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Social Anthropology

Mercedes Antrobus a Social Anthropology student in Cuba

Study abroad

Studying abroad is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to see the world, experience new cultures and study at one of Manchester's world-class partner institutions.

Why study abroad?

This opportunity of a lifetime:

  • gives you a new perspective on your subject area;
  • broadens your horizons;
  • improves your language skills;
  • allows you to grow as a person;
  • helps you in the job market.

One semester options

Students on the BSocSc Social Anthropology, joint-honours degree students and BASS students who take Social Anthropology as one of their pathways can apply in their first year to study abroad for one semester during their second year.

Full year exchanges

Students studying on the BSocSc Social Anthropology course can apply in their second year to study abroad for a full academic year in their third year.

They then return to Manchester to complete their final year of study and be awarded the BSocSc Social Anthropology with International Study (a four-year degree course).

The full year abroad functions on a pass or fail basis. If you pass your modules taken at the host university, your final transcript will list them but not include them in calculating your final average mark. If you do not pass your modules abroad, you transfer back to the standard BSocSc Social Anthropology.

Where can you go?

Within Europe, you can go to one of the following universities with which Social Anthropology has an established relationship:

  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spanish A-level or equivalent required);
  • Université de Paris X, La Défense (French A-level or equivalent required);
  • Vrije Universiteit (Free University) Amsterdam (modules in English available);
  • University of Copenhagen (modules in English available).

During your time on exchange within Europe you will be eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ grant. This grant is a contribution towards the additional costs of studying abroad and is provided by the European Commission.

Beyond Europe, you can choose to go to one of our worldwide partner institutions. However, there is considerably less funding available. A list of preferred partners is available on MyPlacement, the online application system maintained by the International Programmes Office.

Examples of institutions where undergraduates have studied in the past include:

  • University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • University of British Columbia, Canada
  • The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico
  • University of Sydney, Australia
  • University of Queensland, Australia

Who pays for study abroad?

If you study abroad for either a semester or a full year, whether in Europe or beyond, you will not have to pay any fees to the partner university.

If you are a UK or EU student studying abroad for a full year, your fees for the year abroad will be reduced to £1,350 for the year – these fees will be paid to The University of Manchester.

If you are an international student studying abroad for the full year, your fees for the year abroad will be reduced to 50% of your normal fee amount – these fees will be paid to The University of Manchester.

If you study abroad for one semester only, you will pay your usual University of Manchester fees.

You can find further information on grants and scholarships available students who are studying abroad on the University's Go Abroad website.