Living Latin in Rome (Middle School) Application and Guidelines

July 2 - July 10, 2016

Thank you for expressing interest in Living Latin in Rome (Middle School) 2016, a program run by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. We hope that you will join us July 2-10 in the Eternal City as part of a group of enthusiastic young students and their families.


Latin is the cornerstone language of Western civilization. This 8-day course treats Latin as a living language as we introduce students and their families to the fundamental structures and vocabulary of the language via active, immersive methods of instruction and explore Roman culture at some of the most important sites of ancient Rome. This course aims to make its young students fall in love with the Latin language and Roman culture and make it their own, by filling every day with innovative language and culture lessons, activities, and games, combining the best elements of immersive language learning and cultural sightseeing.  All lessons are built around the Roman monuments visited - students will read about gladiators in the Colosseum, travel back to ancient times along the Appian way, and experience Roman government in the heart of the Roman Forum! Also, each day features in-depth historical visits with our expert guide for parents or guardians who want to go deeper into the history of the sites, monuments and museums visited while their children practice the Latin learned via fun and engaging activities with our highly trained instructors in a safe environment.


This course is designed for rising and 6th, 7th and 8th grade students of diverse backgrounds and interests (younger students or siblings may be admitted by special permission) and their parent(s) or guardian(s). No prior knowledge of Latin is required and students will be grouped according to age and/or experience with Latin. All applicants for admission must be received by March 5th, 2016 to be guaranteed full consideration. Applications received after this deadline can only be be considered on a rolling basis as space is available.


Families are free to arrange their own accommodations in Rome, or to stay with the program instructors in housing arranged by the Paideia Institute in the Casa I Cappuccini, a former Capuchin monastery in the heart of Rome that has been converted into a modern guesthouse. For more information on housing and rates, please contact us.

Some meals are included in the cost of the program, including a welcome and a farewell dinner, and a picnic lunch on the Appian Way. Other optional dinners with Paideia staff are available at an additional cost.


The cost of the course is $950 per student and $750 per adult.

It must be paid in full by May 1, 2016. This cost includes all instruction, guiding, and materials, the specified meals, the costs of all travel within Rome, and all museum and site admissions.

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


A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required of all participants by April 1, 2016. Our acknowledgement of receipt of this deposit guarantees the student a post in the course. The remaining balance ($450 per student plus $750 per participating parent) is due by May 1, 2016.


Participants and their parents/guardians must book their own travel to and from Rome. All participants will be met Paideia Institute staff representatives at the welcome dinner on the evening before the first day of programming. Travel within Rome will be arranged each day from and back to the daily meeting point by Paideia staff.

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.


Please direct all questions to [email protected] or call (609) 429-0734.


To apply, please click the application button below. For priority consideration, please submit the form by March 5th at 5pm EST.  Applications received after this deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space is available.