Student learning experiences through extensive travel
Learning experiences through extensive travel

In the summer and fall of 2018, European Studies will offer a choice of two sixteen-week semesters.

Option One - Ancient Greece and Rome: The Foundations of Western Civilization

This provides a broad study of the culture and thinking of Ancient Greece and Rome, intended both for Classical Studies majors and those who are not specialist classicists. It is designed to show the fundamental contribution made by the arts and science of the Ancient World to modern Western civilization.

Option Two - Western Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

This offers an inter-disciplinary study of the literature, art and history of Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Classroom study and European travel combine to provide a stimulating and integrated approach to the rich cultural diversity of Western Europe.

The two options run simultaneously and unfold in four phases: three weeks at Rhodes College or the University of the South; one week at York or Durham; six weeks at the University of Oxford; five weeks of travel on the Continent of Europe and London. Each option has a separate travel itinerary specifically tailored to its subject matter. In Europe, teaching is by British and European faculty. Additional experts and distinguished specialists participate as guest lecturers and guides. Lodging is on the university campuses at Rhodes and Durham, in a conference center in York; in the beautiful, fifteenth-century buildings of Lincoln College at Oxford; and in carefully chosen hotels on the Continent.

Various special opportunities are also provided. In Britian both Options begin with a two-day stay in Edinburgh, Scotland. Students attend a Shakespeare production at the Globe Theatre, London, while studying at Oxford, and see a ballet or opera production at the Royal Opera House, London, at the close of the program. On the Continent both Options enjoy a private visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome. The program also offers an optional mid-term weekend in Dublin. Its cost, $660.00, is additional to the fees for the program.

Private evening visit to the Vatican
Unique opportunities:
private evening visit to the Vatican


The comprehensive fee for either of the European Studies options is equal to Rhodes and Sewanee's respective semester tuition, room and full board rate. Rhodes and Sewanee students participating on European Studies will be billed by their home institution. The comprehensive fee for students from other institutions is equivalent to the Rhodes semester tuition, room and full board rate.

What is included:

All tuition; complete room and board at Rhodes, York, Durham and in Lincoln College; room and board in Edinburgh, on the Continent and in London; all excursions while in York or Durham, and any day expeditions while in Oxford; visits to the Globe Theatre, and to a Royal Opera House production; all transportation in Great Britain and on the Continent; admissions to museums visited for group study; an International Student Identity Card; and program health insurance.

What is not included:

Trans-Atlantic airfare from the United States to Great Britain; the cost of the optional mid-term week-end to Dublin; texts required while at Sewanee and Oxford; and incidental, personal expenses.


European Studies offers 26 places per option for students from Rhodes College and the University of the South: 13 per school, per option. Four further places (two per option) are prioritized for applicants from other institutions who are welcome to apply. In recent years students from other schools, including Bowdoin, Davidson, Millsaps, Vanderbilt, the University of Virginia, and Washington and Lee, have participated.

The program is open to students of all disciplines of good academic and social standing. The closing date for applications is February 1. Places tend to be taken up rapidly, so students with a particular preference for one of the options are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and indicate their order of preference on the application form in the spaces provided. Completed application forms, together with a typed paragraph explaining how applicants hope to benefit from participating in the program, a $300 deposit (refundable in the event of non acceptance), four recent 2” x 2” photographs of passport quality, an official transcript, and a photocopy of the first two pages of your passport should be sent to the Office of European Studies, Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112-1690. Telephone (901) 843-3036 or FAX (901) 843-3434. Applicants will be contacted by February 7.

European Studies Application

Students who have gained new academic perspectives through English and European faculty
New academic perspectives through English and
European faculty, Lincoln College, Oxford


  • Dean of European Studies: Sally Dormer, B.A., University of Durham; M.A., Ph.D., University of London, Courtauld Institute of Art.
  • Associate Dean of European Studies: Stevens Anderson, B.A., the University of the South; M.A., University of Virginia.
  • Administrative Assistant, (Rhodes College): Mary Allie Baldwin, B.A. Rhodes College.