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Jerusalem University College

The land of the Bible is your classroom at Jerusalem University College!  Walk the streets where Jesus walked as you study the Bible and Middle Eastern cultures.  JUC is located on Mt. Zion, within short walking distance of the Room of the Last Supper and the Old City of David.  Students can easily investigate other destinations like Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Mount of Olives, the Judean Wilderness, the Dead Sea, and Bethlehem.  Course offerings help students explore the Bible in terms of archaeology, geography, history, and languages.  Ministry opportunities abound in JUC, and local congregations welcome students to their worship services.


Special Notice

Due to changes in Jerusalem University College eligibility, Title IV financial aid currently will not be available for students who are study at Jerusalem University College. JUC has offered scholarships, an Umbrella Program, but it is uncertain if this would cover all of the Title IV aid students would normal receive when studying in Grantham.

Until we have more clarity on this issue, you can check with the Financial Aid Office to determine if your aid package contains Title IV federal aid (see list below). The Title IV federal aid programs include:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Federal Work-Study
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan
  • UnSubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan
  • Federal Director PLUS Loan (including Grad version)
  • TEACH Grant


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Note: Messiah students should not enroll in HIST 5/335 Ancient Egypt and the Biblical World at this time due to instability in Egypt.

Goals and Objectives
The Jerusalem University College seeks to expose students to the geography, history, culture, and language of Israel, preparing them for a lifetime of Biblical study.


Students must have completed one full year of college and have a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.

Courses taken at the Institute may meet general education or major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.


Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.


Currently, students are not permitted to enroll in

courses that include travel to Egypt.


Costs: 2014-2015

Messiah tuition, room, board.
Fee covers tuition, room, board, physical settings field trip, library fee, laundry fee, map materials fee, and pre-departure, and re-entry orientation.  Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, course fees, and field trips. 


Note: Many courses at JUC have course fees associated. Messiah will add these fees to your Messiah bill after the semester begins and JUC notifies us of the cost.


A full semester at JUC is 16 credits; costs for additional courses - whether taken for credit or audit - are the responsibility of the student.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this program.

Messiah Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014                                                 

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"I was thrilled to find that the land of the Bible is real and tangible. My faith will never be the same, since I also came to find Jesus is real and tangible."

-- David Broberg


For more information about Jerusalem University College and Israel, check out:

Jerusalem University College Homepage
CIA World Fact Book: Israel
Israeli Government Homepage


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