Summer School/Academic Travel

Otium sine litteras mors est et hominis vivi sepultura.
"Leisure without letters is a living death unto man."

Attend summer classes that take you out to the great sites of the Greco-Roman world as part of your coursework. Visit the major sites and archaeological digs. Some of the programs offer academic credit.

This list is compiled for your information and convenience.  The Department of Classics does not necessarily endorse these programs.  You should always conduct your own due diligence before attending any program overseas.

Notre Dame Programs

  • This summer Notre Dame will run a six-week program in Jerusalem. In addition to courses, the Jerusalem Summer Program (JSP) will include a week-long trip throughout the Holy Land, several shorter excursions to sites in and around Jerusalem, and a variety of tours and lectures. Don't miss this unique study abroad opportunity.

Latin/Rome Programs

  • The American University in Rome offers courses during the summer in a variety of subjects to help introduce students to the vibrant culture of Rome, from the Classical period to modernity.
  • The American Academy in Rome offers several prestigious programs every summer from it's beautiful location on the Janiculum Hill.  Various funding opportunities are available.
  • Living Latin in Rome offers the experience of a summer Latin course in Rome which involves daily intensive traditional classroom instruction.  The course also includes an interactive element focusing on spoken Latin as a means for improving the students' grasp of and comfort with Latin while simultaneously introducing them to the most important monuments of the city of Rome and its surroundings.  Download the brochure here.
  • The Vivarium Novum Academy allows students to spend a summer learning Latin on the beautiful Bay of Naples. All levels of Latin proficiency are encouraged to attend.
  • The Department of Classics and Italian Studies at Bologna University offers three week intensive courses in both Greek and Latin, exposing students to fundamental text in the Greco-Roman tradition. The summer program also involves cultural activities to supplement learning and familiarize students with ancient and more modern Italian culture.
  • Speak Latin in Rome with the American Institute for Roman Culture. This four week program is an unparalleled academic and cultural experience, giving students a unique opportunity to experience Rome through language and site visits.
  • Caesar in Gaul: A two-week seminar through the Paideia Institute on Caesar's Bellum Gallicum in the south of France for anyone interested in learning more about Caesar
  • Living Latin in Rome: A five-week living Latin experience in Rome for undergraduates through the Paideia Institute, which has gotten numerous positive reviews over the past few years, notably one from The Nation Magazine.
  • Loyola University Chicago Summer Program in Rome.

Greek/Athens Programs

  • Dumbarton Oaks offers an intensive four week course in medieval Greek and paleography. Students in this program will have a unique opportunity to view manuscripts from the Byzantine Collection of the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Books Collection.
  • The American School of Classical Studies in Athens usually offers two 6-week sessions and the chance to dig in the Athenian agora. They also have many fellowships available for graduate students.
  • College Year in Athens Summer Program, the same people who run our academic term program, offers several different curricula. They are offering a new program for students interested in pursuing careers in museums and other cultural institutions. The Graduate Summer Program In Cultural Resource Management is a six week program in Athens for graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
  • Sponsored by the University of Missouri-St. Louis, this Greek Studies program combines digging and travel on the Peloponnesus.
  • Medieval Greek Summer Session is a month long program in Athens at the Gennadius Library. The program will introduce students with a background in Classical Greek to Medieval Greek language and philology.
  • Lincoln College International Summer School in Greek Palaeography takes place annually at Oxford University for one week, usually during the end of July. The Summer School is for advanced undergraduate as well as postgraduate students working in subject areas such as classics (Greek language and literature), medieval and early modern Greek philology, patristics, theology, art history and archaeology, and late antique, medieval, and Byzantine literary and cultural history.
  • University College in Cork, Ireland holds an annual summer Greek and Latin summer school.
  • Greek Studies on Site offers a series of seminars to take place summers in Athens, Greece in partnership with the Norwegian Institute at Athens.
  • Living Greece in Greece: A two-week spoken Attic Greek seminar in the Peloponnese in Greece through the Paideia Institute.
  • The Hellenic Center offers many summer opportunities for Classics majors.

USA Programs-

  • The Society for Classical Studies listsseveral exciting summer programs, some of which allow you to learn Greek or Latin without leaving the country!



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