- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Rising Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- 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.
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.
Please refer to the Life Abroad tab for more details on accessibility considerations in Petra.
Summer: This program will not run in summer 2022, but hopes are that program operation will resume in 2023. Contact the faculty leader or check back for information about future travel on this program.
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.
The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.
Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid.
Withdrawal & Refund Policy
Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies.
Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred.
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.
After the Start of the Program
For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.