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Study archaeology abroad

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

Archaeology degrees abroad

Archaeology is the fascinating study of history through the excavation of artefacts and other physical remains. It combines history and elements of science and engineering, and is the ideal program if you have a passion for the past and want to get your hands dirty.

As an archaeology student you’ll study historical sites, structural remains, bones, tools and other artefacts. Many programs involve field trips and practical work, and choosing to study archaeology abroad means you could be in touching distance of some of the world’s most interesting archaeological sites.

Studying archaeology abroad also means you will be able to choose from a much bigger range of programs, and access to state-of-the-art facilities and technology you might not get at home. It’s also a great opportunity to broaden your personal horizons, experience a new culture and improve your language skills, all while gaining a world class education.

Archaeology program structure

Archaeology degree program content will differ depending on the university you choose to study at. Some universities tailor the curriculum around the history and archaeology of the local area, so you can work on real world issues and sites.

At undergraduate level, Archaeology degrees usually take three or four years to complete, and can be offered as BSc or BA degrees. BA degrees tend to focus more on humanities, while the BSc might concentrate more on the scientific techniques involved in archaeology. Although the two are slightly different, both will combine elements of humanities and science.

Programs are taught through lectures, group tutorials and practical classes. Most courses offer the chance to study a year abroad where you can visit archaeological sites. Some also offer work placements at local museums where you can get real world experience.

At postgraduate level you can study an MA or MSc, and often you can choose to study a specific area of archaeology, like forensic archaeology, historical archaeology or digital archaeology. Most master’s programs are taught over one or two years.

It’s also possible to study for a research degree in archaeology as a PhD or MPhil. This type of terminal degree can take up to five years to complete, and will involve the completion of a substantial research thesis.

Some of the modules and subjects you can expect to study on an archaeology program include:

  • Practical archaeology skills
  • History and prehistory
  • Technology in archaeology
  • Forensic archaeology
  • Analysis of artefacts
  • Archaeology research
  • Ancient civilizations

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Archaeology study abroad programs

Archaeology undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in archaeology

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    Anthropology and Archaeology - BA University of Otago, New Zealand

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,317 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,055 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Anthropology—Archaeology - BA Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Archaeology and History - BA University of Massachusetts, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,649 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,649 USD

    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Archaeology - BA American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,590 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,590 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Applied Archaeology - BSc (Hons) Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,689 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Associate in archaeology

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    Archaeological & Cultural Resource Management Specialization - AA Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,072 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,794 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in archaeology

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    Archaeology - UGDip Northern Lights College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,486 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,320 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in archaeology

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    Applied Archaeology - Cert Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,689 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Archaeology graduate programs

Master's in archaeology

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    Archaeology - 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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    Archaeology and History of Art - MA Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Earth and Environmental Sciences: Archaeology - MSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology - MSc Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    20,984 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology - MSc Cranfield University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    11 months
    Annual tuition fee
    28,679 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,500 GBP

    Start date
    October
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Doctorate in archaeology

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    Archaeology and History of Art - PhD Koç University, Turkey

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    0 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 0 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Future archaeology careers

Most archaeology graduates will look for employment in history and heritage related roles, but the skills you’ll learn are transferable to a wide range of careers. Popular jobs for archaeology graduates include:

  • Archaeologist
  • Museum curator
  • Heritage site manager
  • Historic building inspector
  • Conservation manager
  • Higher education researcher
  • Lecturer

As well as jobs closely linked to archaeology fields, many graduates use the skills they’ve learnt to work in finance, media, law and many other fields.