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Program Description

Overview

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The Institute of Human Origins and the School of Human Evolution and Social Change offer a field school in paleoanthropology at Hadar, Ethiopia. Hadar is home to the world-renowned Lucy skeleton and one of the richest areas in the world for fossil remains of our ancient human ancestors. Fossils of the species Australopithecus afarensis have been recovered from the time period 3.4 to 3.0 million years ago, including the skeleton of “Lucy.” Early Homo remains are associated with Oldowan stone tools in Hadar sediments older than 2.3 million years.  The five-week long Hadar Field School offers undergraduates the unique opportunity to work alongside ASU faculty in recovering some of the oldest fossil and archaeological evidence of our evolution on the continent of our birth.  The 6 credit-hour curriculum includes practical instruction in early human evolution, paleoecology, geology, archaeology, site mapping, fossil survey, and excavation.

Quick Facts

  • Fall 2019 Session B: October 15 - November 25, 2019 

  • Field work at world-famous Lucy fossil site in remote Ethiopia

  • Unique opportunity to work alongside scientists recovering fossils and artifacts millions of years old

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.

Location

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Location Details


HADAR FIELD SCHOOL
Hadar is home to the world-renowned Lucy skeleton and one of the richest areas in the world for fossil remains of our ancient human ancestors. Fossils of the species Australopithecus afarensis have been recovered from the time period 3.4 to 3.0 million years ago, including the skeleton of “Lucy.” Early Homo remains are associated with Oldowan stone tools in Hadar sediments older than 2.3 million years. 

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

Academics

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 minimum GPA

Courses

Students will enroll in 6 credit hours during the Fall registration period: 

  • ASM 338: Anthropological Field Session


*Please note that the courses for which you register count towards your Fall semester load.  If registering for these courses will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.   

Course Format

This course is a five to six week experience embedded in Fall 2019, Session B.  The 6 credit-hour curriculum includes practical instruction in early human evolution, paleoecology, geology, archaeology, site mapping, fossil survey, and excavation. The fieldwork is preceded by on-campus lectures held at ASU, where faculty leaders 1) present talks on the theoretical and contextual background to the field work, supplemented by guided readings from the primary literature; 2) review field work preparations, logistics and safety protocols.





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Faculty

Faculty Director

Dr. Bill Kimbel
Professor and Director of the Institute of Human Origins
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
E-mail: wkimbel.iho@asu.edu



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Housing

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Program Housing

 
The Hadar fossil site is located in the semi-arid rift valley of northern Ethiopia, along the banks of the Awash River. Students live alongside ASU faculty and local staff in a tented campsite walking or driving distance from the fossil sites. Three meals are provided daily. Showers and in-ground latrines are also provided.  Solar-generated electricity available on a limited basis. Daily field work consists of survey on foot and excavation in sunny, hot conditions.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States.  For example, in Ethiopia, persons with disabilities have limited access to transportation, communication, accommodations, and public buildings. There are few sidewalks and no curb-cuts, and most buildings lack functioning elevators.On this program, we are unable to accommodate physically disabled students due to the rough field conditions, remote location of the field site and the highly physical nature of the field work.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  For example, in Ethiopia, consensual same-sex sexual activity is illegal and punishable by imprisonment. There have been reports of violence against LGBTQIA individuals. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.  For example, in Ethiopia, domestic violence is pervasive. Domestic violence and rape cases are often delayed and given low priority.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

The Program Fee for Fall 2019 is $5,875.

Program Fee includes: Housing in tents, all meals, transportation from Addis Ababa to field site, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for the six credits in which you will be enrolled for this program, round-trip airfare to and from Ethiopia, passport & visa fees, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.  Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.

Resources

Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.