Before You Come

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Preparing for JUC


Before your arrival at JUC, here are a few things to sure you have take care of:

Requried Forms

All incoming students must complete and submit the housing, arrival, and course pre-registration forms below.

Housing Form     Travel Form     Pre- Registration

Map Materials (Pre-Israel Assignment)

When you are accepted into our study program, you will be sent mapping materials as a pre-Israel assignment. All incoming long-term students are required to complete these materials before leaving for Israel and to bring all of them with you. You will use these maps in the classroom and in the field. Follow the link below to the Regional Study Guide, which is your instruction booklet to completing the maps. 

Create Digital Passport Photos

Arrival In Israel

Please schedule your arrival in Jerusalem on the date that campus housing opens for your study program. See here for a map to campus.

Please schedule your arrival in Jerusalem on the date that housing opens for your study program. If you are taking a sherut (a shared shuttle taxi) from the airport to campus, exit the terminal and look for a large yellow sign at the curb, to the right, that reads:


Shuttle Service


Sheruts run every 24-hours a day, including Shabbat and the cost is approximately $20 or 70 shekels.

A map with the location of Jerusalem University College is available here.  Tell the driver that you want to be dropped off at The American Institute on Mount Zion

Departure From Israel

Please schedule your departure no later than noon of the departure day of your study program. Staying on campus after your departure day is only allowed with prior approval from the administrative office, and those who stay must pay a per day fee.


We want to get in touch with you before you come. If you will be at a different physical address than the one shown on your application before arriving in Israel, or if your email address is different than the one shown on your application, please let us know.

Bill Pay

Students are required either to have paid their bill in full before the beginning of the semester or have a written agreement with our North American office stipulating an alternative method of payment. You will not be able to formally register for classes or attend classes if this requirement is not fulfilled before you come. 

Student Identity Card

Within the first two weeks of the semester you will be issued a Jerusalem University College student ID card. We recommend that you also obtain an International Student Identity card before coming to Israel. This card will help you to save money in various ways, including on insurance coverage.

  • If you are using a travel service to get your airline tickets, they may be able to obtain a card for you.
  • If you wish to obtain a card on your own, you may obtain one through ISIC.
  • It is also possible to get an International Student Identity Card once you have arrived in Israel.