Opportunities for Students

  • Undergraduate Research
  • Grants and Fellowships
  • National Translation Contests
  • Study Abroad During the Academic Year
  • Classics Honor Society
  • Summer Opportunities
  • Teacher Education
  • Undergraduate Research

    Summer Research Scholars

    The Summer Research Scholars (SRS) program at Washington and Lee supports undergraduate research supervised by W&L faculty for a period of eight weeks during the summer. The program allows well-qualified and strongly motivated students to become familiar with research tools, techniques, and methodology through collaborative research with faculty members. Participation is an enriching and broadening experience. It is particularly valuable to students who intend to pursue graduate work, for they are introduced to the kind of research activities they will encounter at the graduate level. The application process is competitive, and funds may not be adequate to grant all proposals. Applications for the summer are due in January. Please contact the faculty member with whom you wish to apply to work by December 1.


    Sunoikisis is a national consortium of Classics programs that offers seminars, workshops and symposia for students.

    Grants and Fellowships

    Washington and Lee students are eligible for a wide variety of grants and fellowships to support study and travel during the undergraduate years as well as for graduate studies. Please visit the university website on Grants and Fellowships which lists all these opportunities with links to detailed information on each, deadlines, application materials, etc. Freshman year is not too early to begin browsing this site and planning options for the future.

    National Translation Contests

    Study Abroad During the Academic Year

    Accredited International Programs:

    In addition to the summer opportunities listed above, Classics majors have many opportunities to study abroad during the academic year, including the International Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Centro), College Year in Athens, Oxford University, St. Andrew's University in Scotland. Appropriate credit will be awarded for work completed satisfactorily in any accredited international program. Students are eligible to participate in a variety of archaeological digs during the summer months. In addition to these formalized institutional programs abroad, students may also earn Classics credit by participating in one of the trips to Italy or Greece offered and led by members of the Classics faculty during Spring Term in alternating years. Visit the International Studies Office or a member of the Classics faculty for more details on these and other opportunities.

    Study in Greece:

    http://www.studyabroadgreece.com provides an easily navigated directory of programs for students in Greece. The programs are categorized as follows: American University programs; Major International Study Abroad Consortia; Independent Study Abroad; and Cultural, Site, and Environmental programs. Their many topics include History, Arts and Languages. Perhaps the most helpful section - American Universities Abroad - provides links to institutions such as Harvard, Georgetown, and Duke.

    Classics Honor Society

    We are a member of Eta Sigma Phi, the national collegiate honorary society for students of Latin and Greek. Members are elected by the Classics faculty from among Junior and Senior Classics majors who have earned this distinction by the consistent excellence of their academic work. Members are eligible to participate in the annual national convention, and may apply for scholarships, summer research opportunities, and summer funding awarded by the national society. For a list of W&L members, click here.

    Summer Opportunities

    Some funding is available for student summer study, research, or travel (Johnson Opportunity Grants, Woolley Grants, R. E. Lee Grants. Students should consult the Dean's website on Grants and Fellowships for details and deadlines.


    Summer Internship at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

    Archeology Field Schools

    Kenchraeai Summer Field School in Archaeology (A Sunoikisis Program)

    Archaeological Field Work at Gabii in Italy, University of Michigan. This is a unique opportunity for field experience at an especially interesting site east of Rome. "The Gabii Project seeks not only to explore and understand the archaeology of the city of Gabii but also to situate and contextualize our understanding of Gabii in the wider orbits of Central Italy and the Roman Empire. It is also important to achieve a better understanding of the urban development of Gabii herself and the relationship that existed among the cities of Latium in antiquity."

    Summer Archaeological Field School at the Villa of the Antonines in Genzano di Roma, Italy. For more information, please contact Prof. Timothy Renner at Montclair State University (rennert@mail.montclair.edu)

    Archaeological Conservation Institute in Italy (May) Instruction and hands on experience in conservation methods of Roman fresco and mosaics at the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica, and stone-carving with Peter Rockwell in Rome.

    American Academy in Rome Summer Program Classical Summer School. This six-week program is designed to provide qualified graduate students, mature undergraduates, and middle school, high school, and two-year college teachers with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the city of Rome through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.

    Excavation and Exploration of the Roman Frontier - Transylvania Field School (2018 Romania) We are continuing to make great strides into a new understanding of the development of the Roman frontier populations. Dacia (i.e. modern historical Transylvania) was, arguably, the most important frontier of the Roman Empire: its gold and silver sustained the collapsing imperial economy for two centuries. However, the "imperial idea" on the Eastern European Provincial frontier was more complex than Rome ever expected it... and it even outlasted the idea of Rome itself. Local Roman Provincial realities, born out of economic, cultural, social and political creolization, constant and dynamic negotiation of power, and shifting populations have outlived the ideological centers that have claimed historical ownership of these regions, creating their own distinct expressions of identity. Our programs offer a very extensive approach to the anthropology and archaeology of the Roman frontier environments, through field work, laboratory analysis and lectures. Our participants will be able to experience several field approaches, ranging from Classical excavation, anthropological site exploration, traditional STP (shovel test pit), geochemical soil (phosphate) and geophysical (Ground Penetrating Radar - GPR) surveys, aerial and satellite imagery analysis. Our programs provide a complete and scientifically integrated approach to a Classical site, in a very complex environment. In a region fundamentally important to our understanding of European genesis. Three programs are offered in this course:

    Roman Provincial Settlement Excavation and Survey - Life by the Imperial Roads
    - Roman Villa Excavation - Identity and Wealth on the Roman Frontier
    - Applied Field Geophysics Workshop - Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Workshop

    Latin and Greek Language Programs

    Center for Hellenic Studies (Washington, D.C.) is offering Information Fluency in Classics: A Workshop for Undergraduates during the summer — a workshop to introduce undergraduates to important sources of information for the study of classics and to develop their ability to access, evaluate, and manage resources in a variety of formats. Workshop participants will also explore the broader landscape of scholarly communication and how it is currently evolving.

    Arcadia University Summer Programs in Rome, Athens, and Sicily

    Latin/Greek Institute of The City University of New York will offer basic programs in Latin and Greek June through mid August. These courses are intended for people with no (or very little) knowledge of the language. Two and a half to three years of college Latin or Greek will be taught in ten weeks of intensive, concentrated study. Twelve undergraduate credits will be awarded through Brooklyn College. The programs are team-taught by six faculty members, who are on 24-hour call. Students are trained in morphology and syntax and read representative ancient texts (through the Renaissance in Latin and Attic, Ionic, and koine texts in Greek). Graduate students are welcome to apply. Scholarship aid, funded entirely by donations from alumnae/i, is available to partially defray tuition. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is offering competitive fellowships to beginning graduate students in art history who are focusing on European art history. For information and application forms, write to: Latin/Greek Institute, City University Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016, Telephone: (212) 817-2081. E-mail: rfleischer@gc.cuny.edu

    The Department of Classics of University College Cork, Ireland, offers an intensive 8-week summer school from June -August for beginners with parallel courses in Latin and Greek. The courses are primarily aimed at postgraduate students in diverse disciplines who need to acquire a knowledge of either of the languages for further study and research, and at teachers whose schools would like to reintroduce Latin and Greek into their curriculum. In each language 6 weeks will be spent completing the basic grammar and a further 2 weeks will be spent reading simple, unadapted texts. For further information, contact Vicky Janssens, Department of Classics, University College Cork, Ireland, tel.: +353 21 4903618/2359, fax: +353 21 4903277, email: v.janssens@ucc.ie

    Department of Classics, University of Reading, hosts a Postgraduate Latin Summer School (July- August). This summer school is open to students who have graduated or are in their final year of a BA. This is an ideal course for those planning to do postgraduate work or to pursue a career in Classics teaching. Students will be expected to have read to the end of section 3 of Reading Latin, or equivalent, before the summer school begins, and will complete a course of study designed to enable them to read unmodified Latin texts. The Summer School is supported by the Institute of Classical Studies and the Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology, and is able to offer part-bursaries. For further information, please contact Dr David Carter: d.m.carter@reading.ac.uk

    Vergilian Society Study Tours: For further information, tour and scholarship applications and detailed itineraries, see the Vergilian Society website.

    Bologna University Greek and Latin Summer School (June-July). The Department of Classics of Bologna University welcomes applications to its intensive Greek and Latin Summer School. The courses will be held in Bologna from June to July for a total of three weeks. The school offers Greek courses (for beginners only) and Latin courses (at different levels; beginners and intermediate) and the possibility of combining two courses (Latin & Greek) at a special rate. The teaching will be focused both on language and on literature; further classes will touch on moments of classical history and history of art, supplemented by visits to museums and archaeological sites (in Bologna and Rome). Participants must be aged 18 or over. All tuition will be in English.

    Intensive Workshops in Speaking and Reading Latin at Dickinson College (July). Professors Milena Minkova and Terence Tunberg will return to Dickinson for the second annual Conventiculum Dickinsoniense, a week-long total immersion seminar in active Latin, designed specifically for all cultivators of Latin who wish to gain some ability to express themselves in correct Latin. Fee: $300, including lodging and two meals (breakfast and lunch) per day, as well as the opening dinner, and a special cookout at the Dickinson farm for one night. To apply, please contact Mrs. Barbara McDonald, mcdonalb@dickinson.edu. For more information, please contact me at francese@dickinson.edu.

    You will note there there is a day left between, designed as a day of rest and recovery for anyone who might want to participate in both experiences. Lodging and meals will be covered for those people for the interim day. Both workshops are supported and subsidized by the Roberts Fund for Classical Studies at Dickinson College.

    Conventiculum Latinum Lexintoniense, University of Kentucky (July) The Conventiculum Latinum Lexintoniense has become internationally known for providing a stimulating occasion in which participants can live for an extended period of time in an all-Latin environment, speaking and hearing no language but Latin. People who have never experienced Latin as a spoken language are cordially invited and welcome, but we ask that all participants be able to read Latin, and feel reasonably secure in their knowledge of basic morphology and syntax. The purpose of our seminars is to add an active dimension to the experience of those who already possess a certain passive knowledge of Latin. We also invite participants who are already experienced in the active use of Latin. It is our intention that the conventiculum will provide such participants with a pleasant opportunity to practice their skills in spoken and written Latin, and meet like-minded others. For further details, please see the Conventiculum website at or write to Professor Terence Tunberg at: terence.tunberg@gmail.com

    Teacher Education

    While Washington and Lee does not offer a major in Education, students opting for a career in public education can complete the requirements for certification through our Teacher Education Program.