Study Abroad Opportunities
Many opportunities to study or excavate abroad are open to students of Classics. Students may choose either to spend one or both semesters of the junior year in a study abroad program approved by Georgetown's Office of Overseas Programs (OIP), or to take part in a summer program or summer excavation; these programs vary in length from two weeks to two months. Before planning to study abroad, students should take into account the effect that time away from Georgetown will have upon the sequence of courses they need to take in Latin and/or Greek. For example, in some programs, the Beginning level of Latin or Greek moves much more slowly than it does at Georgetown; other programs teach Latin and/or Greek only at the Intermediate or Advanced levels, but not at the Beginning level. It pays to do your homework on study abroad programs well in advance, and to consult with your faculty advisor in Classics, with the Chair, or with another faculty member about the options that are best for you.
Georgetown is a member institution of the consortium that sponsors a one-semester study abroad program at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies at Rome (http://studyabroad.duke.edu/iccs/index.php). Over the years many Georgetown undergraduates have enjoyed taking part in this program, which offers opportunities for on-site learning in Rome and environs as well as courses in art and archaeology, ancient history, Latin, and ancient Greek.
Faculty of the Georgetown Department of Classics lead two-week summer study tours of ancient sites through OIP. This program takes place during the first session of Georgetown's Summer School and offers Georgetown College credits.
Excellent summer study abroad programs open to undergraduates are offered by the American Academy in Rome (http://www.aarome.org), the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/), and College Year in Athens (www.cyathens.org). In addition, excavations throughout the world are looking for student volunteers, who typically pay room, board, and tuition fees in exchange for training in archaeological methods. To find out about excavation opportunities, go to the Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin (AFOB) on the website of the Archaeological Institute of America (www.archaeological.org).