Do you know the one thing all students choosing to focus their academic studies in Anthropology or Sociology have in common? Passion. A passion for humanity, culture, and global issues. These souls long to genuinely interact with others, to understand their ways of living, their plights, and their resiliency. A true interest lies in the history of a people, and how that history has evolved and changed over the course of their existence; how and why certain aspects of an ancient culture or civilization remain today and its significance to the people who choose to keep them alive.

Without the study of Anthropology or Sociology, we would not understand the beauty of our differences, the uniqueness of our being, and all the very many ways we aren’t so different after all. More walls would be built, and bridges would be destroyed, fear of the unknown would trump the curiosity that sparks a new thought, a new theory, a new love. The expansive study of Anthropology & Sociology is not easily acquired within the four walls of a classroom, and that’s when study abroad becomes a fundamental component to the curriculum. And if that isn’t persuasive enough, here’s another 5 reasons why study abroad is necessary for all students studying Anthropology & Sociology.

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Direct Cultural Interaction

Do you remember reading the Harry Potter series and imagining what it might be like to be enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? It was fascinating to read about the magical halls, the lavish dinners, and the Quidditch matches, but it’d be a whole ‘nother world if you could actually visit. This is the itch every true Anthropology & Sociology student wishes to scratch when they study a country and culture. The difference is that you’ll never be able to visit Hogwarts but jumping on a plane to your chosen destination is absolutely within your reach! And the ability to study abroad in almost any of your dream countries is very real.

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Cultural Immersion

Not only do students get the opportunity to interact with the local communities in another country while studying abroad, but they also get the necessary experience of complete cultural immersion. Right off the plane your senses are overloaded; your ears hear a new language, your eyes see new fashion, your nose smells a different aroma, your body feels a different temperature, and your taste buds are introduced to new cuisines. Cultural immersion is the ultimate way of learning and studying a new culture; the opportunity to really live it. Those who choose to enroll at one of Maximo Nivel’s Latin American destinations can enroll in Spanish language courses to help expand their ability to interact and communicate with others. As a bonus, free cooking classes are held weekly at Maximo Nivel’s institutes allowing students to share the culture in a unique way with those back home.

Human Rights Internship

Why stop with university courses when you can do an internship abroad? Internships are perfect for developing your professional network, and an Anthropology & Sociology major would love nothing more than to build an international network full of people who can become mentors and friends. The perfect internship for you? An internship in Human Rights! Advocating for those who need someone with a blow horn to get their point across is your reason for being. You feel it in your core, you know it in your heart, so get out there and make a difference! Besides, adding an internship on your resume can make you a more marketable candidate with hands-on experience, great references, and real-world perspective. Who knows, you might even land yourself a possible job opportunity abroad, too!

Service Learning

With Anthropology & Sociology majors so involved with the social well-being of people across the world, studying abroad provides the perfect segway into service learning. Various projects ensure that those who need the most support and resources are being cared for; projects include construction, supporting indigenous communities and working with kids. Projects such as those mentioned can greatly affect local communities through the establishment of much needed facilities such as schools, clinics, rehabilitation centers and more, assistance in the day-to-day functions of an indigenous group, and assurance that children’s programs are fully staffed to help improve educational, emotional, and wellness objectives.

University Credit

Gain university credits no matter where you study abroad! Haven’t decided on a school yet? Still debating on whether you want to take a gap year or start classes with your peers? Do both! All travelers are Anthropology & Sociology majors at heart, so whether you choose to study it professionally in an academic setting or not, don’t let anyone tell you your experience doesn’t count! While figuring out exactly what you want to do, choose to get credit for it anyway. Learning Spanish while away? Why not convert that to Spanish language credit? Left so inspired by a historical site you actually don’t mind writing an essay on your findings?! Credit! Who says college credits are only earned in the classroom? Real life deserves real credit!

So, what are all you Anthropologists and Sociologists waiting for? Your temple is not the classroom and your bible is certainly no used-textbook! Learn through travel, experience, and exposure to the countries and cultures that spark your desire to learn and grow, and catapult yourself into the semester of a lifetime!

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