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Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Gisella Gisolo
Program Description:
Program Description:
The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS) was established in 1965 by representatives of ten American colleges and universities; the number of member institutions has now grown to over 100. It provides undergraduate students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history, archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, Italian language, and ancient art. Students take all of their courses at the Center.

The centerpiece of the program is the course "The Ancient City," an introduction to the history, archaeology, and monuments of the City of Rome in antiquity. In this course students take weekly field trips to sites and museums in and around Rome plus extended trips to Sicily and the Bay of Naples area. ICCS is administered by Duke University's Global Education Office for Undergraduates. This is a competitive program designed for serious students of classical studies.

Rome, Italy's capital and largest city (with a population of more than 3 million), has been an important political and religious center for more than 2000 years. Rome has a cultural and intellectual life that is unsurpassed. The Center is located in a four-story building on one of the main streets of Janiculum, which is ten minutes by bus from the Piazza Venezia and downtown Rome. The neighborhood is residential with apartment buildings, small shops, cafes, and services.

Academic Program

Academic credit: Each semester allows about fifteen weeks of instruction and provides one full semester of academic credit. Duke University provides an official Duke transcript of work completed satisfactorily. Students normally receive 4 or 5 course credits (equivalent to 16 to 20 semester hours or 24 to 30 quarter units). The Ancient City  course carries two course credits.  All other courses offer one course credit. 

Final assignment of credit is the responsibility of the student's home college or university. The reporting of courses and grades and the extent of the materials and periods covered in the ICCS curriculum have been entirely acceptable to students' home colleges and universities.

Courses: 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 a two-credit course which requires as much class and study time as two semester courses. It covers Roman archaeology and topography, aspects of social and urban history of Rome, and Roman civilization. Frequent site visits and explorations, intensive museum tours and lectures, and wider-ranging trips based on the Professor-in-Charge's area's of expertise outside Rome are included as part of the course. In the recent past, Campania and Sicily have been the focus of extended and focused study. Because The 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 are required to take at least one course in Latin or Greek as part of their ICCS courseload.

Financial Aid

For more information about financial aid, visit the “Money Matters” section of our website.


Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in Italy. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.


All students, except those coming from EU countries, are required to apply for a Student Visa. To obtain a student Visa, you must present yourself in person (by appointment only) to the nearest Italian Consulate. Required documents vary by consulate. The Consulate General of Italy in New York lists the required documents on its website. The Bocconi recommends that students apply for a multiple-entry Schengen VISA if possible.

Once in Italy, all international students will have to obtain a "Permesso di Soggiorno" (Permit of Stay) in order to reside in Italy for more than three months.

Student Life & Housing

The building that houses ICCS is owned by the Suore Infermiere dell'Addolorata, and contains bedrooms (mostly doubles) for 36 students, classrooms, a library, offices, dining rooms, and a kitchen. Outside is a small and pleasant garden. The neighborhood is residential with apartment buildings, small shops, cafes, and services.

Three meals a day are provided at the Center, Monday through Friday. Other meals are at individual student's expense and are not included in the program fees.

Because the Center is small, the living situation can be very intense and generally requires adjustment on everyone's part. Students are urged to have a positive outlook and to spend time outside of the Center.

Application Process

Students should apply for the ICCS program online through Duke University according to their instructions and deadlines.

In addition to the ICCS application, students must also complete the Princeton Study Abroad Course Approval Form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.

Applicants must be currently registered undergraduates majoring in classics or classical history/civilization, or in archaeology or art history with strong classical interests and background. All applicants should have at least a B average. A background in Roman History is strongly advised. Preference will be given to those students who are prepared to take courses in Latin and/or ancient Greek at the intermediate level or higher.

The program is strenuous. There is extensive walking and some climbing. Our experience has been that participants must be in good physical condition to be able to participate successfully. Therefore, we ask that you consider your general health, physical abilities, and stamina (including problems with diet and medication) before applying to this program.

Participation requirements
Among other requirements for participation, students must comply with the items listed below.
  • Be working toward an undergraduate degree during the semester in Rome
  • Have a valid passport
  • Provide ten photographs upon acceptance to the program
  • Have US-purchased medical insurance
  • Obtain an Italian student visa before arrival in Rome
Application Deadlines: Check the ICCS website for application deadlines.  Early applications are strongly encouraged. Please note that program application deadlines may be significantly earlier than the Princeton approval deadlines.

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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