Bethlehem University Summer Course Activities and Trips

We are pleased to announce that Bethlehem University in cooperation with Siraj Center is offering students of the Summer Arabic Program the opportunity to discover Palestine by participating in various activities that Siraj will organize!

Please note that these activities are optional for Bethlehem University’s Arabic students and these activities are not included in the course fees for the Arabic course.


Learn more about Palestinian history, culture, traditions, and you will have the chance to get a deeper understanding about the current political situation.
WHEN: Every Saturday of each month, one-day tours through Palestinian cities will be lead by our professional guides.
*visit various religious sites,
*tour along the separation wall,
* learn about the settlements in the West Bank,
* walk through the ancient old cities of Nablus, Jerusalem, Hebron and Jericho
FEE: Per person: 4 tours => 280 USD, which includes guiding, entrance fees and transportation.
Note: The rate is based on a minimum 10 participants. Siraj reserves the right to charge an extra fee in the event that there are less than 10 participants.

Learn how to prepare a Palestinian meal, and be able to recreate the experience at home for your family and friends! Our professional cooking instructor will teach you the ins and outs of each traditional recipe. At the end of the course, you will enjoy a dinner which you the students will prepare!

WHEN: Every Thursday evening, one hour each class
WHERE: Bethlehem Area – Beit Sahour
FEE: 4-day cooking course => 120 USD



Our Dabka dance instructor will be pleased to teach you the techniques and steps of the traditional Palestinian Dabka. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the origins and importance behind Palestinian cultural dances. The four evenings will be filled with music dance and a lot of fun!

WHEN: Every Friday evening, one hour each class
WHERE: At Siraj Center
FEE: 4 Dabka dance classes => 80 USD




Siraj Center, one of the leading organizations with a wide network of families that are willing to host international students during their stay in the Bethlehem area, is prepared to help you find suitable accommodation.
Options for accommodation:


*Live with a local Palestinian family, experiencing daily life with your hosts.
*Share Palestinian breakfast and dinner with your host family, spend any of your free time with them,
*Get a closer feel and understanding of Palestinian daily life, customs and traditions.
*Practice your Arabic
Fee: 850 USD per month, which includes the home stay, breakfast and dinner.


Siraj can help you find an apartment in the Bethlehem area where you will have your own private place to stay.
Rent: 550 USD per month, which does not include food, water and electricity bills.


Share an apartment with other students. You will have your own room.
Rent: 300 USD.

The water and electricity bills will be split among the tenants.

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