Petra, Jordan has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1985. This unique city was carved into the sheer, striated, rose red sandstone rock face more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans. Excavations have demonstrated that the Nabataeans controlled flash flooding and managed the water supply, creating an artificial oasis and enabling the development and influence of the city. It was an important junction of the caravan routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
Students will spend four weeks on the archaeological field school the Petra Garden and Pool Complex excavation, located in the heart of Petra. The large pool has a central pavilion flanking a monumental colonnaded garden adjacent to the "Great Temple" complex, which has been recently restored. During the 2018 season, excavations will focus on the pool perimeter and connections with adjoining monuments on the southern terrace of the city center. Students will learn excavation techniques and attend evening lectures given by the excavation staff and local specialists. In addition to recovering the architecture, stratigraphy, and artifacts of a Hellenistic Nabataean/Roman site, students will also work closely with GPS survey, 3-D scanning, ground -penetrating radar data, environmental studies (sampling, retrieving, and identification of flora and fauna remains), and ceramic analysis.
Students will also learn some basic phrases in Arabic with a guidebook to the language specifically prepared for archaeologists on the site. Students and faculty will live together with a host family and participate in local cultural events. There will be field trips to Neolithic and Nabatean sites, Crusader castles in nearby Beidha and Shobak, and Wadi Rum.
All students have the option to schedule either a 3- or 6-credit section of ANTH 492: Intermediate Field Methods.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. As this is a faculty-led summer study abroad program, grades will be posted according to the Summer 2 deadline.
There are no pre-requisites for this program. Students who have taken ANTH 002, ANTH 009 or other Middle East content courses may be better prepared for the program.
In the case of limited spaces, applicants from Behrend Campus will have priority over students at other campuses.
Housing and Meals
Students and faculty will live together with a host family during the program. Housing will include the following amenities:
Laundry Service available for a fee
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Due to the difficulty of the terrain and excavation conditions in Petra, students with physical disabilities or medical conditions should consult with an education abroad adviser and the program leader concerning accommodations to meet their needs. Students with severe dietary restrictions or medical issues that are dependent on a controlled diet and other conditions would be at risk. Education Abroad makes all possible efforts to accommodate the needs of interested and qualified students. Interested students should reach out to Dr. Leigh-Ann Bedal to further discuss available accommodations.
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.