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College of A&S - Israel: Jezreel Valley Archaeological Project
Jezreel Valley, Israel; Multiple Cities, Israel (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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:

Israel Arch

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.

Tentative 2016 Dates

June 3            Departure from the U.S.
June 4            Arrival in Tel Aviv

June 11          Report for dig
July 1              Last day of dig
July 2             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 in the heat and be members of a team.  Details of the 2015 pre-dig tour are found here.  The 2016 tour should be similar in design.

The 2016 Israel Jezreel Information Sheet will be linked here by October 1 and contains more detailed information.

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.


This program will provide participating students with 4 hours of OU credit.  The program administrator 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 responsibility to share information about cost with family members who need to know and understand how the payment system works
The 2016 Israel Jezreel Valley Estimated Budget will appear here by October 1 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.

Except for summer tuition and fees billed through the Bursar’s Office, all payments for this program are due before the end of the Spring 2016 semester.  

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, Director of International Programs, College of Arts and Sciences
232 Ellison Hall
Phone: 325-4716
To make an advising appointment: 

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.