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Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome

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Sponsor: Duke University

Location: Rome, Italy


The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) Program in Rome provides students majoring in classics or classical history with a unique opportunity to study ancient history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art. Admission is very competitive at this small, intense program, where students must enroll in an integrated course, called "The Ancient City", covering 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 Ancient City course. In the recent past, Campania and Sicily have been the focus of extended and focused study. In addition to The Ancient City, students take intermediate or advanced Latin or Greek, as well as one elective course in art history or elementary Italian.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Students must be majoring in classics or classical history/civilization, or in archaeology or art history with strong classical interests and background. Background in Roman History is strongly advised.
  • B average overall

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline.
  2. Complete a Duke-ICCS application by the program's deadline.
  3. As part of the ICCS application, you must interview with NU’s designated ICCS representative, Professor Robert Wallace in the Department of Classics. You must also obtain a letter of recommendation from Professor Wallace to submit with your ICCS application.

Languages: Latin, Greek, Italian, English

Language Requirements: 

  • Duke will give preference to those students who are prepared to take courses in Latin and/or ancient Greek at the intermediate level or higher.
  • Students are required to take at least 1 course in Intermediate or Advanced Latin or Greek as part of their ICCS course load.


  • Students are housed in double rooms with other participants at the ICCS Center, where students also take courses and eat most of their meals.
  • 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.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2014: $34,835

Billed by Northwestern: $29,935

  • Tuition: $22,900
  • Housing & partial board: $4,495
  • Duke transcript fee: $40
  • SAAF: $2,500

Estimated additional costs: $4,900

  • Meals: $1,100
  • Airfare: $1,200
  • Books & supplies: $250
  • Personal expenses: $2,000
  • Residence permit: $205
  • HTH: $145


  • The Benedetta and Giancarlo Galassi-Beria Scholarship Fund provides for students in need of financial support to study at ICCS Rome. For details, visit the ICCS Scholarship webpage.


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