Living Latin in Rome High School offers a holistic immersion experience in the Latin language and the city of Rome that is specifically designed for high school students. The program brings Latin to life both by reading ancient texts at the historical sites where they happened and through a variety of student-centered approaches spanning both traditional and spoken Latin methodologies. Readings are drawn from the entire history of the Latin language and therefore include medieval and Renaissance Latin, to which students are rarely exposed in typical high school curricula.
The program lasts for two weeks in July. It includes traditional classroom sessions, informal conversational Latin sessions, interactive visits to important historical and literary sites in Rome, the production of a Latin skit to be performed in an assembly of fellow students and friends of the Paideia Institute, and day trips to important sites outside of Rome.
Students who have studied Latin for at least one year are encouraged to apply. The course will also be challenging and interesting for students who have studied Latin for many years. Students of all grade levels, including graduating seniors, are encouraged to apply.
Classrooms & Housing
For the duration of the program, students and teachers live together in the center of Rome. Classes take place in the same facility where students are housed and also on site in the city. Students eat together daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These meals are provided either at our housing facility or at local restaurants.
An Institute staff member will chaperone a group flight from New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport to and from Rome. Students may also travel directly to Rome, where they will be met at the airport by Paideia staff.
Tuition and Fees
The cost of Living Latin in Rome High School is $5000. This amount includes tuition, housing, meals, site visits, course materials, and transportation to and from Rome's Fiumicino airport. Airfare is not included.
Online Option for 2023
The Paideia Institute will also be running an online intensive summer Latin program for high school students called Living Latin Online (High School). This is a separate program from the in-person program in Rome and follows a different curriculum. Details of the online summer program will be announced in January 2023.
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. Scholarship applications received by the priority application deadline for the program (March 1, 2023) will receive fullest consideration.
Request an Application
For the highest chance of admission, please submit your completed application by the priority deadline of March 1, 2023. Applications received after March 1 will be considered on a rolling basis while space is available.
What People Are Saying
"My experience this summer with the Paideia institute was incredibly enriching and enjoyable. I not only got the chance to interact with people from all over the globe and meet new friends, but I also got to experience the history of Rome and strengthen my Latin skills. Latin immersion is a crucial part of my success in the subject today, as I was challenged with not only understanding and reading it, but also speaking it. I strongly recommend this program to any high schooler who would like to strengthen their Latin knowledge immensely, while having an amazing time in Rome." - Jack Montgomery '22
"It wasn’t until the third day that it all just clicked. This elusive ‘it’ is hard to define, but I think it’s something like ‘the big picture.’ It’s the reason why we were here in Rome and not back in New York. It happened when we were in a bath house at Ostia. After the now familiar translation session, we sang a song together. That was when it all dawned upon me. Here I was, singing a song in the very same chamber that must have once held its very own author some 1500 years ago. That moment was the start of everything. From then on, I was a part of it all, not an idle spectator. I was living in it, not just reading about it." - Ralph Vente '16
"Paideia opened up an entirely new way of thinking about and exploring Rome. Through the lens of the Latin language and Roman history, I was able to decipher a part of Rome that had been previously inaccessible. The Latin texts I'd read in my classroom and the ones we read every morning gained meaning at each of the sites we visited and truly brought the city to life. This access to the city of Rome, combined with our morning Latin sessions, which were conducted completely in Latin by the end of the program, gave me a love for and understanding of Latin that I will build upon for the rest of my life and made Paideia a truly unique and valuable experience." - Amelia O'Donahue '15
"Paideia resurrected the ancient ruins, and they became colorful, vivacious, and fascinating. The stones of the Forum and the Via Appia spoke not of historical events only, but of us, as humans. Walking along the road like an average Roman would have done thousands of years before really instilled in me a sense of connection, that Latin and history isn’t about memorizing facts, vocab, and tables, but for connecting with those before us, those living in the present, and those who will come after us." - Andrew Biondo '15
"My time in Rome was honestly amazing. It was everything I expected it would be and more. I learned so much from my instructors and my fellow peers. I studied the works of Ovid, Horace, Virgil, Suetonius and many more. I established great friendships along the way. This experience was life-changing, and I'm so grateful to have been awarded the chance to stay in Rome." - Stephanie Dinsae '14