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  • Locations: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Bukhara, Uzbekistan
  • Program Terms: Summer 2
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

A&M Central Asia Cultural


Faculty Leaders

Dr. Cynthia Werner
(979) 458-4037

Study Abroad Advisor

Trisha Winkle

samarkand square

samarkand 2
mountain view


July 1 - August 3, 2019
Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan


This program, offered by the Department of Anthropology, offers students an opportunity to learn about the history, cultures, and contemporary politics of Central Asia. Central Asia is a geopolitically strategic region of the world situated between Russia and China. This program focuses on three countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union, and have been independent since 1991. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the cultural diversity of Central Asia, a region populated by Muslim ethnic groups (such as the Kyrgyz, Kazakhs, and Uzbeks) and Christian ethnic groups (Russians and Ukrainians). Students will learn about anthropological studies of Central Asia, while experiencing what it is like to be an anthropologist adapting to new foods and customs, and conducting life history interviews with local residents.

Frequently asked questions about this program and Central Asia:
Study Abroad Central Asia FAQ Sheet.docx

Activities Overview
  • Extensive travel in three different countries (Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan)
  • Tours of three cities along the Ancient Silk Road (Osh, Kyrgyzstan; Samarkand and Bukhara, Uzbekistan)
  • Tours of two modern capital cities (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; and Almaty, Kazakhstan)
  • Visits to multiple museums, archaeological sites, and UNESCO cultural heritage sites throughout the region
  • Opportunity to learn about cultural diversity in both urban and rural settings
  • Opportunity to learning about the lives of contemporary nomadic pastoralists while participating in a 5-day horseback trek in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan
All students are required to take a total of 6 credit hours to participate on this program.
  • ANTH 210: Social and Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.) 
  • ANTH 485: Directed Studies in Anthropology (3 cr.)
  • ANTH 335: Cultures of Central Asia (3 cr.) (required)

  • Good standing with Texas A&M University
  • 2.0 GPR and approval from faculty leader
  • Must attend ALL program-specific meetings prior to departure
Anthropology Majors are encouraged to apply for $1,000 Study Abroad Scholarships from the Dept. of Anthropology.
Estimated Program Fee (subject to change) - billed to University Account $5350
Lodging, in-country transportation, and cultural activities & group meals $4377  
Study Abroad Admin Fee $400  
Miscellaneous Program Expenses $30  
International Health Insurance $45  
Faculty Expenses $498  
Estimated Additional Expenses - not included in Program Fee $4320
Tuition and fees*  see below $2105  
International Airfare - varies $2000  
Travel Documents ($155 US passport) $155  
Textbooks and Supplies $60  
Personal Spending and Meals not included in Program Fee  varies  
Total Estimated Cost $9670+
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.
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*Per the US Department of State recommendation, please review your passport if it is set to expire before 6 months after your return date (i.e. February 5, 2019).

Additional Information

Program Payment

Please plan accordingly as the Program Fee listed on the brochure will be due in full the terms prior to program departure (e.g. spring 2019 for summer 2019 programs). The Program Fee is billed by the Study Abroad Programs Office in 3 payments: 
  1. $400 SAPO Administrative Fee (non-refundable) : Billed to your TAMU Account after you Confirm your Approved application.
  2. $1,000 Program Deposit : Billed during late January/early February. Due February 2019.
  3. Remaining Program Balance : Billed during late March/early April. Due April 2019.
For more information about SBS billing cycles visit:

*Note: Some additional expenses are due the terms prior to program departure (e.g. international airfare and travel documents).

Program Courses

Students should meet with their academic advisors to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that the courses are degree applicable.


Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office website here: or visit for walk-in advising. 
  • University-Wide: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers scholarship programs.  These scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit:
  • Anthropology Majors are encouraged to apply for $1,000 Study Abroad Scholarships from the Dept. of Anthropology.
Financial Aid
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form, once they have a Confirmed application status in the Study Abroad Portal.  Students should schedule a meeting with a financial aid advisor to discuss their award package and disbursement of financial aid as it relates to the courses and the program fee due dates.  Link to the Scholarship & Financial Aid Office:

This program is currently not accepting applications.