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Study Abroad

Study Abroad: Academic Year

The Classics department encourages our majors to take advantage of all the educational opportunities available to them, including the Berkeley Study Abroad program.  You can gain valuable experience by living abroad, and achieve a broader perspective on classical literature, history, and culture by studying this material in a new context.  There are options for studying Classics across the globe.

Since many students want to study abroad but are concerned about fulfilling their major requirements, we have compiled a list of pre-approved classes, that is, classes from many campuses that are pre-approved as substitutes for specific classes in our curriculum.  If you want to study at a campus that is not on this list, or want to take a different course at one of these campuses, please contact us and we may be able to approve it in advance.  Cassandra Dunn (cassandrajj@berkeley.edu) and the faculty advisers for undergraduates are available to answer questions and to help you plan your course of study.

Please note that applications for academic-year programs are due in late October for study in the following academic year.  You should begin to make plans the preceding spring—that is, about 16 months before you anticipate going abroad.

University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP):  Berkeley participates fully in the UC Education Abroad Program.  Interested students can take classes—including many that fulfill our major requirements—at many different institutions abroad; more information is available here.  For the EAP website specific to Berkeley's programs, see UC Berkeley Study Abroad Program.

In addition, there are three non-EAP programs, two in Athens and one in Rome:

Costs. The UC Education Abroad Program plans its centers so that a Berkeley student can study abroad for about the same cost (tuition, fees, housing) that it would cost to remain at Berkeley. This estimate does not, of course, include additional expenses such as travel to and from the center, and other travel while abroad.

On the other hand, study in any other program can cost more than study in Berkeley. For example, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, the premier study abroad opportunity for classics students, costs about twice what it costs to attend Berkeley, because it is a consortium based upon private colleges and universities, with the higher tuition costs that entails. But not all private programs are so expensive. For example, the College Year in Athens, because of the lower cost-of-living in Greece, actually costs the same or less than a semester at Berkeley.

Classics Study Abroad Scholarship (CSAS).  The Department has two grant programs available each year to help with the cost of study abroad.

  • Study in an EAP center. A grant is available to provide $1500 for travel in classical lands while abroad (if the center is near those lands).
  • Study in a non-EAP center. Such a center must be in a classical land (usually, but not necessarily, restricted to Italy and Greece). A grant is available to pay for the difference between tuition and housing of the nearest equivalent EAP center, if the private center costs more. A grant is also available to provide $1500 for travel in classical lands while abroad, even if the study center itself is not in a classical land.

In any given year, as many grants will be given out as resources allow. All questions about financial aid and all applications should be directed to the Classics Faculty Undergraduate Advisers. Applications are due the first week of April.

Study Abroad: Summer

American  Academy in Rome: Summer Program in Archaeology

American School of Classical Studies: Summer Session

The Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology and the Department of Classics now sponsor two archaeological field school programs through UC Berkeley Summer Sessions, one in Nemea and one in Mycenae, both led by Nemea Center Director Kim Shelton. For more information click here.

Other opportunities for archaeological fieldwork are posted here: http://www.archaeological.org/ (click on the fieldwork link)

Summer Travel Awards

An announcement is circulated in early spring to the Classics undergraduate list. To apply for funding, students submit a letter of application and a budget to both Classics Undergraduate Faculty Advisors, Professor Shelton and Professor MacRae via email. The letter should explain the applicant's background in, connection to, or study of Classics and describe the proposed study, travel, excavation, etc. Students who have submitted a letter of application and a budget will be considered for all available grants and funding. An announcement of the opening of application process will be send to the Classics Undergraduate listserv. Letters of application are generally due the first week of April. There is no special application form.

  • J. K. Anderson Travel Award:  An award of at least $1500 to support an undergraduate in summer study and/or travel in classical lands, with preference given to undergraduate students of Classics and to attendance at summer programs offered by the American School of Classical Studies: Summer Session and the American Academy in Rome: Summer Program in Archaeology. The term "students of Classics" is meant to include not only declared majors, but also students of Greek, Latin, or Classics who have not (or not yet) declared a major in one of those fields.
  • The Dimitrios Vlahos Travel Award: An award to support summer study in Greece for an undergraduate student enrolled in the Department of Classics in the College of Letters and Science.
  • Classics Summer Study Abroad Award (CSSAA): The Grant supports one student in pursuing some aspect of Classics while abroad during the summer. This could be travel, study, excavation, or a combination of these activities. The award is restricted to declared majors in the Department. One award of $1500 is made each year.