archaeological in horvat midras israel

Archaeological Field School - Horvat Midras, Israel

CNRS 335 or CNRS 535 | 6 credits

About the program

Coursework:  CNRS 335 or CNRS 535 - Practicum in Classical or Near Eastern Archaeology (3 credits)

Excavate in Israel! In this course, students will learn the methods and principles of field archaeology as practiced in the Mediterranean and Near East today by participating in the excavation of Horvat Midras in Israel, in conjunction with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Located approximately 45 kilometres southwest of Jerusalem, Horvat Midras was one of the largest and richest rural sites during the Roman period and the home ancient Jewish, Christian, and Roman pagan communities. The site features magnificent finds, including a Byzantine church, underground tunnels and passageways, a unique monumental pyramid structure, and a rare “rolling stone” tomb like that mentioned in the New Testament.

In addition to excavation methods, this course will provide students with an understanding of the archaeology of ancient Israel, with special attention to the Hellenistic and Roman eras – from the fourth century B.C.E. through the seventh century C.E. These skills and knowledge will be acquired through hands-on archaeological fieldwork and by attending lectures in the evenings delivered by the instructor, visiting lecturers, and others. The course will also include guided visits to museums and other archaeological sites in the region. We will also take longer excursions to Jerusalem, Masada, Tel-Aviv, and other places in Israel. There are no prerequisites and no prior experience in archaeology required.

Instructor: Prof. Gregg. E. Gardner, Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies

General timeline

July 23 – August 10, 2018


There are no prerequisites and no prior experience in archaeology required.

Program fees and costs

The program fee is between $2,100 - $2,300. The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.

All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award. The Award is provided after all Program Fees are received by Go Global.

In country group accommodations Tuition*
Program related travel (public transportation, group train tickets, etc.) Flight*
Entrance fees to program related activities (museums, site locations, etc) Incidentals*
On-site guest lecturers
Some group meals
Go Global Fee

*UBC Tuition - Not included. Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to Israel is a separate cost.  You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the program fee, immunizations, Visas

Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after acceptance in program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal within 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after 7 days of deposit being posted on your SSC

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at


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