Israel: Historical, Geographic and Social Contexts of the Bible

NOTE: This program is still pending approval for Spring/Summer 2022. At this time, Israel is listed as a CDC Level 4. GVSU is not supporting travel to countries at this level. A final decision on program viability will be made no later than January 2022.

Jerusalem, Israel - Explore geographic and historical  contexts of the Jewish and Christian Bibles and how biblical interpretations continue to influence the social-political world today. Field trips include Petra, Masada, the Western Wall, Sea of Galilee, Dor, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Jericho, the Dead Sea, and much more. 

Program Highlights: 

- Explore the histories of Israel and Judah that provided the framework for the writing of the Jewish and Christian Bibles

- Field trips include Petra, Masada, the Western Wall, Sea of Galilee, Dor, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Jericho, the Dead Sea, and much more

- Ample free time for independent exploration

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No Minimum GPA
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2022

Estimated Program Dates: June 2022 - June 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

(4 weeks online, 2 weeks in Israel)


Students will register for a total of 6 credits:

HNR 280 (3 credits) AND 
HNR 311 (3 credits)  

Non-Honors students may fulll General Education Global Perspectives and may fulfill (1) Issues credit, Social Behavioral Science and/or independent study credits. Contact program director for more information.  

Language of instruction: English 


On-campus housing and hostels 

Cost and Scholarships

Program Fee: $4,850


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodation
  • Field trips and fees
  • All ground transportation
  • Most meals

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition - 6 credits ($3,396)     
  • Personal expenses ($300)
  • Passport ($150)

Total Projected Cost: (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $8,696



Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT  (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

Visit for additional information on grants and scholarships.


To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs


This program is open to ALL majors. Non-Honors students are eligible to apply. 

2.0 GPA required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2022
Jeremiah Cataldo
Program Director

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