Study abroad is a wonderful opportunity to expand and apply your anthropological knowledge. The Department of Anthropology encourages students interested in study abroad to do so but does not require this for the major or minor. Consult your advisor to discuss what programs are best suited to your goals and interests. Then visit Off-Campus Study to review available programs. In particular, as an Anthropology major you should reflect carefully about how your choice draws and builds upon your anthropological studies. We strongly encourage programs that will immerse you in a second language and/or in a distinctly different cultural context. Many anthropology students elect to study abroad on experientially-focused programs (e.g., SIT) rather than those involving enrollment in conventional semester courses on a university campus. In such cases, we expect that the student will complete a significant independent study project; the combination of such a project with relevant program course work together count as one elective for the major/minor.

Students can normally fulfill one elective course per semester through study abroad.  Please note — only under exceptional circumstances is it possible to petition for two elective courses taken abroad in one semester. Contact your advisor if you have questions.

For study abroad ideas, see what Colby Anthropology students say about their experiences in past years. Some students may also want to consider a summer field school either in the US or abroad.

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