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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 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. 

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 2017 is October 1, 2016. Please see the following link for more information: http://go.umd.edu/ClassicsItaly0117.


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 Genevieve Gessert

With support from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), the Department of Classics at UMD is proud to offer a spring break 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, and will also explore Cinecittà Studios (the home of HBO’s Rome series). The professors 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 2016.

Applications for summer 2017 open on December 1, 2016. Please see the following link for more information: http://go.umd.edu/ClassicsItaly0516.


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 2017 is October 1, 2016. Please see the following link for more information: http://go.umd.edu/ClassicsParis0317


Summer in Greece: History and Archaeology of Corinth

Course Title: CLAS380 (Archaeological Fieldwork in Greece: Ancient Kenchreai and its Archaeological and Historical Context)

A 4-week, 4-credit summer program in Corinth, Greece led by Professor Jorge Bravo.

This course exposes students to the archaeology, history, and culture of Greece by living in the ancient city of Corinth and working at the remains of its ancient eastern port, Kenchreai. Students will actively participate in the work of the Kenchreai Excavations, which are co-directed by Professor Bravo and Professor Joseph L. Rife of Vanderbilt University under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and in conjunction with the Greek Ministry of Culture. Students at the introductory level will thus have the rare opportunity to join a major interdisciplinary research program overseas and learn about data analysis, artifact processing, and conservation, which are all important components in archaeological fieldwork. This program also gives students a chance to live and learn in the northeastern Peloponnese, one of the most archaeologically rich, historically significant, and naturally beautiful regions of Greece. Students will visit sites and museums throughout this region, attend seminars, and experience Greek life. Students will learn not only about the practice of archaeological field research, but also about Greek history and culture from ancient to modern times.

The course meets General Education distribution requirements in Humanities (DSHU) and History and Social Science (DSHS).

Online applications through the Education Abroad office open on December 1, 2016. To find out more, contact Professor Bravo (jbravo@umd.edu).

Other UMD archaeology courses abroad:

Summer in Turkey: Archaeological Investigations in Roman Turkey

Course Title: ARCH428T for undergraduate students or ARCH628T for graduate students

A 3-week, 3-credit summer program in Turkey led by Professor R. Lindley Vann.

Take part in an archaeological project focused on the small town of Aperlae on the south coast of Turkey. You will begin your assignments during the spring semester by reviewing data collected on site and completing readings on topics such as Hellenistic fortifications, Roman baths, Early Christian churches, Lycian tombs, and cisterns, as well as construction techniques in Roman architecture. Once in Turkey, you will record various monuments on the site. Visits to other ancient cities in the region will augment the investigations at Aperlae.

Applications for summer 2016 open on December 1, 2015. Please see the following link for more information: http://ter.ps/sumturkey.


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 fall semester deadline for applications has passed. The application deadline for spring semester 2016 will be October 1, 2015. Please see the following link for more information: http://ter.ps/mdinrome

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: