With hundreds of thousands of U.S. students study abroad each year, it’s easy to see all the trees instead of the big forest. Facts are facts- regardless of a program's targeted major, they often include excursions to museums and historic sites, from Berlin’s formidable Pergamon Museum to Mexico’s Museo Nacional de Antropología and everything in between. And the Bucket list of the average person often includes visits to at least one of the ancient wonders of the world. It would seem that studying archaeology abroad, even if just a beginner’s course, is appealing to anyone!

For those archaeology majors whose research interests lie beyond the U.S., all the more reason to go abroad. Picture the opportunity to see the hauntingly beautiful Stonehenge, the otherworldly Moai of Easter Island, or even the majestic Machu Picchu! So strap on your whip, practice your best swashbuckling impersonation, and load up your iPod with John Williams’s soundtrack to Indiana Jones. Create your own archaeological adventure abroad!

Photo credits: Jirka Matousek.
There are a variety of reputable archaeology programs abroad, some offering degrees, and others representing standard summer and exchange programs. Generally, the location and program type dictate the language used. If the program offers a degree and is in an English-speaking country, courses will be in English. Degree programs in non-English speaking countries tend to be in the native language. Regular study abroad programs run by universities and NGO’s typically offer courses in either English or a combination of English and the native language. Similarly, depending on the program, package costs usually include tuition, airfare, some meals, and housing.

Popular locations for such programs include the U.K., Greece, Italy, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Australia, Ghana, and South Africa, to name only a few. The Archaeological Institute of America and Archaeology Fieldwork also periodically post fieldwork programs abroad.

Popular regions to study archaeology include Central and South America, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Italy, Greece, and China. In terms of degree programs, the U.K. stands out in research, with the University of Sheffield and the University of South Hampton representing some of the largest archaeology departments in the country.

Israel also offers degree opportunities at Tel Aviv University and the University of Haifa. Similarly, Australia has several degree programs through Australian National University and Flinders University. In terms of study abroad programs, Italy, Greece, Spain, and the U.K. take center stage, with providers including API, CEA, and CIEE, as well as many programs run through U.S. based universities.

There are myriad scholarships and funding opportunities for archaeology students. Here's just the beginning!

Archaeology Study Abroad Programs

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CEA Study Abroad
CEA Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France
France
9.74 •46 reviews

Located just 19 miles north of Marseille, the country’s second-largest...

IES Abroad
IES Abroad Barcelona – Liberal Arts & Business
Spain
9.37 •75 reviews

There are a wide variety of courses available, primarily taught in...

API
API Study Abroad in Florence, Italy
Italy
9.52 •23 reviews

API students in Florence study at Lorenzo de’ Medici - The Italian...

CEA Study Abroad
CEA Study Abroad in Seville, Spain
Spain
9.86 •28 reviews

Study or intern in the heart of Al-Andalus culture: Seville. This...

API
API Study Abroad in Rome, Italy
Italy
9.71 •7 reviews

The capital of Italy, Rome has always been a cultural and political...

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
IFSA: Study Abroad Programs in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
10 •7 reviews

IFSA welcomes students to study abroad in Northern Ireland next summer...

IES Abroad
IES Abroad Siena – Study in Tuscany
Italy
9.33 •12 reviews

This program’s core course, Presence of the Past, makes Siena and the...

University of Evansville Study Abroad
Study Abroad at Harlaxton College in the UK
England
9.63 •16 reviews

Come join students and faculty from the University of Evansville and...

University of East Anglia
Summer Study at UEA
England
10 •11 reviews

Due to current developments around the COVID-19 pandemic we have made...

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
VU Amsterdam Summer School
Netherlands
9.23 •26 reviews

Spend your summer studying a challenging and interdisciplinary topic...

Loyola University Chicago Global Centers
Learn, Intern, and Live Abroad at the John Felice Rome Center
Italy
9.44 •18 reviews

Spend a summer, semester, or an academic year at Loyola University...

SACI: Studio Arts College International
Study Abroad in Italy with SACI
Italy
9.9 •10 reviews

In addition to visiting many famous Italian cities over the course of...

Advanced Studies in England
Advanced Studies in England: Semester in Bath
England
10 •7 reviews

Come and spend a stimulating and challenging semester in the World...

The GREEN Program
Peru: Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices
Peru
9.57 •7 reviews

Home to a unique culture rooted in water & agricultural foundations of...

The Education Abroad Network
TEAN: Study Abroad in Townsville, Australia
Australia
10 •9 reviews

Study abroad with TEAN at Australia's James Cook University. The...

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