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Romania - Apulum Roman Villa Project

AMNE 395/ AMNE 595 | 3 credits

Program overview

This course is led by Matthew McCarty, Faculty of Arts

  • Course dates: Summer 2024​​​​
  • Travel dates: Jun 17-Jul 8, 2024
  • Format:​​​​​​ In-person
  • Locations:  Alba Iulia, Romania
  • Approximate fee: $2500-3250 (Go Global fee, tuition, flights, and food are not included) 
  • Funding available (click through to learn more about each award):  

Apply by January 20, 2024

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About the course                                                                                                               

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). 

Program eligibility  
General Global Seminar requirements

To participate in a Global Seminar, students must: 

  • Be in good-standing in their faculty (as defined by home faculty) 
  • In the year leading up to the Global Seminar, have full-time student status (as defined by home faculty)  
  • Have completed 2nd year requirements before the start of the program (i.e., eligible for 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 
Program-specific requirements
  • Students in Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies (now AMNE), Anthropology, Art History, or History can apply. 

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. 

Experience and conditions in the Field

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.  

The archaeological excavation will take place in a hot and dry climate. The physical demands and intensity of the work will be high.


Accommodation will be provided at the local university in their dorms.

Program fees and costs
Approximate program fees: $2500.00 - $3250.00*

*The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.  

  • Accommodation  
  • Program- related travel in-country; (e.g. buses)  
  • Excursions and entrance fees  
  • Some meals
  • On-site guest lectures
Not Included:  
  • Go Global Fee ($415)
  • Flights  
  • UBC tuition for credits  
  • Visa/country entrance fees  
  • Health or travel insurance  
  • Most meals 
  • Personal spending money*  

Some examples of personal costs included: 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. 

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