The Department of Classics recommends strongly that its students study abroad for a semester, a year, or a summer. Most students do so during their junior year. Although Greece and Italy are of obvious interest to students engaged in the study of the Greco-Roman world, other opportunities are available for overseas study. In recent years, Classics and Ancient Studies students have also chosen to study in England, Scotland, France, the Netherlands, China, and Australia. Up to nine credits of work completed away from Washington University may be eligible for application towards a Classics or Ancient Studies major.
1. Meet with an advisor in the Overseas Office. Be sure to do this well before you plan to go abroad, noting the following application deadlines:
Fall semester abroad: February 1st.
Spring semester abroad: May 1st of previous calendar year.
Summer abroad: February 15th.
2. Meet with the Classics Department's Study Adroad Advisor, Tim Moore (Umrath 243, email@example.com). Together with Professor Moore, prepare a study plan for your time abroad. At least two of the courses you take abroad must count towards your Classics or Ancient Studies major or minor. When you return from your time abroad you will meet with Professor Moore to present syllabi of your courses and discuss your experience.
The purpose of the scholarship is to further students’ preparation in classics or classical archaeology with opportunities not available during the school year. Eligible proposals might include (but are not limited to) participation in classical summer programs or field schools in Italy, Greece, Egypt, etc., or language training at institutions in the U.S, Canada, or Europe.
Most popular programs
Appropriate for majors and minors in Classics and in Ancient Studies. Programs during the year (usually for a semester) and the summer. Courses in Classics (including Latin and Ancient Greek), as well as in a range of other subjects, including Modern Greek.
Appropriate for Classics majors. Semester-long program during the year. Courses in Ancient Greek and/or Latin, a "city course" centered on the history and archaeology of the city or Rome, and opportunities to take courses in Italian and Art History.
Other programs approved for Washington University Classics and Ancient Studies Majors and Minors
University of Edinburgh (Exchange)
WU in Germany at the University of Tübingen (Exchange)
Students may also petition to participate in another WashU-approved program if the program offers at least two courses that can count towards the Classics or Ancient Studies major. A list of all WashU-approved programs is here.
Students with compelling academic reason may also petition to receive credit from programs that are not officially approved by WashU. If you are considering such a petition, see the information here, and be sure to contact the Director of Overseas Programs well in advance of the normal deadline for study abroad applications.
Not-for-credit summer study abroad
Classics and Ancient Studies Majors and Minors are also encouraged to consider some excellent opportunities for summer study abroad without seeking WashU credit. Funding is available for many of these opportunities through the George R. Throop Endowment.
On-site study programs
The rigorous summer school of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers an intensive introduction to the monuments of Greece, and the summer program of the American Academy in Rome does the same for Rome and its environs. See also the programs listed on the Department of Classics' Summer Opportunities page.
Archaeological Field Work
Students with an interest in both Classics and Archaeology may want to consider taking part in an archaeological project in the Mediterranean.
Field schools and volunteering opportunities:
- Archaeological Institute of America Fieldwork Opportunities
- CSA Guide to Archaeological Projects
- Museology Field Workshop: Experimental Archaeology and Traditional Crafts – Living the Daco-Roman Synthesis
- Roman Provincial Settlement Excavation and Survey - Life by the Imperial Roads
- Roman Villa Excavation - Identity and Wealth on the Roman Frontier
- Applied Field Geophysics Workshop - Ground Penetrating Radar Workshop
- Museum Field Studies and Experimental Ethnoarchaeology Workshop - Transylvania, Romania
Excavations where students have recently worked:
- The Athenian Agora — excavations in the heart of Athens (Bronze Age – modern)
- Athienou Archaeological Project — Cyprus (Archaic through Ottoman period)
- Iklaina Archaeological Project — survey and excavation in southern Greece, with emphasis on the Bronze Age
- The Anglo–American Project in Pompeii — the famous site in southern Italy destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE