Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad Programs


Wellesley College offers a variety of Study Abroad Programs to enhance a student's educational and cultural experience while helping to fulfill the Classical Studies major. The Department of Classical Studies has suggested the following pre-approved programs for students interested in pursuing Classics while abroad (see here for a breakdown of these programs). A complete list of Wellesley pre-approved programs can be found here. If a student identifies a program not already approved by Wellesley, they may submit a petition to the International Study Committee. Students who prefer to spend eight semesters at Wellesley may be interested in a summer program or Wintersession opportunity for international study


The Department strongly encourages students to discuss study abroad options with their Classics faculty advisor or the Office of International Study.

Semester and Full Year Programs

The department strongly encourages students to study abroad during their junior year, either for a single semester or for an entire academic year. The programs listed below offer opportunities for independent research, lecture-style classes, or archaeological field work. This list of programs is limited, and the Department encourages students to explore other options which best suit their academic and personal interests. Interested students should discuss potential study abroad plans and opportunities with their faculty advisor during their sophomore year.  Additionally, the Office of International Study has compiled this list of programs suitable for Classics majors.

Programs in the United Kingdom

University of Cambridge, Pembroke College

The University of Cambridge offers the opportunity to experience life as an undergraduate student for either a full year or a fall semester term at Pembroke College. The Classical Faculty at Cambridge has provided both individual and group supervsions to past Wellesley students in the following areas: Greek Language and Texts, Athens on the Stage, and Gender in Antiquity. Students who are interested in completing a senior thesis or pursuing Classics at the graduate level should consider this program. 

Past Students: Sarah Gonzalez (2020)

Current Students: Julian Krive (2021) 

University of Cambridge, Pembroke College


University College London

Past Students: Gracey Hellstrom (2018) 

University College London


Programs in Italy

Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS)/ “The Centro”

The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) was established in 1965 by representatives of ten American colleges and universities; the number of member institutions has now grown to over 100. It provides undergraduate students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history and archeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art. The ICCS (or the Centro, as it is known) is a one-term program.

Past Students: Chloe Kolbet (2018); Six Rudolph (2019); Katharine Gavitt (2021); Sydney Meve (2021)



Programs in Greece

College Year in Athens (CYA)

The Greek program, founded by Wellesley College graduate Ismene Phylactopoulou, is known as the College Year in Athens program. It was established in 1962 starting with only four students, and today there are close to

200 colleges which participate in the CYA and over 40 courses taught by a faculty of almost thirty members. A student may attend CYA for a term, a year, or a summer. The program offers courses on both the ancient and the modern 

Greek world.

Past Students: Danielle Leibu (2019)