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Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) Rome, Italy

At the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome, 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 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 outside Rome will be included as part of the course.

Program Curriculum

Students choose their other courses from the following: Intermediate or Advanced Latin; Intermediate or Advanced Greek; Renaissance and Baroque Art History; or Elementary Italian (no other level of Italian is available). Students are required to take at least one course in Latin or Greek.

Please refer to the ICCS website for course descriptions and syllabi, under Academics, and for faculty bios, under Faculty.

Program Details

  • Boston University students only
  • Applicants must be currently registered undergraduates majoring in either classics, classical history, or archaeology, or must be art history majors with strong classical interests and background
  • A background in Roman history is strongly advised
  • Interested students must contact the Classical Studies department in order to apply.
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Fall Semester: early September to mid-December
  • Spring Semester: late January to mid May

Program participants will be notified of any changes to the program calendar.

  • Students are accommodated in the ICCS Center. Located in a four-story building on one of the main streets of the Janiculum, the Center is ten minutes by bus from the Piazza Venezia and downtown Rome. The building contains bedrooms (mostly doubles) for 36 students, classrooms, a library, offices, dining rooms, and a kitchen. Three meals a day are provided at the Center, Monday through Friday.
Application Deadlines
  • Fall Semester: March 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1

Review of applications will begin according to the following timetable.

Program Staff

The ICCS Exchange is administered by staff at Boston University. A program manager oversees the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Rome. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations.