Classics

Classics students can really reap huge benefits through studying abroad by gaining a better understanding the way classics are studied around the world. Imagine reciting a speech of Cicero in the Roman senate house, enjoying fresh seafood while gazing across the Straits of Actium, running a footrace at Olympia, or strolling through the dusty streets of Pompeii. As a Classics major, you can easily meet program requirements while gaining a unique perspective about life in ancient Greece and Rome. Through study abroad you’ll also set yourself apart from other job-seekers and graduate-school applicants in an increasingly competitive market. Step out into the world, rev up your resume and earn academic credit by studying abroad in locations such as Italy, Greece, and the United Kingdom 

 

"It is a testament to Grand Valley that I was able to have my own Grand Tour."

-Dylan Moore, B.A in Classics, German, and Philosophy

Classics Study Abroad Programs

Classics

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Academic Advice

FIRST YEAR AND SOPHOMORE STUDENTS

First Year Students

The earliest you can go abroad is the summer of your first year.

Students may fulfill General Education Foundation and/or Issues requirements abroad.

Sophomore Students

Students may fulfill General Education Foundation and/or Issues requirements abroad.

Classics Major and Minor 

  • Classes taken as part of a study abroad experience may be counted toward the Cultural or Language core.
  • Advanced Latin or Greek classes taken as part of study abroad may be counted toward fulfillment of Classical Languages emphasis requirement.
  • Advanced Greek classes taken as part of study abroad may be counted toward fulfillment of the Greek emphasis requirement.
  • Advanced Latin classes taken as part of study abroad may be counted toward fulfillment of the Latin emphasis requirement.
  • Advanced Latin classes taken as part of study abroad may be counted toward fulfillment of the Latin Secondary Education emphasis requirement. Students should be aware, however, that most study abroad programs do not offer appropriate substitutes for Latin Prose Composition.
  • Classes taken as part of a study abroad experience may be counted toward the Classical Tradition emphasis 15 hours requirement. This is subject to department approval prior to participation in the program abroad.

Restrictions

  • Students may NOT take CLA 195, CLA 350, CLA 395, CLA 495 (Capstone) abroad. 
  • Courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Please note that several study abroad programs offer Greek and/or Latin, but not necessarily at advanced levels equivalent to the 300 level at GVSU. Students should be sure to discuss this issue with a Classics adviser as part of the study abroad planning process.
  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your advisor to discuss your academic goal.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and External options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students can fulfill the General Education Foundation requirements abroad as well as their General Education Issues requirement (reflection paper required). If you take at least 3 credits abroad, your Global Perspectives General Education requirement will automatically be fulfilled.

Scholarship Opportunities

Study Abroad Scholarships 

Explore Scholarship and Grant opportunities 

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
Explore other external options by using the search engines listed below.

Greek World

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

    Semester 

Academic Year

Summer 

   Program Notes

External

Greece

Arcadia University

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Arcadia University 

External

Greece

College Year in Athens

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Athens

External

Greece

Kentucky Institute for International Studies

   

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KIFIS 

External

Greece

The American School of Classical Studies

   

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The American School 

Roman World

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

   Semester 

Academic Year

Summer

    Program Notes

Affiliate

Italy

John Cabot University

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John Cabot 

External 

Italy 

Duke University ICCS Rome 

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Duke University 

External

Italy

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome

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Intercollegiate Center

External

Italy

University of Arizona/Orvieto Institute of Classical Studies

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University of Arizona 

Other External Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

    Summer

Academic Year

Summer

   Program Notes

External

United Kingdom

University of Reading

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University of Reading

Explore Other Program Options

While the Classics Dept. recommends focusing on Classics courses in the Greek/Roman world, you may be interested in the following destinations as well, where courses in the Classics can be taken.

Field Work Opportunities Abroad

Numerous opportunities exist for summer archaeological fieldwork at ancient Greek and Roman sites throughout the Mediterranean. Students interested in fieldwork opportunities should contact Prof. Melissa Morison directly. Please be aware that application deadlines for many field training programs fall early in the academic year

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

Melissa Morison
265 Lake Huron Hall
morisonm@gvsu.edu