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Study classical studies abroad

An in-depth guide to studying classical studies as an international student.

Classical studies degrees abroad

Classical studies explores the culture, language, and history of ancient civilizations. You’ll research and critically analyze historic periods to understand how they’ve shaped modern society.

The legacies of ancient classical worlds exist in many countries. By studying classical studies, you’ll learn how the traditions, beliefs, and works of ancient people influence the way we live today.

Studying classical studies abroad is a great opportunity to gain a deep and authentic experience of the subject. You’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and you’ll also have access to historic cities, museums, and sites.

Classical studies program structure

You can study classical studies at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctorate levels. You can often study classical studies alongside other related subjects like English or philosophy as part of a joint honors program.

A bachelor's degree in classical studies takes three to four years to complete, depending on where you study. Some courses include a placement year which allows you to work or study abroad.

As a postgraduate, there are many programs you can choose from. Most courses are offered as an MA or MSc and usually last one to two years. After your master’s, you can go on to study a PhD in classical studies which usually takes three to five years to complete.

As a classical studies student, you’ll spend most of your time in lectures and seminars. Assessment methods vary between universities but usually involve essays, group projects, presentations, and exams.

The modules and topics you’ll study will depend on the university you choose, but common modules include:

  • Greek and Roman mythology
  • Ancient history
  • Greek language
  • Latin language
  • Ancient Greek philosophy
  • Roman history

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Classical studies study abroad programs

Classical studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in classical studies

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    International Letters and Cultures (Classics) - BA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,834 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Classical Studies - BA University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,800 USD
    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Classics & Religious Studies - BA University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,000 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Classical Languages - BA/BGS University of Kansas, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,960 USD
    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Classics - BA University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    33,928 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Classical studies graduate programs

Master's in classical studies

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    Classics - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    28,895 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Classical Studies - MA (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 EUR
    Start date
    September, January, June
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Doctorate in classical studies

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    Classics - PhD (with foundation) Maynooth University, Ireland

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    5 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,000 EUR
    Start date
    September, January, June
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Future classical studies careers

A degree in classical studies will give you lots of transferable skills. Many classical studies graduates have become famous authors, politicians, and journalists.

Here are some jobs where your classical studies degree will be useful:

  • Museum curator
  • Barrister
  • Solicitor
  • Heritage manager
  • Academic researcher
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Banker
  • Accountant

If you’ve decided on a career, it’s a good idea to look for work experience or internships during your studies to boost your skills and experience. Your university’s career service can help you find suitable opportunities.

If you’re undecided, approach a careers advisor at your university, they’ll point you in the right direction.