Theology International Study Experience


This subject is provided in recognition of a students full and compliant participation in an International Short Term Program. Programs will typically consist of a two to four week cultural and educational program in an international setting involving students living in another country, engaging in studies of culture, language, history, archaeology or art, with visits to sites of cultural and educational significance and intercultural engagement with local peers. Programs may include some practical experience in an educational or cultural setting.


One Semester


This overseas study experience is available on an occasional basis. Please check with the Registrar when it is next offered.

Subject Points




Delivery Mode

The course is delivered through 4 week study travel tour to Palestine including Bethsaida, places around Galilee and Jerusalem.


THL105 and THL106 (assumed knowledge)


Prescribed Texts

To be announced



The syllabus will vary from one type of international study experience to another, but the following example indicates the syllabus for the Bethsaida Excavations Project:

  • Orientation to and survey of the geography, geology, history and archaeology of Bethsaida. This is a one-day introduction to the region of Bethsaida.

  • Fieldwork in archaeological loci. Students are assigned to work in areas and in certain archaeological loci. An area supervisor will introduce the essentials of field archaeology such as locus, basket, finds, etc.

  • Elementaries of land surveying, taking elevation, operating a transit and elementary cartography. Teaching is carried out around workstations, which include working loci, land surveying, photography and recording. Each station is supervised by an instructor, and students rotate positions between the stations during the course.

  • Elementaries of professional photography of archaeological sites and finds. The expedition photographer is the instructor of this section.

  • Maintaining database and recording excavation log. The area supervisor is the instructor of this section.

  • Section drawing and operating a transit is instructed by the expedition recorder.

  • Lab works, sorting cataloguing and recording finds. Area supervisor instructs this work.

  • Essential pottery analysis instructed by the director of the excavation. Students learn typology of pottery vessels.

  • Processual archaeology, preparing finds to further research is instructed by area supervisors. This includes cleaning, marking and essential reconstruction of pottery.

  • Attending evening lectures on archaeology, history and geography of the Land of Israel. Lectures are given by faculty participating in the excavation.

  • Optional weekend tours to see other archaeological and religious sites.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate an improved ability to think globally and consider issues from other cultural perspectives;

  • be able to demonstrate an enhanced awareness of their own culture and its perspectives, as well as of another culture and its perspectives;

  • be able to demonstrate improved cross-cultural awareness, especially with respect to linguistic and cultural diversity;

  • be able to demonstrate improved social, cultural and educational knowledge of the specific context of the international experience;

  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of multicultural diversity to professional practice in a particular field of study; and

  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.