The University of the Holy Land (UHL) was developed as an academic research institute by the Center for the Study of Early Christianity (CSEC; founded in 1986). UHL is recognized in Israel by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a degree-granting, Christian educational institution. The Ministry of Tourism has authorized UHL, as a school of higher learning, to conduct on-site, short-term study programs under the guidance of UHL's own field instructors.
UHL's degrees are accredited through the Asia Theological Association.
For more than two decades UHL has been involved in academic credit exchange with a large number of institutions including the University of Fribourg, Switzerland; the Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore; the University of Kent at Canterbury; Hebrew University, Jerusalem University College and the École Biblique et Archéologique Française, Jerusalem; and in the US with Bethany College, Scotts Valley, California; Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin; Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the University of Arizona, Tucson, among many others.
UHL's co-operative programs with the Hebrew University's Rothberg International School and the École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem, along with many American institutions, also attest to the superior quality of the academic work of the faculty and student body of UHL. UHL has signed a broad-range agreement with the École Biblique for the sharing of students and faculty, exchange of academic credit, and cooperation on projects of scientific research.
Over the past twenty-five years, UHL graduates have been accepted into doctoral programs at the University of Fribourg, Brown University, the Hebrew University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Helsinki, City University of New York, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.