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Are you sick of sitting in a stuffy lecture hall hearing about Marcel Mauss, Franz Boas, or Claude Levi-Strauss and all there exciting adventures? When is it gonna be your turn! Are you itching to get out in the field like they once did?

There’s only so much you can learn about culture from a book; complete immersion in a new culture allows for Anthropology students to learn more about their field of study while applying the techniques they’ve learned in the classroom; and, of course, while having tons of fun.

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The Ethnohistorical Field School, Mexico: This school is an intensive travel study program that allows students to learn indigenous cultures through exploration of archaeological sites, museum collections and immersion into indigenous communities, as well as classroom courses and on-site lectures being held in English.

The Ecuador Field School Programs: This school focuses on understanding the coastal Ecuadorian culture and allows for students to learn this through field methods, interaction with local populations and collecting and analyzing data, as well as courses being taught in English.

Thailand Ethnographic Field School: This program is an ethnographic research-training program in which students will be taught research field experience while conducting fieldwork, collecting and analyzing data in a specific project of their choosing. Also, courses are conducted in English.

One of the wonderful parts about anthropology is that you really can study it anywhere.

If you're an archaeology student, places like Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Italy, and Peru are great destinations to consider. You'll also want to look into a program that incorporates field study with your usual academics.

For cultural anthropology students, the world is your oyster -- literally. From New Zealand to Senegal, Malta to Laos, Papua New Guinea to Bolivia, studying abroad as an anthropology student is a chance to finally immerse yourself in the cultures you've been reading about in ethnographies.

Personally, I struggled to find a good destination to study anthropology abroad. Out of the 20+ foreign universities that my home university had partnerships with (and therefore easy and affordable direct enrollment study abroad options), only two had anthropology departments -- one of which being the University of Malta.

However, if you open yourself up to third party program providers, there are a few highly specialized operators out there. ISDSI, which runs a People, Ecology, and Development study abroad program in Thailand, is a great example of a program that incorporates intensive anthropological and ecological studies. Plus, you'll get to learn Thai -- essential for any future ethnographic research in Thailand!

The cost of your program will vary widely, and your overall budget will be determined by the country you end up studying abroad in. However, all students should consider applying for study abroad scholarships. Here are a few noteworthy ones for anthropology students:

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Czech Republic

CEA Study Abroad
Study in the heart of ancient Bohemia: Prague! With a growing economy, vibrant art and music scenes, an influential intellect...

Brazil

USAC
The Florianópolis program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the incredibly diverse and dynamic culture...

Peru

Where There Be Dragons
The sparkling lights of La Paz below sacred 20,000-foot peaks. Three coca leaves pressed together for the Mother Earth. Fresh...

Japan

CIEE
Old and new, traditional and ultra-modern: Japan is a country of amazing and exciting contrasts. Tokyo, the economic, technic...

Bhutan

Naropa University
Experience Bhutanese culture first-hand at Naropa University's Bhutan Study Abroad Program. This study abroad program is not...

Vietnam

CET Academic Programs
Looking to experience international development in action? CET Vietnam gives you the chance to roll up your sleeves and condu...

New Zealand

The Education Abroad Network
TEAN's partnership with the University of Otago provides an opportunity to attend a top ranked school while living in New Zea...

Germany

USAC
In Luneburg, a beautiful, historical city dating back more than a thousand years, USAC students study intensive elementary, i...

Greece

College Year in Athens (CYA)
CYA has offered study abroad programs in a wide range of academic disciplines for over 50 years. With supplemental activities...

Nicaragua

ICADS
Costa Rica is perhaps best known for its ecological diversity and the abolition of its army. In lieu of a military, it has an...

Tanzania

IPSL (International Partnership for Service)
Students will have the opportunity to get a rich, traditional Tanzanian experience by living in beautiful Arusha - a traditio...

China

USAC
Study abroad in Chengdu, China with USAC! Home of the Panda, and known as "China's China", Chengdu is a destination rich in c...

Italy

CET Academic Programs
CET Siena is for those who want to dive in to the Italian lifestyle. Take one or two semester's worth of Italian language. El...

China

USAC
The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) offers this exciting opportunity to study Chinese and International Business...

Peru

IFSA/Alliance
IFSA-Butler University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) have partnered up to offer students the chance...