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  • Locations: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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The application period for this program has not started.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Tim Wardle - Religion
Areas of Study: All majors welcome, Religion Minimum GPA: 2.5
Credit Hours Per Term: 16 credits Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship
Program Description:



This residential semester program provides students with the opportunity to live and study in the city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is at the heart of religious sensibilities for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. As such, it is a city that elicits passionate feelings. Living in Jerusalem for a semester will provide students with an unparalleled experience of seeing adherents of these three religions live side-by-side—often peaceably, and sometimes not—and allow for a deeper appreciation and understanding of the historical and social context of the biblical world and formation of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students will live and study on the campus of Jerusalem University College (a three-minute walk from the Old City of Jerusalem) and participate in field trips to various locations across the country of historical, geographical, and religious significance. Special emphasis will be placed on the study of late Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity (c. 200 B.C.E. to 100 C.E.). Students will encounter a city and land that has remained central to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim imagination and aspirations for thousands of years, and see how understanding the past is crucial for interpreting the present.


REL-XXX Judaism in the Time of Jesus
Instructor(s): Tim Wardle
This course will focus primarily on extra-biblical primary sources (both literary and archaeological) for Judaism from the late Second Temple Period (c. 2nd century B.C.E. through 1st century C. E.). Attention will also be paid to Jewish sources from a wider time frame as well as the emergence of the early Christian community in Jerusalem. 4 credits.

REL-XXX Holy Land: Pilgrim Experience and Political Struggles
Instructor: Tim Wardle
This course will focus on the views of pilgrims through the ages as they have approached the Holy Lands, along with the sacred struggles that many have faced in retaining their hold on the land. Special attention will be paid to student experience as pilgrims to the land of Israel/Palestine, and their evolving views on the political (and often sacred) struggle for control of the land. 2 credits.

Students will take three other courses (for a total of 10 credit hours) from the course offerings of Jerusalem University College.


Semester faculty-led programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the program. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. 


The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance. 


Students will pay 2017-2018 semester tuition, room, and board plus a $250 study away program fee. Federal, State and Furman financial aid that a student normally receives will apply. Questions about financial aid should be directed toward the Financial Aid Office.


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit (which applies toward the study away program fee) is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.


Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.


Roundtrip airfare from a designated city to program location*
Lodging for the duration of the program
Meals for the duration of the program*
Transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)
International phone plan allowance for basic communication purposes*
*may be in the form of a program fee credit


Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees


International cell phone charges above the provided allowance
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs
Transportation, meals and lodging for independent travel

This program is currently not accepting applications.