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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 and Kibbutz Mishram HaEmek
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.

2016 Dates

June 10            Departure from the U.S.
June 11            Arrival in Tel Aviv and beginning of pre-dig tour; bus pick-up at Ben Gurion airport at 5:00 p.m.

June 18            First day of dig
July 7               Last  morning of dig; 3:00 p.m. bus departure to Ben Gurion airport

Program Design

This program begins with a five-day tour of archaeological sites before participants check in at Kibbutz Mishmar HaEMek for three weeks of participation on an archaeological dig at Megiddo.  Details of the 2016 pre-dig tour are found here.  No prior archaeological experience is required.  Participants must be willing to work hard physically in the heat and be members of a team.  The work week is Sunday to Thursday. Team members enjoy free weekends from Thursday after lunch to Saturday evenings, with dinner provided on Saturday nights. Note that your fee includes your room on the kibbutz for the weekends, but meals are NOT provided by the dig on weekends. See “Expectations” for information on eating over the weekend if you choose to stay on the kibbutz.

Team Members are required to participate in all regular work hours. Daily excavation begins at 5:00 AM and finishes at 1:00 PM. Work is resumed back at the camp at 4:00 PM with the processing of finds, a requirement for all Team Members. Depending on daily needs, afternoon work will last between 1 and 2 hours.  

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. (U.S. passport application)

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.


Team members will stay in dorm-style rooms at Mishmar HaEmeq. Every room has air conditioning, a private bathroom, a kitchenette with refrigerator and an electric kettle. There are typically four people to a room. All rooms are non-smoking. There are outdoor spaces to sit, relax and congregate.

Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmeq furnishes bed linens and launders them weekly. Towels will not be provided and you should bring your own with you. You might consider bringing one for the bathroom and one for the swimming pool. Your dig fees cover entrance to the pool.

There is Quiet Time in and around the dorm buildings after 9:30 p.m.. That means no loud noise, music or conversations, in person or on the phone, in the outdoor areas around our rooms. There are plenty of public areas at the kibbutz that anyone wishing to hold lively conversations, hang out, play music, etc. after 9:30 p.m. may go to. 

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 Budget Estimate will 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

When applications are open, you will be able to click on an Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this brochure.  Schedule an appointment with Karen Elmore, Director of Arts and Sciences International Programs, and 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 Arts and Sciences International Programs
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.