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Archaeology Field School in Inagua

Summer A  2012

The Bahamas 

Program Full

Program Description:

As a supplement to its curriculum, the Department of Anthropology has designed a study abroad program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in archaeology at UCF.

This course is designed to teach students the essential knowledge of archaeological field methods necessary for excavations and help them explore the pre-Columbian indigenous people of the West Indies.

Participants will travel to the Bahamian island of Inagua for 16 days of archaeological study and excavations.  Students will participate in excavations that will provide further insight into the culture of this society and the environment of pre-contact West Indies. 

Students will register for a total of 3 credit hours and will be evaluated through regular participation and a written paper after returning to the USA.

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, although an anthropology background is preferred.  While in the Bahamas, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and try new things.

Students on this program should plan to arrive in Nassau, The Bahamas on the starting day of the program and will make their own arrangements to get a taxi to the hotel accommodations.  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.

Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $662.50
Payment 4:  $662.50

Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of archaeological excavation methodology
  • Acquire extensive knowledge of the indigenous history of the Bahamian archipelago
  • Compare and contrast the contemporary cultures between The Bahamas and the USA by regularly interacting with local residents
Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 cumulative
Language: English
Proficiency Level Required: English
Other Prerequisites: 

Instructor Consent

Courses[click to expand]:
ANT-3943 Caribbean Archaeology Practicum - ANT 3943
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
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 for a single night in Nassau
  • Roundtrip air between Nassau and Inagua, Bahamas
  • Shared housing in Inagua, Bahamas
  • Meals in Inagua
  • Ground transportation to field site
  • Excavation equipment
  • Lab analysis
  • Excavation permits and licenses
  • Medical Insurance
  • Airport Transfer upon return to Nassau's airport to depart to Inagua
  • Administrative fee
  • Gasoline for vehicle rentals
  • Contingency fund

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

  • Round trip air between Orlando, Florida and Nassau, The Bahamas
  • Personal travel not included as part of the program
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Passport fees
  • UCF Tuition
  • Incidentals
  • Meals in Nassau
  • DAN Membership (see separate logistic)
Price (in US Dollars): 2425.00
Requirement: Mandatory
Component: Insurance

Students are required to purchase a Divers Alert Network (DAN) Membership for medical emergencies.

Students can purchase this DAN membership here:  https://www.diversalertnetwork.org/myaccount/new/step1a.asp

Please note, the DAN website will ask you to become a member first and then gives you the option to purchase insurance.  Decline the insurance since you are not scuba diving.

Use this referral number:  447558.

Price (in US Dollars): 35.00
Requirement: Optional

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 Pete Sinelli
Email: peter.sinelli@ucf.edu
Office: PH 409P
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-05-31
Program Ends: 2012-06-20
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-02-15
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-02-20
Academic Institution:
This program does not use a partner institution 
Additional information:
Program Map
Closest Domestic Consulate
Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
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