Study Away in 2023-2024

All students interested in study away in the 2023-2024 academic year must submit the Study Away Checklist to the Office of Global Education by April 1, 2023. Students may be second-semester sophomores, juniors, and even first-semester seniors (as long as seniors have permission from faculty advisors and their class dean).

Students are advised to discuss their plans for study away with their academic advisors; they should choose their semester away based on what courses they want or need to take at Amherst.

To broaden the range of academic opportunities, especially in history, archeology, and art history, the department encourages majors to study abroad in Greece or Italy in their junior year. Students who participate in the semester and full-year programs featured below can expect major credit from the Classics Department, as long as the courses taken are suitable to fulfill departmental requirements.

Program Summary 

Academic Year and Semester Programs Approved by Amherst College



Academic Year and Semester Programs


College Year in Athens offers a variety and range of classes that together provide a well-rounded picture of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. Because the classes are taught in English, a previous knowledge of Modern Greek is not a prerequisite. Whenever relevant, classes are taught at sites and in museums, and an extensive study-travel program introduces all students to the major monuments of the country. 

The program is designed to make the culture and history of Greece and its neighbors accessible. Greece's location, at the confluence of Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, is excellent for those interested in historical and political developments in the area. Classics majors and those interested in archaeology will find incomparable opportunities.

CYA employs a rolling admissions policy. Since applications are considered only as long as space is available, CYA strongly encourages early application. Please note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination now required.

For more information:                
Tel: 617.868.8200      Fax: 617.868.8207

Caroline Kinsley '17; View from the Acropolis, 2015 fall


Arch of Constantine
Noel Grisante '17 at the Arch of Constantine, 2015 fall  


Jevhon Rivers '11 at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, 2009 fall 


Better known as the "Centro," the ICCS provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to study ancient history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art while in Rome. Students are expected to take four courses per semester. Frequent site visits and explorations, intensive museum tours and lectures, and wider-ranging trips outside Rome are included as part of the course.

This program is administered by Duke University. Credit is regularly granted by Amherst College. 
Deadlines:   Fall semester (or full year): March 15            Spring semester: October 1
For more information contact Susan Pratt, GEO Asst. Director and Regional Manager:
Tel: 919-684-2174; FAX: 919-684-3083

Middlebury College and Keble College at the University of Oxford have designed a humanities program for students interested in studying at Oxford, but based on the US academic year rather than the trimester academic calendar at Oxford. Students studying at CMRS are associate members of Keble College during their semester abroad. Unlike direct enrollment, students take tutorials as well as an integrated seminar course. As expected, students can study various subjects in English, but also history, philosophy, religion, gender studies, and classics.

From the CMRS website:

Based in the centre of historic Oxford, this unique study abroad programme offers challenging courses within Literature, History, Art History, Philosophy, Religion and Politics. The courses cover a wide range of modern as well as classical, medieval and early modern subjects.

Please note: The spring 2023 program is already full. Students may apply to be considered for a position on the waitlist.

Deadlines:   Fall semester (or full year): March 15            Spring semester: October 1

For more information: 

Summer Programs 

The American Academy in Rome Summer School
This five-week program is designed to provide qualified graduate students, and middle school, high school, and college/university teachers, with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the city of Rome through a careful study of material remains and literary sources. Exceptional undergraduate applicants will be considered in rare circumstances.
Please note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination now required.
2023 session dates: June 19-July 21 
Application deadline: January 15, 2023
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, one of America’s most distinguished centers devoted to advanced teaching and research, was founded in 1881 to provide American graduate students and scholars a base for their studies in the history and civilization of the Greek world. Today, it continues as a teaching institution, providing students a unique opportunity to study firsthand the sites and monuments of Greece. The school is also a superb resource for senior scholars pursuing research in fields ranging from antiquity to modern Greece, thanks to its internationally renowned libraries, the Blegen, dedicated to classical antiquity, and the Gennadius, which concentrates on the Greek world after the end of antiquity.

Summer Session
The six-week session is designed for those who wish to become acquainted with Greece and its antiquities in a limited time, and to improve their understanding of the relationship between the monuments, landscape, and climate of the country and its history, literature, and culture.

Enrollment is open to North American graduate and advanced undergraduate students and to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects. Each session is limited to 20 participants.
Roughly half of the session is spent in travel throughout Greece. Three trips of varying duration give the participant an introduction to the major archaeological sites and museum collections in North and Central Greece, the Peloponnese, and Crete. The remainder of the session is devoted to study of the museums and monuments of Athens and the surrounding area with day trips to such sites as Marathon, Sounion, and Eleusis. Each participant will usually present two "on-site" oral reports on assigned topics. The program is demanding, both physically and intellectually.

2023 session dates: June 12-July 26 
Application deadline for summer 2023: January 9, 2023.

College Year in Athens-Summer Program

Students interested in short-term, intensive study abroad are invited to take advantage of the CYA Summer Program, which offers unique, experience-based opportunities for learning. The semester-equivalent courses are offered in two consecutive sessions that run from late May into July and have been arranged to provide a number of options for continuing or complementary study. The program includes courses on the sites and monuments of ancient Athens, Modern Greek language and anthropology/service-learning on Paros, as well as study travel courses in archaeology, history, and religion that introduce students to major sites in Greece and the Aegean coast of Turkey. A new summer course offers participation in the excavation of an archaic sanctuary on a small Aegean island.

2023 summer session dates:
Session I: May 29 - June 24                                    Session II: June 26 - July 22
For more information:                Application Deadline: Rolling application

HERC offers short-term summer academic programs, some of which are focused on excavation. The 2023 Summer Program includes four options between June 4 and August 12.

Application deadline: May 19, 2023

For more information email:    

  • Duke in Rome  Duke University’s Departments of Classical Studies, Art and Art History, and History, together with Duke University’s Global Education for Undergraduates (GEO-U), offer a four-week, one-course summer program in the city of Rome and on the Bay of Naples in Italy.
    2023 session dates: May 13-June 13     Application deadline: February 1, 2023
For more information:
Tel: 919-684-2174     Fax: 919-684-3083


Athenian Agora (sponsored by The American School of Classical Studies at Athens) 
This program is for volunteer excavators wishing to participate in the archaeological excavations of the Athenian Agora during the summer.

For additional information or an application, contact

Agora Volunteer Program
American School of Classical Studies
6-8 Charlton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540-5232
Tel: 609-683-0800 Fax: 609-924-0578
E-mail: Website:  



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