Samford students: to apply for summer study abroad click here.
Undergraduate students at institutions other than Samford will apply for transient student status here and contact Dr. James Strange: e-mail; 205-726-4543.
Israeli students should contact Prof. Mordechai Aviam: e-mail.
Undergraduate students at institutions in other countries should contact Dr. James Strange: e-mail; 205-726-4543.
Non-student volunteers are welcome. Download an application here.
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Trip cost for students in 2014:
$5,800 $4,972.80 (cost reduced by over $800!) includes four credit hours of undergraduate tuition through Samford University plus four weeks of room and full board at the Hotel Galilee in Nazareth, in-country transportation, two weekend trips to archaeological sites including the Sea of Galilee and Mediterranean Sea, admission into national parks, additional insurance, and other incidental costs.
Trip cost for non-student volunteers in 2014: $2,600 includes four weeks of room and full board at the Hotel Galilee in Nazareth, in-country transportation, two weekend trips to archaeological sites including the Sea of Galilee and Mediterranean Sea, admission into national parks, additional insurance, and other incidental costs.
Not covered: flights and three-day trip to Jerusalem.
Course information: Students will receive four hours of academic credit for RELG 393 Field Methods in Archaeology, an upper-level religion course that helps you complete 40 hours at 300 level or above, required of all Samford undergraduate students. Coursework includes training in the field, readings, lectures three nights a week, and weekend trips to other archaeological sites. Students keep a daily journal that chronicles what they are learning and they take a final, written field exam.
- Substitution credit: IDSC 201 Scientific Methods, an undergraduate general education science.
- Substitution credit: an upper-level course in Classics, History, Geography, or Sociology.
- Graduate credit is available for ENVM 521 for MSEM students; DVBF 521 for Beeson Divinity students.
The trip: We will spend the bulk of our time excavating the ancient site of Shikhin near Nazareth, at the edge of the beautiful Beit Netofa Valley in Lower Galilee. We will be joined by students and non-student volunteers from the US and other countries.
Dates (there might be some adjustments):
- May 24: Arrive in Tel Aviv, drive with the group to the Hotel Galilee.
- May 25: Tour the site of Shikhin.
- May 26: First day in the field
- May 31: Tour sites; possibilities include Sepphoris, Magdala, Capernaum, Cana, Yodefat, Caesarea Philippi, Sea of Galilee.
- June 7: Tour sites; possibilities include Bet Alpha, Megiddo, Caesarea, Mediterranean Sea.
- June 14–15: Free weekend
- June 20: Last day in the field
- June 20 – 22: Jerusalem! Side trips to Qumran, Masada, and the Dead Sea are possible.
- June 23: Fly home.
Flights: fly with the group or arrange your own. We work with Aladdin Travel. If you fly with the group your cost will include trip insurance, which is highly recommended to everyone. If you arrange your own flight and wish to drive with the group from the airport to the hotel, be at Ben Gurion Airport when the group’s flight arrives.
Scholarships and Grants:
1. Investigate the following sources of funding:
- Your congregation
- Your parents: ask for a loan and present a plan for paying it off.
- Your national honor society
- Your Greek organization: check with the local and/or national office
- Your major department. Religion, for example, offers small scholarships for religion majors who wish to take a religion course abroad.
- Check with Geography, Sociology, History, or Classics if you are a major.
- ASPIRE Grant ($2,000). You will need to develop a research proposal, with which Dr. Strange will help you. You will do research on the dig and will work with Dr. Strange in his office in the second part of the summer.
- University Fellows: check with the directors about grants or scholarships for summer study abroad.
3. Grants for archaeological research:
4. Other sources for summer study abroad:
- Phi Kappa Phi ($1,000). Membership is not required, but you do have to attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter (i.e. Samford), have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75, and have applied and been accepted to a study abroad program.
- Foundation for Global Scholars Scholarships ($1,000–$2,500).
- Mark Twain Travel Awards ($500–$2,500).
- Dr. Caroll Mills-Young Scholarship from the College Language Association (competitive: go for it). You will need a letter of recommendation from Dr. Strange; send him your résumé in early December.
- Alpha Lambda Delta: National Honor Society for Freshman, James G. Stemler scholarship for study abroad ($1,000): Contact Dr. Jennifer Speights-Binet for the local chapter deadline and further information.
- The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program (up to $5,000) for undergraduate study abroad for students receiving U.S. Students Federal Pell Grant funding.
- Fund for Education Abroad (up to $10,000).
- NAFSA: Financial Aid for Study Abroad Students.
- Institute for International Education Study Abroad Funding.