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I gained new perspectives of my fields of study, specifically Anthropology, by learning how to look at culture through architecture and through politics. I never thought to look at it through these lenses before and it proved to be greatly beneficial.

Nathalie Vellky ‘13, College Year in Athens, Spring 2012


Australia - James Cook University, Townsville  (D)

Fall or spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English. 

Prereqs: One college year of study, 2.8 gpa; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.

Housing: On-campus residence halls/off-campus apartments; students provide own meals.

Details: Study with local students; courses in anthropology, archaeology, indigenous Australian studies and cultural heritage studies; many courses have a field-trip component for hands-on experience; university research facilities include island, rainforest and outback field stations.  


Australia – ISEP: Macquarie University, Sydney (D)                                  

Fall, spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Prereqs: 2.5 gpa, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.

Housing: On campus residence halls/off-campus apartments, students provide own meals.

Details: Study with local students; many courses in anthropology, indigenous studies and development studies; orientation and a guide to Sydney on line; internships possible, volunteer opportunities available.


Costa Rica – ACM: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences & Humanities  (P)                    


Language: Spanish.

Prereqs: Jr. or Sr with coursework in the proposed research discipline. The equivalent of 2 years of college Spanish preferred, enrollment in a Spanish course the semester or summer before departure; background in field methods recommended.

Housing: Host family, other housing possible during field-work.

Details: Study with Americans in Spanish; limited curriculum, student plan a month-long research project in discipline of choice during the semester, present a project paper; open to all majors.  


Ecuador - Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) (Ex)                

Exchange, fall, spring or academic year

Language: Courses in Spanish or partly in English

Prereqs: 2 years of college Spanish; enrollment in a Spanish course the semester or summer before; 3.0 cumulative gpa and 3.0 in Spanish; previous course work for studio art courses; courses with a Latin American focus strongly recommended.

Housing: Host family

Details: Orientation in Quito; Quito in Transition course; full range of science and social science courses, some with field study trips; study with local students; excursions; volunteer opportunities. 


Ghana – ISEP: University of Ghana, Legon (D, Ex)                                                           

Fall, spring, academic year

Language: English, beginning Twi language course

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, previous coursework with African content recommended; students expected to enroll in a beginning Twi language course at the University of Ghana.

Housing: International student hostel on campus, stipend provided for meals.

Details: Study with Ghanaian and international students; Institute of African Studies offers beginning level courses, wide range of courses at beginning to advanced levels in anthropology, biology, political science, psychology, and sociology (including culture and development, traditional Ghanaian social institutions, and social structures of Ghana); orientation program; resident director; sports and volunteering available.  


India – ISEP: University of Hyderabad (D)                                                     

Fall, spring (fall semester starts end of July)

Language: English, with language study in most Indian languages.

Prereqs: junior or senior standing, 3.0 gpa; previous coursework relative to the understanding of India.

Housing: Single or double room on-campus, shared bath; meal plan;

Details: One of India’s newest, smallest (2000 students) and best-equipped university campuses; study with Indian and international students; Study in India Program (SIP) courses for visiting students including dance and women’s studies; courses in Sanskrit as well as directed field studies offer opportunities to explore this historic and changing nexus of Islam and Hinduism; orientation, access to campus sports and cultural programs.


Indonesia-SIT: Arts, Religion, and Social Change (P)                                  


Language: English, with language study for Bahasa Indonesia

Prereqs: None

Housing: Three home stays. One in Bedulu, one in the Tabanan area during the rural visit, and one in Yogyakarta, Java during week trip.

Details: Courses include independent study projects such as export of Balinese culture via tourism, aesthetics of religious traditions in Java and Bali or role of women in contemporary Islamic communities. Courses also in cultural anthropology: temple systems, sacred calendars, women and Islam, and  Javanese and Balinese culture/family life.


Ireland –  National University of Ireland – Galway (D)                               

Fall, spring

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa

Housing: Residence halls arranged through accommodation office, students provide own meals.

Details: Hosting 600 US students a year, you will be able to take courses with students from Ireland and around the world; strong program in Classical civilizations and languages; department of archaeology offers courses of anthropology and archaeology of northern Europe;  see website for course selection.   


New Zealand – University of Otago, Dunedin (D)                                          

Fall or spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Prereqs:  Junior or senior standing, 3.0 gpa, previous coursework in your field and relative to the understanding of NZ.

Housing: University assists students with accommodation options, ranging from residence halls with meal plans to student flats where students provide own meals.

Details: Study with local and international students in a medium sized university, the first in New Zealand; wide range of courses/papers offered in the Arts and Sciences many with a New Zealand flavor: Maori studies, environmental science, media and film, health, geology of New Zealand, performing arts; located in a vibrant city center. 


Senegal – Baobab Center, Dakar, Senegal  (D)                                             

Spring starting in spring 2011

Language: French, Wolof

Prereqs: 5 semesters college French

Housing: Host family

Details: Collaboration with the Baobab Center locates students in Dakar for field and classroom study. Students take Wolof, Dakar in Transition (explores trends in society through studying the city of Dakar), and a course on Islam; excursions.   


Tanzania – ACM: Ecology & Human Origins (P)                                     


Language: Courses taught in English, 1 month intensive Kiswahili.

Prereqs: Jr. or Sr with coursework in natural or social sciences, background in field methods recommended.

Housing: University dormitories, tent camps in the field, 1 month host family in Dar es Salaam.

Details: Study with Americans; limited curriculum; methods course and student designed field project in Tarangire National Park, Endulen village, Serengeti National Park (Laetoli and Olduvai Gorge); presentation of project at end of semester; students provide some camping gear, required inoculations.  


Turkey – Yeditepe University, Istanbul (Ex)                                                   

Exchange, spring or academic year

Language: English

Prereqs: Previous coursework relative to the understanding of Turkey.

Housing: Shared rooms with bath, mini refrigerator and phone in University residence halls; linens are provided; students provide own meals at university cafeterias, snack bars and restaurants.

Details: Study in English with local and international students; courses from wide range of university offerings including the faculties of arts and sciences, fine arts including theatre, and economics and political science; university located on the European side of Istanbul in the heart of the city; easy access to public transportation.  


United Kingdom - University of Bristol, Bristol (D)


United Kingdom – University of Exeter, Exeter, UK (D)       


Language:  English

Prereqs:  3.0 gpa, and sophomore status

Housing: Self-catered flats and apartments, or catered residencies

Details: Offers practical hands-on experience and fieldwork in the UK, using artifact labs and experiments in teaching about ancient technologies such as flint knapping, pot making, bronze smelting and casting. Mostly British and European archaeology, but expertise extends across the globe with modules covering North and South American prehistory, North Africa and Asia.  Course listing.


United Kingdom – University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland (D)                            

Fall, spring

Language: English

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, previous study in your field, coursework relative to the understanding of Scotland

Housing: University assists students find housing in halls of residence or student flats, students provide own meals.

Details: University has switched to a semester system; study with local and international students, wide variety of first and second year courses available, third year courses possible in major with background; classes for study abroad students in: arts, biomedical and life sciences, information and mathematical sciences, business and social sciences (including archaeology), physical sciences; lectures and tutorials, some art classes available in the Glasgow School of Art.


Recent anthropology majors have studied on ACM programs in Costa Rica, India, Japan, London/Florence and Tanzania; through Beloit College in China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, Russia, Scotland, Senegal and Turkey; programs through other providers in Australia, Brazil, Greece, Kenya, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe. Students are also encouraged to work with a Beloit faculty advisor on a special project tailored to their interest in any study abroad location.

Other opportunities available for students with research experience and a recommendation from their advisor.


Anthropological Field School – various sites                                                            


Beloit’s Anthropological field training in research programs working with department faculty on excavations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Jamaica and the Atacama Desert of Chile.  See an advisor in the anthropology department for details.


Program Types
Ex = Exchange Program

D = Direct Enrollment

Ex/D = both Exchange and Direct Enrollment are available

P = Program Provider


Last updated: 9/2013