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Why Study Abroad With Us?

Students often cite studying abroad as the highlight of their academic career and a crucial moment in helping them gain a clearer view of the world, its peoples and the complex challenges facing us all.

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers a suite of faculty-directed study abroad programs designed to connect students with real-life issues that impact local communities, transect borders, and create lifelong memories alongside personal and professional growth.

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 Global health students, check with your advisor to see if these programs satisfy your global health study abroad requirement.

Studying abroad with SHESC

Scholarships available

Apply for a scholarship from the school to attend a faculty-lead study abroad program in spring or summer 2020. The scholarship eligible programs are below. Scholarships range from $250-$1,000.

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Summer 2020

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Australia
Community Health and Ecosystem Sustainability in Australia

May 17 – June 11
Faculty Directors: Katie Hinde and Lenora Ott

Do you:
  • Prefer a program that travels, including to five UNESCO World Heritage sites?
  • Love adventures in nature – camping, hiking at Uluru and through a rainforest, canoeing and kayaking, and even snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef?
  • Have an interest in wildlife, human health and survival, and resource management in harsh or vulnerable ecosystems?
  • Have four weeks available (plus time to and from destination)?

Applications open soon


Katie Hinde“In Australia, we’ll be focusing on the 21st century concept of ‘one health,’ that human health, animal health and ecosystem health are all interconnected. For 24 days we live this principle. Be ready for a learning adventure!”
— Katie Hinde, Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

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England
London: Plague Pits and Body Snatchers: History of Health & Disease in a Global City

May 23 – June 13
Faculty Directors: Kelly Knudson and Christopher Stojanowski

Do you:
  • Prefer a deep dive into a particular location from a single home base (a shared London flat)?
  • Love experiencing the past and its connections to the present through museums, colleges, major tourist sites (including Stonehenge) and off-the-grid historical landmarks?
  • Want to understand the context, lessons and social implications of so-called “taboo” subjects like death, cemeteries, murder and mass pestilence?
  • Have three weeks available (plus time to and from destination)?

Applications open soon


Kelly Knudson“London is such an amazing city, and we will have behind-the-scenes access to some of my favorite places, like the British Museum and the Museum of London. We will get to know the city through long walks over cobblestones, imagining life in Medieval and Victorian London and learning about the complexities of health and disease and the development of the medical field. And a trip to London is not complete without a delicious afternoon tea!”
— Kelly Knudson, Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

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France
An Exploration of Culture, Cuisine and Health in the City of Light

June 29 – July 21
Faculty Directors: Rhian Stotts and Enrico Minardi

Do you:
  • Prefer a deeper dive into a particular location from a single home base (local university student housing)?
  • Love culinary experiences you can see, touch and taste?
  • Want to better understand the processes and theories of contemporary food culture — such as production, access, preparation and consumption — as well as its ties to human health?
  • Have three weeks available (plus time to and from destination)?

Applications open soon


Rhian Stotts“Throughout human history, food has been used to forge relationships and create identities. The French were among the first people to study and celebrate food culture, and there’s no better place to study it than where the concept of cuisine was created.”
— Rhian Stotts, Lecturer, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

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New Zealand
Exploring Health, Culture, Sustainability, and the Environment in New Zealand

May 28 – June 12
Faculty Directors: Alexandra Brewis Slade and Cindi SturtzSreetharan

Do you:
  • Prefer a program that travels, allowing you to tour a country from one end to the other? (Yes, you will even visit Hobbiton!)
  • Love the environment and want see as much biodiversity as possible in a single trip (including snow-capped mountains, tropical forests, active volcanoes, hot springs, rivers and beaches)?
  • Want to better understand the New Zealand’s indigenous Maori culture and lessons from the country’s leading approaches to medicine, active lifestyles, and sustainability?
  • Have two weeks available (plus time to and from destination)?

Applications open soon


Alexandra Brewis Slade"New Zealand is unique for the ways that indigenous Maori knowledge and solutions have shaped how national health and environmental challenges are being solved. This is a very hands-on program where you can meet with indigenous experts, while also having the chance to travel through what many say is the most stunning country on earth. This program has been running for more than two decades, so we know all the best places to go and people to meet."
— Alexandra Brewis Slade, President's Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

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Peru
Peruvian Food and Culture: From the Inkas to World Class Haute Cuisine

May 15 – June 5
Faculty Director: Sara Marsteller

Do you:
  • Prefer for a program that travels, including to five major destinations that range from urban to rural, and historical (including Machu Picchu) to contemporary?
  • Love exploring new cultures, with rich roots that extend back thousands of years? 
  • Want to understand what unifies different types of communities throughout time, while gaining first-hand experience in natural goods and food production?
  • Have three weeks available (plus time to and from destination)?

Applications open soon


Sara Marsteller“In a small rural village outside of Cusco, we’ll learn about the daily life of local residents and get hands-on lessons in how they skillfully plow the land by hand and spin and dye wool from natural fibers. The view of the Andes mountains from their hillside is even more breathtaking than Machu Picchu in my opinion, but you can decide for yourself!”
— Sara Marsteller, Lecturer, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Spring 2020

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South Africa

Ancestors, Habitats, and Changing Climates of South Africa

April 4-26
Faculty Directors: Kaye Reed and David Feary

Do you:
  • Prefer a program that travels, from national parks and fossil sites of human evolution significance to major cities and contemporary historical attractions?
  • Love the idea of getting up close and personal with some of the world’s most iconic wildlife? (We’re going on safari, really!)
  • Want to experience how species and cultures can change over time, as well as learn more about our past and current legacy of interactions with wild flora and fauna?
  • Want to study abroad but have other commitments in the summer?

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Kaye Reed"We’ll learn about the hominin fossil discoveries in South Africa, and not only see the real fossils, but visit the sites where they were recovered. We’ll visit two metropolitan cities, as well as national parks and reserves to learn about apartheid, Khoisan culture, and ecology and evolution. My absolute favorite place on the planet is Kruger National Park, where we’ll identify mammals (and birds and trees) of all kinds working on the Hominins and Habitats Research Project! Will that be YOUR favorite place, too?"
— Kaye E. Reed, President’s Professor and Director, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Field Schools

Field schools offer a health-based or anthropological hands-on learning experience for both undergraduate and graduate students. The School of Human Evolution and Social Change hosts field-based programs in archaeology, medical anthropology and community health. Led by noted faculty, these field schools provide hands-on learning experiences that build skill sets, increase knowledge and create collaborative ties.

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Community Health and Medical Anthropology

Summer 2021
Faculty Director: Jonathan Maupin

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Archaeology Field and Laboratory Programs

June 9 – July 20, 2019
Faculty Director: Jane Buikstra

Check out full details and apply

Global Internships and Practicum Programs

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Peru

Community Partnerships in Global Health Internship

March 16 – April 26

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India

AIDS Prevention Education Internship

June 15 – August 6

Check out full details and apply

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Tanzania

HIV/AIDS + Public Health Education Service-Learning Internship

Dates to be announced

Check out full details and apply