"Study abroad is a natural fit for Classics and Classical Civilization majors and all of our students should take the time to enhance their academic experience by participating in an EAP or IOP program.
It is one thing -- valuable, of course -- to read a speech of Cicero in the original Latin in a classroom here at UCI. It is quite another to read that same text in Rome and then to visit and study the very site where Cicero delivered that speech. Studying the refinements of the Parthenon in situ helps it all make sense in a way that pictures or slides cannot. Such experiences add an entirely new dimension to one's academic discourse. I myself spent time in Greece as an undergraduate and graduate student and found both experiences fundamental to my academic growth and personal development. I learned to negotiate a new culture, made some lifelong friends, and discovered that my study of Classics had gained a depth that it would not have otherwise had."
Dr. Cynthia Claxton
Department of Classics