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Senior Emma Squier interviewed and photographed dozens of women about their experiences following a massive earthquake in Nepal including the ones in this photo harvesting wheat in the village of Paragang. (Photo: Emma Squier).

Studying abroad can be an integral aspect of a high-quality undergraduate education in all subfields of anthropology. These opportunities provide you with the opportunity to move from learning about the world to learning in the world. With the right program, you can gain invaluable cross-cultural and field research experiences that will enhance your studies, career prospects, and outlook on life. 

Recent anthropology research involving students includes the study of prehistoric archaeological collections in the Caribbean, a study of artifacts from the American Southwest and Vermont, osteological analysis of human remains from South America, and linguistic anthropological analyses in Ukraine.

Making International Connections

Siera anthro

As the first recipient of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) Summer Internship, Siera Carusone ’18 spent the summer before her senior year in Kigali, Rwanda, sponsored by Partners in Health. An anthropology major with a focus on global health, she assisted UGHE faculty with curriculum delivery.

“I always wanted to be a doctor, but eventually I decided the pre-med track didn’t offer enough of what I wanted to do in a clinical practice,” Carusone explains. “The focus in global health, in anthropology really spoke to my interest in using systematic approaches to improve health outcomes abroad.”


Fulbright Leads to Teaching Assignment in Cyprus

Tasha Kramer-Melnick

Tasha Kramer-Melnick, of Hinesberg, Vt., graduated in 2015 from UVM with a major in anthropology and a minor in studio art. She spent the 2015-16 academic year teaching English in Cyprus thanks to a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. “I had just fallen in love with my new home in Los Angeles,” she says, when the Fulbright award email arrived. But the decision to accept was an easy one, she says, “especially against the backdrop of appreciation for all the incredible people that supported me through the application process.”



For specific questions about study abroad and anthropology, students can seek out their advisor and/or Prof. Luis Vivanco, Department of Anthropology Study Abroad Coordinator (

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UVM Commits to Increase Study Abroad Participation 40 Percent

The University of Vermont has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative, committing to increase the number of UVM students participating in study abroad by nearly 40 percent by 2020. UVM has committed to three goals, all of which it will reach by 2020:

  • The university will increase study abroad participation among undergraduate, graduate and medical school students by 38 percent, to 1,000 students, through participation in internships, research, short-term courses and semester-long programs;
  • It will increase undergraduate study abroad participation in semester-long programs by 20 percent; 
  • The university will diversify the students in its study abroad programs to include those who national statistics show participate at lower rates: students in fields related to the STEM disciplines, students of color, first-generation college students, and students with limited economic resources. UVM’s Generation Study Abroad initiative will also increase study abroad opportunities for Vermont residents and UVM athletes, whose practice and play schedules make it challenging to go abroad.

Under the new partnership, UVM will take several concrete, action-oriented steps to expand opportunities for study abroad, primarily aimed at low income students.