Junior Year Abroad / Affiliate students


A Semester or Junior Year Abroad at the Institute of Archaeology is a unique opportunity to experience a world class programme in Archaeology. Unlike many Study Abroad programmes, you will attend the same classes as and be treated exactly like the Institute’s regular degree seeking students.

We also offer courses of special interest to affiliate students based in other Departments at UCL, including Ancient Egypt in London and London before the Great Fire of 1666. There is a limit on the numbers of students that can be accommodated on these courses, so if you wish to take either of them you should contact Judy Medrington.

Some benefits of study at the Institute include:

A World Class Education

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is a world leader in archaeological research and education. With over 70 academic staff conducting research around the globe, the Institute offers opportunities for personalized instruction by leading specialists across an immense variety of topics, time periods and geographical regions.

Fieldwork Opportunities

Fieldwork experience is central to archaeological education at the Institute, and we offer two excellent fieldwork training opportunities for affiliate students. Both courses emphasize training and instruction in order to maximize educational benefit.

The Experimental Archaeology Field-Course Provides a unique opportunity to learn about life in the past first hand by participating in such traditional activities as flintknapping, pottery making, copper smelting, wood working, structure building, and the collection and processing of wild foods.

Field Training in Archaeological Techniques is conducted on the West Dean Estate in West Sussex, a landscape rich in archaeological remains, including numerous prehistoric, Roman and Medieval features. Students are instructed in a range of fieldwork methods and approaches, including excavation and recording, geophysical survey, environmental sampling, and finds processing.

Hands-on Experience

In addition to fieldwork, regular course work at the Institute emphasizes hands on instruction, drawing on the Institute’s extensive collections and laboratory facilities to provide practical experience with archaeological materials and methods.

First-class Facilities

Students at the Institute may take advantage of first-class in-house facilities, including one of the finest archaeological libraries in the world, the Wolfson Archaeological Science Laboratories, and our extensive lithic, ceramic, archaeobotanical and zooarchaeological collections.


Students at the Institute further benefit from the remarkable cultural and academic opportunities afforded by our location in central London. Nearby resources include the world famous Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the British Museum among many others.

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