Beyond the Clasroom
Study abroad experiences have been proven to enhance personal, intercultural, and career development, as well as academic commitment. Classical studies students make their classroom knowledge come alive by studying abroad for a semester. Through sponsored travel, UE students experience sites such as the Parthenon, Hadrian's Wall and the Roman Forum, and the cities of Athens, Delphi, Corbridge, and Rome.
The British campus of the University of Evansville is one of the finest study-abroad campuses anywhere in the world. Students live and learn in a Victorian-style manor situated on 117 acres. Opportunity for travel abounds, with the possibility of independent travel on the weekend or school-sponsored trips throughout Great Britain and even to mainland Europe.
College Year in Athens
This study abroad program is focused upon the history and civilization of Greece and the East Mediterranean region. Its mission is to offer each student an academically rigorous program of studies combined with the vibrant experience of day-to-day contact with the people, monuments, and landscape of Greece – a rapidly changing country with a uniquely varied past.
Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome
This study abroad program is centered in Rome and sponsored by Duke University for archaeology, classical studies, and art history majors. It provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to study ancient history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art.
Spending a semester at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, brought to life many of the topics Matthew Schuller had learned at the University of Evansville. Being able to participate on archaeological digs gave him practical field experiences. "Working on a dig showed me what it means to be a field archaeologist. It is definitely an archaeology litmus test."
Matthew was involved with archaeological digs in Tel Dor, Israel, and Bitola, Macedonia, during which he learned more of the Iron Age (1,000 BC) and Late Antique six century AD materials. "I enjoyed being a part of both of these digs. We worked during the week, but I was able to travel on the weekends. I not only learned techniques associated with a dig, but I also learned how to approach field materials once the dig season is over."
After graduating from UE, Matthew plans to attend graduate school to earn his PhD in classical archaeology. Ultimately, he wants to teach, but wants to make certain that he will always be involved with field work. "My UE professors have inspired me. Whether it's Dr. Ware discussing the ancient Greek language or Dr. Kaiser and Roman archaeology, they have such zeal for their work."
As a student in the classical studies program, Shannon Dickey has had the opportunity to study abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, and in Italy, which allowed her to see sites such as Hadrian's Wall, that she had studied in the classroom. "One of my highlights while in Italy was walking along the streets of this old Roman city that I had studied in my Evolution of Rome course."
In addition to her classes, Shannon obtained an internship at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, which gave her real life experience working with displays as well as date-checking different artifacts. Her future plans include attending graduate school to earn her PhD and then obtaining a position with a museum that would also allow her to participate in field work.
Shannon believes that students in the classical studies program are successful because the professors are interested in and supportive of their successes. "UE's classical studies program is very in-depth, especially in the study of Latin and ancient Greek. Yet, the professors host a session on life after graduation. This prepares us for the next steps following our UE graduation."