Globalization of Education

Israel and the Crusades
May 22 – June 12, 2016

Taught in and around the King Herod’s ancient harbor in the National Park of Caesarea Maritima, Israel, this program is a small, specialized field school taught by University of Rhode Island History and Archaeology faculty, and a URI Scientific Diving Instructor. The program is offered in collaboration with the Israel Antiquities Authority.


Students will earn 3-6 URI 300-level History and general education Letters credits (currently pending approval) team-taught by an ancient historian and a medievalist, with a focus on the transformative impact of the crusades in history and archaeology. Individualized options available for graduate students.

Underwater Fieldwork Experience

  • Basic scuba diving certification and medical fitness to dive are required to participate in underwater fieldwork. Non-scuba diving options on Caesarea’s land excavations may be possible for students who want to be involved but not dive (contact the organizers about this possibility).
  • Work under archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority marine unit. All scuba gear will be supplied and serviced in Israel to AAUS standards.
  • Projects will include exploration of King Herod’s harbor and a Fatimid medieval shipwreck site that has yield Israel’s largest hoard of gold coins.
  • Original research publication options for graduates and exceptional undergraduates.

Course work will be supplemented with guided tours of historic sites as well as field trips and lectures on the history and civilization of the Holy Land, with a focus on the crusades.

View the 2016 promotional flyer here!


Israel is situated on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Lebanon to the north, Jordan and Syria to the east and Egypt to the west. Israel is viewed as the biblical Holy Land and its most sacred sites are clustered in Jerusalem’s old city. 

Accommodations and Meals:

Students will stay in shared-occupancy rooms while in Israel. Most meals will be provided.

Program Fee: $3,500

Program Fee Includes:

  • 3-6 URI credits
  • Accommodations
  • Some meals
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • In-country transportation
  • Health insurance

NOTE: All fees subject to change.

SCHOLARSHIP grant support may be available to Rhode Island students of Jewish heritage. Contact Dr. Buxton for more information.

Program Deadlines:

Application Deadline: March 18, 2016

Final Payment Due: April 22, 2016


Note: Selecting “Apply Now” will bring you to the URIAbroad application management system. Please log in using your e-Campus username and password (URI students) or create an account (non-URI students). Then select “Apply Now” on the URIAbroad program page to begin your application.


If you are having difficulties with the online application, you may submit a paper application to the URI Office of International Education at 37 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881. The paper application can be found here:

Paper Application


For more information, please contact:

Program Director
Professor Bridget Buxton
Department of History
(401) 874-4085

URI Faculty-Led Programs
37 Lower College Road
International Center

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