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Field Schools & Travel Abroad

Links and resources for field schools and travel abroad opportunities. Interested students are encouraged to follow the links below to find out more about how to apply and deadlines for specific programs.

Field Schools in 2014

  • Northern Kentucky University Ethnographic Field School in Belize
  1. Experience Belizean culture for three and one half weeks doing ethnography.  View flier (pdf) or visit NKU's information page.
  • North Carolina State University Ethnographic Field School in Guatemala
  1. Learn how to design, conduct, and write-up qualitative ethnographic research while on the shores of a crystal lake framed by volcanoes!  Visit program information page.
  • Field School in Mortuary Archaeology in Poland
  1. This field school in Drawsko, Poland, focuses on excavating human skeletal remains from a post-medieval cemetery dated to 16-17 centuries AD), and offers experience in bioarchaeology and osteological remains analyses.  View program information page here.
  • ArchaeoTek Field School in Romania
  1. Our 2013 excavations will aim at understanding the importance and impact of the proximity of the main axis of movement, communication and commerce on the Roman provincial rural life, and its evolution through time.  Visit program information page.
  • OSEA Summer 2014 Ethnography Field School
  1. Offers students the opportunity to participate as researchers-in-training in one of three ongoing research projects.  Students choose an area and issue of research and then through close mentoring develop their own research project that is conducted either as an individual or in a team. Students are trained in specific research methodologies of ethnographic interviewing, participant observation, visual ethnography, photo documentation, and questionnaire surveys.  Visit program information page.
  • University of Wyoming Archaeological Field School
  1. Learn skills and archaeological field techniques that will prepare you for a career in archaeology.  You will learn archaeological excavation, mapping, artifact identification, survey, and other skills while working on sites across the state of Wyoming with Drs. Todd A. Surovell and Robert L. Kelly, former Chair of the Department Anthropology at the University of Louisville.  For more information email Dr. Kelly at, Dr. Surovell at, or visit
  • Transylvania Bioarchaeology Field School in Romania
  1. Two summer field schools designed for students with interests in the archaeological analysis and excavation of human skeletal remains.  This program focuses on uncovering evidence for human activity in Transylvania across a broad period from prehistoric times right through to the post-medieval and modern periods. We aim to provide a focus and forum for supporting, developing and promoting research, professional, educational and other public benefit outcomes from archaeology and bioarchaeology conducted in Transylvania.  For more information visit
  • DANTA Primate Behavior and Conservation Field Course
  1. Our courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical biology and conservation, but have little or no experience working in a tropical environment.  For more information visit the the program website at
  • University of Wyoming Advanced Archaeological Field Studies 
  1. This field school will study sites in Hell Gap Field Station in Southeastern Wyoming and in is intended to teach advanced field techniques in excavation, testing, mapping, and survey.  The field school includes workshops on lithics, zoo archeology, stone tool making, research design, and much more.  Visit UWYO's Department of Anthropology site for more information.

  • University of Virginia Summer Field Schools in Historical Archaeology
  1. The University of Virginia is proud to sponsor summer archaeological field schools at three of Virginia’s premier historic sites: the first permanent English settlement atJamestown, Thomas Jefferson’s primary home at Monticello, and Jefferson’s personal retreat and plantation at Poplar Forest.  Visit the University of Virginia's field school page for more information.
  • Leymonie Archaeological Project
  1. Open to participants in the Summer of 2014.  The project is currently funded through archaeological excursions offered to individuals through Dig France at  Proceeds help go to the restoration of the castle.


Travel Abroad in 2014


Archived Field Schools and Travel Abroad Opportunities

Some field schools and travel abroad opportunities have rolling deadlines.  Check links below to see if the offering you are interested is still available.

  • University of Louisville Archaeological Field School in New Mexico
  1. The University of Louisville's Anthropology Department is offering a field school opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students interested in archaeology, in conjunction with Ghost Ranch, and education and retreat center located near Abiquiu, in north-central New Mexico. This is one of the country's most archaeologically productive regions, with hundreds of Archaic, late prehistoric, and early historic sites in survey or excavation. The Ghost Ranch Archaeological Seminar is entering its 42nd year of operation, with a two-week dig season scheduled for July 22-August 4, 2013. The UofL Field School begins the week before, on July 15. This field school counts as ANTH 377 for three credit hours in the UofL anthropology program. Download the flier (pdf)
  • University of Kentucky's Archaeological Field School at Pleasant Hill Shaker Village
  1. Current information not available. Visit the UK field school page for contact information.
  • Indiana University archaeological field schools
  1. The Indiana University Department of Anthropology hosts a number of archaeological field schools in North America and abroad, covering a wide array of archaeological specializations. Check their listings for details on programs for Summer 2013.
  • Center for Latin American Studies
  1. The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at San Diego State University offers a six week summer intensive language immersion program in Mixtec or Zapotec in Oaxaca, Mexico . We offer intensive language courses that are perfect for beginners, intermediate, and advanced speakers. Both the Zapotec and Mixtec programs are eligible for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships.
    Dates: June 17-July 26
    Application Deadline: March 15, 2013

  • Ethnographic Methods Field School in La Paz, Bolivia
  1. The Social Sciences Field School in Bolivia integrates two courses: (1) politics and culture of the Andes and (2) ethnographic research methods. The field school nature of the program is emphasized by an integrated curriculum predicated on active, experiential learning in multiple sites in and beyond La Paz, Bolivia. The course is run through The University of Mississippi in partnership with the Universidad Católica Boliviana. It is designed to give students experience in conceptualizing, designing, and executing an original research project. All students obtain IRB approval prior to the start of the program and can use their research for a thesis or publication. Lectures are conducted in English, though some Spanish is necessary. Students receive 6 credit hours for their participation. Graduate credit is available. Click here for more information
  • Latin American Field School in Antigua, Guatemala
  1. The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona and the Center for Mesoamerican Research (CIRMA) invite you to participate in a study abroad program in Antigua, Guatemala. This is a summer, spring and/or fall semester program. Students receive a University of Arizona transcript. Most courses can be taken for honors credit, and some can be taken for graduate credit. Deadline to apply for summer 2013 is March 1st. Fall 2013 is April 15th. Click here to learn more.
  • Ethnographic Field School in Western Guatemala
  1. Based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, this six-week program provides students with a comprehensive overview of Mayan indigenous life in Guatemala, past and present, including opportunities for individual and group research through participant observation, attendance at cultural events, lectures on selected topics, and excursions to museums and major archaeological sites dating from the earliest days of the Olmec/Maya transition to the contact-era capitals that were toppled by the Spanish conquistadors. Highland Guatemala provides an ideal setting in which to explore anthropological topics such as cultural pluralism, religious conservation and change, local responses to globalization, and cultural revitalization movements. Students will gain practical experience in a variety of ethnographic research techniques as well as the ethical dimension of anthropological fieldwork while exploring historical continuities and transformations in Mayan culture and religious practice, especially in response to economic globalization and tourism. Students live with Guatemalan families. Course instruction is in English, but incorporates two weeks of individualized one-on-one tutoring in Spanish. For more information visit the main website.
  • Western Apache Ethnography and GIS Research Experience for Undergraduates
  1. The White Mountain Apache Tribe Heritage Program and the University of Arizona announce opportunities for student participation in the third season of the Western Apache Ethnography and GIS Research Experience for undergraduate field school. Participating students will contribute to the creation of a Western Apache cultural and historical Atlas. Participants will learn field research techniques that will include: Creating research plans and documenting research efforts; Conducting archival, interview, survey, and participant-observation research; Identifying the locations of historical sites and land modification from archival maps, photographs, and land inspections; Collecting and conducting initial analysis of qualitative and quantitative data relating to historical and cultural use of landscapes and natural resources; Applying Geographic Information Science (GIS) and GPS tools and technologies to mapping and field data collection. 6 credits are available. Current information not available. Click here for the full site.
  • Fieldwork in Ethnobotany and Ethnoecology
  1. This course will study ethnobotany and ethnoecology-two areas of anthropology that approach all epistemologies as valid and important in understanding the ways that humans relate to plants and ecosystems. In so doing, we look at both Western and some non-Western cultural knowledge systems related to the use (or non-use) of plants and animals. The focus in this course is on the common quantitative and qualitative fieldwork techniques employed by environmental anthropologists. This course will also have a strong component of service-learning, as it gives students the opportunity to practice important research skills as they engage with community members to tackle environmental problems. Courses range from: May 13-31, or June 3-21, 2013. 3 Credits. Location: Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus, Woodstock, Illinois. Click here for more information.
  • Ethnographic Field School, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
  1. NC State University announces the nineteenth annual ethnographic field school at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. This field school will take place from May 24 to July 15th, 2013 and focuses on: Environment, Health, Heritage, Identity and Globalization in Mayan Communities. Students will learn how to design, conduct and write-up qualitative, ethnographic research while on the shores of a crystal lake framed by volcanoes! During the seven and a half week program, live and work with an indigenous Guatemalan family in the Western Highlands. Both undergraduate, graduate and post-bac students are welcome. Students receive six credits for completing the program. Current information not available. Visit their website for contact information.
  • Summer 2013 Archaeology Field School: Kauai, Hawaii
  1. UH-Manoa Anthropology Department and the National Tropical Botanical Garden will offer our summer field school program on Kauai for undergraduates, graduates, and non-matriculated students to gain archaeological experience on one of Hawaii’s richest sites, Makauwahi Cave.  Students will participate in archaeological excavations in dry parts of the cave, but also will learn  useful techniques for controlled excavation below the water table.  This is probably most students’ best opportunity to learn, in addition to conventional archaeological methods, the full battery of paleoecological techniques, including sediment coring, identification of plant and animal remains, palynology, and geochronology.  Evening lectures will include a course in Hawaiian Natural History, covering all aspects of local geology, climate, biota, and human history, and guest lectures by experts in CRM, ethnography, and sedimentology.
    The program this year will run from June 15-July 14.  It  offers the opportunity to earn 9 fully transferable credits from UH in a single month.  In addition to excavation and laboratory work, the students will have the opportunity to take field trips to Nu`alolo Kai, Limahuli, and other important archaeological sites on the Garden Isle.  For more information see:
  • University of Wyoming Archaeological Field School: Summer 2013
  1. WHO: Graduate and undergraduate students
    WHERE: Hell Gap Field Station Southeastern Wyoming Hartville Uplift
    GOALS: Excavate at the world famous Hell Gap Paleoindian site in Hell Gap and Goshen levels
    - Advanced field techniques – (excavation, testing mapping, survey)
    - Electronic & Digital Data Recording – (GPS, Total Station, Mapping & Lab Software, GIS)
    - Analysis – (Data management & analysis, graphic and display techniques)
    - Workshops – (lithics, zooarcheology, stone tool making)
    Participate in entire research process:

    Research design              Project execution                                
    Budgeting                          Final report write-up with crew
    Extracurricular activities: Atl-atl throw, public participation
    For more information, contact: Marcel Kornfeld (
    - See more at:
  • Peruvian Coastal Archaeological Field School: Summer 2013
  1. The Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP), one of the most prestigious research institutions in social sciences for Latin America, announces the second season of its international Field School in archaeological methods Peruvian Central Coast. Field work will take place at the site of Panquilma, a XII XVI century community located in the hinterland of one of the most important religious centers of the Andean coast: Pachacamac.
    Panquilma is a multi- component site where the preservation of public, domestic and funerary architecture remains impressive.Based on the beach town of Punta Hermosa, 30kms south of Lima, this Field School offers personalize training in field methodologies, including the excavation and recording of a variety of archaeological contexts, as well as the cataloguing, preservation and analysis of amazingly well preserved botanical remains, ceramics, textiles, lithics, animal and human bones, among others.
    Workshops on a variety of subjects will be carried out onsite to complement the training. Also, we will be visiting some other important sites in the region as well as prestigious museums in Lima.


    Students may be able to obtain credit from their department after discussing that option with their department chair. Senior staff would be willing to discuss this with the department and provide feedback on student participation after the field season is completed.
  • Ole Miss Bolivia Research Methods Field School in La Paz, Bolivia: Summer 2013
  1. The dates are June 22nd - July 29th. The price ($3650) includes housing, most meals, 6 hours credit, facility fees, in-country excursions, and so on. Students will have morning classes on the campus of our partner institution, the Universidad Católica Boliviana, and afternoon hands on training in social scientific research techniques and design, including visits to archives, interviews, participant observation, surveys, and descriptive statistics.

    Throughout the course, students design and execute an independent research project based.  All students obtain IRB approval prior to departure, and previous participants have utilized their research as the basis for an M.A. or senior thesis project.



    Our collaborative blog from last year:

    In addition, students can pair the field school with 4 weeks intensive Spanish via the UCB (June 1-29; $1875). That provides 6 hours credit. If they enroll in both programs, the overlap days will be discounted from the total tuition.
  • Appalachian State University: Andes and Amazon Field School in Ecuador
  1. In its sixth year, this program will give students the opportunity to travel
    to Ecuador where they will be immersed in indigenous culture and language
    both in the Andes and the Amazon. The majority of the program will be spent
    on the shores of the Napo River, which is one of the main tributaries of the
    Amazon River. This is an anthropological-based program in which students
    will take two courses (ANT 3900 and ANT 3549). In the first, Ethnographic
    Field School, students will learn how to construct a research project, learn
    interviewing techniques, and gain valuable experience in ethnographic
    methods and analysis. We will be studying indigenous activism in Ecuador
    (focusing upon the impact of oil, eco-tourism, and rainforest management on
    identity and representation), working with Kichwa (Quichua)-speakers of the
    upper Amazon. For the second course, Field Methods in Linguistics, students
    will have the opportunity to study the indigenous language of Kichwa, while
    learning methods in language documentation and analysis. In addition, there
    will be numerous excursions for students to learn about "shamanism,"
    forestry conservation, biodiversity, and environmental citizenship. $3,500
    (airfare included). See website for full details.