Before your arrival at JUC, here are a few things you should take care of:
You will be sent a mapping materials package in the mail upon paying your deposit for a Short-Term program. You will use these maps in the classroom and field throughout your program.
The requirements for these mapping materials vary by program (see below) and will be detailed in the instructions inside your mapping packet. For those programs requiring pre-program completion, please estimate approximately 40 hours to mark your maps. All students will need a set of colored felt-tipped markers or colored pencils (specifically yellow, green, blue, red, orange, black, purple, and brown).
You will use the Regional Study Guide to complete your maps. More information about how to use and access the Regional Study Guide will be emailed to you and sent in your Mapping Materials Package.
Please schedule your arrival in Jerusalem on the date that campus housing opens for your study program. To get to our campus from the Ben Gurion Airport, follow the insructions below:
The easiest way to get to campus from the airport is by taking a sherut, which is a large shared taxi for 10 people (click here to see what they look like). Sheruts run 24-hours a day, including Shabbat, and the cost is $20 or 70 shekels. You do not need to tip your driver.
The sheruts should be lined up waiting outside the Ben Gurion airport. To find them, exit the airport, walk to the street, and look to the right. Do not go to the left and take a regular taxi! Know that the taxi drivers may try aggressively to sell you a ride which costs 300+ shekels ($100+).
Tell the sherut driver that you want to be dropped off at The American Institute on Mount Zion. If he does not recognize the name, you can tell him the Hebrew name: "Machon Amerikai."
Avoid using GPS or online maps. They are unreliable when navigating to JUC.
If you have trouble locating the campus, please call us:
Ring the button for “Office" or "Short-Term Programs."
Welcome to JUC! We are glad you are here.
After you arrive at JUC, you will receive a program schedule which includes the dates and times of field studies and locations of stay. While the staff at JUC does their best to adhere to the program schedule, please note that changes do occur even at the last minute or during the course of the program itself, due to logistical or safety reasons. If such changes occur, you will be informed of them by your instructor or by the JUC office.
Please schedule your departure for the last day of the program. If you wish to stay on campus longer, you must have prior written permission since rooms may not be available, and you will be charged for those days.
For those short-term groups which have ordered (prior to arrival) group transportation from Ben Gurion International Airport to Jerusalem, a representative of Jerusalem University College will meet you at the airport. It is important that everyone in the group gather at the baggage claim area and pass through customs (“nothing to declare”) together, then exit the airport together as a group. Once someone exits, it is not possible to return and look for stragglers.