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Other (Non-CUA) Study Abroad Programs for Classicists

The Department of Greek and Latin offers this page for informational purposes only, and cannot vouch for the accuracy of the program summaries presented here, or for the conditions abroad on any of the programs themselves. You, the student, must retain the responsibility for a happy, healthy, and productive study abroad experience. Always ask as many questions as necessary to arrive at the information you need, make certain to follow the particular directions provided by the institutions and programs to which you are applying, and consult before, during, and after your stay overseas with the CUAbroad Office.

The faculty of the department are always available to advise you in your search for an appropriate program and in planning its relationship to your academic career. Feel free to consult us about these or any other programs, and make sure to look carefully at a given program's website for scholarships!

  Forum Romanum, Rome
  Forum Romanum, Rome

Summer programs

Two major options are the summer programs of the American Academy in Rome and of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Both programs last approximately 6-7 weeks, are competitive for entry, include both graduate students and undergraduates, and demand serious academic commitment, personal maturity, and good physical stamina (due to the Mediterranean heat, the amount of hiking and climbing to ancient sites, and the amount of standing in museums). Both of these programs provide strong preparation for graduate study in classics, but neither actually awards formal academic credit, since the American Academy and the American School are advanced institutions for scholarly research, not universities. For students interested in formal academic credit, the summer program of the College Year in Athens is also available.

American Academy in Rome Classical Summer School

The Classical Summer School, which is designed for classicists at the graduate or advanced undergraduate levels and for teachers of high school, is centered upon the American Academy in Rome. Its 20 or so students are housed at the Centro, i.e. the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (cf. above). The Summer School focuses upon the study of primary sources, both literary and material, which enhance scholarly understanding of the ancient city of Rome and its region. Archaeology, art, and architecture are studied through site and museum visits both within and outside Rome: major Etruscan and Roman sites visited outside the city often include (e.g.) Palestrina, Gabii, the Alban Hills, Ostia, Cerveteri, Tarquinia, and Veii.  For more information, consult the AAR-CSS website.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens Summer Sessions

The American School runs two Summer Sessions per year, each enrolling 20 students, all of whom are housed at the American School's residence, Loring Hall, in the Kolonaki neighborhood of Athens. The academic program, which is designed for classicists at the graduate or advanced undergraduate levels and for teachers of high school, consists of on-site and museum study both in Athens and on three extended trips (approximately one week each) to other regions of Greece, such as Crete, the Peloponnese, and the northeast. Student 'members' of the sessions each prepare two major site reports as part of their academic work.  For more information, consult the ASCSA website.

Excavations (summer programs)

Excavations in Greece and Italy under the auspices of foreign organizations take place only during the summertime, when the official fieldwork 'seasons' are opened by their respective governments. Not all sites excavate actively in a given year; sometimes a "study season," during which artifacts are examined, records updated, and research conducted, is declared. Be certain to check that the activities in which you want to be involved are actually taking place!

The best way to begin finding information on excavations that students can join is via the Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin, an online publication produced yearly by the Archaeological Institute of America. It is, however, by no means a complete listing of all of the opportunities available.

In all cases, students interested in excavation opportunities should consult faculty members and enlist their assistance in researching projects. The Department of Greek and Latin recommends that students, particularly those excavating for the first time, affiliate with field schools or excavations run by US universities and institutions.

Athenian Agora

One major excavation generally not listed in the AFOB is that of the ancient Agora in downtown Athens, one of the few excavations that does not charge for participation. The 40 volunteer positions on this excavation are competitive for acceptance, and classicists are preferred over non-classicists, graduate students over undergraduates, students able to stay for the full 8-week season over those who need to leave earlier. Volunteers are housed in apartments in the Kolonaki neighborhood of Athens.  For more information, consult the Agora website for volunteers.