Israel: Anthropology (2019 Program)

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

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Open to: All majors

*** PLEASE NOTE: This program will next be offered summer 2019. The information on this page is for the 2017 program. Updated 2019 program information will be available summer 2018. Program details may be similar, but are subject to change. ***


Tell es-Safi/Gath (archaeological site)— 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.

When can I go?

*** Program expected to run summer 2019. Applications are set to open summer 2018. ***

Where will I live?

Program participants will stay in hostels and a kibbutz.

Who is eligible to participate?

This program is open to all majors, but does require a minimum 2.0 GPA. 

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to non-GVSU students

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

** 2019 Program application will open late summer 2018 **

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2019 Program): February 1, 2019

Non-GVSU Students are welcome to apply. Please view Non-GVSU Student Information 

What credits will I receive?

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)

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

Language of instruction: English

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $5,060

  • Round-trip airfare from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Some meals
  • All ground transportation
  • Field trips
Other Expenses
  • GVSU Tuition (6 credits) ($3,036)
  • Personal expenses ($300)
  • Additional meals ($360)
  • Passport fees ($140)
  • ISIC Card (Optional) ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $8,924

Financial Aid

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. 

Financial Aid FAQs


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:

Visit for additional information on grants and scholarships.

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director: 


Elizabeth Arnold 
225 Lake Michigan Hall



All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.