UHL, by its very nature, gives the serious Bible student opportunities which are unparalleled in Biblical academia.

When the Holy Land is your classroom, each and every day is a special opportunity. But even amongst those admittedly privileged circumstances, UHL takes its dedication to providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity a step further. 


Gain insight not acquired in classroom but rather by being outside in the “field” our unique context will revolutionize your reading of the Bible as well as your understanding of the Middle East!

Experience the Middle East and its various cultures in all their richness, beauty, and complexity. Plus, study among fellow Christian believers and mingle among Jews, Muslims, and other individuals, on a regular basis.

Form memories, friendships, and knowledge that will last a life time.

Benefit from UHL’s unique connections: Nazareth Village, Archaeological Dig under Bethelehem’s Nativity Church, Israel Museum, Museum of the Bible in Washington DC, and Rothberg International School.

Understand the Bible in “3D”   –  By being studying in the Land of the Bible, UHL students receive a three-dimensional look into the world of the patriarchs, prophets, Jesus, and the apostles. Student’s visit and study at  40 Biblical sites, walk in the same locations Jesus did, participate in archaeological digs, get to read and see the Dead Sea Scrolls for themselves, and engage in anthropological studies of Biblical societies, and more. All so the Bible becomes more real to them and they can help explain it to others.

Become experts in their field by adding experience to theory  – UHL’s unique partnership with various archaeological and reconstruction projects in Israel provides students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience “in the field”….digs in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Hair follicle analysis, a method developed at the University of the Holy Land, in use by student and faculty to piece together Dead Sea Scrolls.

Join the ranks of successful students who have gone on before them – Over the past thirty years, UHL graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs at the University of Fribourg, Brown University, the Hebrew University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Helsinki, City University of New York, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

Live in the city God loves – In Ezekiel 43:7, God calls Jerusalem the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever.” He inscribes Jerusalem on the palms of his hands and says it is the city where He watches over its walls continually (Isa. 49:16).  He even says, “I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion” (Zech. 1:14). Is it any wonder then that Jerusalem is the best city in the world?? UHL students will get to follow suit behind the greats such as David, Solomon, Jeremiah, and even the Apostles and live and study in the greatest city in the world.

“The Holy Land is where the Bible took place, it’s the place where the Bible was written. The people of the Bible lived here and absorbed all the life around them. Much of that environment is still here for people to go to see, to study, and to be able to get under the skin and into the shoes of biblical writers, and of the people who actually lived here in biblical times.”

Stephen Pfann, Ph.D.

President, University of the Holy Land


The Dead Sea Scrolls

The library of nearly 1,000 fragmentary manuscripts hidden in caves near the Dead Sea, discovered by accident a half-century ago, has proven itself to be the most important manuscript find of the twentieth century, for Jewish and Christian scholars alike. UHL’s Center for the Study of Early Christianity (CSEC) stands at the forefront of scrolls research, and is a leader in the production of reference tools designed to aid in the exploration of the scrolls. Qualified students are invited to join in the CSEC’s exciting ongoing study of the scrolls.

Hebrew University

Through UHL’s relationship with its sister school, Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University, students are given the opportunity to not only study with the world-class Christian educators of UHL, but also some of the world’s finest Jewish scholars. As a result, Jewish/Gentile relations, as sensitively depicted in the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles of Paul, come alive in a context simply impossible to find anywhere else. The student’s understanding of contemporary Jewish/Christian relations will be forever deepened.

Nazareth Village

UHL’s Center for the Study of Early Christianity (CSEC) has laid the academic foundation for the construction of Nazareth Village, a first-century Galilean village based upon archaeological study, as well as early Christian and Jewish sources. The Nazareth Village is the only enterprise of its kind dedicated to illuminating the life of Jesus. Students at UHL receive exclusive access to archaeological digs at Nazareth Village. Additionally, UHL students exclusively participate in digs under the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity, a coveted allowance by the Palestinian Authority.