Experience a faculty-led study tour of Israel, Palestine and Jordan.

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary offers an annual Israel, Palestine and Jordan Study Tour. Our 2019 trip itinerary combines 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.

The 11-day experience 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 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.

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

Trip Eligibility and Costs

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, email Jonathan Greer.

Tuition remission cannot be applied to direct trip costs. Therefore, students using tuition remission should email 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.

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).

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