This program is a hands-on introduction to archaeology as well as to the land of Israel and its historical, religious and cultural treasures. It is centered around participation in an archaeological expedition to Tel Hazor to help excavate Biblical-period palaces and other architecture. Hazor was the largest city in ancient Israel/Canaan and is located just north of the Sea of Galilee.
Students will spend the first week in Jerusalem touring sites like the Temple Mount, the Dead Sea, and Megiddo, before transferring to the excavation. Once at Tel Hazor, students will be instructed in the field, with further excursions on excavation weekends.
In addition to instruction in archaeological field methods, participants will explore the relationship of archaeology to the Bible and to the history of ancient and modern Israel/Palestine, while living and working closely with people from across the world.
July 6- August 4 2019
This program is open to OHIO undergraduate with an interest in Archaeology. Preference is given to students for whom Archaeology is an integral part of their undergraduate program.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required or special permission from the Program Director.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.
All students accepted onto the program will be required to sign a waiver as a condition of participation.
Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.
In the week before the excavation students will live in local hotels and inns. Meals will be taken in local restaurants.
During the excavation students will stay in bungalows (with modern amenities including wi-fi and air conditioning) at Kibbutz Kfar Hanassi. The kibbutz and the dig staff will provide 3 meals per day while at the excavation.
Participants will get to know firsthand such places as the Old City of Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Masada, Megiddo, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Caesarea, and many more during the first week of the program and on excavation weekends.
Courses and credits
Successful completion of the program will earn 6 OHIO undergraduate credits.
- CLAR 2900: Special Topics in Classical Archaeology
Other course options may be available. Please contact Program Director Dr Cory Crawford for more information.
Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.
Additional Information on Israel
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook .
Health and safety
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Requesting accommodation for disabilities
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
Entry and exit requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found here.
US citizens may need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.
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