Classics majors are encouraged to study abroad in order to gain first-hand knowledge of Mediterranean culture and material artifacts. As many of our majors can attest, there’s no substitute for seeing the sites yourself! Most students study abroad during their junior year.
Course credits are applied to your ND transcript and you can maintain any financial aid package you currently hold. Consult our director of undergraduate studies very early in the semester before you attend to go abroad.
Check out these blogs from students who studied abroad in previous semesters to see what life across the pond is all about. Maggie Rhoda studied in Athens, and Tracy Jennings studied in Rome.
Classics majors at Notre Dame have the unique opportunity to study abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome. This prestigious program admits Greek and Latin students from only the best colleges and universities throughout the country. The Department of Classics is very successful in placing its majors at the ICCS, working closely with students on each step of the application process. For a semester (fall or spring) students come together to live and study in Rome and its environs; week-long field trips to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Sicily are frequently sponsored. Students study the history and archaeology of Rome, ancient Greek and Latin, and various electives, including Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture.
Majors in the Department of Classics with particular interest in ancient Greek studies have a special opportunity to study abroad in Athens for a semester on the College Year in Athens (CYA) program. Notre Dame students come together with students from other top colleges and universities to live and study in Athens; overnight field trips to other sites, including Delphi and Mycenae, are also part of the curriculum. The Department of Classics is very successful in placing students in the CYA program, working closely with individuals on all parts of the application process. Students choose from a wide selection of courses including the history, politics, philosophy, literature, art, and archaeology of ancient Greece, and beginning and intermediate language instruction in ancient Greek.
Students in the Department of Classics together with majors from other Notre Dame departments may choose to study in the vibrant city of Cairo, Egypt, for one semester (spring) or two during their sophomore or junior year. Notre Dame students enroll at the American University in Cairo (AUC) where they study together with Egyptian and Arab students in courses taught by top scholars in the fields of Middle Eastern studies, Egyptology, Islamic art and architecture, and Arabic language studies. The Great Pyramids at Giza, among other popular sites, are easily accessible from the students’ living quarters in Cairo.
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