Jerusalem University College
Walk the streets where Jesus walked as you study the Bible and Middle Eastern cultures at JUC, located on Mt. Zion, within short walking distance of the Room of the Last Supper and the Old City of David. 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.
Note: Messiah students should not enroll in HIST 5/335 Ancient Egypt and the Biblical World at this time due to instability in Egypt.
Additional information is available at Jerusalem University College.
This program is currently approved for semester-long programs. Students wishing to study at JUC over the summer or during J-Term may apply directly to JUC, independent of Messiah College.
Experiential Learning Initiative - ELI
All Messiah approved semester-long, off-campus programs are approved and designed to meet the requirements for the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI). To learn more about the process, please explore the ELI Off-Campus Study Information Page.
Special Notice about Financial Aid
Due to changes in Jerusalem University College eligibility, Title IV financial aid will not be available for students who study at Jerusalem University College. 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
JUC has offered to privately provide loans to cover the amount of Title IV financial aid that students would be unable to access while participating in this program. Note: this is a deferred loan, not a grant or scholarship, and as such would need to be paid back after graduation or if students drop below full-time status. Please contact JUC at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about this loan option.
- Students will complete all of the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) requirements that are a part of this program.
- Sophomore, junior, senior
- 2.75 or higher
Since studying off-campus for a semester is a privilege, please note the following implications of being place on probation at Messiah College:
Chapel Probation: A student currently on chapel probation for the first time (or with an impending chapel probation for the upcoming semester) will be required to meet with the Director of the Intercultural Office to determine the potential impact on the student’s upcoming semester off-campus. If a student has been placed on chapel probation more than once during their time at Messiah, they will not be eligible to study off-campus for a semester.
Academic Probation or Low GPA: A student on academic probation or whose GPA drops below 2.75 will be not be eligible to study off-campus.
Disciplinary Probation: A student who has been placed on disciplinary probation at any time during the off-campus study application / acceptance process will be required to meet with the Director of the Intercultural Office to determine the potential impact on the student’s upcoming semester off-campus.
- Courses 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.
Messiah tuition, room, board, and student services fee.
- tuition, room, board
- physical settings field trip, library fee, laundry fee, map materials fee
- pre-departure, and re-entry orientation
- international travel insurance
Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, course fees, and field trips.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this program.
- 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.
Explore possible scholarships for this program.
Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines
- Fall - December 1
- Spring – April 1
Jerusalem University College Deadlines
- Fall - June 1
- Spring - December 1
Three months prior to the beginning of the program
Strongly encourage students to complete the application process before the end of the semester.