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NIU Archaeological Field School in Sicily
Sicily, Italy
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 06/01/2014** Rolling Admission 06/16/2014 06/30/2014

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Anthropology Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:
NIU Archaeological Field School in Sicily

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Faculty Director:
Michael J. Kolb
 

Program Overview

The primary goal of this program is to teach practical archaeological skills in a research environment.  The field school is part of the Monte Polizzo Archaeological Project, a multinational Sicilian, Scandinavian, and American project focusing on the site of Monte Polizzo and the surrounding Belice Valley in the western-central portion of the Sicily.  Monte Polizzo is a proto-urban hill top site used for nearly 1200 years and encompasses the Bronze, Early Iron, Elymian, and Hellenistic periods in the island's history.  The surrounding valley settlement system is filled with additional Neolithic, Hellenistic and Roman sites.  The valley's long occupation period, coupled with the diversity of archaeological cultures present in the area, make it an ideal training ground in archaeological methodology and provide ample evidence for introducing participants to the fascinating aspects of both classical and prehistoric archaeology.  This field school is undertaken in conjunction with the universities of Gothenburg, Oslo, Palermo, and Stanford.

Through participation in this program, participants will gain the following:

1)    An introduction and practical application of archaeological sampling and field methodology.
2)    Field experience in archaeological survey techniques.
3)    Field experience in archaeological excavation techniques.
4)    Laboratory experience in pottery analysis.
5)    Exposure to a broad range of artifacts (Neolithic through Medieval).
6)    A multi-cultural experience with other international students and exposure to a new culture.

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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive 3 or 6 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in one of the following NIU courses.  The courses taken while participating in this program cannot be audited.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU admission and course requirements.  
   
    UNDERGRADUATE CREDIT:

  ANTH 490C Anthropological Research Training: Archaeology                3 semester hours

Description: Training and experience in field and/or laboratory research.  Students participate, under supervision, in basic research projects.  Any lettered section may be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours.  Total credit may not exceed 6 semester hours.  
    Prerequisite: Consent of department.
 
   AND/OR

 ANTH 493C Anthropology Field Study:  Archaeology                               3  semester hours

  Description: Directed field study or field school.  Each topic may be repeated to a maximum of 12 semester hours.
    Prerequisite: Consent of department.
 


  
 GRADUATE CREDIT:
   

ANTH 593C  Anthropology Field School:  Archaeology                             3 semester hours

    Description:  Directed field study or field school.  Each topic may be repeated to a maximum of 12 semester hours.
    Prerequisite:  Consent of department.
 


ADDITIONAL CREDIT OPTION
 

ANTH 590C Anthropological Research Training: Archaeology                3 semester hours

Description: Training and experience in field and/or laboratory research.  Students will participate, under supervision, in basic projects.  Any lettered section may be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours.  Total credit may not exceed 6 semester hours.
    Prerequisite:  Consent of department.
   
OR
   

ANTH 690C Independent Study:  Archaeology                                            3 semester hours

    Description: Training and experience in field and/or laboratory research.  Students will participate, under supervision, in basic projects.  Any lettered section may be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours.  Total credit may not exceed 6 semester hours.
    Prerequisite:  Consent of department.
   
HONORS CREDIT:  Qualified students may also elect to receive Honors credit for any course(s).  For more information please contact the University Honors Office.
  
COURSE PREREQUISITES:  The Study Abroad Office will handle obtaining course  prerequisite approvals from Professor Kolb and Professor Kendall Thu, Chair of the NIU Department of Anthropology.



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Student Life

Students will reside in a dormitory with four to six students per room, along with shared bath and toilet facilities.  Meals per week are provided throughout the period of residency (outstanding evening meals provided by Sicilian cooks).  Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks, water, etc.) are not included in the program cost.


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Application Information

APPLICATION:  Click NIU Archaeological Field School in Sicily or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website at https://niu.studioabroad.com (and search for “Sicily” or the NIU Archaeological Field School in Sicily program) to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the https://niu.studioabroad.com website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or niuabroad@niu.edu.

$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline.  
   
The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions regarding the application fee/deposit can be found on the seminar application website.
   
    IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be inactivated.  
   
    APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2014.      
    It should be noted that space in this program is limited, so early application is recommended.  



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Eligibility

The program is open to individuals who have an interest in the areas of archaeology and anthropology.  Currently enrolled students must meet NIU Office of Admission or Graduate School, as well as Department of Anthropology and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences course and GPA requirements.  Students must be in good academic standing at the time of application.  Students who are on academic probation are not eligible to participate.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate admission and course requirements.  
   
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant's official transcript must be on file in the Study Abroad Office.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.  Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should ask the registrar at their home institution to forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office.  (Student-issued and photocopied transcripts are not acceptable.)  Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the NIU Study Abroad Office.
   
 Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School.  For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, the applicant's official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript.  However, students who will participate in the program in order to earn academic credit as an SAL (students who have not currently enrolled nor previously enrolled at NIU) must provide a transcript from the baccalaureate institution and from any institution at which graduate credit has been earned. This document must be provided to the SAO before a student can be admitted as an SAL to the program.  (Student issued and photocopied transcripts are not acceptable.)
   
NIU students cannot have any encumbrances against their records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.



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Program Fees

NIU UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION FEE (Applies to Non-NIU students only):  There is a $40 non-refundable Undergraduate Application fee for students applying to NIU for the first time.  If you are currently enrolled at NIU as a degree-seeking undergraduate student, you are not required to submit this payment.

If you are applying to NIU for the first time you will be provided with a link in your acceptance packet that will guide you to the online NIU Undergraduate Application.  In the online application you will be asked to pay the $40 application fee by credit card or check.
   
NIU PROGRAM COST:  The program cost pays for the following cost related services:
   
1)    Dormitory style accommodations in Sicily from June 16 – 30.
2)    17 meals per week.
3)    Program-related land transportation in Sicily.
4)    Admission fees to cultural and historical sites visited as part of the daily schedule.
5)    Fee for acquiring a visa to work in Sicily.
6)    NIU undergraduate or graduate credit for 3 or 6 hours.
7)    NIU major medical insurance for the duration of the program.
   
    PROGRAM COST:  $2,775

All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.
Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad. Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.

ADDITIONAL COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS:  
•    Airfare
•    Required books
•    Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $135, including 2 passport pictures).
•    Two passport size photos (must accompany program application).
•    Additional costs associated with obtaining a visa for non-U.S. passport holders.
•    Immunization fees (if immunizations are required)
•    $40 Undergraduate application fee for non-NIU undergraduate students.
•    Independent travel and visa costs associated with independent travel.
•    Expenses for free-time pursuits.
•    Expenses and purchases of a personal nature.

   

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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for: Pell Grant, SEOG, Perkins Loan, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact Pamela Rosenberg, the International Programs business manager, in Williston Hall 408, (815) 753-9530, prosenberg@niu.edu for more information.

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Withdrawal Policy

 Applicants withdrawing from the program after April 1, 2014 will not be refunded the $200 program deposit.

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after April 1, 2014 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:

1)    The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
2)    NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents.  

CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Italy/Sicily, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Italy/Sicily, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program. 


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Passport/Visa Information

--IMPORTANT-- All participants must have a passport in order to participate in this program.  Important Note:  U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.  Individuals who do not currently posses a valid passport should apply for one immediately.    Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website:  http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.  U.S. passport holders do not need special visas for this program.  Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel in Europe and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.


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Contact Information

 

QUESTIONS?
Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700
Email: niuabroad@niu.edu

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