Frequently Asked Questions

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I have been accepted for a biblical program. When should I book my flight?

Do not book your flight until you have been advised the program is viable and will be offered as scheduled. You will be notified 3 months in advance if the program is cancelled.

What is the accommodation?

Each participant is registered at Ecce Homo Convent in a single room with a small en suite bathroom (shower, sink and toilet). Twin share must be pre-arranged with the registrar.

On overnight excursions participants are registered in twin-share rooms. For an additional cost, single rooms are sometimes available. This must be pre-arranged with the registrar at least 1 month before the start of the program.

Are towels, linens and toiletries supplied?

Bed linens and towels are provided.  Face cloths and toiletries are not supplied.

Are there laundry facilities at Ecce Homo Guest House?

Yes. Washing machines are available. There are no  dryers.

Can my dietary requirements be accommodated?

Ecce Homo Guest House will attempt to accommodate dietary requirements but cannot guarantee that special requests will be met. Options and variety are limited. Some participants bring dietary supplements with them and/or shop at local markets for their personal needs.

Is Wi-Fi available?

Wireless access is available in most guestrooms and all classrooms and public spaces of Ecce Homo Convent. Wireless speed and connectivity in the Old City of Jerusalem is sometimes challenging.

What is included in the program fee?

The program fee includes: registration fee, tuition, accommodation, full board, entrance fees, domestic transportation, guides and all gratuities.
Participants  are responsible for other expenses including: transfers to and from the airport, personal shopping, alcohol etc.

How do I pay the program fee?

The NDS Centre for Biblical Formation accepts payment in USD or Euros. Program fees are received by International Bank Draft, bank transfer or cash. Details for bank transfer will be provided after registration. There is a $25.USD charge per bank transfer. Final payment is due 1 month before the program begins unless prior arrangements have been made to pay by cash on arrival. Credit cards are not accepted.

The program is a package. No fee reductions are given to participants who arrive late or depart early.

Are excursions included?

Yes. Excursions are related to the program texts and topics and the religious seasons and festivals that take place during the program.  Excursions usually include some time in Galilee visiting some of the places associated with Jesus’ life (Nazareth, Capernaum, Tabgha, Mt. of Beatitudes).

Excursions may include:  Places around Jerusalem: City of David, Mt. of Olives, Peter in Gallicantu, St Anne’s, Gethsemane, Ein Karem, the Holy Sepulchre/Church of the Resurrection, Bethlehem, Jericho, Nablus.

Is it ever cold in Jerusalem?

Yes. Winters are cold and  have occasional light snow or rain.  Summers are very hot during the day. Stone buildings and churches can be cool and most places are air-conditioned. Summer evenings can be cool in Jerusalem (you may need a light jacket or cardigan).

Is it possible to arrive at Ecce Homo before the program begins or stay after the program ends?

Yes, you may book extra nights of accommodation at your own expense. The program fees include accommodation the night before the program begins and accommodation on the last night of the program. Extra nights at the Ecce Homo Guest House can be booked and paid by credit card.

It is best to book extra nights as early as possible. The guest house is popular and fills quickly. To make a guest house reservation for before or after the program contact the reservation office at
Let the registrar know your plans.

How do I transfer from Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv to Ecce Homo Convent in the Old City of Jerusalem?

There are 3 options to transfer from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv  to Jerusalem. It is 42 kilometres and takes approximately 60 minutes.

1. Travelling by train or bus is inexpensive and will take you to central Jerusalem. From there a taxi or a tram on Line 1 will take you to Damascus Gate (entrance to the Old City). You can walk to Ecce Homo from Damascus Gate in about 10-15 minutes. (cobbled streets).
NOTE: A RAV card for the tram must be bought at the airport.

2. 'Shirouts' or 'Neshers' are shared vans  available outside the airport doors. They can take you to the Damascus Gate and you can walk from there. If you don't want to walk from Damascus Gate to Ecce Homo Convent with your luggage, an option is to ask the Nesher driver to drop you at the Notre Dame Hotel (Opposite New Gate - Old City). Ask reception to call a taxi to take you to the door of Ecce Homo Convent in the Old City. Most taxis  are not permitted to enter the Old City. It is important to clarify your destination and taxi cost before proceeding.

3. CBF can arrange for a private taxi to pick you up at the airport and take you directly to the door of Ecce Homo Convent. This is the easiest but most expensive option. If participants are arriving at the airport at similar times, CBF can arrange a shared taxi to reduce the cost.
Before the program begins you will be sent a detailed list of public, private and shared transfer/transportation options. Please inform the registrar of your transfer plans.

What is the best way to access cash in Jerusalem?

There are ATMs in Jerusalem that take debit and/or credit cards. Cash can be converted at Money Exchange locations.

Do I need a visa to enter Israel?

Depending on your citizenship, you may need a visa to enter Israel. Please check with the Israeli embassy in your own country. The process my take some time so be sure to apply 3 months before the start of the program. Information about visas can be found at:

May I bring a spouse or friend with me?

Yes - if space is available and prior arrangements are made with the Registrar. The guest will be responsible for the cost of their room and board, transportation, guides, entrance fees and gratuities. The CBF accountant will prepare an invoice to be paid in advance.
Guests will not attend classes but are welcome on excursions and to participate in prayer/liturgy.







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