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UF in Ethiopia - Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 10/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement:
Language of Instruction:
English Program Advisor: Jill Ranaivoson
Type of Credit:
UF GPA Program Type: UF Sponsored
Field of Study: African Studies, Anthropology, Archeology, Cultural Studies
Program Description:

UF in Ethiopia

Archaeology & Heritage
Spring: Early February - March 15, 2018

On-Campus: January 8 - 29, 2018

About the Program

The UF International Center, Anthropology Dept. and Center for African Studies offer students an opportunity to earn 14 UF credits in SP 2018 helping to test theories on the African origin and dispersal of Homo This is the 8th year that the UF International Center, Anthropology Dept. and Center for African Studies have been offering students an opportunity to earn 14 undergraduate UF/transferable credits in SP 2018 helping to test theories on the African origin and dispersal of Homo sapiens and “modern human behavior”. In collaboration with Ethiopia’s Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Addis Ababa University and the Wolaita Bureau of Culture and Tourism, students will learn archaeological methods while participating in:

  1. Ongoing archaeological excavations at Mochena Borago, a large rock shelter in the SW Ethiopian highlands containing deposits spanning more than 50,000 years (Brandt et al. 2012*)
  2. Surveys of the adjacent Rift Valley
  3. Ethnoarchaeological studies of Wolaita hide crafters, some of the last people in the world still making and using flaked stone tools on a regular basis, and ironsmiths. In preparation for fieldwork, participants will also spend time at UF and the National Museum of Ethiopia learning about African archaeology, lithic technology and human evolution, while utilizing the Museum’s extensive archaeological and paleoanthropological collections. *Brandt,S. et al. 2012 Quaternary International 274:38-54; Brandt ,S. et al. 2017 J. Arch Sciences:Reports 11:352-369.

Schedule & Highlights (subject to final approval by the Ethiopian Authority for Research and Conservation of the Cultural Heritage)

  • January 8-29, 2018: At UF with Dr. Brandt taking special classes in African Archaeology, Lithic Technology, and Field/Lab Methods. For these 3 weeks, short term housing or staying with friends is recommended rather than maintaining a rental/lease in Gainesville.
  • Early February: At Addis Ababa U. and the National Museum studying Stone Age archaeology/paleoanthropology and lithic technology, experimentation, use-wear and sourcing (with a Bruker pXRF).
  • Early/Mid February to March 15: In SW Ethiopian Highlands and adjacent Main Ethiopian Rift Valley learning archaeological and ethnoarchaeological methods while conducting fieldwork at Mochena Borago Rockshelter and other localities in SW Ethiopia.
  • Field Trips to Ethiopian World Heritage and other major archaeological, cultural and natural sites.
  • Program ends March 15: students are free to return to the U.S. or travel on their own in Ethiopia or elsewhere.

Course Information

Professor: Dr. Steven A. Brandt, UF Dept. of Anthropology (
Grad Assistants: Justin Dunnavant, UF Dept. of Anthropology, and Elizabeth Peters, Simon Fraser University Dept. of Archaeology

Students will enroll in 3 courses and earn 14 UF GPA Credits:

ANT 4824 (6 credits) - Field Sessions in Archaeology
ANT 4930 (5 credits) - African Archaeology
ANT 4930 (3 credits): African Lithic Technology and Analysis


Total Number of Credits Offered: 14


Up to 10 Undergraduate students will be selected.


  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Previous anthropological courses and/or experiences are highly recommended but not required
  • Junior/Senior students and/or those with previous archaeological field experience may have higher priority

Please contact Dr. Brandt at or 352-870-9445 for an application form. Completed applications of interest (whether or not you decide to go) should be emailed to no later than 5:00 pm, EDT, October 1, 2017. Dr. Brandt will then contact applicants the next day for interviews. Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled. Selected students must then provide UFIC with a formal application and a $350 non-refundable deposit toward the total fee, the latter due no later than 45 days before departure.

Financial Aid

Most financial aid that you would receive on campus during the spring semester can be applied toward the cost of this study abroad program; however, all financial aid eligibility is determined by Student Financial Affairs. You must speak with your financial aid advisor to determine what aid can be applied to the cost of this study abroad program, including scholarships.

Spring 2018 Undergraduate Program Fee: ~$5,000 (subject to change depending upon # students, etc. Final cost will be known soon after October 1st)

Includes: UF tuition, all official Ethiopian lodging, meals and ground transport, international health insurance and emergency medical assistance

Excludes: airfare (~$1200), vaccinations, visas, and personal expenses.

Bright Futures students can subtract Academic/Medallion grants from the total fee after SP 2018 begins. Florida Pre-Paid and Pell Grants can also be used toward the Program Fee. Other grant funds to offset costs may also be available. If you are interested but uncertain about finances, I would strongly recommend that you apply before the deadline anyway.

A $350 nonrefundable deposit toward the total cost of the program is due at the time of application. The remaining fees are due no later than 45 days prior to departure. If you receive financial aid, you can defer payment until it disburses.

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Jill Ranaivoson

Faculty Program Director
Dr. Steven A. Brandt