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Studying in the International Program: Laura Farkas Sums Up Her Year

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014

Studying in the International Program: Laura Farkas Sums Up Her Year

When I applied to the program from Hungary, I was excited, but I never expected such a wonderful experience.

I landed in Ben Gurion airport in the beginning of October, and after a short Taxi ride through the beautiful city of Tel Aviv, I arrived to the Einstein student dorms, which was my home for the next year, where I was admitted quickly and smoothly.
In the flat I met my new roommates from different countries and cultures.

On the first day of orientation week we arrived to the beautiful Tel Aviv University Campus, where I first met Prof. Oded Lipschits, the director of the program, the staff, and my future classmates and friends. During the meeting the staff provided us with the basic information regarding the program and the year. Everyone was very welcoming and nice and it felt like I was accepted into a new family, which made being away from home a little easier.

Diving into archaeology

In the following weeks the real work began. In the course of just two semesters we received an abundance of important tools and knowledge that will serve us as future archaeologists. The program included a wide range of topics in the archaeology of the land of Israel, from the Middle Bronze to the end of the Late Hellenistic/Roman periods, such as “Text and Archaeology”, “Paleoclimatology and the Human Impact in the Levant”, “Archaeology of Animal Bones”, “Late Bronze and Iron Age Pottery Typology” and many more. In these classes we examined each topic from a variety of angles, all with world-class professors, such as Prof. Oded Lipschits, Prof. Israel Finkelstein and Prof. Shlomo Bunimovitz accompanying us.

Once a month we would all meet up early in the morning and go for a field trip in one of the incredible sites in the land of Israel, sites like Jerusalem, Megiddo, Masada, Tel Dan and Lachish, as if its not enough that all of these are sites with archaeological and historical importance, they are also set in a beautiful Israeli environment. It is hard to believe they are all crammed in such a small country!

Laura and other classmates from the international program on a field trip to the archaeological site of Masada.

Digging it up

As part of the program we had the opportunity to choose between two of the best excavations in Israel, Tel Megiddo and Tel Azekah, in order to spend a month working, learning and gaining field experience, an inseparable part of the archaeological work. I was lucky enough to have had the privilege to work on both excavations. I cannot think of a better faculty or a more diverse and cutting edge study program to prepare me for my future as an archaeologist.

The Azekah Excavation team

Making connections

But it was not all work work work, the program gave me a chance to meet people from all over the world, make professional ties and make good friends, both from the program and from the department.

Laura and other classmates from the international program on a field trip to the archaeological site of Laura and other classmates from the international program on a field trip to the archaeological site of Laura and other classmates from the international program on a field trip to the archaeological site of Caesarea.

All and all, it was an experience of a lifetime, studying in such a wonderful environment, with well-equipped and beautiful labs and classrooms, amazing professors and wonderful people, and all while living in the coolest city in the world Tel Aviv! As luck would have it (and some hard work too) I was accepted to the second year thesis course of the program, so I guess I will see you next year.

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