Old towers in Romania

Romania - Archaeology in the field: Apulum Roman Villas Project

CNRS 335 or CNRS 535 | 3 credits

About the program

About the course

This program is being led by UBC faculty Matthew McCarty

This is an intensive archaeological field school, focusing on the excavation of a Roman-period luxury villa on the edge of empire. In addition to learning excavation, interpretation, and digital archaeology, this course focuses on the history of the Roman provinces by critically understanding and modelling the relationships between the edges of the Roman Empire and its center, as well as the way similar dynamics play out in a peripheral town in the modern EU.  This will be accomplished through occasional afternoon lectures and guided visits to museums and archaeological sites.

To learn more about the history of the dig, visit Dr. McCarty's webpage

About the experience

A typical day includes fieldwork in the morning and traditional afternoon lectures and guided visits to museums and archeological sites in the region.  

Regular work schedule:

M/T: 7 am, depart for site; 12:30-2, break for lunch; 4:30, depart from site; 5-7, free time; 7, dinner at Steakhouse

W: 7 am, depart for site; 12:30-2, break for lunch; 2, depart from site; 2:30, optional local cultural activity or free time (tour of Battyaneum library, St Michael’s Cathedral, the summer festivals at Alba); 7, dinner at Steakhouse

Th/F: 7 am, depart for site; 12:30-2, break for lunch; 4:30, depart from site; 5-7, free time; 7, dinner at Steakhouse

Sa: 8 am, depart for site; 12:30 break for lunch; afternoon free

Su: excursion

Notable environmental conditions

Weather (excessive heat, rain) affects the pace of work; in excessive heat and most afternoons, work is done on processing finds in the shade.

Sun and heat.  Students will be provided with frequent hydration breaks.  Freshwater will be provided on-site. Shade tent will be set up over-excavation area.  

Lots of physical activity (digging, crouching)  and use of a range of tools (trowel, hand-pick, spade, mattock, wheelbarrow)


The course will be based in Alba Iulia (RO), with accommodation in dormitories provided by the University of Alba Iulia. Breakfast will be on one’s own, using the nearby Kaufland or Dacia grocery stores (5-10 minute walk from accommodation) or the numerous cafes. Lunch will be catered on-site by Steakhouse; dinner will be catered at Steakhouse. [Despite the restaurant name, Vlad prepares a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes; we have worked with him for the past 5 years]

Eligibility requirements

General Global Seminar requirements

  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application
  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g., not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar
  • You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar
  • You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure
  • You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date
  • Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar

Program-specific requirements

There are no pre-requisites required for this program.  

  • CNERS students can receive a maximum of 6 credits for CNERS 335.
  • CNERS MA students can receive a maxium of 3 credits for CNERS 535.  

Please contact the CNERS advising office if you are unsure whether or not you can receive credit for this Global Seminar.  

General timelines

The program will take place in Alba Iulia, Romania July to mid-August 2021 (Exact dates TBD)

Prior to your time in the field, you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions in Vancouver.  

Application deadline

Monday, February 22, 2021

How to apply

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You can apply for up to a maximum of 2 Global Seminars.

Students are encouraged to meet with the Program Director at an orientation session or one-on-one to learn more about the program.

Program fees and costs

Approximately CAD 2,200 - 2,500 +  3 credit tuition and flight

The program fee includes accommodation, program-related travel, and excursions and the Go Global fee.  Participants are responsible for tuition, flights, visas, meals, and Incidentals. 

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 after acceptance into the program.  Students will not be charged any fees until programs have been confirmed. 

All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award.

UBC understands the value and impact, that international programs can have on a students’ academic experience. The university also acknowledges the unpredictable nature of planning international programs during a global pandemic.  To learn more about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Go Global Programs, please visit the Go Global student FAQ during COVID-19


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Pre-departure policy

Safety abroad

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  • All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements
  • Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements (includes both online and in-person components)

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


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