Program Summary 

Academic Year and Semester Programs Approved by Amherst College




Academic Year and Semester Programs


This immersive program offers year-long and semester options. Instruction is offered in English and Greek, and participants are expected to take Greek as part of their course of study. Students interested in classics often pursue archaeology, philosophy, and Ancient Greek course options. Meanwhile, faculty walks of Athenian neighborhoods provide opportunities to study both the visible and invisible culture of Athens.

Deadline to apply for spring 2021 in October 15, 2020.

For more information:
Tel: 1.866.927.2234


College Year in Athens offers a variety and range of classes that together provide a well-rounded picture of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. Because the classes are taught in English, a previous knowledge of Modern Greek is not a prerequisite. Whenever relevant, classes are taught at sites and in museums, and an extensive study-travel program introduces all students to the major monuments of the country. 

The Program is designed to make the culture and history of Greece and its neighbors accessible. Greece's location, at the confluence of Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, is excellent for those interested in historical and political developments in the area. Classics majors and those interested in archaeology will find incomparable opportunities.

CYA employs a rolling admissions policy. Since applications are considered only as long as space is available, CYA strongly encourages early application. 

For more information:                
Tel: 617.868.8200      Fax: 617.868.8207

Caroline Kinsley '17; View from the Acropolis, 2015 fall


Arch of Constantine
Noel Grisante '17 at the Arch of Constantine, 2015 fall  


Jevhon Rivers '11 at the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, 2009 fall 


Better known as the "Centro," the ICCS provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to study ancient history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art while in Rome. Students are expected to take four courses. Frequent site visits and explorations, intensive museum tours and lectures, and wider-ranging trips outside Rome are included as part of the course.

This program is administered by Duke University. Credit is regularly granted by Amherst College. 
Deadlines:   Fall semester: March 1            Spring semester: October 1
For more information contact Susan Pratt, GEO Asst. Director and Regional Manager:
Tel: 919-684-2174; FAX: 919-684-3083

Middlebury College and Keble College at the University of Oxford have designed a humanities program for students interested in studying at Oxford, but based on the US academic year rather than the trimester academic calendar at Oxford. Students studying at CMRS are associate members of Keble College during their semester abroad. Unlike direct enrollment, students take tutorials as well as an integrated seminar course. As expected, students can study various subjects in English, but also history, philosophy, religion, gender studies, and classics.

From the CMRS website:

Based in the centre of historic Oxford, this unique study abroad programme offers challenging courses within Literature, History, Art History, Philosophy, Religion and Politics. The courses cover a wide range of modern as well as classical, medieval and early modern subjects.

Deadlines:   Fall semester (or full year): March 15            Spring semester: October 1

For more information: 


Summer Programs 

The American Academy in Rome Summer School
The six-week program of the American Academy in Rome is designed to provide qualified graduate students, mature undergraduates, and middle school, high school, and two-year college teachers with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the city of Rome through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.
2020 Program Dates: June 15 - July 24
Application Deadline: December 15, 2019
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, one of America’s most distinguished centers devoted to advanced teaching and research, was founded in 1881 to provide American graduate students and scholars a base for their studies in the history and civilization of the Greek world. Today, it continues as a teaching institution, providing students a unique opportunity to study firsthand the sites and monuments of Greece. The school is also a superb resource for senior scholars pursuing research in fields ranging from antiquity to modern Greece, thanks to its internationally renowned libraries, the Blegen, dedicated to classical antiquity, and the Gennadius, which concentrates on the Greek world after the end of antiquity.

  • Summer Session 2020
    The six-week session is designed for those who wish to become acquainted with Greece and its antiquities in a limited time, and to improve their understanding of the relationship between the monuments, landscape, and climate of the country and its history, literature, and culture.

    Enrollment is open to North American graduate and advanced undergraduate students and to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects. Each session is limited to 20 participants.
    Roughly half of the session is spent in travel throughout Greece. Three trips of varying duration give the participant an introduction to the major archaeological sites and museum collections in North and Central Greece, the Peloponnese, and Crete. The remainder of the session is devoted to study of the museums and monuments of Athens and the surrounding area with day trips to such sites as Marathon, Sounion, and Eleusis. Each participant will usually present two "on-site" oral reports on assigned topics. The program is demanding, both physically and intellectually.

           Program Dates: June 15 to July 29       Application Deadline: January 10, 2020


College Year in Athens-Summer Program

Students interested in short-term, intensive study abroad are invited to take advantage of the CYA Summer Program, which offers unique, experience-based opportunities for learning. The semester-equivalent courses are offered in two consecutive sessions that run from late May into July and have been arranged to provide a number of options for continuing or complementary study. The program includes courses on the sites and monuments of ancient Athens, Modern Greek language and anthropology/service learning on Paros, as well as study travel courses in archaeology, history, and religion that introduce students to major sites in Greece and the Aegean coast of Turkey. A new summer course offers participation in the excavation of an archaic sanctuary on a small Aegean island.

For more information:                Application Deadline: Rolling application

HERC offers short-term summer academic programs. The 2020 Summer Program runs from May 25 to July 25.

For more information email:    

  • Duke in Greece  The Department of Philosophy and the Duke University Global Education Office for Undergraduates offer an integrated course of study combining in-depth tours of the important sites and museums in various regions of this spectacular country, with close reading and discussion of key ancient philosophical texts.
  • Duke in Rome  Duke University’s Departments of Classical Studies, Art and Art History, and History, together with Duke University’s Global Education for Undergraduates (GEO-U), offer a four-week, one-course summer program in the city of Rome and on the Bay of Naples in Italy.
Application deadline: February 1, 2020
For more information:
Tel: 919-684-2174     Fax: 919-684-3083


Athenian Agora (sponsored by The American School of Classical Studies at Athens) 
This program is for volunteer excavators wishing to participate in the archaeological excavations of the Athenian Agora during the summer.

Deadline for completed applications: December 15.

For additional information, contact
Prof. John McK. Camp II 
American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Department of Classics
Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA  23005 
Tel: 609-683-0800     Fax: 609-924-0578    


The Gabii Project, Field School in Archaeology, Rome, Italy  

The Gabii Project is an international archaeological initiative under the direction of Nicola Terranato of the University of Michigan. This five-week, on-site program aims to introduce students to the techniques and methodologies of field archaeology through direct, hands-on, experiential learning. The successful applicant will be ready to work as part of a large team and welcome the opportunity to work and learn cooperatively. The combined experience of the Gabii Project's multinational staff offers volunteers opportunities to learn and practice some of the latest techniques of field archaeology. Participants may enroll in a field practicum and potentially receive academic credit.


Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome  (ICCS) administered by Duke University's Global Education Office for Undergraduates

Duke in Crete   
Duke University, in association with the Consortium for Classical and Mediterranean Archaeology, are pleased to offer a six-week archaeological field studies program on the island of Crete.


Mt. Lykaion Excavation  In the ancient Greek region of Arcadia in the southern Peloponnesos, the sanctuary of Zeus on Mt. Lykaion stands out for its great fame, mysterious rituals and wide-ranging significance. This site, located to the west of Megalopolis in southwestern Arcadia on the modern-day mountain of Agios Elias, held fascination for the ancient Greeks and has continued to be important for modern-day scholars of archaeology, classics, and Greek religion. Pausanias described the sanctuary of Zeus in great detail in his Guide to Greece (8.38.2-8.38.10) and indicated that the whole mountain was considered a sacred place by ancient Greeks. It was identified in Greek mythology as the birthplace of Zeus (at Cretea) and, according to Pausanias, on Mt. Lykaion there was a stadium and hippodrome in which athletic games for the Lykaion festival were held, a sanctuary of Pan, and, at the summit, a formidable temenos and altar of Lykaion Zeus. In front of the altar, Pausanias says, there were two columns crowned by gilded eagles.

Please contact Dr. David Gilman Romano, Field Director and Co-Director, at for further information about the project.


The Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies at Montclair State University co-directs the archaeological Villa of the Antonines Project in Genzano di Roma, Italy. The current work at the site is focused on an amphitheater-like structure located in the outskirts of Rome near the eighteenth mile of the Appian Way. During the four-week program, participants will be introduced to all aspects of field archaeology and will receive hands-on experience in on-site recordkeeping, methods of mapping, field survey, and geophysical investigation.  

Additional Resources

Study Away Suspended Fall 2020

Please note that on account of the pandemic, Amherst will not support study away programs during the Fall 2020 semester. Stay tuned for news about Spring 2020.