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Study Abroad

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Boston College offers a wide range of opportunities for study abroad through the Office of International Programs. Many of these are all-purpose programs, that is, they may be suitable for students with a wide variety of majors, including Classics. More focused as suitable for Classics students are two programs in particular, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS), and the College Year in Athens program (CYA). If you are interested in either program, you should discuss plans with the faculty member linked to that program. If, as a Classics major, you are interested in other programs, you should consult with a faculty member about how the program will intersect with the requirements of the major.


The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome is sponsored by a consortium of some 90 American universities and is administered by the foreign study office at Duke University. The Centro (as it is called for short) provides a highly focused, one-semester program designed to acquaint students with the city of Rome, while maintaining continuity with the major programs of the students' home universities. Students live and take meals at a common site in the heart of Rome.

The Centro has a limited curriculum, for practical purposes aimed at Classics majors and Art History majors. Its signature double-credit course, entitled "The Ancient City," uses Rome itself as a living laboratory. It is supplemented by field trips to other sites in Italy and Sicily; otherwise, it offers intermediate and advanced courses in Latin and Greek, courses in Italian art, and instruction in Italian.

Admission is competitive (about 35 students are accepted each term). Students need to have some background in ancient history as well as in Latin and Greek language. Boston College has been fortunate to place a number of students in the Centro over the past ten years. For more information please email Professor Kendra Eshleman.


The College Year in Athens program is available all year. It offers study tracks in Ancient Greek Civilization and in East Mediterranean Studies, as well as instruction in Modern Greek language. Students live in apartments in the Kolonaki section of Athens. One meal a day is served, plus breakfast on field trips. The program "offers its students the opportunity to experience daily life in a European capital city while providing the academic tools that enable them to understand Greece and the world of the Eastern Mediterranean."

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is filled. About 100 students a year participate. Boston College has only recently become affiliated with the CYA, so we do not have so much experience here as with the Centro. For more information please email Professor Kendra Eshleman.


In conjunction with the Office for International Programs, the department itself occasionally offers two- to three-week enrichment courses in the summer or between the fall and spring semesters.

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