The programs listed below were chosen because they offer a diverse representation of issues in anthropology, unique cultural experiences, or specialized internship options. While we suggest you look at these highlighted programs first, feel free to explore our website or visit an online directory of study abroad programs.
As the UI Department of Anthropology works with Study Abroad, the specific programs listed here may change, so check with your advisor for the latest updates.
The programs listed below are divided into two categories: General Anthropology Programs, which are arranged alphabetically by location, and Multiple Location Programs, many of which feature strong field school or hands-on experiences. There is some overlap between these sections.
At the University of Newcastle, anthropology is taught through the Faculty of Education and Arts and the School of Humanities and Social Science. The University is also connected with several research institutions that specialize in women's studies, transformational studies, and health and aging. For more information and a list of available courses, see a study abroad advisor.
Elqui Valley Tour in Chile
This program offers classroom study in Santiago for either a summer or a full semester. The semester program offers an anthropology class on indigenous groups, leaving time to pursue language study, other coursework, and travel.
The summer program includes a one week excursion to the North, visits to San Pedro de Atacama and to other communities, and trips to geological and archeological sites on the desert plateau. The two summer courses, Chile’s Native Cultures from the North and Chile’s Native Cultures from the South, earn a total of six semester hours. Students are encouraged to have already completed their introductory coursework in anthropology. Spanish language skills are desirable, but not required.
This program combines group and direct enrollment courses, including anthropology classes. For more information, visit the Study Abroad office.
SIT Yunnan, China:Chinese Culture & Ethnic Minorities
This SIT program is centered in Yunnan , home to 25 of China's 55 officially recognized ethnic groups, and a hub of NGO activity. Students with this program do classroom work, participate it homestays and field excursions, take an intensive language study course, and complete an independent project. Previous projects have covered topics such as rural health care, tourism, renewable energy and agriculture, and the influence of NGOs. For more information, visit the SIT Yunnan website.
With this program, students have the opportunity to travel within the country and take Mandarin and Tibetan language classes. Courses are taught in English. For more information visit the CIEE Beijing website.
At the University of Iceland, anthropology and archeology are administered by the Faculty of Humanities. Courses of interest to Anthropology students include: Icelandic Culture, Theoretical Issues in Contemporary Archeology, Viking Age Archeology, Icelandic Landscape Archeology, and History of Iceland from Settlement to the Present. For more information, visit the Study Abroad office and schedule and appointment with an advisor.
Within the Faculty of Arts, the Department of Classics and Archeology offers introductory courses, as well as more advanced classes in Phoenician and Punic Archeology, Maltese Prehistory, Roman Malta, and the Development and Theory of Archeology. In addition, the University of Malta's Mediterranean Institute offers courses in anthropology.
IFSA Butler Language and Cultural Studies in the Yucatan
This program, designed by Butler University specifically for US students, is run in conjunction with Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. Spanish language study and academic excursions to archeological sites throughout the Yucatan Peninsula are open to all students regardless of language proficiency. Students with relevant academic backgrounds and a research interest have access to some of Mexico’s top anthropologists at the UAY. At a more introductory level, students with five semesters of college Spanish can choose from Mayan Civilization, Introduction to Underwater Archeology, Mexican Anthropology, among other courses. Visit the IFSA Butler website for more information.
Through this program, students have the opportunity to engage with one of Asia’s most appealing cultures. This is an integrated and interdisciplinary program for Thai and foreign students is taught in English and includes Thai language instruction. A wide range of courses on historical and present-day Thailand are offered, and the program includes several relevant field trips. Year-long study and completion of 30 sh yields a Thai Studies Certificate from Thammasat University. It can be extended in an optional 8-week summer field study in Thai rural communities, affording a unique grassroots experience.
This four week program in July focuses on the complex relationship between Buddhism and Thai history. Students combine coursework with visits to sites of cultural and historic significance, such as Ayudhaya, Pimai, Sukhotai, and Chiangmai. Fellow participants include students from other South East Asian countries. For more information, visit ISEP's website and talk to a study abroad advisor.
Cliff jumping in Ko Ko Phi Islands, Thailand
This program is based Khon Kaen in northeast Thailand and is offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters. This group program provides both area studies, introducing students to current issues and Thai culture, as well as hands-on experience with the implementation of development projects in Thailand. Project can be shaped with substantial input form UI faculty well ahead of the student’s arrival in Thailand. For more information, visit the CIEE website.
Queen’s University Belfast
QUB's School of Geography, Archeology, and Paleoecology is very well respected, and its staff of over 30 academics offers classes in Early Mining and Metals, Prehistoric Ireland, Ancient Europe, Human Evolution and Environmental Impact, Environmental Archeology, and many others. Recently, QUB also founded Centre for Archeological Fieldwork and received a 6.2 million Euro grant for the CHRONO Project, which enabled them to build brand new facilities. Visit their webpage and talk with a study abroad advisor for more information.
SIT Vietnam: Culture and Development
Students are based in Ho Chi Minh City, where they participate in interdisciplinary coursework, intense language study, field work, homestays, and sponsored excursions. Students also have the chance to do independent research. Previous projects have included research on HIV/AIDs in the region, regional interpretations of the US/Vietnam War, malaria, and child workers. For more information, visit the SIT Vietnam website.
Central College (Pella) - Summer Program in Ethnographic Research
This program focuses on ethnographic field work. The study site alternates between the Basque (3rd year Spanish required) and rural Wales (English is sufficient). The program is known for its dynamic instructors and fantastic ethnographic field work. Locations are different every summer – check it out! Visit the Study Abroad office and check out program details at www.central.edu/abroad.
The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) is a group of 20 liberal arts colleges, universities, and associations that have worked together to create intense off-campus international experiences for students. Currently, programs are being offered in:
Ecuador: Community Internships in Latin America
Northern Ireland: Democracy and Social Change
Scandinavia: Urban Studies
Scandinavia and Eastern Europe: Divided States
There is also a short-term program in Bangladesh. For more information, visit their website and talk with a study abroad advisor.
SIT and LEXIA
LEXIA and SIT programs focus on independent research projects that are based on gathering of field information. Supplementary seminars provide background to the country and society. Visit the Study Abroad office to view a complete list and learn more.