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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
Take your college education to the mountains and jungles of Bolivia and Peru. Hike to the edge of receding glaciers at 17,000...
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...
Netherlands
Forum-Nexus Study Abroad
Curriculum Highlights: Multi-country summer program in Europe: Earn 8 credits in the summer while studying in 9 amazing Europ...
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...