Learning Abroad for Anthropology Majors

Study Abroad

Where to Study
Anthropology and Sociology majors are encouraged to study abroad or in a foreign environment. Studying abroad provides you with the opportunity to experience another culture, improve foreign language skills, and participate in activities and coursework not found at Mount Holyoke. The study abroad process can be made easier by talking with your academic advisor, your department chair, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives about your plans. This will help you decide which programs are the most relevant, affordable, and beneficial for your educational needs. Also, don’t forget to talk with other students who have studied abroad! They have firsthand experience and are often happy to chat with other students about the ups and downs of studying in another part of the world. Laurel Fellowships (need-based financial aid) are readily available to qualified students.

For a list of where past and present anthropology and sociology majors have studied and a summary of the courses that they took abroad, check this searchable database. Note that this is not a definitive list of what is possible and should serve only as a useful guide and planning resource.

Anthropology Study Abroad Countries and Universities

CET Beijing China
SIT Kenya Health Kenya
St. Andrews United Kingdom
MHC Montpellier France
SIT Vietnam Culture & Dev. Vietnam
Hong Kong University Hong Kong
SIT Brazil Culture Brazil
Victoria (AustraLearn) New Zealand
Cornell in Nepal Nepal
University of Buenos Aires Argentina
Sydney Australia
SIT Bolivia Culture & Dev. Bolivia
SIT Brazil Amazon Brazil
SIT Balkans Croatia
DIS Denmark
Amer. Univ. in Cairo Egypt
CIEE in Hyderabad India
Antioch Buddhist Studies India
IES in Dublin Ireland
Middlebury Florence Italy
Siena School Liberal Arts Italy
CIEE in Tokyo (Sophia) Japan
SIT Kenya Coastal Kenya
SIT Kenya Health Kenya
Amer. Univ. in Beirut Lebanon
IHP Global Ecology Multiple
Cornell in Nepal Nepal
Victoria New Zealand
Auckland (AustraLearn) New Zealand
Auckland New Zealand
Victoria (AustraLearn) New Zealand
SIT Peru Literature & Culture Peru
Kalamazoo in Senegal Senegal
SIT Spain Landscapes Spain
Hamilton in Madrid Spain
Edinburgh United Kingdom
St. Andrews United Kingdom

When to Study
It is of vital importance that students keep departmental requirements in mind when planning to study abroad. Almost no planning hurdle is insurmountable, as long as students consult with their advisor and, where necessary the department chair, to address these issues ahead of time.

Summer internships and research abroad

An international summer internship or research project is a good way for anthropology and sociology majors to apply and develop their skills and explore possible career paths while engaging with cultures and perspectives outside the United States. Those majors involved in significant research collaborations with faculty may find a summer internship to be the best fit with their plans for their time at the college.

Students have the option of developing their own summer internship or research project. Support for unpaid opportunities is available through the Lynk Universal Application Form (UAF), which offers students access to funding from a variety of College fellowship sources to cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the project. Students with a family contribution of less than $5000 may also receive a $500 grant to apply towards their summer earnings contribution. Both the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives and the Career Development Center have student evaluations of past international internships on file.

Next Steps

Students interested in exploring possibilities for learning abroad are encouraged to contact the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives.  April Stroud is the primary advisor for study abroad, and Kirk Lange can offer guidance on internships or research abroad. Students should also consult with their advisor about how they can best connect and integrate learning abroad with their work in the major.