The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome

The Center provides regular college credit and the opportunity to study firsthand the monuments and culture of ancient and modern Italy. Students interested in applying to the Center are urged to take Roman History, which is generally offered every other year, and to begin the study of Latin and/or Greek before the year in which they hope to be in Rome, since no first-year Latin or Greek courses are offered at the Center. Applications for the following terms are generally due in mid-October or mid-March; students interested in the Center should consult with a faculty member as soon as possible. 

History and Structure

The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) was established in 1965 by representatives of ten American colleges and universities. It provides undergraduate students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art. ICCS has received generous aid from the Danforth Foundation, The Old Dominion Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, as well as the continuing support of a consortium of colleges and universities, and contribution from former students.

A Managing Committee elected by the consortium colleges and universities determines the curriculum and selects the faculty, students, and scholarship recipients. The Managing Committee has arranged for Stanford University's Overseas Studies Program to administer the Intercollegiate Center.

Faculty and Curriculum

The ICCS faculty is chosen from persons teaching classics, history, and art history in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The usual faculty complement is a Mellon Professor-in-Charge, two Associate or Assistant Professors, and an advanced graduate student as Teaching Assistant. In addition, other persons are hired in Italy to teach Renaissance and Baroque Art History and Elementary Italian. Generally, faculty are chosen for an entire academic year.

The curriculum is structured differently from that in many American colleges and universities. Students are expected to take four courses, which is a minimum and normal load; a few students take five courses. A major part of the academic work is a required comprehensive and integrated course called The Ancient City. It is equal to and requires as much class and study time as two semester courses. It covers Roman acaeology and topography, aspects of social and urban history of Rome, and Roman civilization. Frequent visits and explorations, intensive museum tours and lectures, and wider-ranging trips based on the Mellon Professor-in-Charge's areas of expertise outside Rome are included as part of the course. In the recent past, Campania, Eturia, and Sicilt have been the focus of extenended and focused study. BecauseThe Ancient City course depends on prior knowledge of Roman history, students are expected to prepare themselves by taking a Roman history course or by careful reading on the subject.

Students choose their other courses from the following: Intermediate of Advanced Latin; Intermediate Greek; Advanced Greek; Renaissance and Baroque Art History; or Elementary Italian. The Latin and Greek courses avoid excessive concentration on commonly read works. Students who wish to take an additional subject or a fifth course may arrange an independent study or directed reading supervised by a member of the faculty at the student's own college or university. This work will not appear on an ICCS transcript, and no responsibilty for it will by the ICCS faculty.

For Further Information Contact

Christopher Parslow

Department of Classical Studies
347 Science Tower
Middletown, CT 06459-1046


Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome
Duke University Office of Study Abroad

Applications for Fall Semester Due October 15
Applications for Spring Semester Due March 15