Living Latin in Rome (High School)
Congratulations! You have been accepted to participate in Living Latin in Rome, an intensive summer Latin program for high school students organized by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. Your application demonstrated a love for and dedication to Latin, good character, and a strong work ethic. We are very much looking forward to working with you to help you develop your knowledge of Latin and to spending some time getting to know you amidst the amazing landscape of Rome this summer.
Living Latin in Rome (High School) has two sections called "Castor" and "Pollux." The sections are separate courses, but they will run simultaneously out of the same facility.
Practical Information for your Summer in Rome
Arrival and Departure
Students traveling independently should make arrangements to arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on June 28, 2020 between 7am and 5pm. An Institute staff member will meet each student after they clear customs and accompany them to our housing. Please indicate your flight information on our travel information form to facilitate pick up at the airport. N.B. Most airlines offer chaperoning services for unaccompanied minors on international flights. For more information on obtaining a chaperone to accompany you through customs, please contact your airline.
Students may also be dropped off in Rome by their parents. Please write to email@example.com to arrange this.
Students who need to arrive before or leave after the official arrival and departure days and times will need to arrange their own transportation to and from the airport.
Paideia Chaperoned Flight
A Paideia Institute staff member will chaperone flights both to and from Rome via New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. The information for the group flight is forthcoming, and will be available on this page around April 1st. If you would like to travel on the group flight, please book your ticket and indicate it on the travel form below. You will receive information by e-mail about where to meet the chaperones.
- JFK to Rome
- Rome to JFK
In-Person Drop Off and Programming for Families
For families who would like to drop their children off in Rome in person on June 28th, we will be organizing a short walking tour and reception. More information will come later in the spring.
Clothing: What to Pack
Rome is hot in July (almost 90 degrees on most days). Some of our site visits will involve spending hours outside in the sun, although we try to schedule them in the late afternoon precisely to avoid the worst of the heat. We recommend a good hat (a broad-brimmed one is preferable to a baseball cap), plenty of sunscreen, and a good pair of UV-protective sunglasses. Sunscreen is very expensive in Italy; it’s best to bring enough from home. Most importantly, please bring a refillable water bottle. It's very easy to get dehydrated during a Roman summer, but public water fountains are multitudinous!
Appropriate attire. While shorts and t-shirts are fine on most days, some of our site visits include trips to basilicas and churches, where visitors must wear clothing that fully covers knees and shoulders to be allowed entrance (e.g. trousers or long skirts and shirts with sleeves). Some visitors to Italy bring a light shawl that can be thrown over the shoulders or tied around the waist as needed. Therefore, students will not be permitted to wear t-shirts with offensive statements or inappropriately short or tight-fitting clothing. Students will have access to laundry facilities, so we encourage you to pack light!
Come prepared with a swimsuit and beach towel! We will head to the beach to escape the heat at least once on the weekend.
Students will also need to bring their own bath towels (other linens are provided by our housing provider).
Bring good strong shoes. We will be walking regularly and frequently as we learn about Rome, both because the public transportation system is inadequate and hot and also because there is so much to see. Much of this walking will be on cobblestones, but will also include dusty walkways, uneven flagstones and low stone walls when visiting archaeological sites. Your feet will thank you if you do this walking in sturdy sneakers or cross trainers.
Running attire (optional). Students will have occasional opportunities to go running before breakfast. Those interested should bring running shoes and clothes.
Spending money. In our experience, the amount of spending money that students typically spend on souvenirs and gelato rarely goes above 100-150 euros.
Books and Course Materials
The course organizers will provide you with a packet with all necessary readings and assignments. Please bring one of the following Latin dictionaries:
- Cassell’s Latin Dictionary – a medium-sized dictionary with an English-to-Latin section.
- John Traupman’s The Bantam New College Latin & English Dictionary – a handy, pocket-sized dictionary with a good English-to-Latin section, perfect for throwing in your bag and bringing on-site.
- Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary – one of the larger Latin-English dictionaries (without English-Latin). This lexicon covers a wide chronological range and will help us as we work through readings from annuity to the modern era. It is available via the SPQR app for iPhone or Android.
Housing and Facilities
During the program, students will be housed at St. Stephen's School on the Via Aventina, right around the corner from sites such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, and the Baths of Caracalla. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided daily. Students will be housed in single, double, or triple rooms, and will have access to laundry facilities on site, but will need to bring their own bath towels.
No overnight guests are allowed in Institute housing. If friends or family visit, please arrange for them to stay elsewhere.
Housing is available from June 28-July 14. If you plan on arriving in or leaving Rome before or after these dates, you will need to arrange your own accommodation.
Staying in Touch
Non-urgent messages to the Institute’s main phone number (609) 429-0734 will be returned within 48 hours, and emails to firstname.lastname@example.org will be responded to more quickly. In case of true emergencies, a member of the Paideia core staff may be reached at +39 345 192 4153 at any time, day or night. Please remember that Italy is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Please try to avoid calling after 11pm Italian time except in emergencies.
We invite all admitted students and their parents also to join the Living Latin in Rome High School 2020 Facebook group, which will provide a handy way for admitted students to be in touch pre-departure, and for parents to glimpse some of the fun while we are in Rome. The housing facility is equipped with wireless internet.
Supervision, Behavior and Exploring the City
Paideia Institute instructors live together with students and serve as dorm monitors. As stated in the code of conduct, students are not permitted out alone in the city at any time. During designated free time, students are permitted to explore certain areas of the city for a set period of time (usually about an hour) in groups of 3 or more. A lights out policy of 11pm is in place for the duration of the program.
Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action, including removal from activities or, in serious cases, early dismissal from the program.
Health, Well Being and Insurance
Medical care in Italy is first rate and should the need arise, the Paideia Institute can reach trained physicians 24 hours a day for the duration of the trip. All participants must have their own health insurance covering them internationally for the the full duration of their time in Italy. If you do not have health insurance that covers you while in Italy, the Student Travel Protection plan available below provides adequate coverage.
If you are taking medication, be sure to bring enough for your entire stay.
If you have a medical condition that could affect your ability to participate, we strongly urge you to share that condition with your instructors so that in the event of a medical issue they can most quickly and efficaciously arrange your care. All such information will be held in the strictest confidence.
Insurance and Cancellation Policy
The following cancellation policy applies to Living Latin in Rome (High School):
Please note that this initial deposit is refundable in the event that the program is canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Otherwise, once paid, the $500 deposit is non refundable. If a student withdraws from the course after the balance has been paid, the balance is refundable only if that student's place is filled by another student. There is no refund for students who withdraw after the start of the program.
Payment and Forms
Please click the button below to confirm your personal information and enroll in the program by April 1, 2020.
All students, or a legal parent or guardian if the student is under 18, must sign a Code of Conduct, Liability Release, and Proof of Health Insurance forms by April 1, 2020. These forms may be signed online by clicking the button below.
Please send us your arrival and departure information using the form below. Students travel to and/or from Rome via New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on a flight chaperoned by a Paideia Institute staff member should indicate so on the form.
Deposit (along with enrollment and legal forms): April 1, 2020
Remaining Balance: May 1, 2020
Payment by Check
Please send a check payable to the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. to the following address:
LLiRHS Deposit or Balance
The Paideia Institute
PO Box 670
New York, NY 10012
Please make sure that the checks and forms are postmarked or signed by these dates. Failure to send your deposit or sign your forms on time may result in your spot being given to someone on the waiting list. All checks should be made payable to The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc, with the student's name in the memo line. Please note that this initial deposit is refundable in the event that the program is canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Online Payment by Credit Card or ACH Transfer
Please note that payment by credit card includes a 3% convenience fee.