Imagine studying the terrain that served as the backdrop for Jesus and his life and ministry - not to mention the land of much of the Old Testament story. Columbia Bible College is the only college in British Columbia (and only one of three in Canada) that is an Associated School for Jerusalem University College (JUC). As an Associated School, Columbia students have the privilege of participating in JUC’s three week Historical and Geographical Settings course which involves travelling throughout Israel studying and being exposed to Israel’s geography, history, and archaeology. Columbia students join other students from around the world for this course, which is offered each May and June for an unforgettable learning experience while earning credit toward their programs.
Study in Israel FAQ
Is the Israel Study Trip an academic course?
Yes! It’s a course arranged and taught by Jerusalem University College. If you enroll, you’ll have some pre-assignments to do (mainly involving maps). You’ll write exams on the lectures and field studies you experience, and receive a grade at the end of your time in Israel. (There are no assignments to finish up once you are back in Canada.)
Who else will be on this trip?
Typically, a few of your fellow Columbia students will be there, as well as other students from Christian colleges and seminaries in Canada, the US, and other countries. The language of instruction is English, and you’ll be hosted by a great team of Jerusalem University College staff and faculty.
If a large enough group of Columbia students sign up for the trip, one of our own faculty is likely to tag along too: Ken Esau, Jerry Pauls, and Michael Szuk are all Israel veterans!
When is the next trip?
Jerusalem University College is offering two spring/summer trips in 2016.
The first is 16 May – 6 June (which Columbia students typically attend.)
The second is 13 June – 3 July 2016.
How much does the trip cost?
Trip participants pay $2875 USD to Jerusalem University College. This covers all tuition, map materials, tours, field trip transportation, dorm accommodations, and meals.
Students also need to cover the cost of their flight to and from Jerusalem (~$1,400 CAD) and their taxi fare from the airport to the college. Most students also like to bring a little spending money for souvenirs.
The total cost of the trip is $5000 - $5500 CAD depending on currency exchange rates.
(Note that students do not need to pay any additional tuition fees to Columbia to receive credit for RELS 380.)