archaeological excavation in oman

Application Requirements and Procedures

Program Eligibility

Application Requirements

Application Deadline

Program Acceptance

Browser Requirements for the Online Application


Program Eligibility/Academic Requirements

Eligibility is limited to those students who:

  • will be at least 19 years old by the start of the program.
  • are currently enrolled as full-time, matriculated students and will have completed at least two years of college-level study with a satisfactory scholastic average (minimum 2.75 cumulative average on a 4.0 scale from all colleges/universities attended).
  • intend a full-time program of study while on the program and will be applying credits earned towards a degree.
  • are in good academic and disciplinary standing; students on academic or disciplinary probation or warning may not participate.

All undergraduates must have completed Anthropology 2705: Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology or Anthropology 2104: Fundamentals of Archaeology (or the equivalent of either course).

Students will be selected mainly on the basis of their intellectual purpose and emotional maturity. Preference will be given to undergraduate and graduate students who have previous archaeological fieldwork/spatial analysis experience.

All candidates are interviewed either personally, by telephone or by Skype.


Due to the rigorous nature of the program, as well as the remoteness of the site, please note that final acceptance to the program is contingent upon medical approval which will include authorization from your physician after receiving a physical exam. Additional information will be provided to accepted students.



Before Beginning an Application
Please review all program-specific information before beginning an application. All applicants are advised to discuss their plans to study abroad with their academic advisor. Non-Temple students should confirm study abroad procedures with their home institution before beginning an application.


  • Online Application
    Please click on the "Apply Online" link found on the right side of the page to begin your application. Temple students may log in using their Temple Accessnet username and password. All other students will be prompted to create an account. Once you receive your login and password information via e-mail, you may return to the login page to access your application and complete the required materials. See the browser requirements below if you are having trouble entering the application. Please note that at various points in the application process, notifications regarding your application will be sent to you via e-mail.
  • Paper Application
    As an alternative to the online appilcation, students may apply with a paper application. The paper application, along with further application instructions, may be downloaded from the right side of this web page. Students who apply with a paper application will submit all supporting application materials in hard copy to Education Abroad and will only be asked to login to an online account once accepted to the program.

Please note that the following submissions will be required.

           Submissions for All Applicants:

  • Two academic recommendations. One of these must be from a faculty member in your major discipline. The other recommendation may be from another university faculty member who has taught you, or your academic advisor. Students applying online will request recommendations online, and the recommender will be notified via e-mail. The recommender will have the option of submitting your recommendation online or on paper. Please be sure to talk to him or her prior to requesting the recommendation online. Students applying with a paper application will provide the recommender with a paper recommendation form to fill out (included with application packet).
  • Essays:
    1) State briefly your specific interest in joining this program and your expectations. What are your specific goals for studying abroad, and how will you ensure that you achieve these goals?
    2) In what ways do you feel you are a flexible and adaptable person?
    3) You will be working and living with a small group of people in an intense research setting, approximately 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 3 months. After the 4th week, you find yourself tired of the constant ‘togetherness.’ You begin to notice your roommate’s breathing is too loud, your lab partner chews with her mouth open, the daily drive to the site takes too long, your professors don’t seem to have the words “personal life” in their vocabulary, and you really want a real shower.  Given the above, how would you handle the following scenario? Your lab partner isn’t pulling his/her weight on your project.
    4) Do you have previous experience in archaeological excavation, osteology, or spatial analysis? If so, please describe.
    Additional Submissions for Non-Temple Students:
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended to date. Please note that if you are applying earlier than the semester immediately preceding the program, your acceptance to the program may be provisional, pending receipt and review of an updated official transcript.
  • Home College/University Approval Form indicating you have received approval from your home institution to participate in the Oman program. This form should be completed by the official responsible for approving study abroad participation. Please complete the form and ask the official to return it directly to Temple University Education Abroad.
  • $50 non-refundable application fee. Students applying online will pay by electronic check or credit card within the online application system. Students applying with a paper application must submit a check made payable to "Temple University."
  • Signature Verification Form which, once received and processed, enables students to submit electronic signatures within Education Abroad's online system.

For online applicants: Detailed information about the submissions mentioned above will appear on your Program Home Page within the online application system. There are three types of submissions: material submissions (physical materials you will need to submit to Education Abroad), signature documents (documents that can be signed electronically and submitted online), and questionnaire forms (to be filled out electronically and submitted online).

For paper applicants: Instructions and application materials may be downloaded

from the right side of this web page.

For all applicants: All materials must be received by the deadline but may be submitted under separate cover. Applications are not reviewed until all supporting submissions have been received. Please see Application Deadline below for more information.

All material submissions should be sent directly to:

Temple University

Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses

200 Tuttleman Learning Center

1809 N 13th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

Accessing Your Program Home Page
To access your account and check the status of your application:

1. Click on "Login" in the upper right hand corner of

2. Login.
3. Select the link for your program application.



The application deadline has been extended to August 1, 2012. Completed applications, including all supporting submissions, must be received by 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on August 1, 2012 for the Spring 2013 semester program. The online application closes at this time. Students attempting to apply online outside of this cycle by clicking the "Apply Now" link will find that the online application is unavailable and that their request to begin an application cannot be processed. Students interested in applying after the deadline should contact Education Abroad.

Note that if the online portion of an application is not complete by the deadline, the applicant will be locked out and unable to make any changes.

Students will only be allowed to continue or submit their applications after the deadline on a space-available basis. Students who are requesting to do this must contact Education Abroad and must be prepared to immediately submit the non-refundable $200 program deposit, which will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted into the program.



Decision notification will be sent via e-mail to students within approximately two weeks of Education Abroad receiving your completed application and all supporting materials.

Confirm your participation. If you have been accepted, and have decided to participate, please click the “Commit” button on your Program Home Page. You must also submit a $200 non-refundable program deposit, as well as a $200 non-refundable housing deposit, within two weeks of acceptance to confirm your participation in the program. These deposits are non-refundable and credited towards your fees.

Complete the pre-departure procedures
as outlined on your Program Home Page. Your Pre-departure Page will be updated periodically until departure. You will be notified of these updates via e-mail. Please read all information carefully and pay close attention to deadlines.



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