The Center itself is a beautiful building on Mount Scopus overlooking the Mount of Olives, the Kidron Valley, and the Old City. The 125,000 square-foot, eight-level structure is set amid five acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The first five levels (moving up from the lowest level) provide dormitory and apartment space for up to 170 students.
Dormitory rooms accommodate four people with ample study space and a private bath. Each of these rooms has a patio overlooking the Old City. The sixth level houses a cafeteria, classrooms, computer facilities, and a gymnasium. Administrative and faculty offices are located on the seventh level, as is a 250-seat auditorium. The main entry is on the eighth level, which also contains a spectacular recital and special events auditorium with organ, lecture rooms, general and reserve libraries, offices, a domed theater, and a learning resource area.
The center remained closed from 2000 to 2006 because of the continuing Second Intifada and its complications against ensuring security.
Brigham Young University Officials announced on October 9, 2006 that the center would be reopening for student academic programs for Winter Semester 2007. The initial program would be limited to only 44 available spaces, and future academic programs at the center will be announced case by case.
The BYU Jersualem center is open for the winter semester of 2007 with 44 spaces while the subsequent spring and summer terms will each have 88 spaces in the program.
For those interested in visiting the building, a 45-60 minute tour is available. The tour includes a hosting video, a ten-minute organ recital, and a tour of the eighth floor and the Jerusalem Center gardens. To schedule a tour or to obtain information on tour availability, please contact the hosting staff at the Jerusalem Center by calling 011-972-2-626-5666.
Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center
BYU Jerusalem Center - The Jerusalem Center is Brigham Young University's center for study in Jerusalem. Students enroll through the BYU campus in Provo, Utah, travel to the Holy Land, and live in the Center for programs that extend for two or four months. Students study a core curriculum that focuses on Old and New Testament, ancient and modern Near Eastern studies, and language (Hebrew and Arabic). Classroom study is built around field trips that cover the length and breadth of the Holy Land.
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