College of Charleston in Acre, Israel 2017



The College of Charleston Spring semester study abroad program in Acre, Israel is designed for students who major or minor in Historic Preservation and Comunity Planning, Art & Architectural History, Archaeology, Jewish Studies, International Studies, Religious Studies, History, Anthropology, and Urban studies; or for students from any academic discipline interested in studying conservation in Israel.

Classes are held at the Israel Antiquities Authority International Conservation Center- Citta di Roma, in partnership with the Saving the Stones practical conservation-training program.

Click here to view the program flyer.

Program Dates

Early March – Late May, 2017 (estimated)

The program is to tentatively to take place March 6, 2017 – May 26, 2017, with the option of extending the trip into early August 2017 for an Internship/Independent Study for credit with the Israel Antiquities Authority (additional charges will be incurred for the extended stay).

Program Director

Dr. Barry Stiefel

Dr. Stiefel is a professor of Historic Preservation and Community Planning. He has had professional experiences across North America and abroad, including Israel, where he has participated in archaeological excavations and explored the historic tunnels beneath Jerusalem.

Program Requirements

  • Students must have at least a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Students must either already possess a valid passport or be able to obtain a valid passport

Program Highlights

There are many opportunities for students while studying for the Spring semester in Acre, Israel. This program will offer students the opportunity to study in the Old City of Acre, Israel and earn 12 to 15 hours of credit through the College of Charleston. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Acre is a historic walled port-city with continuous settlement from the Phoenician period. The remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact, both above and below today’s street level, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom. The present city is characteristic of a fortified town dating from the Ottoman 18th and 19th centuries, with typical urban components such as the citadel, mosques, churches, synagogue, khans, and baths.

Students will have hands-on opportunity to study, learn, and work on the historic buildings of the old city. Course instruction is conducted in English, though there will be opportunities to use and learn Hebrew and Arabic with the local residents. Since the Israeli workweek is Sunday through Thursday, students will have some Fridays and Saturdays to explore Israel as well. Students will also stay in fully furnished apartments (including kitchens) within close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea.

Courses offered

Students must enroll in at least 12 hours (4 courses) while in Israel, to maintain their full-time student status at the College of Charleston. The courses offered are actual College of Charleston classes, therefore students will earn grades just as they would if they were offered on campus. Grades earned will factor in to the student’s GPA at the College.

  • HPCP 290: Special Topics in Historic Preservation
  • ARTH 290: Special Topics in Art History
  • ANTH 309: Special Topics in Archaeology
  • JWST 310: Special Topics in Jewish History
  • INTL 290:  Special Topics in International Studies
  • JWST 300: Special Topics in Jewist Studies
  • HPCP 305: Building Pathology
  • ARTH 338: Vernacular and Material Culture
  • HPCP 280: Preservation & Conservation

Students who extend for the Internship portion will receive credit for one of the following:

  • ARTH 410
  • HPCP 410
  • ANTH 384
  • JWST 400
  • INTL 401

Note: Students should meet with their academic advisors to verify which courses meet the requirements for their major or minor.

Program Costs

Students will pay their normal College of Charleston semester tuition and a program fee. The program fee of $8,990 (estimated) includes roundtrip airfare from Charleston to Israel, furnished apartment housing, ground transportation, international medical insurance, and an international student id card.
Additional costs beyond the tuition and program fee are: passport fees, student visa fees, $250 refundable security deposit for apartment housing, tutition, and personal spending/travel money.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Any financial aid that a student currently has at the College of Charleston will apply like normal for their semester abroad in Israel (ie. Life Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Academic Scholarships, Federal Student Loans and Grants, etc.).  Students should meet with an advisor in the Office of Financial Assistance to determine exactly what aid a student is eligible for.
Additionally, the Center for International Education awards scholarships for the semester that are worth up to $2000. Click here to learn more about the CIE scholarship.

Application process

Application deadline is October 14, 2016 for the Spring 2017 program. For more information, students may contact Holly Oppel (, Study Abroad Advisor, Center for International Education. Applications can be found at Please note that a $50 non-refundable application fee will be posted to the student’s MyCharleston account once the application has been submitted to, and approved by, the CIE. This fee is included in the program fee of $8,990.


To Apply:

To apply visit, create a profile, choose your program and follow the instructions.

For more information contact Holly Oppel, Program Advisor, Center for International Education,, 843-953-0441.

The application deadline is October 14, 2016. Please note that a non-refundable application fee, will be charged to the student’s MyCharleston account once the application has been submitted to, and approved by, the CIE. This fee is included in the program fee of $8,999.

Scholarships of up to $2000 each are available to support CofC degree-seeking students to study abroad; eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need and academic merit. The application can be found on the CIE website, under Scholarships.