"Wisdom begins in wonder."

—Socrates

At different points in their Core career, students have the chance to bring their studies out of the classroom and into the world through distinctive learning and travel programs.

CC101 Trip to the MET in New York City

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” —Sagan

In the fall semester, first-year students have the opportunity to go on a one-day trip to NY, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and enjoy lunch together. Two Core professors will join twelve students to see ancients works that are in conversation with our course. The cost is subsidized through the Stephen Cohen Sublime Firsts Fund. This inquiry-based study trip is available exclusively to students enrolled in CC 101; application instructions and program information are released shortly after the start of the fall semester. Find out more at core@bu.edu.

The date for the trip to NY is Saturday, October 28, 2023, there are twelve spots and tickets to attend are $25.


January Program in Florence, Italy

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” —Verdi

Core group in Florence

The Florence Winter Break Trip is an exciting way to experience a city that we study thoroughly in CC201: Renaissance, Rediscovery and Reformation.  Students will have the opportunity to encounter many of the sights, monuments and great works of art so important to this city. Complementing our studies of Dante, Petrarch, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and many other figures of the Italian Renaissance, students will visit the Uffizi, the Galileo Museum, the Santa Croce, the Accademia, among others; students will also learn about the legacy of the Medici family in the city and learn about the family’s archives from a lecture at the Medici Archive Project; we will take a day trip to explore another city; and we will encounter contemporary artist graffiti in the city’s artisan quarters—Santo Spirito, etc. Chaperones, docents and other local experts will guide you along a culture-packed itinerary, but free time is also built into the schedule for you to explore and discover the city on your own. Scholarships are available.

The dates for Italy this year are January 7-15, 2024.

Click here to download an information flyer for January 2024.

Special thanks goes to our alumni community, whose generosity on Giving Day has helped the Core provide grants to students to substantially reduce the cost of program participation.


Summer Program in Athens, Greece

“Of all the peoples, the Greeks have dreamt the dream of life best.” —Goethe

Visiting DelphiThanks to an ongoing partnership with the BU Department of Classical Studies, Core students are invited to spend a summer studying in Athens. Students take classes from both BU professors and professors from the American College of Greece, and study classical history and culture while immersing themselves in the contemporary Greek world. Coursework is complemented with day trips to locations such as Delphi, Mycenae, Corinth, Nauplion, Poros, and of course the Acropolis. Since the inception of the Greece summer program in 2013, the cost to students has been heavily subsidized by scholarships funded through donations from the BU Philhellenes, alumni, and other patrons. Visit the website of the Classics department to learn more about the application process and program details (click on the “Study Abroad” tab). Information about the planned Summer 2023 trip will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Videos featuring student interviews and photos from the program can be found on YouTube and Facebook. For more information, email the Classical Studies Department:  or the Head of the Modern Greek program, Kelly Polychroniou at .