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  • Locations: Bethlehem, Palestinian Territory; Jerusalem, Israel; Nazareth, Israel
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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Program Overview

This program offers a series of brief, but intensive Encounters in the Holy Land lead by Professor George Heider. Travelers will visit important sites - Bethlehem and Jerusalem, Jericho and Nazareth, but more importantly will have the opportunity to meet the people of the Holy Land and talk with leaders and ordinary people of all three faith communities: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim.

Non-Valpo students, parents and friends are welcome, subject to availability of space.

For further information, including full itinerary, and other important details, please see the full program brochure (Promotional Brochure--FINAL.pdf).


Participants may earn 3 credits in THEO-368: Topics in Abrahamic Religions, which can count toward a theology major or minor, upper level general education credit in theology, or the cultural diversity general education requirement. Students need to be sure to register for the course (THEO-368-SA or CC-300-SA) with their spring semester registrations.

This course includes the experience over Spring Break as well as pre and post travel discussion sessions.


Participants will depart from Chicago on Friday, March 2 and return Tuesday, March 13. There will also be required pre and post travel discussion sessions. Dates and times for those sessions will be shared once they are scheduled.

Application Requirements & Deadlines

Be sure to submit the reservation application from the program brochure (Promotional Brochure--FINAL.pdf) to secure your place in the program.

Registrations and deposits are needed as soon as possible to ensure course viability. Don't delay - get yours in today!!

The absolute deadline to submit the registration form, and initial deposit payment to Professor Heider is November 30, 2017. The deadline for the balance of the tour fee is December 29.

Please note that must be complete as well as this online registration to be considered a committed participant of the program. Note that space is limited and reservations are taken on a first come first served basis. To complete this registration click the "Apply Now" button at the top. This application will close on the absolute deadline of November 30 as well.

Cost Information

Please refer to the budget sheet above.

*All payments must be made payable to Valparaiso University (not the Department of Theology, or Study Abroad).

Payment Schedule:
Your  reservation and deposit of $395 per person are requested immediately with the mail-in reservation application to fulfill the group deadline requirements. A second payment of $1,000 is due October 27, 2017. Final payment is due December 27, 2017. All payments are made to the Department of Theology at Valparaiso University. Please make checks payable to Valparaiso University.

Refund Policy:
All cancellations must be in writing. There is no refund for partial or unused land arrangements. Note: Airline tickets will be issued well in advance of departure and may be nonrefundable. The following penalties will apply:

  • Up to October October 26, 2017: $100 per person administrative fee plus any unrecoverable deposits
  • October 27, 2017 - February 14, 2018: Deposit plus any unrecoverable payments to hotels, tour operators or airlines
  • February 15, 2018 or later - No refund.

Changes to Group Flights:
The group airfare contract for this tour may not allow travelers to make any date or itinerary changes. If you are considering other dates or cities, please submit your request in writing to Prof. Heider well in advance to secure the best rates and schedule, but no later than October 27, 2017. A minimum fee of $175 per person will apply for changes to group flights in addition to a possible airfare increase.

Late bookings:
Passengers registering within thirty days of the tour departure will be charged a $50 per person fee. Tour payment in full is required before we can request and confirm space. This fee does not cover any additional airline or ground service charges.

Program Contact Information

Program Leader:
Dr. George C. Heider
Professor of Theology
Phone: (219) 464-5303

Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.

Apply for a Passport!

Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.