Academic Program: Study Abroad
The Classics Department encourages its students to study abroad in Greece or Italy, usually for a semester in their junior year. Students interested in studying abroad should talk to a member of the Classics faculty. For further information about studying abroad at Haverford, visit International Academic Program. Summaries of the most popular programs in Greece and Italy are listed below, with links to the program websites.
Opportunities for archaeology fieldwork are available through the Bryn Mawr Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology.
College Year in Athens, or CYA, is a study abroad program focused upon the history and civilization of Greece and the East Mediterranean region. Its mission is to offer each student an academically rigorous program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with people, monuments, and landscape of Greece.
CYA also offers summer courses. Another possibility for summer study for advanced undergraduates is the 6-week intensive survey of Greek sites under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.
At the "Centro" students can study Latin, Greek, Italian, art history, and the ancient city in Rome; they also take field trips in Rome, Pompeii, and Sicily.
Students planning on studying abroad at the Centro are strongly encouraged to take Roman History (or equivalent) before applying.
Study Abroad Reflection: A Year at Oxford University
I spent the 2010-11 academic year studying abroad at Oxford University. I attended a small college called Lady Margaret Hall, which offered a close-knit community of 400 undergraduates within the larger university, and so I was able to find a home for myself amidst the incredible resources and scholarship occurring throughout the city. As a visiting student in the Classics and English program, I was able to select and even create courses according to my interests, and consequently had the opportunity to study with world-class scholars in an array of subjects.
In addition to the incredibly high standard of the courses at Oxford, I was consistently impressed by the individualized attention that I received throughout my year there. Almost all of my classes took the form of one-on-one tutorials with my professors, who tailored essays and readings to match my areas of interest. My professors actively engaged my language skills, my critical eye, and the quality of my writing, and worked with me to take my own scholarship to a higher level. In addition to this extremely individualized attention, I was consistently amazed by the beauty and resources of the city itself; the libraries are a true dream to any bibliophile, and the collections there contain almost anything that a young Classicist could imagine. Between tutorials, lectures, and findings in the city, I was also energized by the other enthusiastic students at Oxford, whose advanced engagement with their subjects was always a source of inspiration to me. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who seeks a vigorous and exciting academic, social, and cultural experience abroad!
My year at Oxford gave me a deep love for the city and the university. I look forward to returning in October of 2012 to pursue a Master of Studies in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature. Upon my return, I will study at Brasenose College with the Reception Specialization, in which I will take courses and write a thesis that address the ways that texts and cultures engage, respond to, and interact with the ancient world. I am extremely honored to begin my graduate work with the support of the Lionel Pearson Fellowship, which is an award sponsored by the American Philological Association that funds one student from North American for a year of graduate work in Classics at a university in the United Kingdom.