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College of A&S - Israel: Jezreel Valley Archaeological Project
Jezreel Valley, Israel
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: OU applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: College of Arts & Sciences, Faculty Led
Housing Type: Hotel or Guesthouse Minimum GPA: 2.5
Study Abroad Adviser: Karen Elmore
Program Description:


Israel: Jezreel Valley Archaeological Project

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 Ramat HaShofet
Excursions:  Pre-dig tour of northern Israel (included in cost)

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

2014 Projected Program Dates

June 6            Departure from the U.S.
June 7            Arrival in Tel Aviv
June 8            Pre-dig tour begins
June 14          Report for 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 Ramat HaShofet for three weeks of participation on an archaeological dig at Meggido.  No prior archaeological experience is required.  Participants must be willing to work hard physically and be members of a team.

The 2014 Israel Jezreel Valley Information Sheet contain 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.

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


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 - 4credits

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


All participants will be housed at the Kibbutz Ramat HaShofet in rooms shared with other project participants.

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 2014 Israel Archaeological Project 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.  

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 2014 02/21/2014 
03/07/2014 06/07/2014 07/03/2014
 NOTE: Departure date from the U.S. is June 6, arriving in Tel Aviv June 7. Participants should not purchase airline tickets until advised to do so by their study abroad adviser.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.