Rome Fellowship Program Information

CONGRATULATIONS!

Congratulations on your selection as a 2021-2022 Paideia Rome Fellow. We are excited to work with you and get to know you better in the coming year. Please read through the following information carefully and fill out the form at the bottom of the page by May 1, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

OVERVIEW OF THE FELLOWSHIP YEAR

FALL TERM

The fall term, lasting from September to December, is designed to familiarize fellows with the multi-layered and complex city of Rome in all periods, from Romulus and Remus to Pope Francis. The curriculum includes:

  • A Fellowship seminar
  • A Latin seminar
  • Italian classes
  • Site visits and day trips in and around Rome
  • Multi-day trips to the Bay of Naples and Florence

Fellowship seminar. The fellowship seminar consists of a series of lectures on various topics relating to the city of Rome, including:

  • Archaeology and topography
  • The history of Rome and Italy, with an emphasis on post-classical history
  • The origins and development of the Christian church
  • Art and architecture

Some time during each seminar will be set aside for discussions of readings on a given topic assigned for that week.

Latin seminar. The goal of the Latin seminar is to read a wide range of Latin authors from all periods, to review Latin grammar, and to increase proficiency in active Latin.

Italian classes. Fellows will attend formal Italian classes throughout the fall term.

Site visits. Weekly site visits acquaint fellows with all of the major sites and monuments in Rome and its environs. There will be two short site visits per week in the city of Rome, as well as a number of extended day trips to important sites in and around Rome, such as Ostia, Tivoli, and the Via Appia. You will be asked to prepare at least one “site report” per week on an assigned topic--usually involving some artifact, monument, or other item of interest encountered during a weekly site visit--and to deliver the report on site.

Multi-day trips. The fall term also involves multi-day trips to the Bay of Naples and Florence.

  • The trip to the Bay of Naples (9 days) includes visits to Cumae, Baiae, Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Sorrento, Capri, Ischia, and Naples.
  • The trip to Florence (5 days) provides a comprehensive introduction to the museums and monuments of the city, with a focus on Renaissance art and architecture.

You will be asked to prepare and deliver additional “site reports” for these multi-day trips. You will be provided with a detailed schedule of site visits, day trips, and multi-day trips at the beginning of the program.

LOCI IN LOCIS

During the fall term, you will be asked to write a short article for Loci in Locis, a column in Paideia’s online journal, In Medias Res. Articles for Loci in Locis pair classic “places” in Rome -- sites, monuments, artifacts, or works of art -- with classic texts that bring these "places” to life, replicating on a small scale the context-based learning experience provided by Paideia’s Living Latin and Greek programs. You will collaborate with the editors of In Medias Res in selecting an appropriate topic and writing and refining your article, which will be published online in the spring. An archive of past submissions to Loci in Locis can be found here.

WINTER AND SPRING TERM: CLASSICAL TOURS

While the fall term is spent exploring the sites and monuments of Rome (as well as the Bay of Naples and Florence), the winter and spring term will give you the opportunity to gain on-the-ground teaching experience with high school and college students. 

From January to June, you will be involved in leading groups of high school and college students around Rome, the Bay of Naples, and Florence as part of Paideia’s Classical Tours program. The weeks leading up to each tour will be spent designing the tour curriculum in conjunction with the head teacher, developing text packets to be used on tour, and making logistical arrangements for the tour. Once students for a particular tour arrive in Rome, you will accompany the group for the duration of the tour, facilitate housing, transport, and other logistical issues, and lead walking tours and visits to sites and monuments in Rome, the Bay of Naples, and Florence.

LIVING LATIN IN ROME HIGH SCHOOL

You may also apply to teach in the Living Latin in Rome High School (LLiRHS) program, which takes place in the first two weeks of July. Fellows interested in submitting an application to teach in this program should discuss the application process with the Director of European Operations. 

OPTIONAL PROGRAMS

You are invited to participate as a student in one of the Institute’s flagship programs, Living Latin in Paris, which is held in Paris for one week in late December and early January. The fellowship award includes a full scholarship to this program covering tuition, housing, and travel expenses from Rome to Paris. If you would like to join us for this program, please fill out an application by the deadline.

Fellows with a strong background in ancient Greek may also apply to teach in the Living Greek in Greece High School program, which runs for two weeks in the second half of July. Fellows interested in submitting an application to teach in this program should discuss the application process with the Director of European Operations. 

PREPARATION

RECOMMENDED READING

We highly recommend that you read any or all of the following books prior to your arrival in Rome:

Feel free to read selectively among these books to address any gaps in your familiarity with Roman history (including post-classical history), the Catholic church, or the history of art. If you have time for only one book, read Hughes’ Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History, a brilliant (if occasionally irreverent) history-cum-memoir tracing the development of the city of Rome from its founding to the present day. 

LATIN

A strong command of Latin is crucial for the fellowship year.

As for primary sources, we would recommend reading Eutropius’ Breviarium Historiae Romanae, which gives a concise, straightforward summary of Roman history in classicizing Latin from the founding of the city until the fourth century CE. 

ITALIAN

It is essential for fellows to develop a working knowledge of Italian during their time in Rome. To that end, fellows will take formal Italian classes during the fall term of the fellowship year. If you would like to get a head start on learning Italian before the fall term begins, we would recommend that you work through the Duolingo Italian course.

RESOURCES

The following books are just a few of the resources that will be available to you in Rome, but feel free to explore some of them ahead of time. 

BEFORE COMING TO ROME

APPLYING FOR A STUDY VISA 

You are required to apply for a study visa to live in Italy. Your first task is to find the Italian consulate nearest you (visit this site). Call that consulate, or visit the consulate's website, to find out exactly what the consulate requires for your visa application and to schedule an appointment for the visa. A housing letter and enrollment letter are normally required, which we will provide. If your consulate requires anything more, please let us know immediately, as it may be necessary to mail original copies of certain materials to you from Rome. Please schedule a visa appointment by June 1, 2021 and let us know when your appointment will take place. 

TRAVEL PLANS

The Paideia Institute will provide you with a single roundtrip flight from the United States to Rome. Give your travel preferences in the form below, indicating your preferred departing and returning dates and your preferred airport for departure and return. 

The official start date of the Rome Fellowship is September 1, 2021, and the official end date is June 30, 2022. You are permitted to arrive before the start date or to depart after the end date, as long as you inform us of your plans in advance. Your airline tickets will be booked very soon, so please let us know your travel plans as soon as possible. 

FIRST AID TRAINING AND BACKGROUND CHECKS

All fellows are required to get CPR-First Aid training, Epipen training (a separate online course), and a standard background check. Please send your certificates and documents to [email protected] before your arrival in Rome. We will reimburse you the costs for these certifications, so please keep your send receipts along with the certifications. 

IN ROME

STAYING IN TOUCH

Cell phones. Paideia will provide you with an Italian SIM and phone plan. Please make sure your phone is unlocked to work with an international sim before you leave the US by calling your provider.

Internet Access. The Paideia office and your homestays are equipped with internet access.

Mail. Students can receive mail and packages while in Italy via the Paideia office at: 

The Paideia Institute
Viale Aurelio Saffi, 70, Studio 2
00152, Roma (RM)
Italy

ROME FELLOW INFORMATION FORM


Please submit the following form by
May 1, 2021.

Rome Fellow Information Form