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Summer 2019

Seminar Dates: May 19–June 9, 2019

Application Deadline: November 12, 2018

Scholarship Application Deadline: November 5, 2018

Notification of Acceptance and Scholarship Awards: November 14, 2018

First Meeting of Accepted Students: December 7, 2018



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, four-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
  • $250 program deposit (if student is not accepted, the deposit will be refunded)
  • Contact Elaine Phillips for instructions regarding the online JUC application

Upon acceptance to the program, an additional $200 (for a total 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

TBD: Notification of acceptance and scholarship awards

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.

Online International Seminar Application

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus seminar program. Off-campus programs administered through Gordon are not entitlement programs. Gordon College reserves the right to admit students based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation. For this reason, the essay portion of this application is especially important. We ask for you thoughtful consideration of those questions.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Email geo@gordon.edu or call 978-867-4399 if you have any questions.

Please check your seminar's homepage for the application deadline. A non-refundable $30 deposit must be submitted to the Global Education Office by that deadline.

1. Date of Application:

2. Seminar Program:

3. GORDON STUDENTS ONLY: Do you wish to use this off-campus semester to fulfill Global Understanding Core? (Make sure that your selected program qualifies.)

Yes. I will register for COR210 New Perspectives 1 (pre-departure) and COR211 New Perspectives 2 (re-entry) sessions.
No-BUT. Although I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core in other ways, I DO want to attend the New Perspectives sessions.
No. I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core in other ways and do NOT wish to attend New Perspectives sessions.
No. My seminar does not qualify for Global Understanding.

4. Seminar Term:


5. Last Name:

6. First Name:

7. Middle Name:

8. Gordon College ID # or Name of Home College/University if non-Gordon student:

9. Gender:


10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Cell Phone Number:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Address (please write out in full):

22. Parent/Guardian Email:

23. Emergency Contact (if other than parent/guardian) -- Last Name, First Name, Phone and Address:

24. Gordon internal scholarship aid does not apply to International Seminars. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Some seminars include activities that require moderate to challenging physical exertion. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, hiking, caving, etc.? If so, please explain.

26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of? If so, what?

28. Current Class Level:


29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Name of Major Advisor:

34. Major Advisor's Email:

35. Faculty Reference (last and first name of faculty whom we can contact regarding your application):

36. Faculty Reference's Email:

37. Student Affairs Reference: (last and first name of staff member in Student Life or an RD, not an RA)

38. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

39. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals?

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program?

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christianity and other religions. What is your experience with such engagement?

43. The seminar for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom?