Project Description


The IFR-Kiten Bay Underwater field school will run in Summer 2018 only. For inquiries, please email IFR staff at 

This program enables research and provides training in underwater archaeology.  The project is focusing on two areas of research: The first is the excavation and careful documentation of Ottoman era shipwreck. We know little about trade, maritime technology and the extent of Ottoman interactions with polities in the western Black Sea and excavation of the shipwreck may shed light on these issues. In addition, students will engage in early research phases of mapping and investigation of a sunken Early Bronze Age village. Students should expect to learn how to conduct underwater photography, photogrammetry, 3D modeling, scale drawing, diving field surveys and the use of marine geophysics remote sensing.

The field school is suitable for beginners and dives will be in sea depths of 6-9 meters. Open Water Diving Certificate with at least four dives within a year before the field school starts (log book) is a minimum requirement. Students may choose, at their own expense, to take the four dives in Bulgaria before the field school begins. See syllabus for more information for such dives.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: Coming Summer 2018
  • Enrollment Status: CLOSED
  • Total Cost: $5,500
  • Course Type: Underwater Archaeology
  • Payment Deadline: TBD
  • Instructors: Dr. Nayden Prahov
  • Orientation:  TBA
Program Closed


The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Nayden Prahov
Dr. Nayden Prahov
Dr. Prahov is an archaeologist at the National Institute of Archaeology with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is also Balkan Heritage Foundation Program Director


This is a new IFR field school. No student testimonials are available.

Tuition Includes:

  • Costs of instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credits
  • Room & board
  • All local transportation
  • Health Insurance

Student Fees

A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a seat in this program.  This program requires an application (no application fee is requested). Only accepted students should pay the deposit fee. Deposit fee is part of the program Tuition. The remaining tuition, minus the $500 deposit, must be paid prior to the tuition deadline (see above under “Course Details”).

Important Note: If you were accepted to this program but did not cancel your participation by the tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full tuition regardless of attendance in this program. Please read the IFR Cancellation Policy for further clarification.

  • A 2.5% Processing Fee is automatically assessed for all credit/debit card payments
  • A $100 Late Fee will be assessed if full tuition payment is not completed by the deadline.
  • Look at the field school syllabus above for room & board details.


Students will stay at a local hotel – Kati, in a single room occupancy (bathrooms with shower and WC, TV, air-conditioning). Cheap laundry service and free Wi-Fi is available at the hotel. Participants are not expected to bring any additional accommodation equipment, bedclothes or towels. Staying an extra day at the hotel costs 20 EUR (per night per person). The distance from the hotel to the site is app. 1.5 km/1 mile, and it takes app. 10 min to walk. Diving gear will be transported by a car.


Students will be provided with three meals per day. Meals usually take place (except the brown-bag lunches during excursions) at the hotel restaurant. This field school can accommodate vegetarians and individuals with lactose intolerance. Vegans and individuals with kosher and gluten-free diets should arrange may not be accommodated at this location.

Students must pay on their own for extra days and/or for single room accommodation.

Bulgaria - Underwater

Travel Info

Students will be met by project staff at the Burgas Airport (BOJ) on May 25 at 5:00 pm. The meeting point is at the arrival area. Look for a person carrying the “Balkan Heritage Program” sign. Students will be transferred from the meeting point to the field house via taxi service. If you arrive by bus from Sofia (or from elsewhere in the Balkans), contact project staff for meeting arrangements. Students are responsible for transportation back to the airport – or onward travel – at the end of the field school.

If you missed your connection or your flight was delayed/canceled, call, text or email the project staff (email: ). Local contact information will be provided to enrolled students.


Citizens of EU, EEA, USA, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Bulgaria for up to 90 days orany of the Bulgaria’s neighboring countries, except Turkey. However, the Turkish government facilitates tourism by providing the option for obtaining e-visa at

Citizens of all other countries may need a visa. The Balkan Heritage Foundation can send an official invitation letter that should be used at the relevant embassy to secure a visa to the program.

For more information visit the Balkan Heritage Foundation web site at and the links provided there.

Students are able to get general information, essential travel basics and tips concerning the project location and the country at (for Bulgaria) and  (for the project). All students will receive a travel info-sheet with specific travel details prior to departure.

Student Safety

Student safety is paramount for the IFR. Unlike many universities who are self-insured, the IFR purchases a range of high end insurance policies from some of the largest insurers in the world. Students in all our international programs have a comprehensive health insurance policy. It covers sickness, and chronic and mental health conditions at 100% of the cost. We have a strong evacuation and extraction policy. We can remove students from any location anywhere in the world with one phone call – whether medical evacuation, political or natural disaster extraction and anything in between. We purchase intelligence services from a global private provider and monitor the world 24/7. We automatically enroll our students to the US State Department STEP program. All of our students receive safety orientations both before and on the first day of each program. Our faculty have all been working in the areas where we operate field schools for years. They are intimately familiar with local customs and traditions, know the landscape well and have deep relationships with local communities.

All our domestic programs are coordinated with local authorities which are informed of our operations. Students in domestic programs are covered by their own health insurance and evacuations are managed by local emergency services, as appropriate.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field (click here for a shortcut). If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with the field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students can contact IFR personnel directly.

Travel does involve risk, but we try to minimize this risk as much as possible. Call us at 877-839-4374 or email us at if you have questions about the safety of particular programs.