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...

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...

CIEE
CIEE Arts + Sciences in Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa
8.36 •11 reviews

Take your arts and sciences studies a step further with study abroad...

CIEE
CIEE Arts + Sciences in Legon, Ghana
Ghana
9.57 •7 reviews

Immerse yourself in Ghanaian life by enrolling in courses with local...

CIEE
CIEE Summer Arabic Language in Rabat, Morocco
Morocco
9.8 •5 reviews

Want to gain a highly sought-after skill in the job market? Learn...

CIEE
CIEE Liberal Arts in Santiago, Chile
Chile
9.2 •5 reviews

Develop your strong Spanish language skills in the capital of Chile by...

API
API Study Abroad in Tuscania, Italy
Italy
10 •4 reviews

Tuscania is a small, idyllic Italian town located ninety minutes north...

API
API Study in Sicily and Taormina, Italy
Italy
9 •1 review

API students who choose to study abroad in Taormina study at Babilonia...

IES Abroad
IES Abroad London Direct Enrollment – University College London
England
9.43 •7 reviews

This is your chance to live and learn alongside students from the UK...

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
IFSA: University of Sydney Partnership
Australia
9.63 •8 reviews

If you are looking for a city and university that has everything, look...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Study Abroad in Rome, Italy
Italy
9.9 •10 reviews

Roma, the Eternal City, the City of seven hills, Caput Mundi (head of...

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