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Bioarchaeology Fieldschool: Advanced Human Osteology & Paleopathology in Lithuania

Summer B  2012


Program Full

Program Description:

    As an enhancement to the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in biological anthropology, the Department of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida and the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Anthropology at Vilnius University (Vilnius, Lithuania) have developed a unique study abroad opportunity for students interested in advanced human osteology and pathology at UCF.

    Set in the picturesque city of Vilnius, this study abroad experience will expose students to skeletal remains spanning the rich history of Lithuania’s existence. Students will gain hands-on experience working on an amazing collection of 17,000 human remains housed in the Faculty of Medicine at Vilnius University.  The students from UCF will be collaborating with Dr Rimantus Jankauskas from Vilnius University.

       This study abroad program is open to all UCF and external undergraduate and graduate students. A maximum of 15 students will be selected for the program based upon their academic record. Minimum qualifications include:

  • Senior undergraduate or graduate student standing
  • Students must have completed a stand-alone undergraduate upper level or graduate level human osteology course
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

Students on this program should plan to arrive in Vilnius, Lithuania by noon on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel.  Please note, check flight schedules carefully before booking.  To arrive by noon on the starting day of this program, fights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program.  Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.

This field school will be supplemented by a walking tour of Vilnius, a visit to the KGB Museum and Monument, and an overnight excursion to the Baltic region of Lithuania.

Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $450
Payment 4:  $450

Learning Outcomes:

Learn advanced topics in human osteology (including juvenile osteology & human variation)

Learn to recognize and identify paleopathological lesions on the skeleton

Participate in organized field trips to archaeological sites to learn about the history of Lithuania and the skeletal collections

Participate in discussions, lab assignments, and their experiences will culminate in a final group presentation centered around a case report on a particular skeleton

Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 3.00 cumulative
Language: English
Proficiency Level Required: English
Other Prerequisites: 
  • Students will be selected based upon academic record
  • Students must be a senior or graduate standing
  • Students must have completed a stand-alone undergraduate upper level or graduate level human osteology course or have instructor consent


Students should email a 500 word statement of interest to the faculty coordinator after applying for the program.

Courses[click to expand]:
ANG-5957 Archaeology Study Abroad
Academic Institution: Vilnius University
Credit Hours: 3.00

ANT-3955 Study Abroad: Archaeology
Academic Institution: Vilnius University
Credit Hours: 3.00

ANG-6958 Study Abroad: Archaeology
Academic Institution: Vilnius University
Credit Hours: 3.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Shared hotel accommodations in Vilnius, Lithuania including breakfast
  • Private charter to the Baltic region of Lithuania and overnight shared hotel accommodations
  • Trolleybus & Bus month pass for public transportation in Vilnius
  • Vilnius City Card for 72 hours with transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • Admission to KGB Museum and guided tour
  • Vilnius Old Town guided walking tour
  • Admission to the Trakai Castle including transportation and a tour
  • Field school and labs at Vilnius University
  • 3 Dinners
  • Medical insurance including repatriation
  • Administrative fee


The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • Round trip air between Orlando, Florida and Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Incidentals
  • Meals except as listed above
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Personal travel not associated with the program
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and private charter buses
  • UCF tuition
Price (in US Dollars): 2000.00
Requirement: Mandatory
1st payment due:  Pending application approval
2nd payment due: 2012-02-24
3rd payment due: 2012-03-15
4th payment due: 2012-04-16
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Dr. Tosha Dupras, Dr. John Schultz
Email: tosha.dupras@ucf.edu
Office: HPH 309
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-07-06
Program Ends: 2012-07-27
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-02-15
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-02-20
Academic Institution:
Vilnius University 
Additional information:
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Visa Information:
Visa Required: No
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu