Southern Adventist University Dig Application

Please download the application below and fill it out and turn all forms payment to: 
Susan Brown
School of Religion / Hackman Hall 111A
P.O. Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315
For questions call: 423.236.2033

Southern Adventist University Dig Application PDF
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Course Outlines

Travel Tips

Electrical equipment

Electricity is 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs are standard. Most current electronic equipment purchased in the states (e.g. cell phone, laptops, PDAs, etc.) are already adaptable for 110V (U.S.) and 220V. All you need to do is buy a two-prong adapter that fits over your 2-prong (or 3-prong, if it has a ground) and can fit into an Israeli plug.


New Shekel (NIS) = 100 agorot (singular, agora) Notes are in denominations of NIS 200, 100, 50, and 20. Coins are in denominations of 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1, and 50 and 10 agorot.

Currency Exchange: Foreign currency can only be exchanged at authorized banks, hotels and change shops. Change shops found in most cities charge no commission and equal the bank exchange rates. It is advisable to leave Israel with the minimum of Israeli currency. Payment in foreign currency exempts tourists from VAT on certain purchases and services, and is sometimes preferred by shop keepers.

Exchange Rate: Exchange rates fluctuate, but a general rule is $1.00 USD = 3.80 NIS.

Cash is safe to carry in reasonable quantities, provided you keep it in a safe place (inside pocket, money belt or waist bag, etc.). As a precaution you should only carry the amount of cash you would need for that week. Cash is almost always easier to exchange than any other medium, and has the benefit of being changeable in most circumstances.

Dollar to shekel rates fluctuate so it is best to change money on a weekly basis.

In Jerusalem you can purchase items in USD or NIS. There will be ATMs available at the airport and in Jerusalem for cash. Cash at ATMs is delivered in NIS not dollars.


Israel has excellent postal service. On the weekends the hotel sells postcards stamps and they can mail letters and postcards for you.

Postage Rates (prices in Shekels) Average price to mail a letter to the U.S. is $1.40.


The climate in Israel during the summer is very hot and dry, although it can be relatively cool in the evening. One should have clothing appropriate for hot weather, and a light sweater or jacket.

NOTE: towels, sheets, pillowcases and blankets are provided by Kedma Institute.

Packing List

  • Hat with brim
  • Short sleeved and long sleeved cotton shirts
  • Cotton shorts
  • Cotton pants (slacks)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sweater/sweatshirt
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Pajamas/sleep wear
  • Bathing suit
  • Work shoes
  • Extra shoelaces
  • Sandals
  • Touring shoes (tennis shoes, etc.)


  • Toiletries bag
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Athlete's foot powder
  • Anti-chafing cream
  • Nail clipper
  • Insect repellant (mosquitos)
  • Medications
  • Personal supplies


  • Canteen/water bottle for personal use
  • Work gloves
  • Marshalltown trowel
  • Hand Pick
  • Duffle bag/suitcase
  • Small bag/backpack for carrying daily equipment and weekend travel
  • Bag for laundry/Laundry Detergent
  • Pocket knife
  • Camera and memory cards (or film)
  • Knee pads

Educational Supplies

  • Writing supplies
  • Textbooks:  Bible