There are a range of opportunities available to combine overseas study with your degree programme through a semester or year abroad. Also available are more short-term opportunities, such as the UK Study China scheme.
Past graduates have enjoyed the chance to experience life in another culture, and have gained much personally and intellectually in the process. Learning to adapt to new challenges and environments, expanding your network of experience and contacts prove to be assets in securing a graduate career in the global job market. Employers often look more favourably upon job applicants who have made good use of these types of opportunities.
A full year abroad is generally taken in addition to the regular duration of a student’s degree programme and upon graduation will earn them the degree supplement ‘with International Study’ in addition to their normal degree title. The optional additional year can be taken between Stages 2 and 3 or following Stage 3 of a student’s regular programme of study, on the MSci also following Stage 4.
Students from all Archaeology and Palaeoecology degree programmes can choose to take one or two semesters of studies at one of our Canadian partner universities, and also to take a year of studies at an American university or college under the Study USA scheme, run through the British Council.
For Canada, students can avail of the opportunities offered by QUB’s Exchange Programmes scheme, to spend a year abroad at either the University of Alberta (Edmonton) or at Queen’s University Kingston (Ontario). In addition to these University-wide schemes, ArcPal also has a bilateral exchange agreement with the Interdepartmental Archaeology Programme at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), providing our students with the opportunity to take relevant modules through both the Anthropology and Classical Archaeology departments at UNB.
For Europe, our students actively participate in the Erasmus mobility programme, funded by the European Commission. Our exchange agreement with the University of Malta allows ArcPal students to study Archaeology at another European university in the medium of English. Additional study-abroad opportunities are open to Archaeology and Palaeoecology students with sufficient relevant foreign-language skills, including at the following institutions:
• Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Tübingen) [modules taught in German]
• Université de Bourgogne (Dijon) [modules taught in French]
• Universidade de Coimbra (Coimbra) [modules taught in Portuguese]
• Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid) [modules taught in Spanish]
• Universidad de Granada (Granada) [modules taught in Spanish]
• Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” (Rome) [modules taught in Italian]
NB: For students enrolled on one of our Archaeology with a Language programmes, spending a year abroad at one of these institutions is a compulsory element of their degree course.
For students wishing to spend a year abroad at an Australian university, QUB’s Exchange Programmes scheme offers the opportunity to do so at the University of Newcastle (New South Wales).
Work Abroad Opportunities
Apart from the Study Abroad opportunities outlined above, there is also a range of different Work Abroad opportunities for Archaeology and Palaeoecology students, both in Europe and overseas. For further information please click here.
A full work placement year abroad may be taken in addition to the regular duration of a student’s degree programme and upon graduation will earn them the degree supplement ‘with International Placement’ in addition to their normal degree title. The optional additional year can be taken between Stages 2 and 3 or following Stage 3 of a student’s regular programme of study, on the MSci also following Stage 4.
(Image: University of Coimbra, Portugal – Wikimedia Commons)