Experience an Ancient World.

BBL 601 | January 3-13, 2016

Experience the ancient world of the Bible! Join the annual GRTS Israel Study Tour which is made possible through generous funding. The trip lasts for 10-12 days and is led by GRTS professors in cooperation with GTI Study Tours. Each year a group of around 15-17 students are expected to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience as part of their degree program. The Study Tour will combine extensive travel within Israel and the Palestinian Territories, on-site study, and a detailed study of the history, culture, and geography of Israel with an emphasis on illuminating the world of the Bible. Each trip also has space available for a number of other friends of the seminary to participate as audit students.

Trip Itinerary

Eligibility & Fees

Eligibility and fees are determined according to the degree program in which you are enrolled at the seminary. For full details click here.

  • Master of Divinity students: Enrolled M.Div. students entering their final stages of study are eligible to apply to participate in the trip at the subsidized rate.
  • M.A. Urban Cohort students: Enrolled M.A. Urban Cohort students entering their final stages of study are eligible to apply to participate in the trip at the subsidized rate.
  • Other GRTS students: Enrolled students in programs other than the M.Div. and M.A. Urban Cohort programs are eligible to apply at any time in their program.
  • Friends of GRTS: Student spouses and family, alumni, and other friends of GRTS are also eligible to apply.

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, please contact Jonathan Greer).

How To Apply For The Study Tour

Application Essay

As the first step in the process, applicants must submit an application essay as a PDF file via email to: kate.mondal@cornerstone.edu (and cc: jonathan.greer@cornerstone.edu). Full details on the application process available here.

Application Deadlines

  • First round: June 6, 2015; priority will be given to first round applicants.
  • Second round: October 3, 2015; applications will be received on a rolling basis until the second round deadline as long as spots are available.

Pre-trip orientation (including readings and lectures) will begin during the fall semester prior to the January departure date.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Kate Mondal at 616.222.1244.