Study abroad in anthropology offers many unique opportunities to add new perspective to those areas most important to anthropologists, whether it is migration patterns from the Middle East and Africa across the West, or archaeological digs in the Middle, or socio-cultural challenges across Latin America. With three upper-division general anthropology electives and electives in socio-cultural anthropology and anthropological archaeology, there is plenty of flexibility in the major.
Programs Specifically for Anthropology
Univ. of British Columbia
Known for the strength of its anthropology program and its research and connections to the First Nations in the Northwest, UBC is a strong choice. UCEAP at UBC offers your choice of regular university courses at the Vancouver campus with opportunities for study in a wide range of most academic disciplines.
Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem
Jerusalem, city of storied landmarks and spiritual centers, is also a hub of rapid development and leading industries. In this exciting city, you can study archaelogy or contemporary Israeli or Middle East issues in courses taught in English.
UC Center Rome (Multiple Options)
Consider courses like “Italy: Territory, Food, and Anthropology,” “Ancient Roman Civilization: The City and Culture of Rome,” or “Ancient Romans at Work and Play: Reconstructing the Past” in these specialized programs in the heart of both the former Roman Empire and modern Italy. Summer, fall, and spring offer unique options.
Bilkent Univ. (Currently Suspended)
Consider this program in the political heart of modern Turkey but also close to archaeological dig sites for a country on the trade crossroads from East to West for millennia. Take courses taught in English exploring a wide variety of fields in Turkey's capital city of Ankara. Options include archeology (and digs during a second semester), art history, political science, engineering, and many other disciplines.
These are only programs that target coursework in Anthropology. Immersion, exchange, field studies, and international school programs should also have a selection of offerings to suit Anthropology majors.
Immersion & Exchange Programs Suggested for Anthropology
Univ. of Copenhagen
Copenhagen ranks as the #1 choice of UC Merced anthropology students over the years. It is also arguably UCEAP's best partner university for anthropology in all of mainland Europe with courses taught in English across a wide variety of fields.
Scottish Universities: Univ. of Edinburgh
While the Univ. of Edinburgh is the most highly ranked for anthropology, Scotland’s wealth of history, culture, scenic beauty, and academic excellence are yours as you choose among three world-renowned universities in the historic cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, or St. Andrews.
Arts, Politics, Society & Space, UC Center London
A rigorous curriculum highlighting London as a global crossroads of major social and cultural forces. The city’s unique resources and exciting activities outside the classroom enrich your experience.
Australian Universities: Australian National Univ., Univ. of Melbourne, Univ. of Sydney
With a special emphasis on aboriginal studies, Austalian universities should catch the anthropologist's eye, particularly the highly ranked Australian National Univ. Attend world-class host universities in the alluring “Land Down Under.” From laneway cafés in the major cities to the Outback and Great Barrier Reef, Australia has something for just about everyone.
Summer, University of Sussex
Intensive learning in a friendly, cosmopolitan environment just an hour from London. Get ahead of your degree requirement and enjoy an array of course offerings, from film and anthropology to physics.
National Univ. of Singapore (NUS)
Take anthropology courses at arguably the highest ranked university in Asia through UCEAP. Take classes in most UC majors taught by faculty from around the world, and engage with this top level university community through research, clubs, sports, and cultural activities.
Univ. of Oslo Univ. of Oslo
If you have an interest in the Vikings or modern Scandinavian culture, consider the highly ranked Univ. of Oslo for study abroad. Take courses taught in English in a wide range of fields at the highest ranked university in Norway. Enjoy beautiful Oslo, a small capital city surrounded by sea, forests and the Oslo Fjord.
Another favorite for students studying the Vikings or modern Scandinavian culture, Lund Univ. is another highly ranked university for anthropology. Courses in English in a wide range of academic fields. Lively college town environment in a charming medieval city.
By no means is this list comprehensive, but you may also search additional program opportunities.
Completing Other SSHA Requirements Abroad
SSHA students, in general, can take advantage of the requirement to complete four (4) non-major upper-division general education courses—or equivalent—from SSHA areas as varied as English literature to economics. Most SSHA students complete one or more of these required courses while studying abroad. These courses must be reviewed through the SSHA course approval form (see below).
SSHA students must also complete a total of 60.0 semester units in order to graduate. SSHA students complete many of these units within their major but often need more and can complete these requirements abroad.
Course Approval and Course Approval Forms
With a few exceptions of previously approved courses (ask your academic advisor), courses will need to be approved to meet individual degree requirements. In these cases, students will use the Course Approval Form for the school that would typically offer such a course at UC Merced:
The school will usually require a syllabus or equivalent in order to do a review. Keep in mind that syllabi may be protected intellectual property of certain professors or universities and may not be publicly posted online. If it is a UC Center program, you may be able to acquire syllabi through your study abroad advisor. If the program is with a local host university and the course is not posted online, you may be able to inquire with the instructor or host university in some cases.
No matter your academic intentions while studying abroad, you should consult your academic advisor in SSHA and your MyAudit report to plan out your study abroad academic goals. Once you narrow your search to 1-3 study abroad programs consult your program page or ask your study abroad advisor about resources for researching courses in your program.