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Study Abroad for Anthropology Majors

NOTE--The list below contains recommended options only. Students are not limited to just these programs! For a comprehensive listing of options, complete university descriptions, and course listings, please visit AU Abroad brochure webpages.
  • The Department of Anthropology encourages students to study abroad as part of anthropology's emphasis on cross-cultural learning. The Department will support students interested in any study abroad program with anthropological content, broadly defined, including programs allowing the study of society, culture, history, politics, economics, psychology, and related fields. 
  • Anthropology majors and minors interested in studying abroad should discuss their plans with their CAS academic advisor as soon as possible so they can begin to fit study abroad into a larger plan to complete their AU Core and other graduation requirements. Students generally do not receive AU Core credit for classes abroad. Anthropology major/minor advisors can also help with course selection. 
  • After meeting with their CAS academic advisor, students should discuss their plans to study abroad with their Anthropology major/minor advisor. Anthropology advisors can help discuss the selection of a country and program, course selection, and study abroad timing (see below). Study abroad programs vary in their offerings and in their rigor. Part of study abroad experiences may involve adapting to different cultural systems of education and evaluative standards for academic work. 
  • The Department of Anthropology generally recommends students study abroad for 1-2 semesters during their junior year. In some cases, there may be reason for students to study abroad beginning as early as the second semester of sophomore year or as late as the first semester of senior year. Students should discuss the timing of study abroad with their Anthropology major/minor advisor given that required courses for the major and minor are not offered every semester. 
  • Students should discuss course selection with their CAS academic advisor to ensure they understand what courses and credits will apply to the major/minor. Generally speaking, students will get credit for any course in an accredited program in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and sociology, as well as courses focused on the history, politics, psychology, artistic, or economic life of the society where one is studying.
  • In most cases, courses abroad count toward electives requirements for the Anthropology major/minor.  
  • In some cases, students can fulfill their Fieldwork/Internship requirement for the Anthropology major. In rare cases, students can fulfill other required courses for the Anthropology major.  
  • There is no limit on the number of credits that can be applied to the Anthropology major/minor. 
  • Students are encouraged to take courses in a local language and/or to pursue local language learning (for a language in which you are not a native speaker).