June 21 - July 13, 2019
(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)
Take a journey to the past as UK joins forces with universities from around the world to excavate a 3,000 year old city in the heartland of Israel. During the summer of 2019, UK students will participate in the excavations at Tell es-Safi, Israel—the biblical city of Gath and hometown of the biblical warrior, Goliath. At Safi, students will experience three weeks of training in excavation technique, archaeological documentation, and data management. With a focus on developing the essential skills of undergraduate research, this program is designed to help students see a large-scale, international research project up close, while actively contributing to its research outcomes.
While in Israel, students will have the opportunity to participate in field trips to important historical and biblical sites. In the afternoons and evenings, students will interact with world-class researchers through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on analysis of archaeological materials. Each weekend, the UK team will head to Jerusalem and stay in the historic Austrian Hospice in the heart of the Old City. These weekend trips offer unstructured time for students to explore the history and culture of one of the world’s most important cities.
For a draft of the day-by-day itinerary, click here!
- Learn the basics of archaeology by excavating at the ancient biblical city of Gath.
- Gain hands on experience in field-based data collection, managment, and synthesis.
- Work side-by-side with volunteers from around the world.
- Spend your weekends exploring the ancient and modern history of Jerusalem.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines, although it will be of particular interest to students with a desire to do archaeological fieldwork.
For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.
UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
- Students will enroll in MCL 592: Research Practicum: Archaeology in Israel (3 credit hours).
- All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students will not be required to complete EAP 599-related coursework. Graduate students may opt out of EAP 599 altogether if they wish, however, graduate students who opt out of the course altogether will have to pay tuition for the above listed course(s).
Housing & Meals
Students will reside in dorm rooms in the Regional School at Kibbutz Kefar Menachem during the work week, and at the Austrian Hospice in Jerusalem during the weekend. All meals during the excavation week are included, as are a few group meals, but students will be responsible for the cost of all other meals on their own.
Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.