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Rome, Italy

Program Site:  The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) Center located on one of the main streets of the Janiculum, ten minutes by bus from the Piazza Venezia and downtown Rome. Administered by Duke University.

Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 cumulative USC GPA. Applicants must be Classics or Archaeology majors and have completed two semesters of college-level Latin, Greek, or the equivalent. Students should have strong language preparation (in both Latin and Greek), good letters of recommendation and completed at least one course on Roman History. As this is a competitive program, students are strongly encouraged to apply to a backup - the Athens, Greece program is the most suitable alternative.

Description: Under Rome’s streets are layer upon layer of history, and on its streets are the commerce and traffic of a modern European capital. Few cities in the world span an arc of history as lengthy, and fewer still have melded the past and present as effectively. 

ICCS welcomes about 35 students per semester to immerse themselves in Greek and Latin literature as well as in ancient history, archaeology and art. Read about one USC student's experience here.

Academics: All students are required to take a comprehensive and integrated course called The Ancient City, the equivalent of two semester-long courses. Topics covered include Roman archaeology and topography, aspects of social and urban history of Rome and Roman civilization. Students choose their remaining courses from offerings in intermediate and advanced Latin and Greek, Renaissance and Baroque Art History, and elementary Italian.  

Course Load and Credit: Students take three courses: 'The Ancient City' (worth 8 units), a language course (Latin or Greek) and one other course (either Art History or a second langauge class). The maximum units granted per term is 16.

Activities and Other Program Features: The program includes numerous visits to archaeological sites, museum trips, architectural tours, and excursions to the area surrounding Rome as well as to Campania and Sicily.

Accommodations: Students live at the ICCS center in dormitory-style rooms. Three meals a day are provided Monday through Friday and cooking facilities are available for the weekends. 

Dates: Fall or Spring. Fall semester runs from early September to mid December, Spring semester runs from late January to late May. 

Estimated Semester Cost: 

Additional Expenses*.......$11,204

Cost Updated: 4/29/14

Text Updated: 7/12/15

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.

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