Study Abroad is required for Classical Archaeology majors, and all Classics majors should be sure to spend a semester or at least a summer session studying abroad. Study abroad is guaranteed to be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as an undergraduate. Don't miss it!
Start here: The UT Study Abroad Office
There are dozens of study abroad programs suitable for classics majors: be sure to look around to see which will suit you best. Note in particular the many universities in Britain, France, Germany, and elsewhere that have exchange programs with UT where you can take courses in Classics. Here are a few programs run by UT Faculty or affliated with the University where you can study classics:
Summer Programs run by UT Faculty
- Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins: Excavations at a Jewish Synagogue in Ostia, near Rome.
- Institute of Classical Archaeology: Excavations and conservation at Metaponto, Italy and Chersonesos, Ukraine.
- Bagunte Project at Vila do Conde, Portugal: Excavations at a site that includes remains from the Bronze and Iron Ages and the Roman Period, under the direction of Professor Maria Wade in the Department of Anthropology.
Affiliated Summer Programs
- College Year in Athens (CYA): Courses in Modern Greek, Greek Archaeology and Civilization, Modern Greece, and Early Christianity.
- Accademia Italiana in Rome (administered by Arcadia University): Includes a course in Roman Archaeological Sites, as well as courses in Italian.
- IES Rome Summer Program: Includes courses in Ancient History and Art as well as Italian
- Some other Summer programs not affiliated with UT
Affiliated Semester-long Programs
- College Year in Athens (CYA): Offers numerous courses in both ancient and modern Greek, advanced Latin, and eastern Mediterranean studies (ancient and modern), classical archaeology, Byzantine history, and modern economics and politics.
- Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (The Centro): This is the best of the study abroad programs for Classics Students. Students take courses in Latin and/or Greek, art history, the history and archaeology of Rome and, if they wish, Italian. The program includes visits to the major archaeological sites and museums in and near Rome, with wider-ranging trips to Campania, Tuscany and Sicily. See the reports of two UT students who attended the Centro here.
- Accademia Italiana in Rome (administered by Arcadia University): Includes courses in Archaeology, Ancient History, and Classical Civilization, as well as other areas.
- IES Rome Semester Program: Includes courses in Ancient History and Art as well as Italian and other areas, and an archaeological internship.
- Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Mediterranean, and Balkan Studies Semester Program: Includes courses in Ancient and Modern Greek, Latin, Classical Civilization, and other areas
- Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences in Sicily (in Syracuse): Includes courses in Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilization as well as other areas
- Some other Semester-long programs not affiliated with UT
If you attend a faculty-led or affiliated program, you will get UT credit with little trouble. If you attend a non-affiliated program, things are a bit more complicated. Consult the undergraduate advisor and the study abroad office to see what your best course of action is. Classical Archaeology majors: wherever you choose to study abroad, make sure you get upper division credits that can count as CC 362 or equivalent.
Paying for it
Many students let financial concerns keep them from studying abroad. Don't! There are numerous sources of financial aid available, including the following:
- Scholarships from the programs themselves. Many study abroad programs, including the Centro and CYA, offer their own scholarships.
- UT Scholarships: There are lots of these. You can find them on the Global A$$ist Page of the Study Abroad Office Web Site
- Department of Classics Departmental Scholarships: Some of these are geared specifically for study abroad, and others can be used for that purpose. Keep an eye open for the call for applications in March.
- Plan II Honors, Liberal Arts Honors, and UTeach all have funds available for study abroad. Consult the respective program.
- Many other organizations (e.g., the Rotary Club and many employers) offer scholarships for study abroad. Do some research and find all the ones for which you are eligible.
Things you need to do
- Go to a Study Abroad Information Session--this is mandatory.
- Get a Passport.
- Get an International Student ID.
- Call the Study Abroad Office to make an appointment with an advisor.
- Remember that you can use UT financial aid only for affiliated or exchange programs.
- If you are going to use financial aid, mail your renewal (or original) FAFSA form ASAP after January 1 of the year you want to study abroad.
- Get an estimate of airfare.
- Type your scholarship/grant applications.
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