Anthropology students may deepen their education through studying abroad, by conducting internships, language courses and many more opportunities. Our institute supports you through Erasmus cooperations with other universities, approval of accredited programmes and courses, and a brief overview of exchange programmes on this page. Additionally, we provide information to international students such Erasmus incomers and other temporary students. For further questions, please reach out to Leipzig University’s international center.


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Generally, students at our institute complete 30 credits per semester in either their required classes and/or their electives. This corresponds to approximately 3 to 6 modules per semester. Please discuss prior to your arrival how many courses your university of origin requires.

Courses taught in English: At master level, English is our general language of instruction. At bachelor level, the large majority of courses is taught in German. However, we regularly offer courses taught in English and work with English texts in German classes. Our current courses can be found on Almaweb.


  • Erasmus+: Please apply through the Erasmus+ coordinator at your respective university of origin. Information regarding our institute can be answered through our Erasmus+ coordinator.
  • Other exchange programmes: At the university's international center information regarding exchanges is available. Please apply for exchange programmes directly through Leipzig University.
  • Master's programme: Please find all necessary information in our Master’s programme rubric.


Studying abroad

  • When? In the 5th semester of your bachelor (recommended), for master students your 3rd semester (recommended).
  • How long? 1 to 2 semesters. Be aware that foreign universities may have different semester periods. A leave of absence will be granted for up to two semesters by Leipzig University's administration. University courses completed while studying abroad can be credited at our institute.
  • Where to? The possibilities of studying abroad are diverse, ranging from collaborative accredited organizations (such as the Leipzig University partnership, Erasmus+, etc.) to self-organized study abroad programmes.

Be aware that programme names might vary! This includes courses which might not be labeled under "anthropology" but are academically related and contain similar subject matters and methods. The naming or label is dependent on the respective institution, region, and/or subject history.

Erasmus+ collaboration with our institute

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Am Bahnhof, Foto: Colourbox

University of Aberdeen

Commonly known as Scotland’s “silver city”, the University of Aberdeen hosts an internationally renowned department of anthropology. Tim Ingold has had considerable intellectual impact on the department's reputation as a hub for research on the human perception of environments. The regional focus of department is among others tied to circumpolar regions. Topics such as environment, politics, government, religion, and material culture are central to the department's work. Through ongoing public events and festivals (May festival and "Being Human" festival), library and museum collections, students can experience an array of ethnological realities.

  • 2 spots per semester for bachelor or master students
  • At the point of departure students must be in their 3rd Bachelor's semester at the earliest
  • English B2 required

University Paris Nanterre X

Nanterre’s department of anthropology, only a short distance away from Paris’ city center, combines various methods, such as musical ethnography, ethnography of dance, ancient and early storytelling practices, as well as ethnographic film and photography. These methods demonstrate the potentially rich and diverse epistemological uses of anthropology. Such practices intimately link anthropology to other social sciences. The department in Nanterre has achieved reputation through its close collaboration with renown research institutions such as the “Laboratoire d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative”.

  • 4 spots per semester for bachelor and master students
  • At the point of departure students must be in their 3rd Bachelor's semester at the earliest
  • French B1 required

You will find more information for your project abroad like


  • internships
  • studying worldwide
  • language classes
  • summer schools
  • research period abroad for your thesis

at the international Center

The Institute for Anthropology can support you with recommendation letters. Please reach out to our members directly.

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Tänzerinnen in gold-blauen Kleidern und Hüten auf einem Straßenumzug grüßen das Publikum
Räucherwerk brennt auf einem Stein, im Hintergrund stehen Menschen darum
dünne Holzsstäbe sind zu einem Gerüst aufgebaut und werfen feine Schattenmuster

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