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  • Locations: Mallorca, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer A-Term
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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Son Servera, Mallorca, Spain
Summer A 2017
June 26 – July 26, 2017
 Estimated    Program Fee $4,100
 Credits 12 UW credits
 Prerequisites None
 Program      Directors Marcos Llobera, Jacob Deppen
 Program  Manager Katherine Kroeger |
 Application    Deadline February 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) Contact Program Director for more information.
  General This program is a part of an active international archaeological research collaboration. Students will do archaeological field and lab work alongside a group of Spanish students while experiencing the vibrant Spanish Mediterranean culture on the island of Mallorca. See for more information.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

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Program Description


Spain’s Mediterranean islands of Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza, collectively referred to as the Balearic Islands, have been a pivotal node in the history of the region. Spanning the last six thousand years, from the Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and the Historic period (including Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Moors, etc), groups from around the Mediterranean have come and gone from the Balearics, interacting with local people and leaving important traces of their presence, both culturally and materially. This program offers students the opportunity to participate in the recovery of these traces through the science and practice of archaeology.

In this program, students will join a team of American and Spanish archaeologists in order to learn various techniques of archaeological fieldwork (excavation and surveying) and laboratory analysis as part of the ongoing Landscape, Encounters, and Identity Archaeology Project. Students will live in the town of Son Servera on the island of Mallorca and participate in nearby archaeological fieldwork for four weeks. During these weeks, students will learn the ins and outs of archaeological excavation including stratigraphy, profile plan drawing, field photography, total station mapping, and recording, archaeological surveying (i.e., systematically walking through the countryside while collecting and recording traces of past human behavior using GPS equipment). Students will also learn basic laboratory procedures for cleaning, processing, labeling, and recording artifacts that they collected in the field.

Particular emphasis will be placed on connecting the field methods and techniques to the process of actually learning about the past. In other words, why do archaeologists do things this way and how does that help us understand past human societies?

Outside of these unique field experiences, students will be immersed in the local Mallorcan culture and will learn about the history of the Balearic Islands. Through a series of day-trips, students will also visit to other archaeological sites and museums on the island.

Students will live and work alongside a group of Spanish students, giving them a chance to interact with peers who have a different perspective and different traditions when it comes to archaeology. Students in past years have reported that this is one of their favorite elements of the field school.



Son Servera, Mallorca, Spain



The LEIA Project research team is split across two government-owned dormitory-style residences: the former convent (Ca ses Monges) and the music school (Escola de Música). These buildings are two minutes apart on foot. UW students will all stay in the same location.

Both locations have been used by the project for the past few years. Each location has rooms with bunk beds for two or three students, with any extra rooms used for project guests and lab space. The convent has a kitchen with a gas stove and large group dining area as well as a courtyard area that can be used as a common social space. Both locations have multiple hot showers and laundry facilities.

The housing was selected primarily because it is donated free by the local government, which helps keep the program cost down. In addition to the simple cost equation, it is located conveniently in town and near to grocery stores and other businesses, but away from the tourist-dominated coastal area. It is a short 10 minute drive to the excavation site. It has also been used by this program and archaeologists in previous years and served them well. It can also be noted that these accommodations and their location are on the “luxurious” side of things when it comes to archaeological field projects.

We will eat almost all meals as a group. All meals during the week will be provided to the program free of charge by local hotels and restaurants. Students may be responsible for a small number of meals on the weekends during day-trips.



Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements

Ideal candidates would be undergraduate or graduate students interested in archaeology and ancient history: Anthropology (in particular those on the Archaeological Sciences track), Classics, History, Geography, or Spanish Languages and Literature. However, interested students from other fields are encouraged to apply as we value a multi-disciplinary team.

Candidates should be prepared to the challenges that come with living in a foreign country, being immersed in a new country, language and culture, eating new foods and lacking the comforts of home. They should also take into consideration the rigors of working on the archaeological site which can at times be physically and mentally arduous, as well as living with a small group of people in close quarters for four weeks.

This program is designed for people who want to learn and practice archaeology including those without previous fieldwork experience. You will work under the close supervision of professional archaeologists that will teach you what you need to know.



12 UW Credits



ARCHY 270 (12 credits)

Students will participate in archaeological fieldwork for four weeks. During this course, you will learn various archaeological excavation techniques, including stratigraphy, profile plan drawing, field photography, total station mapping, and recording. You will also learn the techniques of archaeological survey (i.e., systematically walking through the countryside while collecting and recording traces of past human behavior using GPS equipment). Throughout the course, students will learn basic procedures for cleaning, processing, labeling, and recording artifacts collected in the field. Students will be evaluated based on the overall participation in the project, their performance at various field and laboratory tasks and the completion of a field diary.

Learning Goals: 

These will be assessed through observation by program directors in the field and lab. In addition, students will be asked to demonstrate what they have learned by maintaining a field diary. The field diary will be read and evaluated by the program directors.

Program Directors & Staff

Marcos Llobera, Department of Anthropology, Program Director

Jacob Deppen, Department of Anthropology, Program Co-Director

Program Expenses

Cost: $4,100

Estimated Program Fee of $4,100, the UW Study Abroad Fee ($350), airfare, food (less than $5/day – most out-of-pocket expenses will be limited to the weekend free days), UW Study Abroad Insurance ($62/month), other health expenses/immunizations and personal spending money.

Average Airplane Ticket Price

$1,600 - $1,900* roundtrip

*Subject to when & where you buy your ticket

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
Non-Refundable Study Abroad Fee $350 July 7, 2017
Program Fee Balance $4,100 July 7, 2017


There are a variety of scholarships available to help fund your study abroad experience. Visit the Global Opportunities page for more information and application deadlines.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by the Study Abroad office as well as your program-specific orientations, offered by your program director.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend scheduled orientations. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most forms of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. You can verify that your financial aid award will apply to your program costs by contacting the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid or scholarships awarded as tuition waivers or tuition exemptions might not apply so you will need to verify that these funds are eligible for use with study abroad by contacting the funding office.

Financial aid and most scholarships are disbursed according to the UW academic calendar (at the beginning of the quarter). If your program starts before the start of the UW quarter, your financial aid will not be available to you prior to your departure. If your program starts after the first day of the quarter, your financial aid will be disbursed at the start of the program. In either of these cases, you will have to finance any upfront costs such as airfare, health insurance and the start of your time abroad on your own. Please take this into consideration when you are making plans.

Revision Request

In some instances you may qualify for an increase in your financial aid award (typically in loan funds). Check with the Financial Aid Office about your options. To request a revision in your aid, you will need to submit the following paperwork to the Financial Aid Office:

  1. Revision Request Form
  2. Budget of student expenses for your program: The UW Study Abroad Office will upload this budget to your study abroad account after a signed contract has been submitted to the UW Study Abroad Office. You can request an unofficial copy of this budget by emailing

Visit the Finances section of our website to learn more about disbursement, revising your aid package, short-term loans and scholarships.

Application Process

The application includes a Personal Statement, three short answer questions, two recommendations from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $350 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable and non-revocable once a contract has been submitted, even if you withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the date (business day) a withdrawal form is received by the UW Study Abroad Office. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

1. Provide notice in writing to the Program Director that you will no longer be participating in the program for which you have signed a contract and accepted a slot.

2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to the UW Study Abroad Office, 459 Schmitz Hall.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.