses on the land of Jordan. Both courses involve study of the physical features of the lands of the Bible, stressing geographical factors affecting settlement and communication in various regions. Relevant archaeological, historical and biblical material is correlated with sites, roads and features in each region.
2014 PROGRAM DATES
Israel only: May 18–June 8
BCM291: Israel International Seminar
Israel and Jordan: May 18–June 24
BCM291: Israel International Seminar and BCM291A: Historical Geography of Jordan
The JUC campus is only a brief walk from the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and countless other significant locations.
On campus, students will attend preparatory lectures designed to integrate assignments with field study. Regional studies are 1–4 day field trips and constitute the main body of the program. Special studies and walks in Jerusalem emphasize important aspects of the city in biblical and modern times.
Regions studied include:
The Jordan program is centered in Amman with field studies in both the northern and southern parts of the country. Petra, along with an experience with the Bedouin, is the highlight of the southern excursion. A minimum of 10 students is necessary in order for this program to be offered.
For information on the Academics, Application Process, Cost and Credits, and Scholarships, please see the Seminar Details. (Click here or link at left)
SUMMARY OF DATES AND DEADLINES
|November 2013||Submit online application, $30 application fee and preliminary $250 program deposit to the Global Education Office, Jenks 426. Complete hard copy forms for JUC (and UHL if adding Jordan)—available from Prof. Elaine Phillips. (An additional $200 deposit will be required upon acceptance.)|
|November 15, 2013||Scholarship application due to Professor Phillips.|
|December 6, 2013||Application deadline! All materials, app. fee and preliminary deposit due to GEO.|
|December 9, 2013||First meeting of all accepted students with Prof. Phillips. Bring passports!!!!|
|December 13, 2013||Deadline for submission of JUC materials.|
|Week of January 27, 2014||Group meeting to hand out materials; schedule map-marking sessions; schedule lectures.|
|Weeks of April 28-May 5, 2014||Two on-campus lectures (specific dates and times will be set at the February 9 meeting). Attendance is required.|
For further information please contact the Global Education Office:
Dr. Elaine Phillips,
Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology
In addition, course materials will be provided. Students are strongly encouraged to see their financial aid counselor regarding arrangements for financial payment no later than March 1.
See the JUC homepage for further details