Jerusalem University College

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Jerusalem University College against the background of the trees on Mount Zion Cemetery (2009)

Jerusalem University College, founded in 1957 and formerly known as the American Institute of Holy Land Studies, is an independent undergraduate and graduate academic institution in Israel used by a consortium of more than 70 North American theological seminaries and Christian colleges and universities, as well as schools from Africa, Asia, and Australia. Students from non-consortium schools, including Christian and secular Universities, who meet the entrance requirements also attend.


JUC has an independent two-year graduate program of courses leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in Biblical History and Geography, Hebrew and Cofnate Languages, Middle Eastern Cultures and Religions, and the Hebraic Roots of Christianity.[1] For consortium students, it offers a graduate or undergraduate semester or year abroad (in Israel), as well as shorter two and three week courses.[2]


The school's curriculum is taught by instructors across the political and religious spectrum but falls broadly "within the framework of the conservative evangelical Christian thought as represented by the members schools of the consortium," [3]—these schools include a wide range of Protestant traditions. JUC is accredited by the Asian Theological Association (ATA) and is an international affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities [4]


The campus has been located on Mount Zion, outside the Old City of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate, since 1967, and overlooks the Hinnom Valley (Valley of Gehenna). The campus grounds were formally the Bishop Gobat School (est. 1847 by Samuel Gobat), which moved in 1853 in the building erected on unused reserve land of the Protestant Mount Zion Cemetery.[5] It was one of the first structures to be built outside the Old City of Jerusalem, the others being Kerem Avraham, the Schneller Orphanage, Mishkenot Sha'ananim and the Russian Compound,[6]

Jerusalem University College’s North American office is located in Xenia, Ohio.


Two of Jerusalem University College's masters programs were accredited by the Asia Theological Association in 2003 and 2008-2013.[7] According to the JUC website, in the United States, JUC is recognized as a 501(c) organization, registered in Illinois and originally chartered in Minnesota in 1957.[8] Jerusalem University College is not accredited by any American accreditation agency.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Jerusalem University College Retrieved 30 March 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Jerusalem University College Retrieved 30 March 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Faith statement
  4. ^ CCCU : Affiliates | Jerusalem University College Archived June 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ The cemetery is only reached through the campus.
  6. ^ Kark, Ruth; Oren-Nordheim, Michal (2001). Jerusalem and Its Environs: Quarters, Neighborhoods, Villages, 1800-1948. Wayne State University Press. pp. 74, table on p.82–86. ISBN 0-8143-2909-8. The beginning of construction outside the Jerusalem Old City in the mid-19th century was linked to the changing relations between the Ottoman government and the European powers. After the Crimean War, various rights and privileges were extended to non-Muslims who now enjoyed greater tolerance and more security of life and property. All of this directly influenced the expansion of Jerusalem beyond the city walls. From the mid-1850s to the early 1860s, several new buildings rose outside the walls, among them the mission house of the English consul, James Finn, in what came to be known as Abraham's Vineyard (Kerem Avraham), the Protestant school built by Bishop Samuel Gobat on Mount Zion; the Russian Compound; the Mishkenot Sha'ananim houses: and the Schneller Orphanage complex. These complexes were all built by foreigners, with funds from abroad, as semi-autonomous compounds encompassed by walls and with gates that were closed at night. Their appearance was European, and they stood out against the Middle-Eastern-style buildings of Palestine.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2015-08-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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