College of Arts and Sciences

Classical Studies

Study Abroad

Have you seen pictures of Greek and Roman temples in your classes? Have you read about gladiators fighting in the colosseum? Ever wondered how those Mediterranean breezes felt to Odysseus as he sailed from Troy? Or whether you could really see the snow on Soracte from Rome?

Experience Greece and Rome for yourself. Many study abroad programs offer courses that fulfill degree requirements, so you can continue working towards graduation while you travel. Whether in the summer or during the semester, there are good options. And the Department of Classical Studies offers scholarships that support study and travel abroad. For more information, consult with the Academic Advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Classical Studies.

Study Abroad Programs

Classical Studies majors can study abroad through programs run by IU and by other institutions.  IU's Overseas Study Office has information about both IU and external programs.

  • Students who participate in IU's year-long exchange program in Bologna have an opportunity to take Classics courses in Italy where they can also visit museums and ancient sites.  In the past, double majors (Italian and Classics) have enjoyed this program!
  • The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome is known for its challenging semester-long program that is built around a double course in the City of Rome, taught on site. Students also take two other courses, choosing from Greek, Latin, Italian, or Art History. Admission is competitive, so you should have a strong background in at least one Classical language as well as Roman history and culture. Scholarships are available and some financial aid. Visit the ICCS website for more information.
  • College Year in Athens offers, year-long, semester, and summer programs in Athens. CYA courses include archaeology and art history taught on site as well as language and culture. Check out the CYA website. The IU Overseas Study Office also has information about this IU co-sponsored program.
  • Loyola University in Chicago has a Rome Center where you can study for a semester or for the summer.  Loyola also offers an archaeology course taught on site in Rome, and some Latin language instruction, as well as courses in a range of other areas. To find out more about the Loyola Rome Center, visit the Loyola Rome Center website.

Other types of travel and study experience

In addition to academic programs, you can pursue your interest in Classics by participating in an archaeological field school.  These programs vary widely, so you should consult with professors and other students who have participated in the program before you apply.

  • Every year, the Archaeological Institute of America publishes a list Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities.
  • American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers a summer program that gives students an intensive introduction to Greece from antiquity through the modern period.  Undergraduates participate in this program alongside graduate students and teachers from high schools and colleges.  Details about the programs and application are online.
  • The American Academy in Rome has three different summer programs, focusing on Archaeology, Roman Pottery, and the history of the city of Rome, respectively. These programs are usually restricted to graduate students and Latin teachers, though especially qualified applicants are accepted. Detailed information about the programs and application procedures is available online.