Archaeology Study Abroad

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Studying Archaeology Abroad


326 Archaeology Study Abroad Programs


Semester in Aix-en-Provence gives you all the academic flexibility you'll need to make your semester in France a perfect fit. Whether you want to start taking French, polish already excellent language skills, or simply take some courses, we've got the program for you. Semester in Aix-en-Provence has diverse academic offerings taught in English and French to ensure that you'll find what you're l...

American Institute For Foreign Study

Spend a semester or academic year in the diverse and modern city of Hyderabad with AIFS. You'll earn up to 16 credits through a variety of courses studying at the University of Hyderabad. Courses are taught in English. AIFS in Hyderabad offers both a Traditional Academic Program and a Community Engagement Program (CEP) for the fall semester. The traditional program offers a myriad of courses...

IES Abroad

Take advantage of the chance to live and learn in Sydney, one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world! Students can immerse themselves in the academic and student culture of Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales, or the University of Sydney. All offer an array of disciplines covering the spectrum from engineering to art history. Sydney will be your classroom....

Academic Studies Abroad

Sevilla is a city that stimulates all of the senses the flutter of Flamenco guitar coming from the nighttime tablaos, the heady fragrance of orange trees, the smell of freshly made tapas being delivered to an outdoor table, and the colorful Spanish tiles that grace buildings, plazas, and street signs. The vibrancy of this city, its people's zest for life, and its ancient multicultural history a...

Boston University Study Abroad

The Boston University Guatemala Archeology Program provides students with an unparalleled experience in Maya archeology, history, and culture through intensive language study in the beautiful colonial town of Antigua, and through archeological fieldwork at San Bartolo, one of the premier archeological sites in the Maya world. This program is offered in the spring semester of even-numbered years...

Center For Study Abroad (CSA) - Direct Low Cost - Budget

Study at the University of Westminster in London. CSA offers low cost academic programs in Liberal Arts, Sciences, Business, and the English Language. All courses are taught in English and offered in Summer, Semester, and Academic Year terms. Low cost student housing is available in campus residences. Student social program with activities and excursions are included in the program cost. The pr...

Athena Study Abroad

Athena's partner school in Florence, Italy, Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM), is a private institution located among several buildings in the center of this charming Renaissance city. The campus' main building dates back to the 13th century and, before being renovated, was originally a convent and church. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance, and its artistic flair is still tangible. With that ...

Academic Programs International

Be inspired by immaculate Renaissance architecture, passionate art pieces, as well as a vibrant and historical culture! Florence is arguably one of the most desirable cities in the world and offers a great learning environment as well as opportunities for internships, service learning, and volunteering. Ideal for someone who doesn't mind the hustle and bustle of a touristy city and for those...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)

Sevilla (Metro population around 1,500,000) the largest city in southern Spain, and the fourth largest in the country, offers endless opportunities to learn about Spanish culture and history. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, this enchanting capital city of the Andalucía region has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for U.S. students. A history of this fascin...


Walk to class past one of the world's most impressive cathedrals. Learn to flamenco dance in the land of its birth. Hone your Spanish skills as you practice with locals. Indulge in tapas and café con leche at neighborhoods cafes. Experience student life in Seville, Spain, when you study abroad with CEA. This historic city is known for its stunning architecture and pedestrian-friendly layout....

University Studies Abroad Consortium

Take the opportunity to enroll in courses from a wide range of disciplines offered at the University College Cork (UCC), one of Irelands oldest universities. Students who will be studying abroad for a semester or an academic year can take part in the Early Start Courses, a program that us unique to UCC. Among the early start courses offered are Music in Ireland, Management and Marketing in the ...

Semester at Sea: Voyage Across The Globe

Embark on an intellectually-challenging study abroad program offered by Semester at Sea, the nation's leading shipboard program for study abroad. Participants circumnavigate the globe each fall and spring semester, and explore a specific world region each summer. A state-of-the-art passenger ship, the MV Explorer, serves as our floating campus. The University of Virginia (U.Va.) is the acade...

John Cabot University

Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity to build your resume while you experience the world, learn a new language, and make international friends. As an American university in the historic center of Rome, Italy, John Cabot University allows you to become a part of our international campus community representing 70 countries while you experience the incredible city of Rome. We accept st...

Lorenzo de' Medici

The LdM Florence campus is one of the largest international schools in Italy, located in twelve campus buildings in the historic city center near the famous Duomo Cathedral and next to the bustling San Lorenzo market and church. The LdM buildings are Wi-Fi equipped and contain a full range of facilities including large classrooms and specialized art studios, a cafeteria, courtyard garden, libra...

CELL Iceland Study Abroad Program

CELL's unique study abroad programs focus on sustainability through community and are designed for students who believe that they can make a difference in the world: students who would like to play an active role in creating long-term solutions to problems facing our global communities and environment. Semester programs consist of a combination of structured course work, field-learning experien...

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Studying Archaeology Abroad

Archaeologists have long been traveling to the far corners of the globe to unearth the mysteries of human life in centuries past. While studying the culture, practices, religions, and social structures of people in the past, you will be investigating the customs of living people in the country of your choice via observation and in person interactions. Meeting celebrated faculty members, peers destined for great discoveries, and seeing landmarks built by ancient societies you’ve only read about textbooks, will all be possible through studying archaeology abroad. This is an irreplaceable and life-changing way to study archaeology, a subject that enthralls scholars everywhere in the world.

Why Study Archaeology Abroad

Archaeology is the study of how humans lived, from the far reaches of the globe to the land you’re currently standing on. There are few better subjects to study abroad than archaeology, a subject that is both world renowned and present in nearly every country. Archaeological sites span the globe, giving students the chance to investigate how people used the land, tools, and resources around them in the past.

From archaeological museums to former dig sites or ongoing projects, studying archaeology abroad will expose you to resources that will enrich your education in ways that are not possible domestically. Additionally, because archaeology is an elite field with limited and competitive job opportunities, studying abroad can set you apart from other applicants by demonstrating your passion for travel and dedication to the field.


From well-known archaeological meccas to sites off the traditional study abroad map, there are places all around the world to study archaeology abroad. Those interested in field work may be interested in different regions than those looking to take introductory courses while exploring a country of interest; but no matter why you choose a specific location for your international experience, there is an archaeology study abroad program that can suit your needs.

For archaeology students looking into Europe for their study abroad term, Italy stands out as the first choice for locations. Whether you choose the capital, Rome, to study archaeology amongst the ruins of days past near some of the world’s finest museums and libraries, or Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and the country’s financial capital, Italy has much to offer international archaeology students.

Also in Western Europe, archaeology study abroad programs in London, England offer access to some of the world’s premier archaeological research opportunities in the heart of a modern city, with rich political and social history. Additionally, studying archaeology in Spain can grant the experience of a lifetime living and learning in the beautiful city of Seville, where students may be able to work in one of the most comprehensive archaeological museums on the continent.

Countries in Central and South America host archaeology study abroad programs that mix educational classroom settings with hands-on day trips to famous historical sites. From Chichen Itza in Mexico, to Machu Picchu and nearby Ollantaytambo in the mountains of Peru, or to La Ciudad Perdida on the rolling coast of Colombia, studying archaeology abroad in an area as culturally rich as Central and South America combines a love of historical cultures with the discovery of modern-day rituals and traditions.

Studying Archaeology Abroad

Depending on how far into your archaeology degree program you are, the requirements of the program, and elective courses you’re able to take, your study abroad experience can be structured quite differently. Many students studying archaeology abroad are excited for the opportunity to take specific area courses, exploring the archaeological history of the new region they’re located in. Whether it’s Architecture of Etruria and Rome or Ancestral Maya Civilizations, these many archaeology courses abroad that offer a unique look into a specific region you may not be able to study so closely anywhere else.

If you are studying archaeology abroad through a university with a specific archaeological study program, it may be possible to take technical archaeological courses or even explore subfields, such as the study of osteology, bioarchaeology, or zooarchaeology. Many of these courses require strict prerequisites and will necessitate a great deal of planning and coordinating to ensure your spot in these labs or classrooms.

Basic archaeology classes can be taken in nearly any study abroad location and institution, even if the university program you are studying abroad at doesn’t have a dedicated archaeology department. Many undergraduate archaeology students find courses in anthropology, art history, or religious studies can coincide with their interests and count toward their archeology degree back home, for example. These related courses are often particularly focused on the city, country, or region where you are studying abroad in too, offering a unique opportunity to witness what you study outside the classroom. For example, you could study Greek Painting in Greece, or Ancient Cities of the Americas, while staying a stone’s throw away from actual living examples of your studies.

Though not every archaeology study abroad program will include fieldwork, if you’re passionate about getting your hands in the dirt, you will be able to find a program that will enable you to do so. Many graduate and doctorate students look for international students to volunteer with digs or laboratory research destined to end up in archaeological journals read worldwide.

  • Ease in Entering the Field. Breaking into the field of archaeology is a task few are up to, but with the added experience of a semester or year studying archaeology abroad it won’t seem so difficult. The cultural competency that comes from spending an extended period of time in a foreign country and the new friendships and professional connections you will make, will show you that studying archaeology abroad was a smart decision from any angle. If you’re interested in fieldwork, archaeology study abroad programs may be the missing link to you getting first hand experience with an archaeological dig, laboratory work with specimens, or documentation of found artifacts.

  • More Access to Advanced Classes. During your time spent studying archaeology abroad, you can take classes specific to the country you’re living in, which may very well not be taught anywhere else in the world. Not only does your education improve inside the classroom, but opportunities to explore cities with great histories, look through items at museums, and experience traditions developed over thousands of years can allow you to educate yourself outside of the classroom as well.

Any way you slice it, the opportunity to study archaeology abroad is something any archaeology student should be excited to dig into.

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