Israel: Anthropology

Please note:  The next time this program will run is Spring/Summer 2021. 

Details below are subject to change. 


Tell es-Safi/Gath (archaeological site), ISRAEL - On this program, students will gain hands-on archaeological experience at the site Tell es-Safi/Gath. Located approximately halfway between Jerusalem and Ashkelon, Tell es-Safi/Gath is one of the largest biblical sites in Israel and has been settled continuously from the 5th millennium BCE until modern times. The site is one of the earliest cities in the Bronze Age. In later periods, it is known as Goliath’s (from the Bible) home town. Remains of the medieval castle of Blanche Garde sit at the top of the site. Students will work in an international community of researchers as they participate in cutting-edge excavation and analysis at this important Middle Eastern archaeological site.

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2.0 GPA Required
English Language Requirement

Program Dates and Application Deadline

(5 weeks)



Students will register for a total of 6 credits:

ANT 350: Near Eastern Archaeology (3 credits) AND/OR

ANT 308: Anthropology Abroad (3 or 6 credits)

Internship option.

This experience counts toward the field requirement in the anthropology major and the archaeology minor. Independent study credits are available.

Fulfills General Education Global Perspectives and (1) General Education Issues requirement. Reflection required

Language of Instruction: English


Program participants will stay in hostels and a kibbutz.

Cost and Scholarships



Program Fee: $5,475


  • Round-trip airfare from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Some meals
  • All ground transportation
  • Field trips

Other Expenses

  • GVSU Tuition (6 credits) ($3,282)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • Additional meals ($200)
  • Passport fees ($150)
  • ISIC Card (Optional) ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $9,335


Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships:

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To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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Open to ALL majors. 

2.0 GPA required. 

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU Students.

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