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Department of Classics
The University of Mississippi

Study Abroad

We encourage all Classics students (and, indeed, non-Classics students) to consider studying abroad during the undergraduate years, whether for an intersession, a summer program, a semester or a year!  The Office of Study Abroad can help guide your plans, but we also recommend talking to Classics faculty about the possibilities.

Some places to start:

These are UM affiliated programs that have offerings in Classics:

The Department belongs to these institutions, which should give you a leg up on admissions and aid:

Faculty Led Rome Programs

Eight classics students pose in a stairwell in Roman Ostia

UM Students in Ostia, 2018.

COMPLETED SUMMER 2022 Roman Epigraphy Field School in Pompeii: This hands-on field school gives students the chance to “leave their mark” on the study of ancient epigraphy in the Roman world. You’ll travel to Italy and will assist in documenting and digitizing the ancient graffiti of Pompeii. Students will receive training in archaeological field methods such as recording information, drawing artifacts, and completing field forms. You’ll also receive training in the digital applications (such as digital cameras and iPads) that experts use to study ancient inscriptions. The on-site fieldwork will be enhanced by field trips to surrounding sites and museums. NEXT PLANNED FOR SUMMER 2024. Contact Dr. DiBiasie-Sammons for more details.

COMPLETED JANUARY INTERSESSION 2022 The Eternal City: Study Tour of Rome and Environs : Dr. Pasco-Pranger will lead this on-site course centered on the art and archaeology of Rome and its environs; students will be lodged in self-catered apartments in Rome and will spend their days learning the city from its ancient foundations up. Day trips to Ostia, Orvieto, and Tivoli will supplement the group’s explorations in Rome. The estimated program cost of $2600 includes tuition, study abroad fees, international health insurance, transportation during the program, several meals, and all entrance fees to sites; additional costs: plane fare, transportation to and from the airport, remaining meals, souvenirs, etc. NEXT PLANNED FOR JANUARY 2024. For more information, contact Dr. Pasco-Pranger.


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Explore these other options and come discuss them with the faculty if you’re interested!

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Paying for study abroad can be daunting, but the rewards are great.  Plan early and be aggressive about pursuing scholarships.

Some financial aid you’ve already qualified for may be transferrable to your program, and more so for faculty led or affiliated programs.  Whether you usually do or not, fill out a FAFSA in January of the year you plan to study abroad.  Since the costs of studying abroad are almost always higher than staying home, you may qualify for some aid even if you usually don’t. Consult with the Office of Financial Aid on this issue.

The Office of Study Abroad also keeps a list of study abroad scholarships that you should look through.  If you are a Pell Grant recipient, note especially the Gilman International Scholarship Program.  Many of the programs listed about also have program specific scholarships or financial aid, some of which can be quite substantial.

Through a generous gift of alumni Mike and Mary McDonnell of Memphis, the Department of Classics is able to give substantial support to Classics majors for study travel through the McDonnell Endowment.  Requests for support are accepted throughout the year and will be considered on a rolling basis.  To apply, please send to Dr. Pasco-Pranger a letter (e-mail attachment is fine) describing the planned program and how it fits into your educational and/or career plans, and a budget showing your financial need.

For Eta Sigma Phi members, a set of scholarships for summer study and archaeological field school projects is available.  Deadline for all is February 15.

The Etruscan Foundation supports fieldwork in Italy. Applicants must be members of the Etruscan Foundation and applications are due in February 22.

The Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship is  offered annually by the Archaeological Institute of America. “The scholarship is open to students who have begun their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of application and have not yet completed their first year of graduate school at a college or university in the United States or Canada.” Deadline is March 1.

The Society for Classical Studies offers a scholarship for minority students for Summer 2019 to further an undergraduate’s preparation for graduate work in classics or classical archaeology.  Eligible proposals might include (but are not limited to) participation in classical summer programs or field schools in Italy, Greece, Egypt, etc., or language training at institutions in the U.S, Canada, or Europe. The maximum amount of the award will be $4,500 and the receipt deadline is December 14.