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Explore the world as you study

Broaden your horizons and extend your learning to outside the lecture theatre, by taking advantage of the overseas opportunities we offer.

Study abroad

We encourage our students to travel, discover and experience new cultures during their time at Reading, to enhance your studies, develop your skills and boost your future career prospects. You can choose to study abroad for either a term or a year, as part of your degree.


Studying abroad enriches your learning and enjoyment of Classics, as you're able to visit the locations on which your studies are based.

Each year the Department invites interested students to spend a week immersed in antiquity, either in Athens or Rome. The trips, coordinated with the British Schools at Athens and Rome, respectively, introduce students to the major archaeological sites of these ancient cities - the Athenian Agora, Kerameikos and Akropolis and the Roman Forum, Capitoline and Palatine. They include trips to other nearby sites such as Sounion and Thebes or the Roman port town of Ostia.

We also offer summer school schemes with the British School at Athens and the British School at Rome, with both of whom we have strong links. Both summer schools last for approximately two weeks, and are open to all undergraduates taking Classics-based degrees. The schools are archaeological in their focus, and typically each day you will visit a particular site and have lectures on a variety of ancient topics. You may opt to incorporate the summer school for credit into the final year of your degree.

You can also apply for our annual travel bursary, which is approximately £300. This can be used to subsidise our summer schools, or for an independent research trip.

Student experiences

Our students have studied the classical world in a variety of countries and at a wide range of partner universities. Read about the best bits of their travels and why they recommend studying abroad:

"Studying in Ottawa has been an amazing experience! I've been able to go dog-sledging, skidooing and ice-skating on the canal. I've made friends that I know I'll keep in contact with, and I've experienced things in Canada that I never could in the UK."

George Stokes

BA Classics

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"I went on the study trip abroad in my second year to Athens; this was a brilliant experience which enabled me to see the amazing places I was studying and meet other people on my course."

Alex Heavens

BA Classics graduate

"I was lucky enough to study at the University of Bologna, Italy, on a Latin Summer School scheme. The main focus of the Summer School was Latin classes, but I also got to visit some local archaeological sites and to study local history in Bologna. I had a great experience studying abroad and was able to apply what I'd learned to my degree when I returned."

Patrick Holmes

BA Classics graduate

Travel the world

Experience the ancient civilisations and explore the world as you study.

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