Study Abroad Opportunities



There are a range of opportunities available to combine overseas study with your degree programme through a semester of year abroad.

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.

North America

Students from all Archaeology and Palaeoecology degree programmes can choose to take one or two semesters of studies at one of our Canadian or European 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, we have student exchange agreements for Archaeology and Palaeoecology with the University of Alberta (Edmonton), as part of the University’s Exchange Programmes scheme; and with the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) through a bilateral Exchange Agreement between ourselves (ArcPal) and the Interdepartmental Archaeology Program at UNB.


For Europe, our students actively participate in the Erasmus mobility programme, funded by the European Commission. We have student exchange agreements with two universities that offer modules taught within the medium of English, the University of Iceland and the University of Malta.

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.

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.

For students interested in something further afield, the Department also has links with the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) in Nairobi, Kenya. The BIEA promotes research in Archaeology, but also across a wide range of cognate fields, such as Environmental and Development studies, History, Linguistics and Anthropology. For further information, please contact: Dr Laura Basell.

Any students who would like to dig in Sudan at the site of Jebel Moya, please also get in touch with Dr Laura Basell for further details. There are only 1 or 2 places available. You would need some excavation experience already and be able to cover all you own flights and expenses. You would also need to get your passport stamped with the appropriate visa from the nearest Sudanese embassy. This can take a couple of days, but you would be supported through this process.


(Image: University of Coimbra, Portugal – Wikimedia Commons)