Romania - Apulum Roman Villa Project
AMNE 395/ AMNE 595 | 3 credits
This course is led by Matthew McCarty, Faculty of Arts
- Travel dates: July 17-Aug 11, 2023
- Format: In person
- Locations visited: Alba Iulia, Romania
- Approximate program fees: $3750.00 - $4250.00
- Funding: All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award. We encourage students with financial need or other barriers to going abroad to apply for the Global Pathfinder Award. See Program Fees and Costs for more details.
This seminar focuses on the excavation of a Roman villa (luxury estate and work spaces) in the hinterland of Apulum (mod. Alba Iulia, Romania), in the Roman province of Dacia. Students will practice field archaeology: excavation, recording, and interpretation of everything from architecture to pottery to animal bone. Accommodation will be provided at the local university, and lunch and dinner catered by a charming local restaurant. Excursions will include Roman sites, medieval castles, and modern towns within Transylvania. Alba Iulia itself is a picturesque town centered around an 18th‐century Austrian fort, with all of the amenities of a small European city plus several cultural festivals over the summer (including outdoor concerts, fashion shows, and weekly Roman versus Dacian battle re‐enactments on Friday night).
Students will spend Monday – Saturday in the field where they will learn excavation techniques from experienced archaeologists. After fieldwork students will go to museums to process field findings or attend seminars. Note that students can expect to start their day at 6am and end around 5pm. On Sundays, students will take field trips to archaeological and cultural sites throughout Transylvania.
General Global Seminar requirements
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- Be in good-standing in their faculty (I.e. not be under academic or non-academic discipline)
- Have full-time status in the year leading up to the Global Seminar
- Have completed 2nd year requirements before the start of the program (i.e. 3rd or 4th year standing)
- Have at least a 70% academic average in your last full-time academic session before applying
- Maintain a 70% academic average leading up to the program
- Meet any program specific requirements listed below including pre-requisites before participating
Final selection will be done by the lead faculty program directors. Spots in the program may be limited.
Students who wish to participate in the summer after graduating may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.
- Students from Anthropology, Art History, History, and Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies are eligible to apply.
Approximate program fees: $3750.00 - $4250.00*
*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.
- Program- related travel in-country; (e.g. buses)
- Excursions and entrance fees
- Some group meals
- On-site guest lectures
- UBC tuition for credits
- Visa/country entrance fees
- Health or travel insurance
- Personal spending money*
*Some examples of incidentals are: 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, etc.
Travel to Romania is a separate cost. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book.
We encourage students with financial need or other barriers to going abroad to apply for the Global Pathfinder Award by November 4. Successful candidates will receive a $2000 award towards a Global Seminar program, and will be notified before the program application is due on December 13. See the Go Global Awards page for more information on the application process.
Accommodation will be provided at the local university in their dorms.
Tuesday December 13, 2022 (11:59pm PST)
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