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  • Locations: Eleutherna, Greece; Rethymnon, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/15/2020 04/16/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing: Residence Hall Eligible Year: 1 Freshman, 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior, Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Type: Faculty-Led Duration: Three weeks or less
Program Description:

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Travel Dates: mid-June to mid-July 2020

Spend three weeks this summer in Crete and gain hands-on experience in excavation, recovery and study of the human skeletal remains at the burial ground of Orthi Petra.  For over 20 years, Adelphi professors Anagnostis and Argiro Agelarakis have offered students special access to this ancient site, which in 2009 was distinguished as one of Archaeology’s Top 10 Global Discoveries. This course is open to all majors and to students from other institutions.

For the duration of the program, students are based in Eleutherna, an agricultural and shepherding community, and immersed in the study of human ecology (i.e. traditional sheep shearing events) and anthropology of food (i.e. cheese-making, the study of local plants for culinary and medicinal  purposes), experiencing both village and city life. Excursions include guided tours to the Caves of Zeus and the Minoan sites of Knossos and Monastiraki. Students will have the opportunity to work at the Iron Age burial ground of Orthi Petra in Eleutherna, and at the new Eleutherna Archaeological Museum with the unique Neolithic Aposelemis human skeletal collection.  Collaborators and guest lecturers include two world-renowned experts: Dr. N. Stampolidis, Director of the Museum of Cycladic Art, and Dr. A. Kanta, Director of Antiquities Emerita, Herakleion, Crete. 

Workdays are spent at the site or field lab, with breaks for coffee, then lunch followed by siesta. Students spend afternoons sorting artifacts with other students and scholars, mainly from Europe, working on archaeological illustration before dinner, or visiting the town of Rethymnon. Meals are well-balanced and made with local produce (vegetarian options available).

In addition to participating in anthropological fieldwork, students learn about the medicinal and culinary uses of regional plants, participate in ceramic workshops and in a variety of social events (i.e. dance, music, theater). Further, for the duration of the field school, including the weekends, the student and faculty team visit important cultural sites and museums, treks the regional E4 (the European long-distance path), and enjoy the splendor of nature and the sea-shores of Rethymnon--often traveling from the north to the southern sides of Crete

2020 Crete Itinerary Draft
Field Work and Lab Techniques in Archaeology and Physical Anthropology Syllabus 

Faculty Leaders
Anagnostis Agelarakis, Professor, Department of Anthropology,
Argiro Agelarakis, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Anthropology,

Course Registration

  • During open planning, undergraduate students must register for Field School in Physical Anthropology/Archaeology (0103-333) for 3-6 credits, as well as On Site Technical Drawing in Archaeology & Bioarchaeology  (0103-220) for  1 credit. 
  • Graduate students must register for Fieldwork and Laboratory Techniques Archaeology & Physical Anthropology (0103-733) for 3-6 credits, as well as On Site Technical Drawing in Archaeology & Bioarchaeology  (0103-220) for  1 credit. 
  • All registrations will need CIE Office approval.  



  • 2020 Students will be charged at the discounted rate of $877/undergraduate credit and $982/graduate credit. 
  • All participants will be charged a $150 study abroad fee.
  • All tuition charges and fees will be assessed to the student's online tuition account for the relevant semester.
  • Non-Adelphi students will be charged tuition and fees upon registration for this course.

Program Fees
Estimated Program Cost: $1,500 + tuition + airfare (estimated at $1200-$2000.)  

Program fee includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Most meals
  • In-country ground transportationCrete
  • Entry fees for site visits
  • CISI international health insurance 

Program fee does not include:

  • Round trip airfare (estimated at $1200 - $2000)
  • Passport & visa fees (US citizens do not need a visa)
  • Luggage fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Adelphi tuition and study abroad fee (charged to tuition account; see above)

Application Procedures & Deadlines

  • Apply directly online by clicking "Apply Now" above.  Once your application is complete, please contact Professor Agelarakis to schedule an interview (in-person or via Skype).  
  • Once you are accepted into the program, please pay the $300 deposit within three weeks.  Program acceptance is done on a first-come, first-serve basis, based on the order in which the deposits are received. Your application will be considered incomplete without the program deposit.  
  • Cash, checks or money orders (payable to Adelphi University) are acceptable forms of payment.  The Center for International Education is located in Nexus 145 on the Garden City campus.  Office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm.  

Mailing Instructions: (checks & money orders only)
Center for International Education
Adelphi University, Nexus 145
One South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530

The payment timeline is as follows.  Please note that a $50 non-refundable late fee will be assessed for each payment deadline missed.

  • Within three weeks of acceptance : $300 (non-refundable)Crete1
  • March 1: $1,200

Refund and Cancellation Policy
The program deposit is non-refundable unless the program is cancelled. An attempt to recover funds from our tour providers will be made, but no refund is guaranteed.

Travel Documentation
Students are responsible for their own travel documents, including obtaining a passport and researching entry regulations.

  • All students need a valid passport with an expiration date at least six months after your return.
  • U.S. passport holders do not need a visa to enter Greece for this short-term program.   If you are a citizen of another country, please work with appropriate consulate general for study abroad destination in order to identify and obtain appropriate entry documents.  Email the Center for International Education ( if you need assistance.
  • For students maintaining F-1 international student status, interested in participating in a study abroad program, the following must be completed:
    • Contact the Office of International Student Services in order to review your I-20, passport and F-1 visa for review and guidance for participation.
    • Request a travel endorsement signature valid for re-entry into the United States.
    • Maintain valid F-1 status

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • All students participating in Adelphi faculty-led programs may be eligible to have their financial aid package re-evaluated based on the additional program fees listed above.  Keep in mind that most re-evaluations result only in an increase in loan eligibility and funds may not be available until after the start date of the program.  Students who anticipate using loans must be registered for a minimum of 6 credits.Students are responsible for meeting all payment deadlines above, regardless of their financial aid status.  If you would like to discuss your financial aid package, you should visit the Student Financial Services office in the lower level of Levermore Hall.
  • ​Adelphi University offers several study abroad tuition scholarships.  Find more information here.
  • Students who receive a Pell Grant are eligible to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which offers up to $5000 in scholarship funds for study abroad.

Health and Safety

  • For updated health information pertaining to your study abroad destination, visit the CDC
  • Find updated Travel Advisories & Alerts posted by the Department of State here.