Student Study Abroad Grants

The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology at Willamette offers up to two annual grants that are meant to enable Willamette University undergraduate students to participate in a suitable study abroad program focusing on the study of ancient history, languages, and civilizations. The grants provide funding (up to $2,500) toward the cost of travel to and from the site and tuition and program expenses. Support may be used to attend both Willamette-sponsored and non-WU study abroad programs.

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee consisting of three CASA core faculty members appointed by the CASA director.

Application Deadline: "Not offering or accepting applications  for 2019-2020"


  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time at Willamette University during the semester prior to the intended semester of study abroad and must be studying abroad in order to complete an undergraduate degree at Willamette University.
  • The study abroad program supported by the grant must focus on the study of ancient languages, history, and culture and must be approved by CASA. Suitable programs include, but are not limited to, the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome, John Cabot University in Rome, and the College Year in Athens (CYA). Post-sessions and summer programs are not eligible.
  • The study abroad program must require residence abroad of at least ten weeks.
  • Applicants must have completed at least four Willamette courses in ancient languages, history, or culture that prepare them for better participation in a study abroad program focusing on these subjects. Applicants will address the suitability of their courses in their application. A letter of recommendation from the instructor of one of those courses must be included with the application.
  • Preference will be given to applicants enrolled in a major that focuses on the study of ancient civilization(s), history, or language(s).
  • Preference will be given to individuals that have not received substantial support either from other granting sources or from their chosen study abroad program.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with little or no experience living abroad.
  • Applicants will be required to sign an affirmation that they are aware of the stresses and discomforts of studying abroad and that there are no physical or psychological barriers to their participation in a study abroad program.
  • Grant recipients will be required to sign a waiver that absolves CASA and Willamette University of responsibility for any illness, injury, or loss that the recipients may sustain during or as a consequence of their participation in a study abroad program.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit to CASA a letter from Willamette's Office of International Education or the non-WU study abroad program that they plan to attend certifying that the recipient has been accepted to study abroad. No CASA funds will be dispersed to the recipient until such a letter is received by CASA.


"Applications are not offered for 201-2020"

Questions, please contact Reyna Meyers at 503-370-6615.

Expected Outcomes: No later than sixty days following the completion of the recipient’s participation in the study abroad program, grant recipients must present CASA with an academic report about the experience (500 – 700 words) and a photograph documenting their study abroad. Grant recipients will be required to sign a release of rights to CASA and Willamette University for the use of their reports and photographs in CASA or Willamette publications.

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