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R12137bSamford 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 2015: To enroll in one course, you pay $5,000 ($800 cheaper than two years ago!): 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.

To enroll in two courses, you pay $5,750 (ONLY $750 MORE!): includes eight 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 2015: $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 register for four or eight hours of academic credit.

Course 1: 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, and weekend trips to other archaeological sites. Students keep a daily journal, are evaluated by their Area Supervisors, and take a final, written field exam.

Course 2: RELG 394 Palestine in Late Antiquity, an upper-level religion course that helps you complete 40 hours at 300 level or above, required of all Samford undergraduate students. Coursework includes readings, lectures, and weekend trips to other archaeological sites. Students take a written exam and write a research paper.

  • Substitution credit for RELG 393: IDSC 201 Scientific Methods, an undergraduate general education science.
  • Substitution credit for both courses: an upper-level course in Classics, History, Geography, or Sociology.
  • Graduate credit for RELG 393 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 23: Arrive in Tel Aviv, drive with the group to the Hotel Galilee.
  • May 24: Tour the site of Shikhin.
  • May 25: First day in the field
  • May 30: Tour sites; possibilities include Sepphoris, Magdala, Capernaum, Cana, Yodefat, Caesarea Philippi, Sea of Galilee.
  • June 6: Tour sites; possibilities include Bet Alpha, Megiddo, Caesarea, Mediterranean Sea.
  • June 13–14: Free weekend
  • June 19: Last day in the field
  • June 19 – 21: Jerusalem! Side trips to Qumran, Masada, and the Dead Sea are possible.
  • June 22: Fly home.

Flights: fly with the group or arrange your own.  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.

2. Samford:

  • Your national honor society
  • Your Greek organization: check with the local and/or national office
  • Your major department.  Religion, for example, offers 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:

 

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