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Team on Jerusalem trip



Not running summer 2020. Stayed tuned for details regarding future years.

Gordon College, through Jerusalem University College (JUC) and the University of the Holy Land (UHL), offers a unique summer experience in the history and geography of the Bible. At JUC, students participate in an intensive three-week, 4-credit course that introduces the geography, history and archaeology of Israel on-site. The course involves 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 correlates with sites, roads and features in each region.


ISRAEL: 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 Sepulchre, and countless other significant locations. On campus, students will attend preparatory lectures 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:

  • Galilee
  • The Golan Heights
  • The Coastal Plain
  • The Shephelah and Hill Country
  • The Negev

SECURITY: JUC has been operating for over 50 years and knows when to avoid certain areas and circumstances. Your time is highly structured to provide protection at all times. Travel about the country is on buses operated by a private tour company. You will never use public transportation. However, travel to Israel always poses some enhanced danger. In the case of emergency, officials for both Gordon College and JUC will have operational contingency plans for the evacuation of students.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Students are housed in a small and gracious hotel just inside the Old City. While on field trips, accommodations are in small two-star hotels or kibbutzim. Travel about the country is on air-conditioned buses.


May–June: Participants will take an intensive three-week international seminar through Jerusalem University College. The course, BCM291: Geographical and Historical Settings of the Bible, focuses on the geography, history, and archeology of Israel,

Assignments, based on materials furnished by JUC, will be completed prior to arrival in Israel. This work provides the necessary biblical background and regional introduction to study in Israel. Students will spend 15-20 hours on these assignments.

The Pre-Israel Assignments will be supplemented by two preparatory sessions, which will take place on Gordon's campus during the final two weeks of the spring semester. These are separate sessions from the lectures that fulfill the Global Understanding Core requirement.
The content of field study and lectures in Israel will serve as the basis for five brief examinations and student journal entries.

Requirements before departure:

  • December 7: First meeting of all accepted/interested students. Bring passports.
  • December: Deadline for Group Application to JUC
  • January: Group meeting to hand out materials; schedule map-marking sessions; schedule lectures. Time TBD.
  • February–April 2016: Map preparation and study sessions.
  • Weeks in April and early May—Two on-campus lectures (specific dates and times will be set at the January meeting). (Attendance is required.)


The total cost is approximately $5,000 for the Israel Seminar.

  • Tuition
  • Airfare (roundtrip from Boston to Israel)
  • Ground transportation (within Israel)
  • Meals
  • Accommodations
  • Transport and site fees

*NOTE: Costs may be affected by major changes in bulk airfare rates to Israel.


Students from a variety of majors are invited to apply to this first-hand exploration of the Holy Land.
General requirements:

  • Have a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Have one year of study in Old and New Testament (college-level; by time of seminar, not by date of application)

By November 12, students must:

  • Complete online application form
  • Contact Dr. Phillips about your interest in the seminar
  • $30 application fee
  • Contact Elaine Phillips for instructions regarding the online JUC application

Upon acceptance to the program, a non-refundable program deposit of $450 will be due to confirm participation.

IF APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP: all application materials above, as well as the scholarship application form, are due by November 5.

Israel - JUC Seminar - Scholarship application

For further details, please contact the .


The GEO will notify students when they are able to register.


For further information please contact the Global Education Office:
P 978 867 4399

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.

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