What students are saying about the Iklaina Study Abroad Program:

"It was all memorable. From swimming in the Bay of Navarino, to the drinking Cups of Nestor in the Pylos Platea." 2010 Participant

"This was an excellent program. I recommend it to anyone seeking field experience." 2010 Participant

Location: Iklaina, Greece, Europe
Dates: June 14 - July 5, 2015
Course:Participants will earn six credits: Anthro 3290: Current Issues in Archaeology: Greek History and Culture (3 credits);
Anthro 2109: Archaeological Field School (3 credits)
Application Deadline: February 16, 2015
Faculty Director: Dr. Michael Cosmopoulos,(cosmopoulos@umsl.edu), Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professor in Greek Studies and Professor of Archaeology

Course Description: Join us and experience the fascinating world of archaeology and the beauty of the country that became the cradle of western civilization! By joining us, not only will you be able to participate in real archaeological fieldwork, but you will also have the opportunity to travel to major archaeological sites and museums in Greece, and also attend lectures on Greek history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, art, and culture.

The Iklaina Archaeological Project (IKAP) is an interdisciplinary research project in the area of Pylos, Greece. The project is carried out under the auspices of the Athens Archaeological Society and the direction of Michael Cosmopoulos of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. Situated at a strategic location overlooking the Ionian Sea, Iklaina appears to have been an important district capital of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1600-1100 BC). This is the period also known as "Mycenaean" and famous for such mythical sagas as the Trojan War.
The program has two components:

1. Archaeological Excavation

  • Excavation of the Early Helladic, Middle Helladic, and Mycenaean settlement at Iklaina
  • Work with the finds and ceramics at the Pylos museum. This entails:
    • washing and sorting pottery lots
    • identifying and dating pottery shapes
    • cataloguing important ceramics and artifact finds

2. Evening lectures on Greek history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, art, and culture. Detailed list is included in course syllabus.

Optional excursions can be arranged to Sphakteria, Mycenae, and Olympia.

Daily Schedule:

6:00am Wake-up call
6:30am Breakfast in the hotel lounge. Departure for the site (ride ca. 20 mins.)
7:00-11:00 Excavation
11:00-11:30 Break for a light lunch
11:30-13:00 Excavation
13:30-17:00 Free time (usually we explore the beaches of the area)
17:00-19:00 Evening lectures and/or work in the lab (drawings, writing, studying of finds, etc.)
19:30-21:30 Dinner at the hotel's seafront dining area. The rest of the evening is free.
To view additional information from previous summers, please visit this link. (For all other official program information regarding dates, fees, and application procedures, please refer to this UMSL webpage.)

Eligibility Requirements: UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements

Participants will earn six credits:
Anthro 3290: Current Issues in Archaeology: Greek History and Culture (3 credits)
Anthro 2109: Archaeological Field School (3 credits)

June 14 - July 5, 2015

Estimated Costs:*
Tuition (6 credits, 2013-2014 rates) $1,895
Program fee $1,990
Airfare $1,600
Personal Expenses & Incidentals $300
Total $5,785

 *Subject to change. Non-Credit Fee: $2,200 (for members of the public—i.e. non students—who wish to participate; ages 18-88 are welcome.)


  • accommodation in air-conditioned rooms with TV and private baths (double occupancy); most rooms (first-come first-serve basis) have breathtaking views of the bay of Navarino
  • buffet breakfast, light lunch, and full four-course dinner every day
  • daily transportation to and from the dig site*
  • health insurance

Program Fee Does Not Include:
 Personal Expenses & Incidentals: $700 - $1200 (depends on personal habits)
Airfare: $1600 (Estimate. Students purchase airfare individually)

*Students are responsible for covering transportation cost from airport to Pylos; Prof. Cosmopoulos normally arranges for bus transportation from Athens to Pylos, but students are responsible for the cost.

Application Process:

Applicants must submit the following documents to the Study Abroad Office. Forms are available online only.
Application deadline: February 16

1. UMSL Study Abroad Application Form
2. Non-refundable** $500 deposit (due at time of application)
3. Scholarship application and scholarship essay (UMSL students only)
4. Non-UMSL applicants are required to submit a $100 application fee. The application fee is separate from the program fee and is payable by check or money order to 'UMSL'.
5. Non-UMSL students must also submit a letter of recommendation and transcript.

**Deposit will be refunded only if you are not selected to participate in the program.

Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation:
Faculty-led program participants are required to complete the online study abroad orientation, which covers health and safety topics, culture shock, and much more. The study abroad coordinator will provide you with further information. Please note that Non-UMSL participants do not need to complete the online quizzes. Participants will receive a site-specific orientation after they arrive in Pylos.


There are two fees for faculty-led programs: program fee and tuition. Each fee must be paid separately.

1. Program fees must be paid by check or money order made out to UMSL and sent or brought to the
Study Abroad Office. Credit cards are NOT accepted for program fees.
2. Tuition will be billed to your student account by the Cashier's Office after registration is complete. Non-UMSL credit participants will be notified via e-mail by the Study Abroad Office as to how they can make payments online or through the Cashier's Office.

N.B. If not participating for credit, the non-credit fee is payable by check made out to UMSL and must be sent to the Study Abroad Office.