Project Description

This program is a short introduction to Archaeological Conservation work. It is designed to present students with the basic fundamentals of field conservation and a taste for the rigor of field research. Students considering a full field school experience should apply to any of our standard 4-5 week-long conservation programs (Macedonia & Bulgaria Conservation).


The Mosaic Conservation 3-week course provides a theoretical and hands-on training experience on mosaic conservation. Students can expect to learn the processes a mosaic floor endures after excavation and the consequences of conservation treatment and maintenance (or the lack of these). The course’s emphasis is on Roman and Late Roman mosaics, found in abundance at the Roman city of Stobi, R. of North Macedonia. Participants will either work at the site, on mosaic floors in situ, or with mosaic fragments kept in the archaeological storage facilities of Stobi Institute. This program is designed for students of Monumental Arts Conservation, Archaeological Conservation, Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Art History, and other related scientific fields. We welcome beginners in conservation as well as for experienced students willing to refresh or upgrade and develop their skills and knowledge in the field. Upon successful completion of the course, students would be capable of taking part in projects for conservation of ancient mosaics under the supervision of professional conservators.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: TBA

  • Enrollment Status: CLOSED

  • Tuition: $3,376

  • Course Type: Conservation
  • Payment Deadline: TBA

  • Instructors: Dr. Angela Pencheva & Dr. Krassimira Frangova
  • Orientation: TBA
  • Academic Credit: 4 Semester Credit Units (equivalent to 6 Quarter Units)

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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. Angela Pencheva
Dr. Angela Pencheva
Dr. Pencheva is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Archaeology and Center for Vocational and Continuing Education, New Bulgarian University, Sofia & Balkan Heritage Program Director
Dr. Krassimira Frangova
Dr. Krassimira Frangova
Dr. Frangova is an Associate Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, School of Conservation, Monumental Arts Department; Copenhagen, Denmark


This is a new IFR course.


  • Cost of Instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credit Units
  • Room & Board
  • All local transportation
  • Health & Evacuation Insurance

Student Fees

This program requires an online application — there is no fee to submit an application. Once admitted, a payment of the nonrefundable deposit fee is required to secure a place in the program(s). The Tuition balance (total program cost minus the deposit fee) must be paid prior to the Tuition deadline as listed above under “Course Details.” A $200 late fee will be added to all accounts not paid in full by the Tuition deadline.

Early Decision Enrollment (Nov 1, 2019 through Jan 10, 2020): A reduced, nonrefundable $300 deposit fee is required to secure a seat in the program. This deposit is part of the total Tuition and NOT in addition to it.

Regular Enrollment (Jan 11, 2020 through payment deadline): A nonrefundable $500 deposit fee is required to secure a seat in the program. This deposit is part of the total Tuition and NOT in addition to it.

Late Enrollment (payment deadline forward): A nonrefundable $600 deposit fee is required to secure a seat in the program. In addition, a $200 late fee  will be added to all accounts not paid in full by the Tuition payment deadline.

Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy: If you paid the deposit fee but did not cancel your participation by the Tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full Tuition regardless of attendance at any IFR program. Please carefully read our Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy for further information.

Credit Card Processing Fee: A 2.5% processing fee is automatically incurred for all credit/debit card/online payments.

Academic Credit Opt Out: Students who wish to participate in an IFR field school without earning academic credit units may do so and receive the following discounts: $300 off a full program (4 or more weeks in length) or $200 off a short program (2-3 weeks in length).

Trip Cancellation Insurance: The IFR does not provide trip cancellation insurance. Read this Wall Street Journal article about travel insurance — it may help in making a decision whether such insurance is for you. If you do wish to purchase such insurance, Insure My Trip or Travel Guard are two possible resources you may wish to explore.


Participants will stay at renovated air-conditioned cabins at the archaeological base next to the ancient ruins of Stobi. Students will be housed in rooms with 2-3 beds each. Each cabin has four bedrooms, a living room and two bathrooms with showers. A washing machine and Wi-Fi are available for free.

The closest village to Stobi is Gradsko (4 km), where there are a couple of food & beverage shops, a pharmacy, an ATM and a medical office. The closest supermarkets, drug-stores, pharmacies, banks with ATM and hospitals are in the towns of Negotino, 12 km away, Kavadartsi, 17 km away, and Veles, 23 km away.


Three meals (fresh, homemade food) per day are covered by the tuition fee. Meals, except for lunch packages during the excursion, usually take place at the field house premises in Stobi. This field school can accommodate vegetarians, vegans and individuals with lactose-intolerance diets. Kosher restrictions are impossible to accommodate in these locations.

Travel Info

Please hold purchasing your airline ticket until six (6) weeks prior to departure date. Natural disasters, political changes, weather conditions and a range of other factors may require the cancellation of a field school. The IFR typically takes a close look at local conditions 6-7 weeks prior to program beginning and makes Go/No Go decisions by then. Such a time frame still allows the purchase of deeply discounted airline tickets while protecting students from potential loss of airline ticket costs if we decide to cancel a program.

Please arrive on June 1st by 7.00 pm at the National Institution for Management of the Archaeological Site of Stobi, 1420 Gradsko, Republic of Macedonia (+ 389 43251 026). A transfer to Stobi from the airports in Skopje (R. of North Macedonia) or Thessaloniki (Greece) may be arranged by request. Individual or group transfers’ price may vary from $36-120 USD depending on both distance and number of passengers. (The prices may slightly vary due to the $USD rate fluctuations.) The trip takes approximately 1.5 hours depending on traffic. It is recommended to exchange/withdraw some Macedonian Denars, buy a bottle of water and visit the restroom before the trip.

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 Macedonia for up to 90 days.

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.

Note that if you plan to visit Turkey during your stay in the Balkans you will need a visa. The Turkish government facilitates the process for tourists by providing the option for obtaining an e-visa.

Please see syllabus for links to Balkan Heritage Foundation site and information resources on travel to the Balkans. 

Student Safety

The IFR primary concern is with education. Traveling and conducting field research involve risk. Students interested in participating in IFR programs must weigh whether the potential risk is worth the value of education provided. While risk is inherent in everything we do, we do not take risk lightly. The IFR engages in intensive review of each field school location prior to approval. Once a program is accepted, the IFR reviews each program annually to make sure it complies with all our standards and policies, including student safety.

Students attending IFR international programs are covered by a comprehensive Health Insurance policy that includes physical illness or injury, mental or chronic conditions. No deductible and 100% of costs are covered up to $250,000. In addition, we provide Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation policy, which allow us to remove students from field school location if local conditions change. Our field school directors are scholars that know field school locations and cultures well and are plugged in into local communities and state institution structures.

Students attending IFR domestic programs (within the US) must have their own health insurance and provide proof upon enrollment. IFR field school directors are familiar with local authorities and if in need of evacuation, local emergency services and/or law enforcement will be notified and activated.

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

Call (877-839-4374) or email ( if you have questions about the safety of any particular program.