Office of International Education

Globalization of Education

Akko and the Crusades
May 22 – June 12, 2016

Taught in the UNESCO world heritage site of Acre Israel, this program is a small, specialized field school taught by University of Rhode Island History and Archaeology faculty, in collaboration with the Acre International Conservation Center and the Israel Antiquities Authority.


Student will earn 3-6 URI 300-level History and general education Letters credits (currently pending approval); individualized options available for graduate students.

Land Practicum Option:

  • Learn the principles and practical skills of historic preservation and gain archaeological field experience in the Crusader city.
  • Work directly under the auspices of Akko’s world renowned conservation center.
  • Snorkel and explore ancient ruins and wreck sites.

Underwater Option (scuba divers):

  • Excavate the recently-discovered ancient Hellenistic port of Akko and gain underwater digital site-recording experience.
  • Work directly under archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority marine unit.
  • The site has yielded monumental structures, shipwrecks, pottery, class, coins and ancient coral.
  • 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 Akko 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.

Program Deadlines:

Application Deadline: TBA

Final Payment Due: TBA



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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Important Dates

Winter J Term

Application Deadline:
October 2, 2015
Scholarship Deadline:
November 1, 2015
Final Payment Deadline:
December 1, 2015


Application Deadline: 
December 1, 2015
Scholarship Deadline:
December 1, 2015

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