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Ancient Mediterranean Studies

I've become interested in how the ancient civilizations bordering the Mediterranean utilized the sea, as well as how they viewed it in terms of themselves and as a boundary to others.

Devon Armstrong, Beloit Turkey exchange, Spring 2011


Egypt – American University in Cairo (D)

Fall, spring

Language: English, Arabic language available

Eligibility requirements:  Junior or senior standing preferred, 3.0 gpa; previous coursework in classics, courses relative to the understanding of Egypt

Housing: On-campus residence halls, single or shared rooms; students purchase own meals; campus cafeteria, no cooking facilities.

Details: New suburban campus in fall 2008; emphasis on liberal arts; wide selection of courses on ancient Egypt history, literature, art, architecture, religion, Coptic studies, hieroglyphics, Arabic and Middle-Eastern studies; study with Egyptian and other international students.


Greece – Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Balkan and Mediterranean Studies and Research, Athens (P)

Fall, spring

Language: English 

Eligibility requirements: 3.0 gpa; prior coursework in classics.

Housing: Apartments are arranged by program, students provide own meals.

Details: Courses in classical, Byzantine, modern Greek & European studies; Greek instructors; experiential course called “The Greek Key” provides opportunities for community exploration and engagement; intensive language courses available.


Greece – College Year in Athens (P)

Fall, spring

Language: English

Eligibility requirements:  Good academic standing and recommendations; prior coursework in classics.

Housing: Apartments are arranged by program, students provide most of their own meals.

Details: courses in area studies, art history, Byzantine studies, Classical languages, History, Mediterranean studies, and Philosophy; modern Greek language study available; study tours complement in-class work.


Italy – Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome* (P)

Fall, spring

Language: English

Eligibility requirements: 3.0 gpa; prior study in classics with B average; Latin & Greek language study.

Housing: Residence halls, weekend meals not included in program fee.

Details: Intensive study of classics includes archaeology, art history, Greek, Italian, and Latin languages, history and directed field study; study tours enhance coursework.


Malta – ISEP: University of Malta, Msida (D, Ex)

Spring only, ending in late June

Language: English

Eligibility requirements: 3.0 gpa, prior coursework in history or European studies.

Housing: Off-campus residence halls, stipend provided for meals.

Details: The university is known for its courses in Mediterranean history, medieval Europe, civilization and imperial conquest; Order of Saint-John and the Knights of Malta is a subject of interest on the island; broad curriculum available; flexibility in course selection necessary as the curriculum is restructured.


Option Types
Ex = Exchange Program

D = Direct Enrollment

Ex/D = both Exchange and Direct Enrollment are available

P = Program Provider


Last updated: 4/16