The classics department strongly encourages going abroad. You can’t go to the ancient Mediterranean, but you can see and touch its material remains. Most of our majors spend at least a summer in a Mediterranean country, either on an archaeological excavation (see under Research) or on a study abroad program.

If you're hoping to spend a summer, semester or year abroad studying classics, we recommended these programs. You should also make an appointment with the Office of Education Abroad to learn about important internal Davidson deadlines and procedures.


The College Year in Athens (CYA), incorporated in 1962, offers summer as well as semester and year-long programs with credit through Southwestern University. For more information, contact Prof. Keyne Cheshire, who attended CYA himself.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), the center of American research in Greece, offers a six-week summer session. They provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience the ancient sites, monuments, and culture of Greece first-hand. Prof. Jeanne Neumann and Prof. Peter Krentz are both summer session veterans; Prof. Krentz has taught one as well and represents Davidson on the managing committee.

The Stephen W. Keller Scholarship is also available for students who wish to pursue independent experiential learning after their abroad program. The grant must be used to support a student’s in-depth engagement with German or Greek culture, language, and life. Visit the Keller Scholarship page to learn more.


Situated in a lovely part of Rome on the Janiculum Hill, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome is the gold standard of programs in Italy. Students take a two-credit course on Rome that includes excursions in the city and throughout Italy. They study Greek, Latin or both, and art history or Italian. Davidson is one of the institutional members. Profs. Keyne Cheshire and Anne Truetzel attended ICCS as undergraduates and can tell you all about it.

The American Academy in Rome (AAR), the leading American research institution in Italy, offers a six-week summer program. For more information, see Prof. Anne Truetzel or Prof. Jeanne Neumann, both veterans of this program.