JULY 3RD - JULY 17TH, 2022


Thank you for expressing interest in Living Latin in Rome 2022.  We hope that you will join us in the Eternal City as part of a group of enthusiastic students of the Latin language.

Please read these application guidelines thoroughly, then fill out the application linked at the bottom of this page.


Living Latin in Rome is a two-week immersive experience in Latin literature and language set in the city of Rome. Under the guidance of expert instructors, program participants read a work of Latin literature and explore it using Latin as an active, living language. 

Participants in the program are divided into sections based upon their experience with Latin. Seminars meet twice a day for one hour, five days a week. At the intermediate level, more of the text is read in the original Latin, discussion takes place in both English and Latin, and more advanced Latin grammar is reviewed. At the advanced level, participants read and discuss the entire text in Latin, and delve into the finer points of Latin grammar and syntax.

All levels feature Paideia’s interactive Living Latin pedagogy, which invites participants to treat Latin as an active, living language. Research into second language acquisition shows that speaking Latin as a living language helps students learn the language more quickly and effectively than they do from the traditional grammar-translation method alone. Speaking Latin also helps the learner gain an intuitive feel for Latin and build fluency in the language. Many Latin speakers also find that discussing Latin literature in Latin opens up new interpretive pathways by dispensing with the need for translation.

Another purpose of the Living Latin in Rome program is to visit ancient sites, both in the city of Rome and elsewhere in Italy, that put the program’s reading in context. Once each week program participants visit a site in Rome related to the program’s chosen text. Over the middle weekend, the program visits a site in Italy related to the chosen text or author.

In 2022, the Living Latin in Rome program will read the poems of Catullus in Verona and the Sirmio Peninsula, where Catullus had his summer villa.


Participants should know the basics of Latin grammar. This usually means the equivalent of one year of college or two years of high-school Latin. No experience speaking Latin is required, but experienced Latin speakers are also encouraged to apply. Anyone 18 and above who meets the prerequisites is welcome to apply. The ideal group will be varied and complementary, able to help one another learn by playing to each other’s talents and interests. 

All applications for admission must be received by March 1, 2022.


The tuition for Living Latin in Rome is $2500.  This payment covers program instruction, transportation and housing on the weekend trip, museum and site admissions, and three group meals.


Participants are free to arrange their own housing in Rome. The Paideia Institute has negotiated discounted group rates with trusted housing providers in centrally located hotels. Contact information for housing providers and group discount codes will be provided upon acceptance. Participants are also welcome to book accommodations in dorms, hotels, or apartments of their choice. Estimated rates for each type of lodging for the duration of the program are listed below.

Dorm accommodation: $550
Hotel room shared with another program participant: $850
Single Hotel Room: $1300
Apartment: $1500

Airfare, transportation to and from the airport, daily expenses for meals, and spending money are not included in the cost of tuition. The cost of life in Rome can vary greatly depending on one’s tastes, but at the very least we recommend that participants budget €25/day for food. Please consider the exchange rate when planning your budget.


A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required of all participants by April 1, 2022. Our acknowledgment of receipt of this deposit guarantees the participant a place in the program. The remaining $2000 is due by May 1, 2022.


Participants are encouraged to book their flights as soon as possible to take advantage of cheaper fares. Participants should plan to arrive in Rome by Sunday, July 3rd.


Please direct all questions to [email protected]


If this program is canceled 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 2022, consider our online offerings through Telepaideia.


This application deadline for Living Latin in Rome is March 1. Applications received after this deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space becomes available.

Application Form