Ancient Egyptian Archaeology Program

Location: Luxor, Egypt


May 16 - May 24, 2013: On-line Coursework
May 28 - June 20, 2013: Program in Egypt



The Ancient Egypt Archaeology Program introduces students to the art and architecture of Pharaonic Egypt. This is a six-week course that includes a two week on-line component and four weeks of archaeological exploration based out of the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor, Egypt. Students will visit famous sites such as the Valley of the Kings and the tomb of King Tut, Luxor and Karnak Temples, the Mummification Museum, and the mortuary temple of Ramesses the Great. 

Students will investigate topics such as, what did art mean to the ancient Egyptians? Why did they invest such wealth and effort into its production? Students will also look at the ways in which historical, religious, and social changes affected the changes in Egyptian art and architecture. 

Students will also have a long weekend available for individual travel when destinations such as the Pyramids at Giza, the famous Ptolemaic city of Alexandria, or St. Katherine's Monastery can be visited.

Course Offerings

This is a six week course that includes an on-line component, site explorations, and three exams.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a total of SIX 
Villanova University credits (HIS3095 and AAH3009).

Learning Outcomes and Additional Academic Requirements

• Gain an overall understanding and familiarity with Egyptian history, art, and architecture
• Recognize the most important archaeological problems relating to the reconstruction of ancient history
• Gain the ability to discuss issues and evidence from the material culture of Pharaonic Egypt

No language proficiency required.  All lectures in Egypt will be in English.

Housing and Meals

Students live in flats located in the Egyptian section of Luxor, just off Television Street. Two meals will be provided daily at the residence: breakfast and a late lunch (the main meal). Additionally, the flats have kitchens, and restaurants and grocery stores are easily accessible. Luxor not only has many options for tradition Egyptian fare but also has numerous ethnic restaurants (Indian, Thai) and British-owned pubs.

For those students who bring laptop computers, certain restaurants/cafes offer free wireless access, and there are also many local internet cafes.


Students will attend lectures Sunday through Thursday, with Friday and Saturday off. Each Friday there will be an organized excursion out of town to visit a significant archaeological or cultural site. Such tours may include Abydos (the cult center of Osiris), Horus’ Temple at Edfu, Cleopatra's Temple at Dendera, or Dendera.

Faculty Program Coordinator

Dr. Kelly-Anne Diamond
Department of History
St. Augustine Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Payment Information

Applications are due no later than April1, 2013; the non-refundable commitment fee of $450 is due upon receipt of acceptance letter. Final payment due prior to the departure of program.

Total: $4,800 - To be confirmed before Easter Break
Includes tuition, housing during program and all excursions, airfare, on-site transportation, orientation, breakfast and lunch, transfers, and security clearance.


May 13 - 24: Online coursework

May 25: Depart for Cairo

May 26: Arrival in Cairo, depart for Luxor (Flight details TBA)/ Arrival in Luxor

May 27: Day to relax, unpack and recuperate from flight

May 30 - June 19: Coursework in Egypt

June 20: Clean and pack up

June 21-2: Depart for Cairo and USA (Flight details TBA)

June 22: Arrival in USA