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College of A&S - Israel: Jezreel Valley Archaeological Project
Jezreel Valley, Israel; Multiple Cities, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates &
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
College Sponsored
OU Sponsoring College:
College of Arts & Sciences
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Hotel or Guesthouse
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Study Abroad Adviser: Karen Elmore
Study Level: Undergraduate
Program Description:

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The U.S. State Department has a Travel Warning for Israel.  Students who wish to participate on this program will be asked to sign a waiver.

Program Highlights

Location:  Megiddo, Israel
Faculty Leader:    Rangar Cline, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
Housing:  Kibbutz Mizra
Excursions:  5-day pre-dig tour of archaeological sites in northern Israel, included in cost

This program works well for students with a focus in religious studies, classics, history, anthropology and letters.

2015 Projected Program Dates

June 5            Departure from the U.S.
June 6            Arrival in Tel Aviv

June 13          Report for dig
July 2              Last day of dig
July 3             Departure from Tel Aviv

Program Design

This program begins with a five-day tour of northern Israel before participants check in at Kibbutz Mizra for three weeks of participation on an archaeological dig at Legio.  No prior archaeological experience is required.  Participants must be willing to work hard physically and be members of a team.  Details of the pre-dig tour are found here.

The 2015 Israel Jezreel Information Sheet contains more detailed information and will appear here before Christmas break.

Program Requirements

OU overall GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Passport valid for six months beyond the end of the program or a copy of a receipt showing that an application has been submitted. To access the U.S. State Department passport application, click here.

This program is open to all OU students who meet the requirements.  It is not restricted to Arts and Sciences majors.

Students enrolled at other universities and colleges in Oklahoma may apply to this program after being admitted as summer session students at The University of Oklahoma.  That process has been simplified and is explained on the summer session Visiting Students web page.  Non-University of Oklahoma students must contact Karen Elmore prior to completing a University of OKlahoma application as a visiting student.  She will be able to get the application handled quickly.


This program will provide participating students with 4 hours of OU credit.  The Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences International Programs Office will enroll students in the course listed below.  Students should check with their academic adviser to make sure that the course can fulfill a degree requirement,

  • RELS 4640 Field Study in Religious Studies - 4 credits

All courses are taught in English. There is no option to take a Hebrew language course.


The excavation team is housed at Iru'ah Kafri, a bed-and-breakfast at Kibbutz Mizra, just a short ride from the excavation site. Team members stay in air-conditioned guest rooms with bathrooms, kitchenette, refrigerator, and television. The kibbutz boasts a grocery store, swimming pool, pub, free wi-fi, sports facilities, and BBQ facilities.  It is 10 minutes' drive from Afula, which is the capital of the valley.  

Money Matters

It is each applicant's responsibilty to share information about cost with family members who need to know and understand how the payment system works
The 2015 Israel Jezreel Valley Estimated Budget will appear here to help you compare programs and plan for study abroad.  Costs are subject to change based on the currency exchange rate and the number of participants.  All Arts and Sciences study abroad programs require a $200 non-refundable deposit at the time of application.  That is considered the first program payment and is deducted from the program fee.  It is not an application fee.  

There are a number of scholarships available for study abroad students.  Below is a partial list to get you started.

Get Started

Click on the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this brochure.  Schedule an appointment with Karen Elmore, College of Arts and Sciences International Programs Coordinator, then attend a Study Abroad 101 information session to learn the basics about study abroad.  Both an advising appointment and attendance at Study Abroad 101 are required.

A College of Arts and Sciences Faculty-led Program
Administered by the College of Arts and Sciences International Programs
Karen L. Elmore, International Programs Coordinator
232 Ellison Hall
Phone: 325-4716
To make an advising appointment: 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/30/2015 ** Rolling Admission 06/06/2015 07/03/2015
NOTE: Departure date from the U.S. is June 5, arriving in Tel Aviv June 6. The last dig day is July 2, with departure from Tel Aviv on July 3. Participants should not purchase airline tickets until receiving information from their study abroad adviser.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.