Global Programs

Christopher Roberts Travel Prizes

Each year the Department of Classical Studies awards a maximum of three prizes for study abroad, at approved programs, in amounts up to $5,000. The prizes are open to those majoring or minoring in Classical Studies at Dickinson and are awarded by the department on a competitive basis. Students must meet Dickinson's criteria for study abroad and must have been admitted to the program of their choice prior to receiving any prize money.

Applicants should apply to the Chair of the Department, Professor Christopher Francese, with a letter of intent expressing their reasons for wanting to study abroad and for choosing their particular program -- by October 1st (for spring semester), by April 1st (for fall semester). Awards will be announced by November 1st or May 1st, respectively.

Programs which have received approval by the Classics Department:
The Department of Classical Studies sponsors several opportunities for students of distinguished academic record to experience the ancient world abroad. The year-long and semester programs are highly competitive and offer a cutting edge intellectual experience. In these programs students are able to develop their language, writing and analytical skills in the company of an international array of faculty and students.

Students must apply to all programs with the permission and cooperation of the Classical Studies Department. All courses are offered on a credit/no credit basis and earn a full Dickinson course credit unless otherwise stated.

Durham University (one year or one semester):
Durham University, located in Northern England, is home to one of the largest and most prestigious departments of archaeology in the United Kingdom. This program is designed for the study of archaeology and ancient languages at an intensive level. Special privilege to attend can be arranged with the cooperation and permission of the Classical Studies faculty. Dickinson's financial aid applies to this program.

Advanced Studies in England (ASE) - Bath . Oxford . Stratford (one year or one semester): link to student photos - Melissa Hozik, spring 2003. Bath University and University College, Oxford, offer a tutorial program intended for ancient language majors and minors who wish to study other disciplines as well -- for example, religion, philosophy, history, sociology, education, drama, literature, women's studies. Students live in Georgian residences and are active members of the University of Bath while they study their ancient languages at Oxford University. Catalogues and additional printed information is available in the Classical Studies Department, or email directly to

College Year in Athens (access through Internet Explorer only) one year program:
Studying abroad adds immeasurably to your intellectual growth in a very short time. Apart from the strictly academic aspect of the experience, getting to know a culture, a way of life, and a set of values different from your own, helps you to reach a new stage of maturity, sophistication and awareness. Greece is an excellent choice for this experience because, although in many ways similar, the way of life is sufficiently different from that of North America and Western Europe to be challenging and stimulating. Courses are offered through the Athens-based International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies through the direction of College Year in Athens, a not-for-profit educational institution based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Brochures and applications are available in the department.

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome(1 semester only): link to student photos:  Meghan Carter, spring 2004.
Administered by Duke University, though applications are available in the department.

The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) was established in 1965 by representatives of ten American colleges and universities. It provides undergraduate students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art. The faculty is chosen from persons teaching classics, history, and art history in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Students are expected to take four courses, which is a minimum and normal load, though a few students do take five courses. All students take the required comprehensive and integrated course entitled The Ancient City. This course is equal to and requires as much class and study time as two semester courses. Frequent site visits and explorations, intensive museum tours and lectures, and wide-ranging trips based on the Professor-in-Charge's area of expertise outside of Rome are included as part of the course. In recent years, Campania, Etruria, and Sicily have been the focus of study outside of Rome. Because this course depends on prior knowledge of Roman history, students are expected to prepare themselves by taking a Roman history course or by careful reading on the subject. Dickinson's financial aid applies to this program.

Summer Programs: Our summer programs offer a broader range of students opportunities to engage the classical world on site. The goal of these immersions is to foster both an appreciation and understanding of Greco-Roman culture and the dialogue that exists between it and our own civilization.

Fieldwork in Classical Archaeology: The Department offers students who desire to study archaeology first-hand opportunities to participate in a summer excavation. These excavations are designed for research purposes; however, students are instructed in techniques of field archaeology while investigating major historical issues involving indigenous peoples and their impact on the ancient world.

Program led by Prof. R. Leon Fitts and co-sponsored by the Department of Archaeology, Durham University, England. Students from that department also participate in this excavation of a Roman site in Scotland. Archaeological survey, excavation and museum research at Mycenae (Greece) - with Prof. Christofilis Maggidis, who, in addition to his affiliation with Dickinson College, is also the assistant to the Director of Mycenae (D.E.P.A.S.).

Classics Immersion Programs in Greece and Italy (offered occasionally): Students of Latin and Greek, and other students especially interested in classical antiquity, have the opportunity to choose from two immersion programs offered by the department. The program based in Rome and the Bay of Naples focuses on the reconstruction of daily life during the Greek and Roman periods. The program based on the mainland of Greece and the island of Crete likewise aims to reconstruct a picture of life during the various historical periods of classical Greek civilization. Both programs relate classical texts to the surviving monuments of the ancient cultures and to objects of daily use found in museum collections.