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Undergraduate Research Conferences:

Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Conference in the Classics, abstracts due on Feb. 15, 2013. Click here for more information.

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS. Washington and Lee students are eligible for a wide variety of grants and fellowships to support study and travel during the undergraduate years as well as for graduate studies. Please visit the university website on Grants and Fellowships which lists all these opportunities with links to detailed information on each, deadlines, application materials, etc. Freshman year is not too early to begin browsing this site and planning options for the future.


Some funding is available for student summer study, research, or travel (Johnson Opportunity Grants, Woolley Grants, R. E. Lee Grants. Students should consult the Dean's website on Grants and Fellowships for details and deadlines.

APPLY NOW for the Kenchraeai Summer Field School in Archaeology (A Sunoikisis Program)

APPLY NOW for a Summer Internship at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Archaeological Field Work at Gabii in Italy, University of Michigan. This is a unique opportunity for field experience at an especially interesting site east of Rome. "The Gabii Project seeks not only to explore and understand the archaeology of the city of Gabii but also to situate and contextualize our understanding of Gabii in the wider orbits of Central Italy and the Roman Empire. It is also important to achieve a better understanding of the urban development of Gabii herself and the relationship that existed among the cities of Latium in antiquity." Application deadline looming.

Summer Archaeological Field School at the Villa of the Antonines in Genzano di Roma, Italy. For more information, please contact Prof. Timothy Renner at Montclair State University .

Archaeological Conservation Institute in Italy, May

American Academy in Rome Summer Program Classical Summer School. This six-week program 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. Application deadline looming.

Arcadia University Summer Programs in Rome, Athens, and Sicily.

The Latin/Greek Institute of The City University of New York will offer basic programs in Latin and Greek June through mid August.  These courses are intended for people with no (or very little) knowledge of the language.  Two and a half to three years of college Latin or Greek will be taught in ten weeks of intensive, concentrated study.  Twelve undergraduate credits will be awarded through Brooklyn College.  The programs are team-taught by six faculty members, who are on 24-hour call.  Students are trained in morphology and syntax and read representative ancient texts (through the Renaissance in Latin and Attic, Ionic, and koine texts in Greek).  Graduate students are welcome to apply.  Scholarship aid, funded entirely by donations from alumnae/i, is available to partially defray tuition.  The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is offering competitive fellowships to beginning graduate students in art history who are focusing on European art history. For information and application forms, write to:  Latin/Greek Institute, City University Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016, Telephone: (212) 817-2081.  E-mail:

The Department of Classics of University College Cork, Ireland, offers an intensive 8-week summer school from June -August for beginners with parallel courses in Latin and Greek. The courses are primarily aimed at postgraduate students in diverse disciplines who need to acquire a knowledge of either of the languages for further study and research, and at teachers whose schools would like to reintroduce Latin and Greek into their curriculum. In each language 6 weeks will be spent completing the basic grammar and a further 2 weeks will be spent reading simple, unadapted texts. For further information, contact Vicky Janssens, Department of Classics, University College Cork, Ireland, tel.: +353 21 4903618/2359, fax: +353 21 4903277, email:

The Department of Classics, University of Reading, will host a Postgraduate Latin Summer School July- August. This summer school is open to students who have graduated or are in their final year of a BA.  This is an ideal course for those planning to do postgraduate work or to pursue a career in Classics teaching. Students will be expected to have read to the end of section 3 of Reading Latin, or equivalent, before the summer school begins, and will complete a course of study designed to enable them to read unmodified Latin texts. The Summer School is supported by the Institute of Classical Studies and the Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology, and is able to offer part-bursaries. For further information, please contact Dr David Carter:

Vergilian Society Study Tours.  For further information, tour and scholarship applications and detailed itineraries, see the Vergilian Society website.

Bologna University Greek and Latin Summer School, June-July.  The Department of Classics of Bologna University welcomes applications to its intensive Greek and Latin Summer School. The courses will be held in Bologna from 27th June to 15th July 2011 for a total of three weeks.  The school offers Greek courses (for beginners only) and Latin courses (at different levels; beginners and intermediate) and the possibility of combining two courses (Latin & Greek) at a special rate. The teaching will be focused both on language and on literature; further classes will touch on moments of classical history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome). Participants must be aged 18 or over.  All tuition will be in English.  For further information and to register, please visit:  E-mail:

Intensive Workshops in Speaking and Reading Latin at Dickinson College, July.  Professors Milena Minkova and Terence Tunberg will return to Dickinson for the second annual Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, a week-long total immersion seminar in active Latin, designed specifically for all cultivators of Latin who wish to gain some ability to express themselves in correct Latin. Fee: $300, including lodging and two meals (breakfast and lunch) per day, as well as the opening dinner, and a special cookout at the Dickinson farm for one night.To apply, please contact Mrs. Barbara McDonald, For more information, please contact me at Full flyer will be posted on the Dickinson website soon, so watch this space:

You will note there there is a day left between, designed as a day of rest and recovery for anyone who might want to participate in both experiences. Lodging and meals will be covered for those people for the interim day. Both workshops are supported and subsidized by the Roberts Fund for Classical Studies at Dickinson College.

Conventiculum Latinum Lexintoniense, University of Kentucky, July.  The Conventiculum Latinum Lexintoniense has become internationally known for providing a stimulating occasion in which participants can live for an extended period of time in an all-Latin environment, speaking and hearing no language but Latin.  People who have never experienced Latin as a spoken language are cordially invited and welcome, but we ask that all participants be able to read Latin, and feel reasonably secure in their knowledge of basic morphology and syntax. The purpose of our seminars is to add an active dimension to the experience of those who already possess a certain passive knowledge of Latin. We also invite participants who are already experienced in the active use of Latin.  It is our intention that the conventiculum will provide such participants with a pleasant opportunity to practice their skills in spoken and written Latin, and meet like-minded others. For further details, please see the Conventiculum website at or write to Professor Terence Tunberg at:


In addition to the summer opportunities listed above, Classics majors have many opportunities to study abroad during the academic year, including the International Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Centro), College Year in Athens, Oxford University, St. Andrew's University in Scotland. Appropriate credit will be awarded for work completed satisfactorily in any accredited international program. Students are eligible to participate in a variety of archaeological digs during the summer months. In addition to these formalized institutional programs abroad, students may also earn Classics credit by participating in one of the trips to Italy or Greece offered and led by members of the Classics faculty during Spring Term in alternating years. Visit the International Studies Office or a member of the Classics faculty for more details on these  and other opportunities.

STUDY IN GREECE. The website below provides an easily navigated directory of programs for students in Greece.  The programs are categorized as follows: American University programs; Major International Study Abroad Consortia; Independent Study Abroad; and Cultural, Site, and Environmental programs.  Their many topics include History, Arts and Languages. Perhaps the most helpful section – American Universities Abroad – provides links to institutions such as Harvard, Georgetown, and Duke.

ETA SIGMA PHI. We are a member of Eta Sigma Phi, the national collegiate honorary society for students of Latin and Greek. Members are elected by the Classics faculty from among Junior and Senior Classics majors who have earned this distinction by the consistent excellence of their academic work. Members are eligible to participate in the annual national  convention, and may apply for scholarships, summer research opportunities, and summer funding awarded by the national society. For more details, contact Prof. Rebecca Benefiel. 

TEACHER EDUCATION. While Washington and Lee does not offer a major in Education, students opting for a career in public education can complete the requirements for certification through our Teacher Education Program