Impressions of Israel

The Study Abroad program in Israel is truly an incredible opportunity! There is no better place in the world to study and experience firsthand the history, beliefs and practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam! During this all-inclusive program, students will stay at the world-renowned Tantur Institute in Jerusalem with modern accommodations and a 50,000 volume library, receive expert-guided tours of significant religious sites in Jerusalem and Galilee, spend time in the homes of local people, as well as, float in the Dead Sea, hike through the famous fortress of Masada, and take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Tour Highlights:*

  • Discover Jerusalem, one of the most meaningful cities in the world. Visit the Western Wall, the Suk (Markets), Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Christ died, the Mount of Olives, Pools of Bethseda and St. Peter Gallicantu which sits atop the dungeon of the high priest Caiaphas.
  • Walk the ruins of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Pamper yourself in the warm thermal pools, or float in the “unsinkable” waters of the Dead Sea. At Masada, you’ll be transported back in time to the days of King Herod on this fabled mountaintop, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Travel to Bethlehem, Capernaum, and Nazareth. Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Walk the streets of Akko/Acre one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Thanks to our small group size and educational component, we can visit places that other tours miss. Participants will get to experience life at the local level when they: join in Shabbat services and dinner with a Jewish family, discuss life on a kibbutz with a Jewish Israeli and discover how Palestinians, Christians, and Jews live as pacifists at the Peace Oasis.

*Itinerary changes may occur prior to or while we are in Israel. Some sites may be hilly, require hiking to access, or have rough terrain.

Information about the Israel Experience

Cost: Student Fee – $3,999 per person

Cost includes nearly everything for the entire trip (meals, busses, entrance fees, tips, etc.):

  • 9 nights – at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem with a shared room and bathroom. Amenities include:
    • Coffee and Tea in Coffee Room
    • Verandas and Gardens
    • Library
    • Chapel
    • Wireless Access in Rooms
    • Classrooms and Computer Room
    • TV Rooms
    • Tennis Courts and Game Rooms
    • Laundry Facilities
  • 3 nights – Galilee
  • All meals at Tantur and in the Galilee
  • All transfers
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in a private modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Classes taught by Lourdes University Theology Instructor, Mary Beth Wielgopolski with additional local guest speakers
  • Services of an English-speaking staff at Tantur
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Expert local guides; tips already included
  • Small group with 20 maximum participants

** Estimated cost; subject to change. Students participating for travel experience only are not required to pay tuition fees. However, students taking credits will be given priority.

Financial Aid:
Please contact Deb LaJeunesse in the Financial Aid Office for details about financial aid packages.

Scholarships:
Limited scholarships are available based on financial need. The first round will be awarded September 1, 2017 to priority registrants. If any money is left, it will be awarded to general applicants on 9/29/17. Please contact the Program Director for details.

To be considered for the program, the following must be completed by the deadline listed:

Application Process and Deadlines:

  • 8/1/17 – Priority Student Application Due – Students who have their application in by this date will receive their acceptance notice prior to the general deadline.
  • 8/1/17 – Priority Student Recommendations Due – 3 references required. Document and directions are posted on the website.
  • 8/31/17 – Priority Student Interview Completed – All applicants must participate in an interview to be considered for acceptance in the program. The student will be contacted via email to schedule a time.
  • 9/1/17 – Priority Student Notification – Acceptance into the program and notice of scholarship awarded will be sent via email.
  • 9/15/17 – Contract and Deposit Due – Signed contract and $500 non-refundable deposit is due for all Priority Students.
  • 9/15/17  – General Applications Due
  • 9/15/17  – General Recommendations Due – 3 references required. Document and directions are posted on the website.
  • 9/22/17  – Final Applicant Interviews Completed – All applicants must participate in an interview to be considered for acceptance in the program. The student will be contacted via email to schedule a time.
  • 9/29/17  – General Student Notification – Acceptance into the program and any remaining scholarships will be awarded and sent via email.
  • 10/13/17 – Contract and Deposit Due – Signed contract and $500 non-refundable deposit is due for all General Applicants.
  • 11/13/17 – 2nd Payment Due – $750.00*
  • 12/13/17 – 3rd Payment Due – $750.00 *
  • 1/15/18 – 4th Payment Due – $750.00*
  • 2/15/18 – 5th Payment Due – $750.00*
  • 3/15/18 – Final Payment Due – $499.00

*Students awarded $1000 scholarships will have these payments reduced to $500 each.

A Note on Safety: Because most people’s exposure to Israel is limited to news stories about unrest and violence, many people are particularly concerned about safety in Israel. However, let us assure you that with a few important and prudent precautions, there is no serious safety concern. The violence is actually quite limited, despite lopsided impressions from the news reports, and it does not occur in the holy places. Israel is safer to visit than many places in the United States. A Franciscan friar who lived most of his adult life in Jerusalem once said that he felt less safe walking through sections of DC than anywhere in Jerusalem.

Statistically, one is far more likely to be injured in an auto accident here in the U.S. than the victim of violence in Israel (sources Jewish Virtual Library and CDC.gov). In fact, you are three times more likely to be struck by lightning this year than injured by terrorists while in Israel (National Geographic).