Experience an ancient world.

Experience the ancient world of the Bible! The 2019 Study Tour will combine extensive travel within Israel, Palestine and Jordan, where we will engage in on-site study and a detailed exploration of the history, culture and geography of these biblical lands with an emphasis on illuminating the world of the Bible.

Trip Information

The 11-day trip is led by GRTS professors in cooperation with GTI Study Tours and is held each J-term as the credit offering BBL-601/604: Experiencing the Ancient World of the Bible. The course—or the on-campus alternative course BBL-506—is required for all Master of Divinity students who began their program since the Fall 2013 semester and has been heavily subsidized for approved participants by generous donors. The study tour is also open to students in other degree programs, as well as other family and friends of GRTS, though different costs apply.

  • Tour Dates: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, to Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019
  • Course: BBL-601 or BBL-604: Experiencing the Ancient World of the Bible

Eligibility and Fees*

Eligibility and fees are determined according to the degree program in which you are enrolled at the seminary.

Subsidies are available on a competitive basis for certain degree programs thanks to generous donations from supporters who value this experience for students. For those interested in supporting this program, contact Jonathan Greer.

Master of Divinity Students

Enrolled M.Div. students in good standing entering their final year of study (i.e., 45 credit minimum at the time of application) are eligible to apply to participate in the trip at the subsidized rate of $1,025 ($1,125 after May 25, 2018) payable as a course fee in addition to tuition for the two credit offering of class.

If the student anticipates that a trip will not be feasible during their final year, they may apply for consideration with a 23 credit minimum at the time of application. Students not awarded the subsidy may still choose to participate under the "other GRTS students" parameters below.

M.A. Urban Cohort Students

Enrolled M.A. Urban Cohort students in good standing entering their final stages of study (i.e., 16 credit minimum at the time of application) are eligible to apply to participate in the trip at the subsidized rate of $525 ($625 after May 25, 2018) payable as a course fee in addition to tuition for the three credit offering of the class.

If the student anticipates that a trip will not be feasible during their final stages, they may apply with a 12 credit minimum at the time of application. Students not awarded the subsidy may still choose to participate under the "other GRTS students" parameters below.

Other GRTS Students

Enrolled students in programs other than the M.Div. and M.A. Urban Cohort programs in good standing are eligible to apply at any time in their program (provided the prerequisite BBL-501: Biblical Hermeneutics course has been completed) at the rate of $3,505 ($3,605 after May 25, 2018) paid as a course fee in addition to the audit fee for the two credit offering of the course ($66).

Friends of GRTS

Student spouses and family, alumni and other friends of GRTS are also eligible to apply. Upon acceptance, these individuals must register for the course as non-degree seeking audit students via the GRTS Admissions Office and pay the rate of $3,505 ($3,605 after May 25, 2018) as a course fee in addition to the audit fee for the two credit offering of the course ($66).

*Please Note: Tuition remission cannot be applied to direct trip costs. Therefore, students using tuition remission should see Bailie Rouse for specifics on their course fees. Students who wish to use spring financial aid towards trip costs must contact the Student Financial Services office to complete a form requesting advanced financial aid.

Application Process

Participants will be selected by application essay and committee decision; the committee is comprised of biblical studies faculty and administrative personnel.

Application Essay

As the first step in the process, applicants must submit an application essay as a PDF file via email to bailie.rouse@cornerstone.edu (and cc: jonathan.greer@cornerstone.edu). The application essay should be no more than one page in length (single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins) and must include the following:

  1. Contact information (name, email, phone number and student ID if applicable).
  2. Reasons one would like to participate in the trip.
  3. Any previous experience in biblical lands.
  4. Current academic transcript attached (for degree-seeking students only).

Application Deadlines

  • First Round: May 4, 2018—Priority will be given to first-round applicants.
  • Second Round: September 8, 2018—Applications will be received on a rolling basis until the second round deadline as long as spots are available.

Participation Approval

Applicants will be notified within one week of the respective deadline informing them of a decision. Selected applicants will be required to pay the course fee; register with GTI; and sign a confirmation form, trip agreement form, liability waiver and medical information form requiring a doctor's signature before being approved for course registration.

Once approved, applicants will be registered for the course by Bailie Rouse via the GRTS Admissions Office.

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