The BYU Jerusalem Center will resume limited student programs beginning Winter Semester 2007. The BYU Jerusalem page notes:
October 9, 2006
Brigham Young University will resume student programs on a limited basis at its Center for Near Eastern Studies in Jerusalem beginning Winter Semester 2007. This program will be limited to current BYU-Provo students who have completed at least two semesters of full-time enrollment at a college or university. All qualified applications received (or postmarked) between October 23 and November 3 will be given equal consideration for the 44 available positions. Future programs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with due consideration to the political and security environments in the region.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
PROVO – Brigham Young University’s on-again, off-again effort to resume student programs in Jerusalem is back on the table, university officials said Tuesday.
The school plans to send 44 students to the Center for Near Eastern Studies in Jerusalem beginning winter semester 2007. BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said the decision was made to move forward with the program given the “appropriateness of the timing right now. We continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis.” BYU announced during the summer the Jerusalem Center would open for fall semester 2006, but the escalating conflict between Israelis and Palestinians forced officials to call it off.
Student programs there have been suspended since 2001 because of the unstable environment.
Jenkins said no preference will be given to students who applied for the fall 2006 semester. They will need to apply again for consideration for winter 2007. Applicants are limited to current BYU students in Provo.
Interesting that those students who had applied, been accepted, and gone through all the paperwork to be accepted for the fall 2006 semester have to re-apply all over for the winter 2007 semester. I think they ought to give those poor students the priority for this new opening. But then again, BYU doesn’t usually consult with me on policy decisions at the school.
The Deseret News also has an article:
PROVO — Brigham Young University will resume academic programs at its Center for Near Eastern Studies in Jerusalem this winter, according to a statement on BYU’s Web site.
The center will be open winter semester, which runs January to April.
The school will accept 44 students who are students at BYU in Provo who have completed at least two semesters of full-time course work at a college or university. Applications must be postmarked between Oct. 23 and Nov. 3.
Future programs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis as BYU administrators consider the political environment and security in the Middle East. BYU has not operated academic programs at the center for nearly six years because of violence in the region. Other parts of the center, however, are open to visitors. BYU had planned on opening the academic program for fall semester but the school’s administration in July against opening it, largely because of escalating violence in the region.
The center an eight-story, 125,000-square-foot building on Mount Scopus overlooking the Mount of Olives, the Kidron Valley and the Old City.