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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

  • Arizona State University Logo

    Anthropology Arizona State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 30,634 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, May, August
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  • University of Kentucky Logo

    Anthropology University of Kentucky, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 29,050 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, August
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  • University of Liverpool Logo

    Evolutionary Anthropology University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 16,950 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Vermont Logo

    Anthropology University of Vermont, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 41,280 USD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date January, June, August
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  • University of Otago Logo

    Anthropology and Archaeology University of Otago, New Zealand

    • Tuition fees per year 21,055 NZD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date February, July
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Certificate in anthropology

  • Vrije Amsterdam Summer School Logo

    Hands-on Anthropology: Role of the Ethnographer Vrije Amsterdam Summer School, Netherlands

    • Tuition fees per year 1,150 EUR
    • Program type Undergraduate certificate
    • Duration 1 month
    • Start date July, August
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Anthropology graduate programs

Master's in anthropology

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    Palaeoanthropology University of Liverpool, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 17,050 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • University of Dundee Logo

    Anatomy & Advanced Forensic Anthropology University of Dundee, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 18,150 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • University of Newcastle Logo

    Sociology and Anthropology University of Newcastle, Australia

    • Tuition fees per year 28,895 AUD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date February, July, September
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  • University of Wyoming Logo

    Anthropology University of Wyoming, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,500 USD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date May, September
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  • University of Waikato Logo

    Anthropology University of Waikato, New Zealand

    • Tuition fees per year 30,095 NZD
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year 6 months
    • Start date February, July
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Doctorate in anthropology

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    Anthropology University of Wyoming, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,500 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date May, September
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  • Texas State University Logo

    Applied Anthropology Texas State University, USA

    • Tuition fees per year 15,034 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, August
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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.