Study Abroad

Updated Guidance on Brown's Study Abroad Program

As of July 15, 2021, Brown has lifted most pandemic-related restrictions on international travel and returned to its previously established policy for High-Risk and Restricted University-sponsored travel. A summary of what is required and what travel is permitted is provided on the Healthy Brown website, and more information about Brown’s international travel policy is available on the International Travel Risk Management website

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Many concentrators in Classics choose to study abroad at some point during their undergraduate career. The website of the Office of International Programs contains comprehensive information about study abroad options, but the following list is intended to give students a sense of some of the opportunities available for Brown Classics concentrators thinking of studying abroad.

Current Brown Classics concentrators thinking of studying abroad are encouraged to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before making plans.


Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome

This program, begun in 1965 and currently run by Duke University, provides undergraduate students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history, archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, Italian language, and ancient art. In addition to several electives, students are require to take a course called ‘The Ancient City,’ which covers Roman archaeology and topography and the social and urban history of Rome through site visits and museum tours in and outside of Rome. Admissions preference is given to those students who are prepared to take courses in Latin and/or ancient Greek at the intermediate level or higher. 


College Year in Athens

Students may study for a semester or a year at this school in the heart of Athens, choosing from a wide variety of courses that include Latin and Greek, history, political science, environmental studies, and religion, all with a focus on Greece and its neighbors. The CYA curriculum incorporates extensive trips outside of Athens to bring students in contact with the people, geography, history, and monuments of Greece.

Hellenic Research and Education Center, Athens

HERC, an organization devoted to the promotion of Hellenic Studies through educational programs, seminars, and conferences, runs the Classics Advanced Semester Program (CASP) for undergraduates with a background in Classics. Students take four of the five offered courses—Ancient Greek History, Advanced Ancient Greek, Greek Epigraphy, Sites and Monuments of Ancient Athens and Greece, and Latin—with the end goal of being able to analyze the sort of archaeological evidence they encounter in their Epigraphy and Monuments classes within the context of the history and literature they’re reading. This program incorporates numerous field trips and also offers an optional Modern Greek course.

Summer Opportunities


The American Academy in Rome

The American Academy offers a variety of programs in the summer that are open to advanced undergraduates, most notably its “Classical Summer School,” a course designed to familiarize students with the history and development of the city of Rome through an analysis of literary sources and material remains.

Brown in Rome

In this four-week, Brown-run program, students study ancient Roman art, architecture, and history, combining numerous site visits and trips with classroom study.


College Year in Athens

CYA offers four-week summer courses in archaeology, history, anthropology, and Modern Greek whose locations range from Athens to Paros and Santorini.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

The selective six-week summer sessions at the ASCSA are open to advanced undergraduates in Classics. These sessions focus on synthesizing the topography, historical monuments, and ancient literary sources of Greece. Students spend the first three weeks in Athens and the second three visiting major sites around Greece.


The Joukowsky Institute website offers a list of opportunities in archeology (and of ways to search for those opportunities).  

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