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 main programs are in Rome and in Greece, offering students the opportunity to study the architecture, society, and language of Ancient Greece and Rome. Study abroad opportunities are available for a semester or entire year.

College Year in Athens

Parthenon, AthensThe 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.

ICCS in Rome

ICCS in RomeThe 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.

Student may apply to attend CYA in one term and the ICCS in the other. The Department also encourages (but does not require) students to take advantage of summer programs or to consider going on a summer archeological excavation.