Learning Abroad in Classical & Near Eastern Studies

Learning Abroad in Classical & Near Eastern Studies

All of the majors and minors represented by CNES are based in the countries of Mediterranean Europe or the Near East. Thus study abroad gives students access to the material they are studying in a way that nothing else can.

Moreover, the academic study of the ancient Mediterranean world—its languages, cultures, and history—developed and remains extremely strong in Europe. Our students can reap double rewards from studying abroad—access to both the physical remains of antiquity and contact with important and exciting academic programs devoted to studying the ancient world.


Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies before beginning your study abroad research.

Choose your study abroad experience wisely

Align your study abroad with your particular major.

Consider also your particular personal, academic, and professional goals

Work on your major or minor

Consider timing and length

Seek cultural immersion

Pay special attention to program type

Format and teaching approach are every bit as important as location and length. Consider your learning style, your educational and personal goals, and department advice.

Field Study programs

Learn through doing. Programs built around internships, community engagement, field research, interview projects, etc., may work especially well for experiential learners.

University Study programs

Become a temporary foreign student at a host university. Seek locations offering methodologies, theoretical perspectives, or courses different from ours.

Study Abroad Centers

Take classroom courses tailor-made for non-native students. Many such centers also offer opportunities to engage in field study and/or to take courses as a local university.

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

Once You Have Selected a Program

While You Are Abroad

After You Return

College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students

This section that follows highlights some of the study abroad programs that fit well for the different majors and minors offered by the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies. Given the diverse nature of these majors, many options are open to you. Some of our students visit the monuments and sites of classical antiquity in Italy, Greece, or elsewhere in the Mediterranean. Others engage in hands-on archaeological fieldwork. Still others study classical languages or related subjects in universities in Europe or elsewhere.


Africa and the Middle East


University Study in Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center (also University Study)
  • Participants study in the Rothberg International School. Search for relevant courses under Archeology, Bible, Geography, History of the Jewish People, Ancient Near East, and.
  • Although most students in Rothberg School courses are from other countries, participants fluent in Hebrew may also take regular Hebrew University courses alongside Israeli students.
  • Instruction at the Rothberg School is in English; no prior Hebrew is required. Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or summer.

University Study in Israel: University of Haifa

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center (also University Study)
  • International School content courses (taught in English, variety of subjects available for international students)
  • Hebrew and Arabic language courses at the International School
  • Fall semester, spring semester, summer session, academic year.

Asia and Oceania


University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Program type: University Study
  • One of Australia’s most prestigious universities, Melbourne offers wide variety of relevant courses, including Latin, Ancient Greek, and Hebrew at all levels.
  • Look in the online catalog under Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Classical Studies & Archeology; Ancient Greek; Latin; and Hebrew & Jewish Studies
  • Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year.

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • New Zealand’s largest university, located in its largest city. Good place to keep on track for your language studies, as Latin and ancient Greek are taught at all levels.
  • Rich array of relevant courses are offered on ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Look under Ancient History, Biblical Studies, and Classical Studies in the online catalog.
  • Instruction is in English, although some Maori studies courses are taught in Maori instead. Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year.



Université Paul Valéry (available through Study Abroad in Montpellier)

  • Program type: University Study (there is also a Study Abroad Center track)
  • Paul Valéry curriculum permits you to stay on track in Greek, Hebrew, or Latin while also studying in such fields as classical archaeology, Mediterranean ethnology, and Greek or Latin literature.
  • Center track for students with inadequate French for university courses offers language and culture courses but no courses in CNES fields.
  • Instruction is in French; one year French prerequisite for center track, two for university study track. Fall semester, spring semester, academic year, or a summer intensive language program.


Exchange in Germany

  • This exchange is with Freie University of Berlin
  • Berlin is the largest city in Germany with a vibrant cultural life and a rich history
  • FUB offers Latin, Ancient Greek, and Archeology (specializations in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Archaeology of the Near East, Classical Archaeology, Egyptology, and Prehistoric Archaeology).
  • Students take courses from the university’s curriculum with German students

University of Freiburg

  • Program type: University Study
  • An old and prestigious university in a delightful medieval city lying at the base of the Black Forest and less than an hour from the French and Swiss borders.
  • The University of Freiburg offers courses in such fields as archeology, ancient history, religious history, Latin, ancient Greek, and Biblical Hebrew.
  • Instruction is in German. Spring semester or academic year.


Arcadia Greece

  • Program type: Study Abroad Center (semester/AY), Field Study (summer)
  • Semester: Courses in three clusters: Ancient Greek/Classical Studies, Byzantine Studies, Modern Greek Studies. Latin or ancient Greek available on demand from beginning to advanced levels.
  • Summer: Two 3-week summer programs, on Archaic/Classical Greece and Hellenistic Greece, are built around field trips throughout Greece.
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Greek, either ancient or modern, is required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer (students may enroll in either of two 3-week terms).


University College Dublin (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located on the outskirts of the Irish capital, UCD offers a remarkably broad range of courses on ancient Greece and Rome, as well as Latin at all levels and first-year Ancient Greek.
  • For course listings look in the online catalog under Search by Subject > Arts & Humanities > Greek & Roman Civilization.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.


Universitá di Bologna (available through Bologna Consortial Studies Program, BCSP)

  • Program type: University Study (and Study Abroad Center)
  • UB’s strong Department of Archaeology offers courses on Celtic, Egyptian, Etruscan, Roman, early Christian archeology. Latin and Greek offered, although fitting into sequence can be tricky.
  • BCSP program supplements UB courses with center courses designed for US students. A pre-session intensive Italian course strengthens your language skills before UB classes begin
  • Instruction is in Italian. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year. (Academic year option highly recommended.)

United Kingdom—England

King’s College, University of London (available through Arcadia England or IFSA United Kingdom)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located overlooking the River Thames, Kings College London is one of the oldest, largest, and most prestigious colleges in the University of London system.
  • Departments of interest: Classics (includes strong Greek and Latin programs), Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, and Theology & Religious Studies (includes Hebrew).
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Royal Holloway, University of London (available through Arcadia United Kingdom)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located on the west edge of London within easy reach of the central city, Royal Holloway is one of a number of colleges in the University of London system
  • Look under Classics in the online catalog. . Course offerings include Greek and Latin at all levels, Greek and Latin literature, and classical history, philosophy, and archaeology.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

University of Leeds (available through IFSA United Kingdom)

  • Program type: University Study
  • Located in the Yorkshire city of the same name, almost midway between London and Edinburgh, Leeds is one of the largest universities in the UK.
  • Leeds offers courses in Greek and Latin language and literature at all levels, literature in translation, and Greek and Roman history and society. Look under both Classics and History.
  • Fall semester, spring semester, or academic year.

Additional Options to Consider

Archeological Institute of America (AIA) 

  • This list of Fieldwork Opportunities is not affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Information about the non-affiliated program process is available on the Learning Abroad Center website.

Intensive Language Programs

  • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor.
  • Work on your CLA language requirement or on a language minor while immersed in the language
  • Complete two, three, or even four semesters of language in a semester or a summer.

Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!

Freshman Seminars

  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

Non-Credit Opportunities

  • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.