Guidelines & Recommendations

Academic expectations
All participants receive resources (mapping materials) and have access to coursework and assignments. Completing pre-trip work on mapping is recommended. Participants wishing to earn 2 graduate level credits are required to complete pre-trip work, assignments and the final test. Academic credits are earned at JUC and then transferred to Northeastern Seminary.

Devotional elements
Each site inspires the devotional texts and reflections for the day.

Physical demands of trip
The educational experience requires travel in the countryside and entails the physical demands of stair climbing and sustained hiking, often in rugged and rocky terrain (see itinerary). This is a strenuous program in locations that are not ADA compliant and should be undertaken solely at your own risk.

In Jerusalem-Gloria Hotel, double occupancy
Off-site-hotels, double occupancy

Depart/return Rochester, NY
Fly in and out of Ben Gurion Airport, Jerusalem

Cost summary: airfare, 3 meals per day, field trips, instruction, tips, site entrance fees
The only additional costs are for personal purchases such as souvenirs/gifts.

Payment schedule (deposits, installments) and method (credit card/check payable to NES), federal financial aid not available

What to bring
Passports which are valid for at least 6 months after departure date
Luggage limits
Appropriate clothing, temperature range

Customs and cultural sensitivity
Jerusalem University College strives to cultivate an enriched understanding of the Christian faith through a first-hand encounter with the Land, involving the language, history, and culture associated with Scriptures. It makes use of the unique resources available in Israel to fashion an education of high quality.

The Jewish and Arab cultures here differ from one another and are quite different from the Western cultures. While the nonreligious segment of the Jewish culture has similiarities with the Western culture, the Arab people-both Muslim and Christian-have very different values and norms of behavior.

In recent years the social culture in the Western world has changed so rapidly that the behavior of some students coming to the university has been detrimental to the ongoing Christian witness JUC seeks to maintain with the Jewish and Arab peoples (including those on the Institute staff). For this reason we ask that you endeavor to understand the position of the Institute in this country and agree to abide by the following university standards.

Because of the cultural mores, particularly within the Arab population, a dress standard is observed. Short shorts may not be worn at any time. Mid-thigh and walking shorts are acceptable on field trips. Slacks are generally accepted everywhere. You represent the Institute while you are here; how you look becomes how we are viewed in the eyes of the community.

The Arab community does not have the equivalent of the word "dating" in its vocabulary. When a woman is seen with a man, it may be assumed that, if they are not married, they may be living together; therefore, the woman (unmarried) would be considered a "promiscuous woman." With this in mind, students must be cautious in their physical contact with each other. This includes engaged couples and married couples.

Disclaimer and responsibility-travel warning in Israel
Travel invariably has its hazards, especially in countries where standards of health care, sanitation, public safety and similar situations differ from those in your home country. Other complications you may encounter are changes in language, customs, culture and laws. Jerusalem University College makes every effort to avoid unnecessary risk by trying to control travel, food service, and sanitation.

The university has operated for over 40 years in the Middle East and has had few incidents and no major problems. However, the educational experience requires that we travel in the countryside where physical exertion and exposure to the culture are common. You should understand that this study and associated travel can be undertaken solely at your own risk.

The university is a non-profit educational institution with few assets and minimal insurance. It is essential that you have health insurance while in Israel. Hospitals will not treat a patient without proof of credit card or cash. All hospital bills in Israel must be paid in full before the patient is discharged; therefore, you must choose one of the following:

1. Obtain an insurance policy in your home country which will cover you while in Israel. Please contact your local carrier to be certain just where you stand in regard to health, accident, travel, and life insurance and what may be required. You should plan on bringing contingency funds to pay by credit card or cash should an emergency arise. A claim may then be filed with your insurance company for reimbursement of the fees.

2. Obtain hospitalization insurance coverage through the Student Group Hospitalization Policy of the university. There is no insurance coverage for over age 55 and is not valid for Egypt or Jordan. This policy does not cover medical problems of which the student was aware prior to arrival in Israel. The coverage is costly and may not be on a par with your own. A statement of the limits of coverage is available upon request.

Course size limits-minimum 25 people, maximum 45