Project Description


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.

Download 2024 Syllabus
Course Details
Course Dates June 1-June 21, 2024
Course Type Heritage Conservation
Instructors Dr. Angela Pencheva, Tome Filov & Dr. Mishko Tutkovski
Credits* 4 semester (6 quarter)
Apply By April 1
Fees Due By Summer 1 (May 1)
Program Fees
Tuition $2,860
Transcript Fee* $300
Health & Evacuation Insurance $90
Room & Board $1,220
TOTAL: $4,470
Application Closed

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until program fills or final deadline above. 

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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
Mr. Tome Filov
Mr. Tome Filov
Mr. Filov has a MA in Art Conservation from Skopje University in North Macedonia.
Mr. Mishko Tutkovski
Mr. Mishko Tutkovski
Mr. Tutkovski is a Ph.D. Candidate in Archaeology and Art History at Skopje University in North Macedonia.


This is a new IFR course.

Payment & Student Fees

Application Fee: There is a $45 fee to submit an online application.

Deposit Payment: A nonrefundable $500 deposit is due within 3 weeks of program acceptance in order to secure your place. The remainder of your program fees are due by the deadline indicated under “Course Details”.

*Transcript Fee & Academic Credit Opt Out: If you wish to participate in an IFR field school without earning academic credits, you will not be charged a transcript fee.

For more information about payment, fees, and policies, please see details under our Payment & Finances and Withdrawal and Cancellation Policy pages.


Participants stay at the recently renovated, air-conditioned cabins at the archaeological base camp next to the ancient site of Stobi. Students will be housed in rooms with 2–3 beds each. Each cabin has 4 bedrooms, a living room, and 2 bathrooms with showers. A washing machine and Wi-Fi are available for free. The Stobi cleaning staff will clean and disinfect the rooms & bathrooms and common spaces every day. In the beginning of the field school students will be introduced to the safety protocol for the hotel, the shuttle and the site upon arrival.

The closest village to Stobi is Gradsko (5 km), where there are grocery stores, a pharmacy, an ATM, and medical facilities. The closest big supermarket, drug-stores, pharmacies, banks with ATM and hospitals are in the city of Negotino (13 km from Stobi).

Meals: Three meals (fresh, homemade food) per day are provided. Meals usually take place at the field house premises, except for lunch packages during excursions. This field school can accommodate vegetarians, vegans, and individuals with lactose-intolerance diets, however, vegetarian/vegan students should be prepared that meals may not be as varied as they are accustomed to. Students will have access to grocery stores if they need supplemental food. Kosher and gluten-free diets are impossible to accommodate at this location.

Travel Info

Natural disasters, political changes, weather conditions and various other factors may force the cancellation or alteration of a field school. IFR recommends students only purchase airline tickets that are fully refundable and consider travel insurance in case a program or travel plans must change for any reason.

General information for this program is below, but keep in mind we will discuss any updated travel information and regulations during the required program orientation, which could affect travel plans.

Shuttle or taxi service will be organized for all the students arriving at the two closest airports: Skopje airport (N. Macedonia) or Thessaloniki airport (Greece). Further travel details will be provided during program orientation.

Citizens of EU, EEA, USA, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit N. 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. 

For more information about border crossing visit the Balkan Heritage Field School web site at and and and the links provided there.

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.