Note: This in-person program is cancelled for 2021



Living Latin in Rome is an intensive Latin experience set in the city of Rome. In two seminar-style meetings every day, participants read and discuss Latin literature and Roman history and culture. To the extent possible, the language of instruction in these seminars is Latin. 

In addition to the daily seminar sessions, the program includes a variety of optional programming designed to build students’ facility in speaking and understanding Latin, as well as lectures on topics relating to Roman history and culture, and visits to historical sites in Rome. The program also features a trip to an important site outside of Rome that is relevant to the program’s theme. 

In 2021, Living Latin in Rome will focus on the poetry of Catullus and visit Verona and the Sirmio Peninsula, where Catullus had his summer villa.


This program welcomes students of all levels of Latin, from absolute beginners through highly experienced Latinists. At the beginner level, participants read the set text in both English translation and in Latin and review the basics of Latin grammar. The upper levels aim to read the entire text and discuss it entirely in Latin. Paideia alumni and Nexus members are particularly encouraged to apply.  

Participants must be 18 years or older. Students under the age of 18 should consider Living Latin in Rome High School.


Classes for Living Latin in Rome take place in modern, air-conditioned classrooms at St. John’s University in the Prati neighborhood of Rome.



The tuition for Living Latin in Rome is: $2500. This includes instruction, transportation, housing during the program’s weekend trip to Verona, and three group meals. Airfare and transportation to and from the airport are not included, and participants must bring their own edition of the course’s main text.


Participants are free to arrange their own housing in Rome. The Paideia Institute has negotiated discounted group rates with several trusted housing providers in dorm, hotel, and apartment style accommodations. Approximate rates for each type of lodging for the duration of the program are listed below. Contact information for housing providers and group discount codes will be provided upon acceptance.

Dorm accommodation: $550

Hotel room shared with another program participant: $850

Single Hotel Room: $1200

Apartment: $1100



The Paideia Institute is able to offer a number of full and partial scholarships to participants with financial need. Please visit our scholarships page to learn more. 


If this program is cancelled due to COVID-19, an online alternative will be offered for the price of the deposit.  If you feel more comfortable doing Living Latin from home in 2021, consider our online offerings through Telepaideia.