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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

  • University of Liverpool Logo

    Archaeology 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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    Archaeology University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 19,749 CAD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date January, May, July, September
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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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  • University of New Brunswick Logo

    Archaeology University of New Brunswick, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 17,357 CAD
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 4 years
    • Start date September
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  • University of Hull Logo

    History and Archaeology University of Hull, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 14,000 GBP
    • Program type Bachelor's
    • Duration 3 years
    • Start date September
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Diploma in archaeology

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    Archaeology Northern Lights College, Canada

    • Tuition fees per year 13,320 CAD
    • Program type Undergraduate diploma
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date September
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Archaeology graduate programs

Master's in archaeology

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    Archaeology 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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    Landscape Studies University College Dublin, Ireland

    • Tuition fees per year 25,600 EUR
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 1 year
    • Start date September
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  • University of Dundee Logo

    Forensic Archaeology and 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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  • Cranfield University Logo

    Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology Cranfield University, UK

    • Tuition fees per year 20,500 GBP
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 11 months
    • Start date October
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  • American University of Beirut Logo

    Archaeology American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    • Tuition fees per year 27,900 LL
    • Program type Master's
    • Duration 2 years
    • Start date January, August
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Doctorate in archaeology

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    Archaeology and History of Art Koç University, Turkey

    • Tuition fees per year 0 USD
    • Program type Doctorate
    • Duration 3 years
    • 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.