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Summer course of Latin – Rome, June-July 2022



A unique cultural experience in the heart of Rome and at the origins of Roman culture, in direct contact with the language. The course, with the Patronage of the Municipality of Rome, is organized in three progressive levels, from the Basic level to the Advanced one; students may attend the whole course or just part of it. Students will fastly learn Latin grammar and vocabulary, studying thousands of words in order to reach fluency in reading original Latin texts.

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Summer courses in Rome provide a new way in studying classical languages: in a short yet intensive time, they offer to international scholars and entushiasts an incredible experience, which combines the scientific nature of the Higher Education Courses at the IISC with the emotion of reviving the life of the Classical authors in the very same places where they have lived, together with friends who share a common love for literature and humanities. Classes are open to everyone and they require students to speak only in Latin, through the “IISC inductive-contextual methodology”.



Lessons will be held completely in latin. The professor will guide the students in speaking and writing in Latin, since the first day of classes, following a specific methodology. Lessons will progress gradually and progressively. They are structured in two modules: Basic and Intermediate+Advanced: it is possible to attend the whole course or even only one of the two modules.
Lessons will held in the morning, from Monday to Friday. The whole course takes place in 4 weeks: 1 week of Basic module + 3 weeks of Intermediate+Advanced module.

The Basic module is open to everyone: no pre-requisite is needed.
Those who wish to attend the Intermediate+Advanced module (without attending the Basic module) must take an entrance exam. We suggest to those who have not previous and sound konwledge of Latin through active use to attend the course starting from the Basic module.

Lessons require a serious commitment: professors will ask to spend some of the free time in personal study. The course deals with the entirety of Latin grammar and guarantees the learning of 2000 most frequent Latin words, which correspond to the 90% of the Classical authors’ vocabulary.

Cultural field trips:
Besides lessons in class, the course offers an unique opportunity to the lovers of the beauty and art of Rome. On Saturday, participants will be offered with two guided visits to archeological sites in Rome, where they will walk among the beauty of the City speaking in Latin and reading texts of the Latin literature. The archeological sites will be: Roman Forum and Ancient Ostia.


Basic Module: from June, 27 to July, 1
Intermediate+Advanced Module: from July, 4 to July, 22
Titles released:
12 CFU / ECTS for the whole course (info)
from Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. + two cultural field trips in Rome in Latin on Saturday
Course Structure: 80 hours (20 lessons)
Basic Module: 20 hours of lessons (5 lessons)
Intermediate+Advanced Module: 60 hours of lessons (15 lessons) + two cultural field trips on Saturday
Limited Enrollment
25 students max.
Basic Module 300 € (registration fee already included)
Intermediate+Advanced Module 900 € (registration fee already included)
Two modules: € 1200 € 1090 entire course (basic + intermediate + advanced), if you pay in a lump sum (registration fee already included)


Registration can be made through our website.
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The registration fee of € 200 must be paid upon the registration.
The course fees must be paid by June 24.

Discounts and Payment Methods


It is of the utmost importance that students have their textbook since the first day of classes.

1. H. H. Ørberg, Lingua Latina per se illustrata – Pars I: Familia Romana
2. F. Pirrone, Grammatica latina: guida allo studio di Familia Romana, Edizioni Istituto Italiano di Studi Classici (for students who cannot read Italian: M. Neumann, A companion to Familia Romana, Focus)
3. H. H. Ørberg, Exercitia Latina (Cap I-XXXV)
4. Excerpts (provided by the instructor) from textbooks from the 1900s, based on the inductive-contextual method, by the following authors: W.H.D. Rouse, R.B. Appleton, W.H.S. Jones, G. Pasquetti, G.B. Gandino, C.W.E. Peckett, A.R. Munday, U. E. Paoli
5. Excerpts (provided by the instructor) of Latin classics, including passages from Seneca, Cicero, Catullus, Martial, and others

Recommended readings (the following texts are not required for the exam, but are recommended for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge):
1. C. Pavanetto, Elementa linguae et grammaticae Latinae, LAS
2. W. H. S. Jones, Intermediate oral Latin reader, based on Cicero’s De senectute, with extracts from Martial and Horace, Blackie and Son (Download pdf)
3. Erasmo da Rotterdam, Colloquia (see link)


Basic Module


From Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 1 pm.


From June, 27 to July, 1.

Intermediate+Advanced Module


From Monday to Friday, 9.00 am – 1 pm.


From July, 4 to 22.

1 Saturday, July 9: Roman Forum
2 Saturday, July 16: Ancient Ostia
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Forms of payment

Registration and course fees shall be paid by June, 24.

The Basic Module fee is of € 300 (registration fee already included).
The Intermediate+Advanced Module fee is of € 900 (registration fee already included).

Those who attend both modules (basic + intermediate + advanced) and pay the fees in a lump sum have a special discount on the course fees which amount to € 1090 for the entire course instead of € 1200 (registration fee already included).

Payment Methods
Payment can be made as follows:

Amount Deadline
Registration fee € 200 Upon the online registration
Course fees – for the Basic module only: € 100
– for the Intermediate+Advanced module only: € 700
– for the entire course: € 1000
By June, 24

The payment can be made:

  1. In cash, at the administrative office (by appointment)
  2. By cheque, at the administrative office (by appointment)
  3. Teacher’s Card (by selecting the option “recognized course” when generating the bonus)
  4. By bank transfer, with the following details:
    • Name of the account holder: Associazione culturale Istituto Italiano di Studi Classici
    • IBAN: IT 80 W 02008 05013 000103893909
    • Reason for transfer: LVDVS per Name and Surname of the student
    • Bank: Unicredit, Agenzia 6, Via Ugo Ojetti 149 Roma

The fee includes all the classroom activities (lessons and intensive lessons), administration fees and the use of the facilities available in the learning centre. There are no exam fees.

To get information about our Refund Policy, click here.

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Titles releases


Upon conclusion of the course, the Italian Institute for Classical Studies will grant a certificate attesting to the successful completion of the course.

In order to obtain the certificate, it is necessary:

Have attended at least 75% of the course hours.


The course can provide university credits.

On the basis of an agreement between the two institutions, the course is considered equivalent to those of the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome. Thanks to this convention, university students who have obtained the certificate of completion of the course will receive 12 CFU / ECTS (3 CFU/ECTS for the Basic Module + 9 CFU/ECTS for the Intermediate+Advanced Module) valid at that Athenaeum.

Since the certifications of the Pontifical Salesian University are recognized by the Italian State, credits obtained at the IICS are then able to be convalidated by state universities (without prejudice to the discretion that Italian law attributes to each individual institution).

The final grade indicated on the certificate is calculated out of 30, and will be calculated on the basis of the final exam grade and other possible evaluations by the instructors made throughout the course.

In order to obtain the certificate, it is necessary:

  • Have attended at least 75% of the course hours ;
  • To have attained a final grade of at least 18/30.