Ohio University

Israel: Archaeology in Israel

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Program Feature

Field Work

Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Humanities and Social Sciences

Application Deadline

January 19 at 11:59am

For more information contact:

Cory Crawford
Program Director

Cherita King
Program Coordinator


group of people doing their archaeological studies.


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. 

Highlights and Excursions 

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. 

Living Arrangements 

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. 

Program Dates 

July 5 - August 2, 2021


Students will earn a total of 6 credit hours. 

  • CLAR 4900: Special Topics in Classical Archaeology 

  • CLWR 5930 Independent Study for Graduate participants

Other course options may be available. Please contact Program Director Dr. Cory Crawford for more information.


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, some meals, excursions, welcome and farewell dinner, and international medical health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 6 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2021 (TBA)

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

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 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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 or reside in the country.

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. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found   here