Living Latin in Rome (High School) - Castor

Admission Information

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.

This summer we had more applications to the program than ever before, so we have decided to run two sections.  The sections will run simultaneously, but in different facilities and with different faculties. You have been admitted to the section called "Castor", which caters to juniors and seniors. To see the faculty for your section, please visit the program overview page.

Practical Information for your Summer in Rome

Arrival and Departure

Traveling Independently

Students traveling independently should make arrangements to arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on June 26, 2016 between 7am and 5pm. An Institute staff member will meet each student after he or she clears customs and accompany him or her to Santa Brigida. 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 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:


  • Saturday, 6/25/2016, DL 444, New York (JFK) 20:00 → Rome (FCO) 10:45



  • Tuesday, 7/12/2016, DL 445, Rome (FCO) 12:45 → New York (JFK) 16:45

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 chaperone.

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.

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). Female visitors to Italy generally bring a light shawl that can be thrown over the shoulders or tied around the waist as needed. In general, it is always important to be mindful of the fact that we are the guests of Bridgettine nuns in the Casa di Santa Brigida and should dress respectfully. Therefore, students will not be permitted to wear t-shirts with offensive statements or inappropriately short or tight-fitting clothing. 

Come prepared with a swimsuit and beach towel! We will head to the beach to escape the heat at least once on the weekend. 

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. 

The housing provider will supply linens, but students should bring their own bath towels. Students will have access to the laundry facilities and computer room (with internet connection), as well.

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 in section one live at the Casa Santa Brigida, a beautiful guest house run by nuns located in the Campus Martius on the historic Piazza Farnese in the center of Rome. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided daily. You can visit the Convent’s website here.

Students are housed in double rooms with private bathrooms.

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 26th to July 12. If you plan on arriving in or leaving Rome before or after these dates, you will need to arrange your own accommodation.

There are no laundry facilities available for students at Casa Santa Brigida. Students can have a bag of laundry washed at a nearby laundry shop for approximately 10-20 euros if needed.

Staying in Touch

Bryan Whitchurch, the LLiRHS head teacher, may be reached at +39 327 074 5911. Dr. Pedicone and Dr. Hewett, the Institute’s President and Executive Director, may be reached at +39 342 577 1654 (Pedicone) and +39 338 497 9192 (Hewett). Please remember that Italy is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Please try to avoid calling after 11pm Italian time except in emergencies. Non-urgent messages to the Institute’s main phone number (609) 429-0734 will be returned within 24 hours.

The contact information and mailing address for the Convent of Santa Brigida is:

Casa di Santa Brigida
Piazza Farnese 96
00186, Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 06 68892596

We invite all admitted students and their parents also to join the Living Latin in Rome High School 2016 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.

Santa Brigida is equipped with wireless internet.

Supervision, Behavior and Exploring the City

Paideia Institute instructors and assistant teachers live in Santa Brigida 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 the Living Latin in Rome high school program:

The initial deposit is non-refundable. Once the balance has been paid, students may cancel for any reason before June 26th for a 50% refund of the total program price. No refunds are possible for cancellation or early departure once the program has begun. 

A Student Travel Protection Plan is available for this program through Travel Guard.  For coverage information and to purchase this insurance prior to final trip payment, please visit this link. Please contact Travel Guard at 866-385-4839 with any questions.

Payment and Forms

Enrollment Form

Please click the button below to confirm your personal information and enroll in the program.


Legal Forms

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 15, 2016. These forms may be signed online by clicking the button below.

Legal Forms

Travel Information

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.

Travel Form

Payment Deadlines

Deposit (along with enrollment and legal forms): April 15, 2016

Remaining Balance: May 15, 2016 

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
540 President St. 3rd Fl.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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 the initial deposit is non-refundable. 

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