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University of Tennessee-Knoxville: Dig Jordan: The 'Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project

Aqaba, Jordan



The U.S. Department of State has issued a delimited travel warning for Jordan. Special approval is required. Ask your adviser for details.

As part of the upcoming field season at 'Ayn Gharandal, you will encounter the complex cultural milieu of the modern Middle East. By visiting religious and cultural sites, learning how to live day-to-day in the country and forming relationships with local inhabitants, you will broaden your cultural horizons. The main goals of these cultural interactions include facilitating positive experiences between Jordanians and Americans, returning to American communities with new and accurate perspectives of Middle Eastern religion and culture, and cultivating an informed sense of membership in a global community.

You will also learn about the various historic periods represented in Jordan's antiquities, including Christian, Jewish and Muslim sites, along with periods of history from the Neolithic to early Islamic. By visiting a number of archaeological sites throughout the geographic and geologic regions of Jordan, you will gain an appreciation for the way human settlements are affected by varying environmental conditions and a general overview of historical events and religious cultures.

The main component of the course work in Jordan will be archaeological inquiry. You will investigate Jordan's past, learning more about the site in particular, and gaining knowledge of archaeological procedure that can be applied to the study of any site excavated in Jordan, Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Iran or Iraq. By actively participating in all facets of excavation procedure and attending lectures, you will encounter the complex history of archaeological research in the Middle East, the ins and outs of archaeological method and the often-sordid intertwining of archaeology and politics in this region of the world.

MU faculty member Carrie Duncan, Department of Religious Studies, will be participating on the dig in Jordan. She is a senior field staff person on several excavations in Jordan and this will be her fourth season with the 'Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project and her seventh field season in Jordan. You can contact Professor Duncan with any questions about this program.

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Program budget

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Students on most MU affiliated programs are billed for 13 MU credit hours for a semester (six for summer) according to the regular MU billing schedule. Regular MU tuition is paid directly to MU, and then is forwarded by the International Center to the affiliated program sponsor on the student's behalf. Non-Missouri resident students are assessed non-resident tuition fees, which are not forwarded to the affiliated program. Students pay any costs beyond the MU educational fees directly to the affiliated program sponsor. For more information, see the Affiliated Program Billing Worksheet. (Undergraduate participants on the CIMBA program should speak with their study abroad adviser regarding program billing.)

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline* Program Start Program End
Summer 2017 02/15/2017 06/18/2017 07/31/2017
Summer 2018 02/15/2018

* Note that the application and decision dates above are for MU requirements. Affiliated programs will have their own application deadlines.


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

Affiliate requirements

All students studying abroad on an MU affiliated program must both apply directly to the program sponsor and complete all MU requirements (outlined below) for study abroad. Visit the affiliated program website for more information about their application requirements.

MU requirements

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application in using the button below if you are an MU student. Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete the MU requirements. There will be several documents that need to be completed, including:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials, such as the Course Proposal for Study Abroad PDF link.
    • Signature documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Application questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically online.
  4. Participants in MU affiliated programs who plan to apply financial aid to the cost of their program must submit a completed Financial Planning Worksheet to the Office of Student Financial Aid.