Academic Opportunities

Off-Campus Study

College Year in Athens

The College Year in Athens includes intensive academic work in classical Greek studies. Participants take five courses each semester at the Hellenic-American Institute and have access to the museums, libraries, national monuments, and archaeological sites of Athens. Field trips to the Peloponnesus, northern Greece, the Aegean Islands, and other areas.

Intercollegiate Center in Rome

The Intercollegiate Center in Rome provides undergraduate students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history, archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, Italian language, and ancient art.

Trinity College in Rome

Trinity College's Rome Campus offers a broad liberal arts curriculum, opportunities for fieldwork in Rome, a variety of internship opportunities, the city’s lively cosmopolitan culture, and faculty-led academic excursions to Venice, Florence, and Naples/Pompeii/Capri.

Lexia in Istanbul Turkey

Lexia in Istanbul is a perfect place to study the ways in which cultural borders can be entrenched and meaningful but also just as often crossed and redefined.

Summer Study

Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East.

Boren Scholarships Application

Fulbright Grants

In general, there are two types of Fulbright grants:

  • A Fulbright Full Grant, which funds one academic year of overseas study and/or research in one country
  • An English Teaching Assistantship (ETA), which funds one academic year of teaching English in one country

Additionally, Fulbright offers several specialized grants, including Travel-Only Grants (which are usually given to graduate students, and only for Italy, Germany, and Hungary), Fulbright/mtvU Awards, Critical Language Enhancement Awards, Fulbright Business Grants (Mexico, Spain, and the Netherlands), Fulbright Journalism Grants,  and Country-Specific Awards to Australia (CSIRO), Ireland (Irish Language), Italy (Slow Foods and Deaf Studies), Mexico (Graduate Degree and Public Policy); and the Netherlands (Water Management).

Fulbright Application

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost awards for full-time graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

Gates Cambridge Application

Gilman Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad.

Gilman Scholarship Application

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

Marshall Scholarship Application

Rhodes Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international educational fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford.

Rhodes Scholarship Application

Activities and Organizations

McKibben Lecture

The McKibben Lecture in Classical Studies was established in 2006 to honor Bill and Betty McKibben who fulfilled a combined century of service to Grinnell College and the wider Grinnell community, spending the greater part of that time as inspiring and beloved teachers, and the whole of it as esteemed colleagues, friends and active members of the intellectual and cultural life of Grinnell. The lectureship is intended to carry on the values that the McKibbens embodied by presenting on campus each year recognized scholars to give public lectures and seminars in Classical Studies.

The McKibbens joined Grinnell College in 1952 and were at the time among the rare examples of shared faculty appointments. Between them they taught all levels and areas of Latin and Greek language, literature and culture. Those who took their courses still swap tales of Betty's "baby Latin" and Bill's memorable dicta on every subject imaginable. Whether the topic was the sequence of tenses in subordinate clauses or the social significance of Aristophanes' jokes, fundamentally the McKibbens taught students what it means to be alive and fully human—not just by precept but also by example. When the McKibbens retired to emeritus status in 1987 they continued to open their home for weekly Greek and Latin sight-reading sessions, when students and faculty sat around the fireplace, enjoyed refreshments, and read unusual works in the ancient languages. The tradition of Reading Group, now in its sixth decade, continues to instill devotees of Greek and Latin with a camaraderie that will remain a treasured souvenir of Grinnell academic life.

The McKibben Lecture was endowed by the generous contributions of friends, colleagues, and former students of the McKibbens, and by the McKibbens' own generous bequest of their home, now a residence for distinguished visiting scholars.

List of past McKibben Lecturers


The Student Educational Policy Committee, or SEPC, is a student-faculty liaison group which provides faculty with student input on professors, candidates, curriculum, and other departmental issues. It also organizes social events within the department.

Greek and Latin Reading Group

Greek Reading Group and Latin Reading Group meet biweekly in the home of a faculty member for informal reading of Greek and Latin texts not covered in regular courses. Refreshments are provided. Participation is open to anyone in the college community who has studied the language through the intermediate level. 

For more information, please contact the Classics Department Chair, Monessa Cummins.