Specially-Arranged Programs

Are you interested in a more unique experience for your group? Design a custom program, and study in the Holy Land with one of our instructors.

SPECIALLY-ARRANGED PROGRAMS

A Unique Bible Lands Experience For Your Group.

What is a Specially-Arranged Group?

If you and your group are not able to participate in one of the six regularly scheduled JUC programs, or if you prefer a different study emphasis or level of rigor, we are able to tailor a program to meet your specific needs. Check below for sample itineraries that we offer, or we can create a custom trip especially for your group.

An Academic Focus: For Credit or Not.

Specially-arranged programs may be for-credit or not-for-credit. Both program options require that each student successfully complete map work, and our for-credit programs require examinations and written reflections on regions visited. Course instructors are academically-qualified members of JUC’s faculty or its associated schools with specialties in biblical geography, history, and archaeology.

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The Details

Sample Itinerary*

JUC offers three short-term programs that can be used as templates to create a specially-arranged program for your group:

1. Jerusalem Walks

  • The Four Quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Mount Zion
  • City of David
  • Western Wall
  • Southern Steps of the Temple Mount
  • Pool of Bethezda
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre

2. Jerusalem Approaches Field Study

  • Mount of Olives and its churches
  • Herodium
  • Bethlehem

3. Benjamin Field Study

  • Judean Wilderness / Wadi Qilt
  • Jericho
  • Nebi Samwil
  • Gezer

4. Judah, Shephelah, Philistine Coast Field Study

  • Beth Shemesh
  • Valley of Elah
  • Bet Guvrin
  • Lachish
  • Ashkelon

5. Negev and Great Wilderness Field Study

  • Beersheba
  • Arad
  • Ein Avdat
  • Avdat
  • Makhtesh Ramon

6. The Dead Sea Area Field Study

  • Masada
  • Ein Gedi
  • Qumran
  • Dead Sea beach for swimming

7. Sharon Plain and Jezreel Valley Field Study

  • Caesarea
  • Mount Carmel
  • Megiddo
  • Nazareth

8. Galilee Field Study

  • Sepphoris
  • Arbel
  • Hazor
  • Dan
  • Banias / Caesarea Philippi
  • Golan Heights
  • Capernaum
  • Magdala
  • Tabgha / Primacy of Peter
  • Chorazim
  • Mount of Beatitudes
  • Kursi
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
  • Swimming in the Sea of Galilee

9. Jordan Field Study (Optional)

  • Jerash
  • Jabbok River
  • Moabite capital of Dibon
  • Arnon gorge
  • Petra
  • Edomite capital of Bozrah
  • Ammonite capital of Rabbah
  • Amman
  • Madaba
  • Mount Nebo

*All Itineraries are subject to change due to instructor or
group leader preference, or the situation on the ground. 

1. Jerusalem Walks

  • The Four Quarters of the Old City of Jerusalem
  • Mount Zion
  • City of David
  • Western Wall
  • Southern Steps of the Temple Mount
  • Pool of Bethezda
  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre

2. Jerusalem Approaches Field Study

  • Mount of Olives and its churches
  • Herodium
  • Bethlehem

3. Benjamin Field Study

  • Judean Wilderness / Wadi Qilt
  • Jericho
  • Nebi Samwil
  • Gezer

4. Judah, Shephelah, Philistine Coast Field Study

  • Beth Shemesh
  • Valley of Elah
  • Bet Guvrin
  • Lachish
  • Ashkelon

5. The Dead Sea Area Field Study

  • Masada
  • Ein Gedi
  • Qumran
  • Dead Sea beach for swimming

6. Sharon Plain and Jezreel Valley Field Study

  • Caesarea
  • Mount Carmel
  • Megiddo
  • Nazareth

7. Galilee Field Study

  • Sepphoris
  • Arbel
  • Hazor
  • Dan
  • Banias / Caesarea Philippi
  • Golan Heights
  • Capernaum
  • Magdala
  • Tabgha / Primacy of Peter
  • Chorazim
  • Mount of Beatitudes
  • Kursi
  • Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee
  • Swimming in the Sea of Galilee

8. Jordan Field Study (Optional)

  • Jerash
  • Jabbok River
  • Moabite capital of Dibon
  • Arnon gorge
  • Petra
  • Edomite capital of Bozrah
  • Ammonite capital of Rabbah
  • Amman
  • Madaba
  • Mount Nebo

*All Itineraries are subject to change due to instructor or
group leader preference, or the situation on the ground. 

1. Herodian Jerusalem

  • Temple Mount
  • Temple Mount Area
  • Pool of Siloam
  • Pool of Bethezda
  • Jewish Quarter/Wohl Museum

2. Dead Sea 

  • Masada
  • Ein Gedi or Ein Feshka
  • Qumran
  • Swim in the Dead Sea

3. Bethlehem 

  • Herodian
  • Bethlehem
  • Shepherd's Fields
  • "Solomon's Pools"

4. Galilee

  • Nazareth
  • Sepphoris
  • Arbel Cliffs
  • Augusteum at Omrit
  • Banias/Caesarea Philippi
  • Golan/Damascus Road
  • Bar'am
  • Kedesh Temple
  • Bethsaida
  • Capernaum
  • Kursi
  • Chorazin
  • Magdala
  • Tabgha/Primacy of Peter
  • Gamla

5. Approach to Jerusalem

  • Baptism Site at Jordan River
  • Herodian Jericho
  • Judean Wilderness
  • Mount of Olives

6. Jerusalem to the Ends of the Earth

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Samaria
  • Caesarea

*All Itineraries are subject to change due to instructor or
group leader preference, or the situation on the ground.

Important Information

JUC offers both on and off campus housing for our short-term students on nights when they will stay in Jerusalem. We also arrange accommodations with hotels when the class is traveling for field studies. The hotels furnish buffet-style breakfasts and dinners. JUC students are provided with lunches by JUC whether in Jerusalem or on field studies.

Jerusalem Off-Campus Housing

Students can choose hotel housing rather than JUC campus housing for an increased housing fee. While JUC cannot guarantee that students will stay at any particular place, each hotel we contract with is well-rated and in or adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem On-Campus Housing

Students who opt to spend nights in Jerusalem on campus will stay in dormitory-style housing, with 2-6 persons (or sometimes more) to a room. The campus has limited housing for couples with no double beds available. According to season and demand, private rooms for couples on campus may be available. Shared bathroom facilities are a short walk away from each room, sometimes across a courtyard and up or down a flight of stairs.

JUC’s program is academically and physically rigorous, including up to twelve hour days in the field or longer. The field studies involve hours of walking, standing, and several hikes (although some are optional). There are usually opportunities to sit throughout the day and plenty of time on the bus. However, students should expect an intensely physical program and plan to sweat.

Students who travel from countries that have normal relations with Israel will be issued a three month tourist visa on arrival. Students from the United States, Canada, and most European countries fall under this category.

Students who come from countries that do not have normal relations with Israel will need to make prior visa arrangements before entering the country.

Everyone traveling to Israel must have a passport that expires no less than one year after they plan to exit the country at the end of their program.

Students from countries who do not have a regular relationship with Israel may need additional security or immigration approval to study in Israel. Students from such countries may be responsible to apply for a visa at their nearest Israeli Consulate or Embassy, or JUC may need to apply on their behalf at the Ministry of Interior in Jerusalem. Visa decisions are entirely at the discretion of the Ministry of Interior, so JUC cannot guarantee that you will be able to obtain a visa successfully. Please contact us if you are from a country that does not have a regular relationhsip with Israel and have questions about this process.

Please note: if you plan to participate in the trip to Jordan and you are required to secure an entry visa into Israel prior to the start of the program, you MUST request and be granted a visa allowing multiple entries into Israel.

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