• Summer Travel Study

    Near Eastern 
    Languages and Cultures: 
    Jaffa Excavations

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    Summer Travel Study

    Near Eastern 
    Languages and Cultures: 
    Jaffa Excavations

  • Summer Travel Study

    Near Eastern 
    Languages and Cultures: 
    Jaffa Excavations


Learn about this program’s 2014 Travel Study Scholarship winner, Kathryn Webb

Due to the current State Department advisory for Israel, this program is pending. Further updates will be available in mid-January.

The Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, a joint project of UCLA (Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology) and the Israel Antiquities Authority invites participants for its archaeological field school in old Jaffa on the south side of Tel Aviv.

The program includes on-site excavations, lectures, and training in archaeological field methods while working on research problems related to the archaeology of ancient Israel.

The current excavations are part of a renewed focus on the exploration of the preclassical remains of Jaffa, notably of the New Kingdom Egyptian fortress, which was in operation between ca. 1470 and 1200 BC. These excavations are part of a broader effort to clarify the findings of earlier excavations, notably those undertaken by Jacob Kaplan between 1955 and 1974. This project will introduce students to archaeological methods and practices commonly employed in Near Eastern archaeology through an array of hands-on, day-to-day activities. Students will be exposed to the basics of archaeological field methods, record keeping, preservation, artifact analysis, and data management by working closely with the project’s staff under the direction of Prof. Aaron A. Burke (Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures) and Martin Peilstöcker (Israel Antiquities Authority).

For general information about the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project, please check the project’s website: www.nelc.ucla.edu/jaffa.


Required Courses
8 quarter units

CM169: Introduction to Archaeological Sciences
C177: Variable Topics in Ancient Near East

CM169. Introduction to Archaeological Sciences (4 units): (Same as Anthropology CM110Q.) Lecture, three hours. Basic understanding of newly introduced methods and techniques throughout field of archaeology to implement them and to appreciate and evaluate results of their use by others who have embedded them in their scholarly publications or theoretical models. Systematic instruction in digital data management and mining, scientific analysis of materials (including geological and biochemical techniques), and visual presentation of data and research results (ranging from simple graphs to virtual reality).

C177. Variable Topics in Ancient Near East (4 units): Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour.


All courses are taken for a letter grade.


Textbook information will be available at a later date.  You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks. We strongly suggest you read as much of the text material as possible before you depart.

Budget and Financial Aid

Budget UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Program Fee
Textbooks (estimate) 100 100 100
Airfare (estimate) 2000 2000 2000
Meals (estimate) 400 400 400
Spending Money (estimate) 300 300 300

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance.

Program fee also includes breakfast, lunch and dinner from Sunday through Thursday. Students are responsible for their weekend meals.

Airfare, textbooks, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Document Fee 

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee.  This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for more information.  Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for document fee information.


All undergraduate students will be charged a $61 IEI fee per summer. The IEI (Instructional Enhancement Initiative) fee is a course materials fee that is charged in order to support the use of technology in undergraduate education at UCLA. For more information please click here.


We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Purchasing Airfare

We typically advise students to wait until late March to purchase airplane tickets for summer programs.


See Scholarships page.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Summer Sessions Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this web site.

On Location


Students will live at the Beit Immanuel Hostel on the east side of Jaffa.

UCLA Summer Sessions reserves the right to change housing location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable accommodations elsewhere.


Sunday through Thursday, breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided by the program. Students are responsible for their weekend meals. Jaffa is at the heart of the largest metropolitan area in Israel and an important tourist destination. Many types of restaurants and grocery stores are available within a short walking distance from the hostel. Please note that, in Israel, the weekend is Friday through Saturday.

If you have strict dietary requirements, this program may not be able to accommodate your needs. Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


Students will be able to benefit from weekend study trips to Jerusalem, Galilee and the North Coast with dates to be announced upon arrival.

Limited free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan to sightsee independently, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.






Professor Aaron Burke

Program Fee

UC Undergrads:
UC Grad Students:
Visiting Students:
Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.