International Experience

ὅτι μὲν τοίνυν ἔστι παιδεία τις ἣν οὐχ ὡς χρησίμην παιδευτέον τοὺς υἱεῖς οὐδ᾽ ὡς ἀναγκαίαν ἀλλ᾽ ὡς ἐλευθέριον καὶ καλήν, φανερόν ἐστιν.
“It’s clear that there is a form of education that should be taught to children not because it is useful or necessary but because it is fit for a free person and noble.”
Aristotle - Politics 1338a30

Summer Travel

The classics department has funds available to help undergraduates finance summer research projects, including intensive language study, academic programs in Greece and Italy, or independent travel. In addition, the classics department offers courses with a travel component regularly.

All students interested in applying for summer funding, must complete an application via the University’s Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE). When you enter the SAFE system, you will need to search opportunities in the department of classics under Summer Study Abroad (also used for summer study programs in the US). You are also required to sumbit a request for all University-sponsored overnight travel (domestic and international) in Concur (exception: travel to New York City and Philadelphia). For more information on the travel request process for University-sponsored travel and related policies, please consult the undergraduate travel checklist.

You are also encouraged to seek funding from other sources on campus, including the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies (for study in Greece) and class funds. If you would like information about possible summer study abroad programs, please contact the department representative.

The application deadline is March 31.

Study Abroad

Travel and study in the Mediterranean are an important part of the classical education experience. The department strongly encourages its students to participate in one of the many programs available. Many departmental students spend one term of junior year at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. The center offers instruction in classical languages, presents lectures on ancient literature and history, and sponsors a series of trips to important museums and archaeological sites. Instruction is in English by American faculty members, and the curriculum is integrated with the Princeton undergraduate program. Equally valuable is the summer program at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. If you are thinking about studying abroad, explore your options here at the Office of International Programs.

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