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Study anthropology abroad

An in-depth guide to studying anthropology as an international student.

Anthropology degrees abroad

Anthropology is the study of humans, our societies and cultures and how they’ve developed. It can also cover aspects of human biology and evolution, including the behavior of primates. It’s a wide ranging subject that seeks to answer questions about human development, culture and aims to help us better understand ourselves.

Degrees in anthropology can cover elements of linguistic, social and evolutionary anthropology, and will also have cross over with other subjects like biology, sociology and archeology. It’s the ideal subject for students who are interested in people, the way we work and why we’ve evolved to where we are today.

By studying anthropology abroad you’ll be able to see how a different culture and society interacts, adding a new perspective to your understanding of the subject. Anthropology degrees are available at universities and colleges all over the world, and by studying abroad, you'll have a huge range of programs to choose from.

Anthropology program structure

The exact focus and content of every anthropology program will be different at each university or country. Most programs cover biological anthropology, which looks at human evolution and human interactions with the environment, and social anthropology, which explores cultural and social differences, practices and beliefs.

Most anthropology programs at undergraduate level last for three or four years, depending on the country you choose to study in. At master’s level, your program will take between one and three years, and PhD programs can last anywhere between three and six years.

At the end of your undergraduate program you will usually receive a BSc degree but you can also get a BA. Many of the modules are the same for both types of degree, but BSc programs tend to focus more on the science aspects of anthropology.

Anthropology programs are usually taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and seminars, and you’ll be expected to spend a lot of your time doing independent study. You’ll be assessed through written coursework, written exams and practical exams. Some programs will also include field trips or the option of taking a year abroad.

Here are some of the modules and subjects you can expect to study on an anthropology degree program:

  • Biological anthropology
  • Social anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Medical anthropology
  • Primate behavior and ecology
  • Archeology
  • Evolution and human nature
  • Biology and identity

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Anthropology study abroad programs

Anthropology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in anthropology

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    Anthropology - BA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,551 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,551 USD

    Start date
    -
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    Sociology and Anthropology - BA (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,133 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Anthropology - BA/BSc Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,936 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,936 USD

    Start date
    May, August
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    Anthropology - BA/BSc Portland State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,709 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,709 USD

    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Anthropology - BA/BSc James Madison University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,150 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,150 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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Associate in anthropology

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    Anthropology - AA Merritt College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    7,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,950 USD

    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Anthropology - AA Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,049 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,383 CAD

    Start date
    September, January, May
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    Anthropology - AA Santiago Canyon College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,304 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,304 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Anthropology - AA College of the Canyons, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,000 USD

    Start date
    August, February, June
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    Anthropology - AA/ASc North Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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Diploma in anthropology

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    Advancing University Studies: Anthropology - DipAdvUniStud University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,743 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,002 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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    Social Anthropology - Dip (Arts) Massey University, New Zealand

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,270 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,330 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Anthropology graduate programs

Master's in anthropology

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    Anthropology - MA Monmouth University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,000 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,000 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Anthropology - MA University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,896 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,666 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Anthropology - MA University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    25,443 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 36,086 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Anthropology - MA American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,902 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,902 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Anthropology - MA California State University, Long Beach, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,604 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,604 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Doctorate in anthropology

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    Applied Anthropology - PhD Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,034 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,034 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Anthropology - PhD University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,005 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,099 NZD

    Start date
    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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    Anthropology - PhD University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 USD

    Start date
    May, September
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Diploma in anthropology

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    Anthropology - GradDipArts University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    24,711 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,048 NZD

    Start date
    July, February
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    Arts: Anthropology - PGDipArts University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,178 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,200 NZD

    Start date
    January, February
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Future anthropology careers

A degree in anthropology will give you a huge number of transferable skills that mean you’ll be able to pursue a number of careers. Popular roles for anthropology graduates include:

  • Charity worker
  • Policy officer
  • Government officer
  • Market researcher
  • Social researcher
  • Community worker
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Social worker
  • Human resources officer

As anthropology degrees can include elements of science and humanities, it means you’ll have a diverse range of skills that many employers value.