Study Abroad In the Holy Land Program Information

* Airfare may be arranged personally; however, all students must arrive at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv by June 25, 2019 for the International Travel Studies Institute Study Abroad whose courses begin on June 26, 2019.


The first International Travel Studies Institute Study Abroad Program in the Holy Land opens for applications December 17, 2018.  Below are the 2019 Study Abroad Calendar and the Application for Admission Form and other required forms, that may be downloaded and printed off.  Initially, to reserve a position, the Application for Admission form with a $200 deposit may be submitted, but final admissions requires that the other forms be completed before consideration for admission to the Study Abroad program.  For information on transfer of certified courses, please refer to the section above under "Education Unit Policy".  The ITSI Study broad 2020 Liability Release Form will not be posted until January 2020 for Travel Updates.

2020 Study Abroad in the Holy Land Faculty

Dann W Hone, International Travel Studies Institute Director

Dann W Hone, Faculty/Administrator 2020 Study Abroad Programs

 Dann W Hone, with nearly 46 years of travel and living in the Near East, is one of the founding members of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies and served in numerous positions at the Center, including Academic Coordinator where he was responsible for training and teaching all Jerusalem Center faculty in history, archaeology, geography, and scriptures.  His studies include numerous modern and ancient languages and scripts.  Dann lived in Israel for many years and received his graduate degree in Biblical History from the Jerusalem University College.  A published author, Dann has written study guides and books on the Near East and recently finished volume one of a seven volume “Scriptural Reference and Exploration Series”.  Dann is emeritus administrator/faculty of Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Department of Ancient Scripture at BYU.  After thirty years at BYU, he entered back into teaching as adjunct faculty in the Department of History and Political Science at Utah Valley University.  He currently serves as the Managing Director and faculty member for the International Travel Studies Institute.  Shirley and Dann have been married 45 years and are the parents of 4 sons, 2 daughters and 17 grandchildren.  The family resided in Jerusalem for 7 years. 

Dr. Clark D. Anderson, EdD, Faculty Heather Rose Anderson, MA, Asst.  Admin.  - 2020 Study Abroad

Clark & Heather Anderson, Adjunct Faculty/ Assistant Administrator, Summer 2020 Study Abroad in the Holy Land

Clark Anderson has over 40 years of travel experience and expertise. His love for teaching began on his LDS mission to Europe. Over the past 25 years he has organized and directed over 70 educational tours around the world. Over 40 of these tours were to the Holy Land.

Clark is married to the impressive Heather Ballard and together they have ten children and six grandchildren. Clark’s first true love is his family; second is a passion for music, travel, and sports.

Clark Anderson's father, Gary was a gifted religious educator at BYU and served as director of the BYU Study Abroad Program to the Middle East on two separate occasions. Clark accompanied his father to the Holy Land on both semesters and was a student at the BYU Jerusalem Center in 1986. 

Clark served an LDS Mission to the Netherlands/Belgium Mission and learned the Dutch/Flemish language which he still enjoys speaking today.  Clark spent the summer of 2000 in Israel as a student at an Ulpan learning Hebrew. He also enjoys learning Arabic. 

Clark received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from BYU and a Doctorate Degree from the University of Wyoming. His professional career includes 20 years as a Religious Educator and 12 years as an EFY (Especially for Youth) Speaker & Session Director.  He also pioneered the youth group program in partnership with HEFY (Humanitarian Especially for Youth) for the creation of Youth Summit Jerusalem (YSJ) taking youth to Israel.  

  Heather Rose was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. In her youth she was a ballerina, played on the school volleyball team, and also became an accomplished pianist. She studied ballet for 15 years as a member of the Royal Academy of Dance and was crowned Miss Teen Nevada 1993 and First Runner-up at the National Miss Teen Pageant. She was also awarded 1st place at Nevada Search for Talent competition.

She attended college at Brigham Young University where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and minored in dance. While there she was a member of the BYU Ballroom Dance Company and also learned to play organ. Upon graduation she took her first teaching job in California with Jurupa Unified School District where she taught elementary school while earning her Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Cal State Fullerton.

Ruel & Tresa Haymond, Faculty/Assi. Administrator, Summer 2020 Study Abroad in the Holy Land

Ruel & Tresa Haymond Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Administrator, Summer 2020 Study Abroad Program in the Holy Land

Ruel and Tresa Haymond come to the 2020 Summer Study Abroad in the Holy Land with a wealth of knowledge and experience working with young adults. Ruel holds Bachelor and Master degrees from Utah State University and has participated extensively in doctorate level programs in Constitutional studies. For the last ten years, he has been teaching economics, political economy, history, constitutional law, religion and literature to high school seniors at American Heritage School. Ruel and his wife have directed several humanitarian programs to Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, and Ghana, Africa. He additionally directed a tour of young adults and their families to Israel and the Palestinian Territories. 

Tresa Haymond obtained a Bachelor's Degree from Utah State University in Elementary Education and has taught in a variety of education settings, including education cooperatives and commonwealth schools in Utah County. Additionally, she administered a multi-age elementary program (K-6) through a private/public partnership, developed the curriculum, trained and supervised teachers _at four different locations, all while teaching children (including her own) in a lively and engaging classroom. She has taught courses on the American Founding, Shakespeare and classical literature. In addition to being a wife, mothe.r and grandmother, she loves nothing more than to work in photography and as a certified Doula, supporting women as they give birth and ministering to women who struggle with perinatal mood disorders. 

Ruel and Tresa have enjoyed their travels to Europe and South America in the defense of the family but consider their trip to Israel to be the most life-changing hallmark of their traveling experience. 

A Student Expresses Her Interest in the Holy Land

Dann Hone asked a student why she wants to take courses on the Holy Land.