Summer School in Classical Archaeology

Terms and Requirements


Admission procedures

Our summer school at the site of Vada Volaterrana is focused on Roman archaeology and welcomes students in Archaeology, Classics, History, and Arts at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Admission is limited to 20 students.

No prerequisites are requested for the field school; students will be trained for all the activities they’ll experience.

The application deadline is June 19, 2020.

A short interview (in person, by phone or by Skype) and/or reference letters (e-mails) may be requested. The staff reserves the right to verify any of the information reported in the application form and request supporting documentation (e.g., advising reports; references) at its discretion. Staff will make final decisions regarding enrollment.

Your request to be admitted to our summer school can be addressed by to us by email.
Acceptance will be communicated by e-mail. Upon acceptance, students will have to start the enrollment on the University of Pisa’s portal ALICE , where they’ll find information about the fee’s payment and the documents we require:

  1. Identity Document (*PASSPORT in case you are a foreign student*),
  2. Enrolment Form (available on ALICE),
  3. Curriculum Vitae,
  4. A tetanus vaccination’s note issued by your doctor.



Students will pay support fees in the amount of € 1.990,00 (around $ 2.100).

These fees will cover transports from and to the site, housing, meals, excavation, laboratory equipment, and staff costs.

There are no application fees.

For the 2020 campaign, Pisa University will grant two 500.00 euros scholarships. This money will be used to pay part of the summer school’s fee, which will be reduced to 1490.00 euros. The summer school staff will unchallengeably choose the persons to whom give the scolarships.

We ask the payment of a € 400,00 deposit at the moment of the inscription on ALICE portal; the final balance is required three weeks before the starting of the summer school.

International travel to Italy is not included in these fees and is the students’ sole responsibility.

In case of withdrawal, all support fees minus a non-refundable deposit of $ 1.250 will be refunded. After June 19, 2020 fees will not be refunded.

Students could find all information about payement on ALICE portal.

The failure to provide all above mentioned documents and payment within this term will constitute an automatic forfeiture of the student’s place in the field-school.



In order to enable students to obtain credits from their Universities, the Laboratory of Ancient Topography of the University of Pisa will issue signed certificates for all the activities made during the Field School, specifying type and hours, for 6 Pisa University credits.
Participant will be examinated in order to get the credits. The exam will consist in the following parts:
1. Oral examination: the student will be asked three questions about 1) the historical and archaeological framework of the Northern Etruria; 2) the methodology of surveys, excavation and GPR prospections; 3) the classification of ancient pottery.
2. Practical test: the student will be asked to carry out three of the practical activities learnt during the Summer School (e.g. recording a layer, surveying a layer, etc.).
The student will got a vote of a maximum of 30 points, 18 points being the pass mark.