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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
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 (45 Credits) - BA Central Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,551 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January, September
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    Anthropology - BSc/BA University of Kentucky, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,050 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Anthropology - BA University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,416 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Anthropology - BSc/BA Texas State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,929 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Anthropology - BA Rowan University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,970 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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Associate in anthropology

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    Anthropology - AA Douglas College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,000 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

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

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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

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

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,383 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    May
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    Anthropology - ASc/AA North Seattle College, USA

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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    April, September, June, January
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    Anthropology - AA Merritt College, USA

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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, June, January
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Anthropology graduate programs

Master's in anthropology

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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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Anthropology - MA University of Otago, New Zealand
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    34,067 NZD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February
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    Anthropology - MA Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,588 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    -
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    Anthropology - MA University of Regina, Canada

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,666 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    January
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    Anthropology - MA Monmouth University, USA

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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, 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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Anthropology - PhD University of Wyoming, USA

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

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May
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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.