Living Latin in Rome High School Application and Guidelines


Thank you for expressing interest in Living Latin in Rome (High School) 2018, a program run by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. We hope that you will join us in the Eternal City as part of a group of enthusiastic students of the Latin language. 

Course Description

Latin is the cornerstone language of Western civilization. Over the millennia it has been the language of emperors, popes, scholars, poets, peasants, and soldiers. But the vitality and range which Latin has developed over the course of its long, layered history sometimes fails to come through in the traditional classroom setting. Too often, Latin is treated as a grammatical exercise to be dissected and translated instead of as a language to be heard, spoken, written, and read. This course treats Latin as a living language. By combining daily readings and rigorous grammar and syntax review with active oral production in situ in Rome, this course hopes to make its students fall in love with Latin and make it their own.

This intensive Latin language course provides motivated high school students a continuous period of study of Latin and introduces them to the most important ancient sites of Rome and its surrounding areas. The course meets for four hours a day (divided into two sessions), combining traditional classroom instruction with the active use of Latin as a living language. In the morning session, students meet in the classroom to read and discuss a well-known passage from Latin literature connected with an ancient Roman site. The afternoon session uses the city as a classroom. Students visit the site referenced in the morning's readings and work with the instructors in small groups, using Latin actively to interact with each other and the site they are visiting. Grammar, vocabulary, and syntax seen in the morning's reading are reinforced and practiced in a memorable and authentic setting. On certain days, students take a day-trip to an ancient site outside of the city.

Admission

This course is designed for high school students of diverse backgrounds and interests. The minimum requirement for participation is one year of Latin study and/or a thorough knowledge of the basics of Latin grammar. A firm dedication to improving one's Latin language skills is also a prerequisite. Your application and one letter of recommendation must be received by March 1, 2018 to be guaranteed full consideration. We will notify all applicants of the results 3 weeks after this date. Applications received after this deadline can only be be considered on a rolling basis if space is available.

Accommodation and Food

Students will be housed in double rooms in central Rome. They will be supervised at all times by the Paideia Institute's instructors, who live with the students at the convent. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided daily.

Tuition and Costs

The cost of the course is $3450. It must be paid in full by May 1, 2018. This cost includes tuition, housing, meals, the costs of all trips, museum and site admissions, and transportation to and from the airport.

Airfare, snacks, and spending money are not included in the cost of tuition. Please consider the exchange rate when planning your budget.

Deposit and Payment Schedule

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required of all participants by April 3, 2018. Our acknowledgement of receipt of this deposit guarantees the student a post in the course. The remaining $2950 is due by May 1, 2018.

Travel

All participants will be met by Paideia Institute staff at the airport in Rome and driven to their accommodations. The Paideia Institute will book one staff member on a direct flight from New York's JFK Airport. Students may book their own ticket on the chaperoned flight. 

If you do not have a valid passport, get one immediately. This process can be time consuming and should not be left to the last minute.

Questions

Please direct all questions to info@paideia-institute.org or call (609) 429-0734.

Application

To apply, please fill out the application below and send this link to the teacher you would like to write your letter of recommendation. For priority consideration, please get both forms in by March 1 at 5pm EST. We will notify all applicants of the results 3 weeks after this date. NB: While the application deadline has passed, there are still places available. Applications sent in now will be evaluated on a rolling basis. 

Application Form