Since its inception in 2008, Dig Greece has invited a group of students to spend a semester living on the island of Kefalonia, Greece. There, they learn to excavate, survey, and prepare and catalogue the finds at an ancient Mycenaean site dating back to 13th century BC while gaining academic credit toward their degree.

The aim is to teach all aspects of an excavation: from preparing the dig site to documenting their finds, and actively engage you in each step. Since previous archaeological experience is not required, the program is popular with students of all faculties and many post secondary institutions throughout BC. In addition to the dig, students immerse themselves within Greek culture on various field trips, including tours of Athens, ancient Olympia, and the famous Mycenaean sites of Mycenae and Tiryns.

Please watch Y. Hopkins', a Dig Greece 2012 participant, short video documentation of the 2012 Dig Greece Semester Abroad program here.

Field School Director: Dr. Geoffrey C. R. Schmalz <>


The program consists of three courses totalling 12 SFU units. All instruction will be in English.

ARCH 331-3: Special Topics: The ‘Worlds’ of Homer: Archaeology, Social Anthropology, & Early Greek Cultures

ARCH 333-3: Special Topics: Lab Practicum: Excavation Finds Processing & Material Culture

ARCH 435-6:  Field Work Practicum


July 5
Pre-departure Orientation
Sept. 3 Independent travel to Athens
Sept. 5 Group travel to Poros, Kefalonia
Sept. 6 - 7 Orientation meeting with Field School Director on site   
Sept. 8 - Oct. 10 Field work
Oct. 11 - 14 Reading Week
Oct. 15 - Nov. 20  Field work
Nov. 21-22   Group return to Athens - one night stay
Nov. 22    Students return home or travel independently

*These dates are tentative and subject to change without notice.

Cost and Financial Aid


*Tuition Fees         (12 credits) $2046
**Program Fees $5209.32
Total Cost (estimated) $7255.32

*Differential tuition fees are charged to international students.

Program Fees include:

   Shared Accommodation        Some Group Meals
   In-Country Transportation
         Field Trips
  Pre-Departure Orientation, In-Field/Re-Entry Support

Program fees do not include the cost of international airfare, independent travel, meals, inoculations, or mandatory insurance. Program costs quoted in Canadian dollars are approximate, and may vary subject to exchange rates, travel, and accommodation cost quotations. Program fees are based on 14 participants.

Students must pay tuition directly to SFU Student Services by the due date as outlined in the SFU Calendar.

Students participating in SFU field schools are eligible to apply for student loans. SFU students may also apply for bursaries, scholarships, awards, and International Exchange/Field School Bursaries.


Dig Greece applicants must meet the following requirements to participate:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older prior to departure.
  • Have completed a minimum of 45 units of university courses prior to departure of the field school.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA.
  • Consent of the Field School Director.

The  field school is open to qualified students from SFU and other universities and colleges. For more information on eligibility for non-SFU students please see the How to Apply page.

Please note only complete applications will be assessed.

Information Sessions

No further sessions scheduled.

Application Status: Closed
Application Deadline: Thursday, May 22, 2014

Note: For people with (physical or mental) medical conditions, international travel can present severe challenges. Because SFU field schools take place in international locations where emergency services, and/or mental or physical support services may be limited, or non-existent, some field school placements will not be appropriate for everyone. Please speak with the program's Field School Director for information on specific conditions for this field school.

If you have a medical condition that poses limitations on your ability to function in certain environments, we strongly advise that you register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD). CSD staff will ask that you provide documentation from a duly-qualified medical specialist, which contains a diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Where appropriate, CSD staff will communicate with field school staff with regard to accommodation in the field. Please note that, while CSD staff indicate to field school staff that a prospective participant requires accommodation for a medical condition, they do not disclose the nature of the medical condition.

Because overseas arrangements can be complicated, we recommend that you contact the CSD at least three months prior to the commencement of the field school in which you wish to participate. Please note that failure to make proper arrangements in advance of travel could result in termination from the field school with costs and academic credit forfeited.