Brigham Young University study-abroad students are headed again for the Jerusalem Center after being diverted to Greece while university officials evaluated the Persian Gulf crisis.
About three weeks ago, 155 students left Utah to spend a semester studying in Israel. They were sent to Greece, however, when tensions between Iraq and the United States worsened.Last week, BYU's administration decided the risk to students is low enough to allow them to finish their studies in Jerusalem as planned.
The students cheered when told of the decision, said Robert C. Taylor, director of the Provo office of the Jerusalem Center. All were given other options but none accepted.
While in Greece, the students studied New Testament sites. They will continue their biblical course study in Jerusalem, Taylor said. Officials hope all the students will be in Jerusalem by the middle of next week. The university will continue to monitor the situation.