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Applications for our inaugural two-month Summer Latin Program in Italy have now closed.

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Summer Program in Italy


Ralston College welcomes applications, from all parts of the world, from all academic backgrounds, and from all degree and non-degree programs, to its inaugural Summer Latin Program, which will teach Latin, as well as Italian, immersively over two months in Italy.

The program will run from July 23rd to September 23rd and will be held primarily in Ortygia on Sicily, and in Rome, along with multiple overnight trips and an extended stay on the Bay of Naples, before ultimately concluding in Florence. Students will engage in the intensive study of Latin and Italian simultaneously, both being taught by the direct method by some of the most gifted spoken Latinists in the world. Concentrated linguistic study will be enriched by the reading of literary and historical texts, evening seminars, archaeological visits, and speaking Latin wherever possible.

The Latin Language Residency is a non-degree program, and is not therefore offered for academic credit.  

Program Structure


This is an invitation to join a shared intellectual adventure within the Ralston College community. The academic and physical intensity of the program will make considerable demands on students' intellectual resources and energies: it will require long hours of both class-based and independent study, early mornings and late nights of travel, extended periods outdoors on archaeological sites in the heat of the Italian summer, and little time for rest throughout. The program is designed for those who are determined to immerse themselves in this unique opportunity and to take pleasure in that transformative challenge of learning two languages simultaneously through direct immersion.

By the end of the program, students will be able to understand and communicate effectively in both languages, and will have encountered up close many of the artistic, cultural, and architectural treasures of Sicily and the Italian peninsula (including Ortygia, Selinunte, Agrigento, Palermo, Naples, Pompeii, Fossanova, Tivoli, Saturnia, Cerveteri, Florence, and every corner of Rome).

The program cost is $14,000, which includes tuition, accommodation and, on average, ten meals per week. However, all successful applicants will be eligible for consideration for a limited number of full and partial merit-based scholarships, which will cover that cost entirely or substantially. Students will be responsible for arranging their own travel to and from Italy, and for the remainder of their food and incidental expenses in Italy.

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The program is open to all: applicants need not have studied any particular academic subject, nor be currently engaged in higher education. Anyone who is keen to take on the challenge of learning Latin and Italian immersively is welcome to join us.

Since Ralston College conceives of education holistically, combining language learning in a classroom context with outdoors teaching, communal dining and other social activities, successful applicants must be willing and able to partake in all aspects of the program. We look forward to working with a curious, open-minded, and self-motivating community of scholars.

Applicants should be aged twenty or older, and have studied at least one foreign (i.e. non-native) language to a high level of proficiency; those who have studied an ancient language (other than Latin) are particularly encouraged to apply. Since the program aims to teach Latin and Italian from first principles, those already with a formal qualification in Latin are advised to make contact before applying.



Applicants are requested to submit the following files via the form below:

  • A Curriculum Vitae outlining their academic and/or professional record to date;
  • An essay (written in English, of 1,000 to 1,500 words) on the subject “All Roads Lead to Rome”; 
  • A letter of interest, which should address candidates' readiness to endure the rigors of the program, the particular educational and intellectual goals they seek from the opportunity, and how the program fits into their academic and/or personal development.  Please indicate clearly in your letter of interest whether you would like to be considered for a full or partial tuition scholarship.
  • The name of a referee (employed in academia or another profession), who will be contacted for a brief character reference in the event of an applicant being shortlisted.

The deadline for applications is Monday 3 June.  Please send any queries to latin.admissions@ralston.ac.

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