Israel Study Tour

GRTS Israel Study Tour

[Picture details: GRTS students on the first Israel Study Tour led by Dr. Turner and Dr. Greer, January 2014.]

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the launch of the Israel Study Tour. In addition to the traditional classes offered at GRTS the Israel Study Tour provides a way for students to experience the land of Israel first-hand. This exciting addition to the GRTS curriculum will provide a rich learning experience for students as they pursue their seminary education. 

What is the Israel Study Tour?

The Israel Study Tour is an annual trip held each January during the J-term. 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, and a number of other friends of the seminary participating as audit students, are expected to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Study Tour will combine extensive travel within Israel, 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. Pre-trip orientation (including readings and lectures) will begin during the fall semester prior to the January departure date. 

Will there be academic credit for the study tour? 

Yes, the Israel Study Tour (or the on-campus alternative course) is required for all Master of Divinity students who have begun their program since the Fall 2013 semester. The Study Tour is open to students in other degree programs though different costs apply (see below). The tour is officially listed as BBL601: Experiencing the Ancient World of the Bible and is a 2-credit course. Ideally, the Study Tour will be for students who are in their final year of study at GRTS. 

How much will the study tour cost?

In partnership with generous donors, GRTS has worked to minimize the costs involved in the Study Tour especially for Master of Divinity (MDiv) students. In addition to the two-credit cost there is a course fee of $1,000 with the remaining trip costs covered for students in the MDiv program. Students in programs other than the MDiv pay a course fee ranging from $3,200-$3,500 depending on the year, plus the cost of two audit credits ($66; $33 per credit). To view a full list of fees and the payment schedule click here.

How To Apply For The Study Tour

To apply for the Israel Study Tour submit application materials by email to Kate Mondal ( according to the details outlined in the Study Tour information sheet

Apply for the January 3-14, 2015 trip! The first round of the application process has been completed. We are now accepting applications for the second round until September 12, 2014. Please see the Study Tour Information sheet for more details. 

If you missed the recent informational meeting and presentation for the January 2015 trip you can view it below. 

For Master of Divinity students:

For students in other programs:

Next Steps

If you have been accepted to join the next Israel Study Tour for January 2015 you must complete the following forms. All forms should be submitted to Kate Mondal at the Academic Office in-person or by email

Non-degree seeking students: Approved participants who are not current GRTS students in a degree program (i.e., spouses, family, and friends of GRTS) must apply and enroll as "non-degree seeking audit students" and register for the class as an audit student. There is no cost for the application and this should be completed as soon as the individual has been approved for the trip. Registration for the course must be completed after the application process and once registration opens on Oct 20, 2014. Audit students will be billed $66 ($33/audit credit). The online application for non-degree seeking students is available here.  

More information 

January 2015 trip schedule: click here for the trip itinerary.  

For an information fact sheet with more details please see the  Study Tour Information Sheet or contact Kate Mondal (Executive Assistant to the VP of Adult Learning & Academic Dean) at  or Dr. Jonathan Greer (Assistant Professor of Old Testament) at