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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Study Abroad

Anthropology students can spend a full year abroad via the Erasmus Exchange Programme and the Overseas Exchange Programme


Erasmus - What is it?

The Erasmus programme is the Higher Education section of the European Community action programme in the field of education, known as the Lifelong Learning Programme. Since 1987, it has been the EU's flagship education, training, youth and sport programme, emphasising both student and staff mobility between partners and co-operation between higher education institutions and other key players across Europe. In January 2014 the new seven-year Erasmus+ charter came into effect with an associated budget that supports twice the number of students and staff that can make use of the available exchange opportunities compared to previous funding cycles. The British Council is the national agency that manages the new programme in the UK.

Under our Erasmus+ agreements, many Durham University students can study in Europe as part of their degree, including Anthropology students. Degree programmes with a full year abroad option were formally introduced in 2013/14. In return, we receive students from our partner universities.


Which institutions does Durham have agreements with?

Université Montpellier

Currently, the Department of Anthropology supports Erasmus+ exchange programmes with the following universities, but these are subject to change on a year-to-year basis. The department holds information sessions in Michaelmas term where the most up-to-date information on partners is available each year.

  • University of West Bohemia; Pilzen, Czech Republic
  • Charles University in Prague; Czech Republic
  • Ljubljana University; Slovenia
  • University of Malta; Malta
  • University of Nanterre; Paris, France
  • University of Montpellier; France
  • University of Iceland; Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Tallin University; Estonia
  • University of Munchen, Germany

How long do Erasmus exchanges last?

For any single honours Anthropology degree (including the BA, BSc and Health and Human Sciences), Joint Honours Anthropology/Sociology and Joint Honours Anthropology/Archaeology, students can study abroad as part of Erasmus+ for a full additional year in between Year 2 and 3. Upon your return from the exchange, you transfer onto a new degree code that reflects the year of study abroad.


Do Erasmus exchanges have an impact on tutition fees?

Please see the Finance web pages for details of tuition fees for students on exhange.


Overseas Exchange Programme - What is it?

Boston College

The Overseas Exchange Programme (OEX) is a university-wide study abroad scheme with several institutions in English speaking parts of the world. Unlike Erasmus+, the universities are located outside of Europe and the period of exchange must always last for a full academic year. This is a competitive programme which requires that students demonstrate sound reasoning behind their choice of target institutions. Not all of them have an established Anthropology department, so they may not be appropriate in all cases! Partner universities include:

· University of British Columbia, Canada
· McMaster University, Canada
· Queens University, Canada
· University of Calgary, Canada
· Boston College, USA
· University of Hong Kong
· National University of Singapore
· University of Otago, NZ
· University of Western Australia
· University of Melbourne, Australia
· Peking University, China