Israel Short Term Study Abroad

Want to understand the Bible better and make it become 3-D at the same time? Then join Biblical and Religious Studies Professor Brian Schultz, who has spent more than a decade living and studying in Israel, on a discovery tour that focuses on highlighting how an understanding of the Holy Land’s geography is vital for catching nuances that are assumed but often not explicit in the biblical text.

  • See the battleground of David and Goliath.
  • See OT remains of Jerusalem, such as the wall Hezekiah built.
  • Walk in the town of Capernaum where Jesus and Peter lived.
  • See an actual biblical “high place” as preserved at the site of Dan.
  • Stand where the Tabernacle once stood.
  • Hear the Sermon on the Mount as you overlook the Sea of Galilee.
  • Visit the discovery site of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

New for 2014: Two, three and five week options:

Two courses will be offered:

  1. Program A: Historical and Geographical Settings, three weeks, June 15 - July 6
    • Four units
    • Of the two programs, this one provides the most comprehensive and broad understanding of the Holy Land and its relationship to biblical history.
    • It provides the foundation for Program B.
  2. Program B: Jesus and His Times, two weeks, July 6 - 20
    • Two units
    • Builds on Program A – The Historical and Geographical Settings.
    • Focuses on the history leading up to the time of Jesus, including the inter-testamental period.
    • Can be taken as a stand-alone course, though it will not cover the entire country, just those parts that relate to the life of Jesus.
  3. Progams A & B: five weeks, June 15 - July 20

Cost:

  1. Program A (4 units): $2,910 + airfare
  2. Progeam B (2 units): $1,920 + airfare
  3. Programs A & B (6 units): $4,830 + airfare

Current airfare is running about $1,800. At such rates, Historical and Geographical Settings would cost about $4,650; Jesus and His Times about $3,680; and the full five weeks around $6,470.

TUG scholarship:

Up to twelve $500 scholarships will be awarded, primarily on a first-come first-served basis, to students enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program on the main campus. (Degree completion, graduate and seminary students do not qualify for these scholarships.)

Jordan option:

As an option, one can add a 2 1/2 day trip at the end of the program to see the highlights of Jordan, including the famous "city in the rock" of Petra. This add-on costs an extra $900, and entails a return date that is two days later than the regular program.

Course credit:

Up to 10 undergraduate academic units may be earned and/or the trip qualifies for “Focus Series.” Graduates can earn up to 6 credits. Please see your advisor for more details and to make sure you can fit the credits into your program of study.

Registration deadline:

December 1, 2013, with a deposit of $300. Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Your $300 registration fee (to be applied toward the balance due) will guarantee your spot. Register now!

Payment is due in three increments: December 1, February 1 and March 1. View the payment timeline.

Contact information:

For more information, contact Brian Schultz to get your name on a list of possible participants and receive a tentative itinerary, regular updates, reminders and an application form.

In Israel, the program will be run under the hospices of Jerusalem University College. Formerly known as the Institute of Holy Land Studies, this organization has over 40 years of experience leading academic tours of the Holy Land.