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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TEAN: Study Abroad in Townsville, Australia
Australia
9 reviews3 interviews

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

SACI: Studio Arts College International
Study Abroad in Italy with SACI
Italy
10 reviews3 interviews

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

CYA (College Year in Athens)
CYA - Study in Greece (Academic Year Program)
Greece
5 reviews2 interviews

CYA has offered study abroad programs for over 50 years, originally...

Advanced Studies in England
Advanced Studies in England: Semester in Bath
England
7 reviews2 interviews

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

The Umbra Institute
Study Abroad in Perugia at The Umbra Institute
Italy
7 reviews2 interviews

Experience the real Italy while studying abroad in Perugia for a...

Arcadia Abroad
Study at National University of Ireland, Galway
Ireland
4 reviews

The vibrant heritage of the Galway, known as the Cultural Capital of...

Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
IFSA: Rothberg International School Partnership
Israel
1 review

IFSA welcomes students to study abroad at the Rothberg International...

American College of Thessaloniki
Study Abroad in Greece with American College
Greece
13 reviews3 interviews

For the student seeking a unique and immersive study abroad experience...

Forum-Nexus Study Abroad
9 Countries: Nursing, Pre-Med, and STEM Traveling Summer Study in Europe
Multiple Countries
3 reviews1 interview

Make your summer unforgettable! Travel throughout Europe with students...

BCA Study Abroad
BCA Study Abroad: Quito, Ecuador
Ecuador
8 reviews1 interview

The BCA Quito program allows you to take courses at the Universidad...

International Business Seminars
Winter SE Asia: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam & Bangkok, Thailand
Multiple Countries
7 reviews

Winter Southeast Asia provides unique opportunities for both...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Study Abroad in Cusco, Peru
Peru
3 reviews1 interview

Spend next semester or summer abroad in Cusco, Peru at the Universidad...

CIS Abroad
CIS Abroad - Semester in Cusco - Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
Peru
2 reviews

On our Semester in Cusco program, you’ll quickly learn why this great...

Institute for Field Research
IFR: United Kingdom Field Schools - Wales, Lancashire & More
Wales
4 reviews

The United Kingdom has a rich and deep history that is well documented...

Arcadia Abroad
Arcadia in Greece
Greece
4 reviews1 interview

Students will be encouraged to become active participants in the Greek...

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