Study Abroad and Internships

Study abroad in Greece and Italy and beyond

The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University routinely ranks in the top five schools in the nation for the strength of our study abroad programming. Every year Bennies and Johnnies move across the globe to experience life in other countries and apply what they learn in the classrooms of CSB/SJU to the world beyond. Check out our Center for Global Education for our many program possibilities and how to pursue them.

The Classics program values study abroad, too! In years past, several groups of our students travelled to the Middle East to participate in our archaeological field school at the Omrit Settlement and Excavation Project in Israel, where they excavated a Roman settlement that grew up in midst of a major Greco-Roman temple complex. At present, our most important international opportunity remains our study abroad program in Greece and Italy,  now running for more than 30 years! Every fall term many of our students take part in this program, in which they travel to Athens and Rome and many neighboring sites, to see where Socrates reset the path of western philosophy as he walked the agora, where ancient artists and architects built cities that inspired the world (then and now), where citizens fought for their right to govern themselves in democracies and republics. In this, our most popular, study abroad program, Classics majors and minors have the edge!

Internships at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (and more!)

We care about experiential learning, which puts students in the driver’s seat of their own education in every way possible. What we do in our classrooms is key, but we also help students to apply their learning to special high-impact learning and leadership opportunities. These include our teaching assistantship and tutoring opportunities, as well as study abroad programs. But there is more to say here, too! Some Classics students participate in intense, collaborative student-faculty research. Others, with their unique language skills in Greek and Latin, are equipped to intern at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s University. Here they work with an internationally renowned team of experts and scholars to manage a collection of precious manuscripts and to promote HMML’s mission: to preserve human culture by enabling local communities across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and south India to photograph their manuscript collections. Many of these collections are in politically sensitive areas. In good Benedictine tradition, this is a race against time and circumstance to save our shared history, so that it can continue to guide us as we all move into the future. The initiative is the biggest of its kind in the world—and our Classics students can participate! This is just some of what Classics has to offer.