living latin in rome admissions information



You have been accepted to participate in Living Latin in Rome. We are very much looking forward to helping you develop your knowledge of Latin, and to spending some time getting to know you amidst the amazing landscape of Italy this summer. 



Living Latin in Rome’s curriculum includes classroom sessions, weekly site visits, lectures, a weekend trip, conversational Latin sessions sub arboribus, and weekly homework assignments called ludi domestici.

  • Classes meet each weekday from 8:30am - 10:00am and 4:30pm - 6pm
  • During the midday students are free to relax, work on ludi, and explore Rome.
  • Site visits take place on Wednesday mornings
  • The are evening events, such as lectures by guest speakers or spoken Latin sessions "sub arboribus", on Mondays through Thursdays from 6pm - 7pm
  • There will be a weekend trip in the middle of the course to visit Verona and the Sirmio Peninsula.


The course organizers will provide you with a packet with all necessary readings and assignments. In order to facilitate classroom discussions, we request that all participants have access to the same dictionary and grammar books.

  • 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 Antiquity to the modern era. A free digital version of this dictionary is available online through Logeion.
  • Instructors and ludi will make reference to both Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar and Gildersleeve and Lodge's Latin Grammar.


You will get more out of Living Latin in Rome if you arrive with a strong foundation in Latin grammar and a strong active vocabulary. Below are some great resources for gaining the skills you need to enjoy the literature we will be reading.

  • Participants who feel a need to review their grammar and forms should purchase and work through the first 10 chapters of Excelability in Advanced Latin by Marianthe Colakis before the program starts. This is a concise and straightforward review of Latin grammar.
  • A broad vocabulary is essential for enjoying Latin texts. The Latin Vocabulary List available through Dickinson College is an excellent resource for learning the words that most frequently occur in Latin literature.  Challenge yourself to know as many of these words as possible English --> Latin before the program starts.  If you like flash cards, they are available as a Quizlet set here.


We would also like to recommend (but do not require) a few books that will help you access the sights, sounds, and history of Rome in your free time. These are:

  • John Traupman’s Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency - an excellent resource for learning to speak authentic, idiomatically correct Latin, organized by theme.
  • Alta Macadam’s The Blue Guide to Rome – a wealth of historical and architectural information on the city of Rome across all historical periods.
  • Amanda Claridge’s Rome: An Archaeological Guide – an informative, accurate, and user-friendly guide to Rome’s ancient archaeological sites.
  • Nancy and Andrew Ramage’s Roman Art - a good overview of ancient Roman art.
  • David Potter’s Ancient Rome: A New History - a detailed yet readable overview of Roman history. An excellent reference.



Rome is hot in July. Some of our site visits will involve spending hours outside in the sun, although we try to schedule them to avoid the worst of the heat. We recommend a good hat, 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 skirts and shirts with sleeves). Many visitors to Italy bring a light shawl that can be thrown over the shoulders or tied around the waist as needed.

Come prepared with a swimsuit and beach towel. You might have the chance to visit the beach!

The course will be taking a weekend trip, so be sure to bring a backpack or daypack. 

Bring good, strong shoes. One does a lot of walking on cobblestones in Rome, both because the public transportation system is inadequate and hot, and also because there is so much to see. Archaeological sites are full of dusty walkways, uneven flagstones, and low stone walls. Your feet will thank you if you do this walking in sturdy sneakers or cross trainers.

Some site visits will be to churches and require conservative dress, some will be to archaeological sites and require more rugged dress, and some to museums with no particular requirements. 


Cell Phones: The easiest way to stay in touch while in Italy is to buy an Italian sim card for your smartphone, which provides both cellular and wireless coverage on a pay-as-you-go basis. We can help you purchase those upon arrival. Make sure your phone is unlocked to work with an international sim before you leave the US by calling your provider.

Internet Access: The classroom building is equipped with high-speed internet access.

In case of emergency, a Paideia staff member can be reached 24 hours a day at +39 340 885 7851. For anything else, please email [email protected], and we will respond within 24 hours. We will give you a staff phone number in Rome, which you can call for day-to-day concerns. 

If you're interested in reaching out to course participants before or during the program, please join our Facebook group.


Medical care in Italy is first-rate and, should the need arise, the Paideia Institute has a physician on call 24 hours a day for the duration of the course. All participants must have their own health insurance covering them internationally during the full duration of their time in Italy. 

If you are taking medication, be sure to bring enough for your entire stay. There are well-stocked pharmacies in Rome, but not all drugs are readily accessible without an Italian prescription, and it is better to bring one’s own supplies.

If you have a medical condition that could affect your ability to participate, we strongly urge you to share that condition with us ahead of time. This way, in the event of a medical issue, we can more quickly and efficiently arrange for your care. All such information will be held in the strictest confidence.


Living Latin in Rome classroom sessions take place at the Teresianum Faculty of Theology. This facility is located at Piazza San Pancrazio 5/A in the Monteverde neighborhood. For a Google Maps link, click here.

Classrooms are air-conditioned and equipped with wireless internet for student use.


Participants are free to arrange their own housing for the part of the program that takes place in Rome. For an affordable, modest guesthouse near the classroom facilities, we recommend booking housing at Casa per Ferie Virgen del Pilar, located in Via Alessandro Poerio, 51 D, 00152 Roma RM. Participants booking housing with them should write to [email protected] or text/whatsapp +39 327 3637770, indicating that they are attending a Paideia Institute program. 

Housing during the weekend trip to Verona and Sirmione from July 8th to 10th is included in the cost of tuition. Participants will be housed in double or triple rooms according to gender and age.  Single rooms may be available for a supplement

If you have special housing considerations for this portion of the trip, let us know well in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Students are expected to arrive on Sunday, July 3rd at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport between 9am and 5pm.

Upon exiting customs in Terminal 3 (as most of you will if you're coming from the United States), you will be able to take a train to Termini station and from there arrange transport via taxi to your hotel. 

Please make sure to fill out your travel form so that we are able to communicate with you on arrival day.


U.S. Citizens do not need to apply for a visa to participate in this program, though they will need a passport. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date. If you do not have a passport, you should begin the application process as soon as possible, as it can be a lengthy process. Students who are not U.S. citizens may need a visa. To determine your visa requirements, please refer to the nearest Italian Consulate's website.




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.

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.



All program participants agree to abide by the Paideia Institute’s Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action, including removal from activities or, in serious cases, early dismissal from the program.


Please familiarize yourself with Paideia’s COVID-19 Policy for Travel Programs.  You will need to sign a waiver agreeing to comply with this policy during enrollment.



To enroll in Living Latin in Rome, please click the button and enroll below by April 1st.

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When you know when and by what form of transportation you'll be arriving, please let us know.

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Deposit ($500) and enrollment form:  April 1st, 2022

Remaining Balance ($2000): May 1st, 2022


Please pay the deposit and balance below by the deadlines indicated above. Please note that payment by credit card includes a 3% convenience fee. 

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