Study Abroad

In addition to opportunities to work on archaeological digs over the summer, students with interests in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies have a variety of opportunities to study abroad in programs throughout the Mediterranean. Below is a sampling of what is offered. 


Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS): Semester-long program administered by Duke University for students majoring in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies and with an interest in Classics, ancient history, and Classical art and archaeology. Applicants are expected to have achieved Latin proficiency at least at the LATN 2002-level. Applicants should also plan to take CLAS 2113 The Roman World to 337 A.D. before applying. Spots are competitive. If you are interested, please contact the ICCS Campus Representative, Professor Elise A. Friedland.


College Year in Athens: Study ancient Greek and Mediterranean civilizations in Athens. An excellent program with year-long or semester-length programs available. Summer courses are also available for those who are not able to study abroad during the academic year. Equivalents of Greek 1001 and above and Latin 2002 and above offered. If you are interested, please see Professor Eric H. Cline or Professor Elise A. Friedland.

For advanced Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Majors, there are also opportunities to study at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens: Students who attend are expected to have taken ancient Greek for at least one but preferably 2-3 years. Spots are competitive.

Programs for Arabic Studies

The American Association of Teachers of Arabic maintains a comprehensive list of Arabic programs overseas. Their link ( is provided for informational purpose only and should not be construed as endorsement of any such programs. Students should consult with the GW Office of Study Abroad and Prof. Mohssen Esseesy as soon as they identify a program of study overseas.

Study Abroad at GW

Study Abroad at GW

The Office for Study Abroad (OSA) provides and facilitates quality international educational opportunities at The George Washington University. As educators, the OSA promotes the academic, personal, professional, and intercultural development of students before, during, and after their study abroad experiences. The OSA responds effectively to student needs, contribute to campus internationalization, and foster cultural understanding and self-awareness among the student body.  

The OSA primarily works with undergraduate students; some short-term, faculty led graduate programs are administered through the OSA as well.