Ancient building at AgrigentoVisiting and studying ancient sites and monuments is an important part of the study of antiquity. Opportunities to climb the steps of the Parthenon on the Athenian acropolis and experience the vast interior of the dome of the Pantheon in Rome while earning college credit are priceless.

The Department of Classics works closely with the Office of International Education to develop and provide study abroad programs for our students. The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) offers an excellent, highly competitive one-semester program every fall and spring, usually taken in the junior year. College Year in Athens (CYA) offers an equally solid program in Greece that, despite its name, can be organized in semester, summer or year-long courses of study. Both ICCS and CYA are CU equivalency programs: any courses taken at either program automatically transfer for credit at CU and any financial aid offered by CU automatically transfers to these programs. To apply for either program, students must check both with the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor and the Office of International Education.

During the summer there are more study abroad options, among them the outstanding Summer Sessions of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and the Summer School of the American Academy in Rome. For students interested in classical archaeology, a listing of fieldwork opportunities available worldwide is published annually by the Archaeological Institute of America. We receive announcements for all these programs, and if you are interested, you should check our bulletin boards and consult the faculty so that we can help you incorporate experience abroad into your program.  Find out more on a Study Abroad in Greece.

The department of Classics strongly encourages students to spend time studying in Italy or Greece. Whether you are interested in language, literature, history, philosophy, or material culture, study of the ancient cultures overseas will add depth to your experience of classical studies. Financial support is available to majors through the generosity of Classics alumna Ann Nichols.

For more information about study abroad opportunities in Classics, contact our Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies.