Classics Department

Study Abroad and Summer Archaeology

Seeing and experiencing the Mediterranean first-hand greatly enhances your understanding of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and the many cultures with which they came into contact.

It is usual for several Reed classics students to go abroad each year, normally during their junior year for either one semester or two. Many students also take part in summer programs and archaeological excavations. You should talk with your advisor if you are interested in studying abroad.

Yearlong and Semester-long Programs

ICCS Rome, one semester

The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome is the premier overseas studies program for undergraduate Classics majors in the United States. The program is run by a consortium of U.S. Colleges and Universities (including Reed) and is administered by Duke University. Students in the ICCS program take a two unit Ancient City course that involves intensive study of the archaeology, topography, history, and art of Rome through extensive travel to sites in Rome, Central and Southern Italy, and Sicily. In addition, students take two other classes, one of which must be a Greek or Latin course. Course options include intermediate and advanced Latin and Greek, Medieval and Renaissance Art History, and beginning Italian. Students live, eat, and study in a beautiful building close to the American Academy, the center of Rome, and the Vatican. Reed usually sends one to three junior Classics majors to the ICCS Rome program each year.

Sarah Lawrence Foreign Program, one year

Students can spend an academic year studying classics as associate students at Wadham College at Oxford University. Students need to be at least second-year level in Latin and Greek, and take course equivalents for second-year and third-year Greek and Latin, and Ancient History. Learning is centered around tutorials, combined with a core seminar and university lectures.

Trinity College Dublin, one year

Students can spend an academic year studying classics as visiting students at Trinity College Dublin. Trinity College has an excellent Classics faculty, and students can take a wide variety of courses in Greek, Latin, ancient history, ancient civilization, and archaeology.

College Year in Athens (CYA), one year or one semester

CYA, a program that is focused on the history and civilization of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, offers a broad variety of classes in Art and Archaeology, Classical Languages, History, Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Ethnography, Environmental Studies, Political Science, and Modern Greek Language. It is recommended that students be at least at the second-year level in Greek, and CYA offers Latin only at the advanced level. Courses that are particularly recommended include Aegean and Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology, Ancient Greek Vase Painting, Ancient Greek Sculpture, Ancient Greek Athletics, The Development of Athenian Democracy, The History and Society of Ancient Sparta, Attic Tragedy, and Greek Philosophy: The Good Life and the Common Good. All of the Art and Archaeology courses and many of the other courses that focus on the ancient world involve field trips around Attica and extensive travel around other parts of the Greek world. Students who attend CYA live in apartments in Athens but eat their meals together at CYA's central dining facility.

Summer Archaeology

In addition to yearlong and semester-long study abroad programs, classics students regularly participate in summer archaeology programs. Participating in an archaeological excavation gives you hands-on experience with the material culture of Greek and Roman civilization and allows you to contribute directly to ongoing research on ancient Mediterranean societies. Reed students have recently participated in the following excavations and projects, all of which include trips to major archaeological sites in addition to formal training in archaeological excavation and/or research techniques:

Vigla Archaeological Project, Reed College/Metropolitan State University of Denver

Vigla is a Hellenistic period (ca. 330-30 BCE) fortification site near the modern city of Larnaca, Cyprus. Prof. Tom Landvatter co-directs this excavation with Dr. Brandon Olson of Metropolitan State University of Denver. The proect focuses on the transition to the Hellenistic period in the eastern Mediterranean, imperial incorporation strategies, and early Hellenistic ceramics. The project blog can be found here. Reed students interested in participating can fill out the application form here.

The Gabii Project, University of Michigan/University of Missouri

The site of Gabii, just outside of Rome, was one of Rome’s rivals in Latium during the first millennium BCE. The Gabii project has relationship with the ICCS (the Centro). The project’s facebook page can be found here.


Other archaeological opportunities can be found through the Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin of the Archaeological Institute of America, or through the Institute for Field Research.

In you are interested in participating in an archaeological excavation, please contact Prof. Thomas Landvatter (

Summer Language

Students looking to boost their language level quickly may consider an intensive summer course. In recent years Reed students have attended these programs:

Greek and Latin Summer Workshops at Berkeley

CUNY Latin/Greek Institute in Manhattan

University of Washington Summer Languages

University of Chicago Summer Language Institute

University of Michigan Summer Language Institute

Greek & Latin Summer School, University College Cork (Ireland)

Summer Language Study at the University of Arizona