When is it, how much is tuition, and what does it include? 


The dates for our 2021 field school will be from Sunday, June 27th - Sunday, August 1st (inclusive). The tuition price for our 2021 field school is £3450, and includes research materials, field and lab manuals, lectures delivered by research staff, five weeks accommodation in a 3* hotel, airport transfers to/from Cluj Napoca Airport, private transportation to and from the archaeological sites, laboratory equipment and materials, and a 5-day bespoke Transylvania field trip. All lessons are delivered in English.

Are there any additional safeguards for COVID? 


For the 2021 field season, we will have extra measures in place to minimise the risk of COVID to our students, staff, and the wider Transylvanian community. This includes the use of PPE in the lecture room and labs, increased sanitation measures, field school 'bubbling', social distancing measures, and an initial period of group isolation whereby introductory lectures will be delivered from the private accommodation.

Do I have to be enrolled in a university to apply?


No, we are happy to accept applications from anyone with a keen interest to learn about bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology, however, you must be at least 18 years or older by the start of the field school. 


Can I receive academic credit?


Yes, we offer academic credit at no additional cost, however, you must seek approval for this course from your department and academic advisor beforehand. 

Where is Transylvania and how do you get there?


Transylvania is a region located in central Romania, surround by the Carpathian Mountains.  The accommodation is located within the major city of Cluj-Napoca. If you are coming from outside of Europe, we recommend that you book your round-trip flights in and out of London, and then travel on the morning flight on WizzAir. 

Is it possible to do less than the 5 weeks?


In order to ensure our COVID safety measures are effective, we are not permitting part-time enrollment at this time.

How can I apply to work with/intern for/be funded by you?


We accept full research proposals within the scope of any of our projects from those who wish to undertake research at the academic level. We also accept proposals from post-doctoral researchers and professionals who wish to initiate their own bioarchaeological project within the region, which we can help facilitate. For more information, please click here.


Lastly, we offer paid internships and potential employment opportunities to students who show particular promise in the field, and have completed at least one field season with us. If you would like to register your interest, please send a brief introductory e-mail and a CV to Please note that we will retain your CV and contact interested parties if/when we are accepting applications for employment. 


Transylvania Bioarchaeology is an equal opportunity employer.

Are field trips included in the price?


Yes. All enrolled students will partake in a field trip to several archaeological and cultural sites throughout Transylvania. We feel that this is an enriching and essenital part of the field school experience. 

Do I need to have excavation/osteology experience to apply? 


No, we provide training for ALL levels of expertise and experience. 

What should I bring to the field?


After being accepted into the field school, you will be e-mailed a preliminary field guide with a packing list and particulars for the program. If you have any particular questions not found in the preliminary field guide, we are happy to answer!

Can I bring my family/kids/carer/assistance dog?


Yes! We are a family friendly field school and support researching/student parents! However, you must gain prior approval as we only have a limited number of family spaces. Additional charges will apply including a private room supplement, a field trip supplement, nanny fees (if required), etc. Please enquire at for further details. 


We do not discriminate based on disability status. Registered carers and registered assistance dogs (under the IGDF/ADI accreditation scheme) are permitted with appropriate documentation. Please enquire for more information.


Please note, children and partners will not be permitted on site or within the Archaeology Institute for liability reasons. All additional persons will be subject to our rules and regulations within our accommodation.