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Study Abroad

Classics is an ideal major to combine with study abroad, whether for a semester or a short-term program.

Within the Classics Department, we offer four short-term courses: two one-week, one-credit programs (in spring break and early summer); a 3-week, 3-credit winter term program; and a 4-week, 4-credit summer program (see below for more details.) In cooperation with the American University of Rome, we also offer a semester of study in Rome, Italy; in this program, students pay their normal Maryland tuition plus travel, room and board. Additional summer programs are offered through the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the Jewish Studies program.

Study Abroad courses offered by the Classics Department:

Winter in Italy: Ancient Greek and Roman Culture in Context

Course Title: CLAS308G (The Classics in Context: The Ancient Roman City: Pompeii and Beyond)

A 3-week, 3-credit winter term program in Italy led by Professor Crispin Corrado. 

In 2018, the course will be cross-listed as ARTH369.

Greek temples, Roman towns, seaside villas, and the Eternal City – you will experience all of these as we explore important sites for ancient Greek and Roman culture. By participating in this course, you will gain a broad and fundamental understanding of the history and culture of the ancient urban spaces of central Italy. The program begins in Stabiae and Pompeii, where we will consider the nature of public and domestic architecture, urban planning, and other aspects of Greek and Roman culture. We will engage in several excursions to relevant sites and cities. The program will conclude with a week in Rome, where we will attend a series of lecture tours at various sites and museums. There will be ample time in Rome as well, to expand beyond the ancient world and consider its continuity in the art and architecture of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Through first-hand examination of small everyday objects and monumental architecture, this program will give you an intensive introduction to the public and private lives of those who lived in ancient Italy.

The deadline for applications for January 2018 is October 1, 2017. For scholarship applications, the deadline is earlier: September 24. Please see the following link for more information:

Summer in Italy: Are We Rome?

Course Title: CLAS269R (Special Topics in Study Abroad II: Are We Rome?)

A one-week, one-credit summer program in Rome, Italy led by Professor Joseph Scholten

With support from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), the Department of Classics at UMD is proud to offer a short-term summer program in Rome, in which you will study the influences of ancient Rome on modern American architecture, politics, and culture. Students will visit some of the most important sites in ancient Rome, including the Forum, Colosseum, Baths of Caracalla, and Via Appia). The professor will give on-site lectures exploring the connections between ancient Rome and the United States with regard to politics, religion, sports, and fashion. Don't miss out on this opportunity for a hands-on introduction to ancient Roman architecture and material culture.

Please note that preference will be given to students who indicate intent to register for CLAS289A in spring 2018.

Applications for summer 2018 open on December 1, 2017. Please see the following link for more information:

Spring Break in France: Classical Myths in Europe

Course Title: CLAS171 (Classical Myths in Europe) or CLAS499P (Independent Study in Classical Languages and Literature: Classical Myths in Europe)

A one-week, one-credit spring break program in Paris, France led by Dr. Lillian Doherty. 

This course, taught in English, is an introduction to the classical Greek and Roman influences that have helped shape the city of Paris and the art and history of France. From our home base on the Left Bank, we explore the museums and neighborhoods where classical influences are most obvious, from the Greek and Roman sculpture in the Louvre to the Champs-Elysées, named for the Elysian Fields of Greek mythology. Areas of study include the Roman origins of Paris, the uses of classical myth in visual art, and the political uses of antiquity in French public monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe and Colonne Vendôme. There is ample free time for visiting other sites such as the Eiffel Tower and the chateau of Versailles.

The application deadline for spring break 2018 is October 1, 2017. For scholarship applications, the deadline is earlier:  September 24.  Please see the following link for more information:

Summer in Greece:

Our 4-week, 4-credit archaeology program in Greece will return in summer of 2019.  Watch this space next year for more information.


A program available for the winter, spring, or summer terms, or for a full year from the beginning of the fall semester to the end of the spring semester.

Maryland-in-Rome is based at the American University of Rome (AUR). Overlooking the historical center of the city, the American University of Rome is located on top of the Janiculum, Rome's highest hill, and just off the ancient Roman route Via Aurelia. The neighborhood offers a variety of restaurants, shops, cafes, and an outdoor market, allowing students to savor Roman living. Students will have the opportunity to engage with both the intricate history and the vibrant modernity of Rome while staying on track to graduate. Students have the option to participate on a number of excursions to other parts of Italy such as Pompeii or various cities in Tuscany.

The deadline for fall semester applications has passed. The application deadline for spring semester 2018 will be October 1, 2017. Please see the following link for more information:

Other Opportunities

In addition to our own study abroad programs, students may take advantage of various programs that are not administered by the University of Maryland. Here are just a few of the opportunities available to you:

Finally, Maryland’s new membership in the Big Ten promises to facilitate our students’ participation in study abroad programs sponsored by other member schools; more information about these opportunities should become available soon.