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Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Program sponsor: Duke University

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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. A small, intense program for classical history enthusiasts, admission is very competitive. All students must enroll in an integrated course, called "The Ancient City", covering Roman archaeology civilization and social and urban history of Rome and includes frequent field studies, intensive museum tours and lectures, and trips outside of Rome based on the Professor-in-Charge's area of expertise. In addition to "The Ancient City", students take intermediate or advanced Latin or Greek, as well as one or two elective courses in art history or elementary Italian. Interested students also have the possibility of participating on a non-credit internship at the American Academy in Rome.

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Program Requirements


Major 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; 3.0 cumulative GPA.


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. However, applicants are not required to have studied either language to be eligible, and students without Greek or Latin language background will enroll in the Ancient City Course, Art History, and Elementary Italian; Students are required to take at least 1 course in Intermediate or Advanced Latin or Greek as part of their ICCS course load.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines. As part of the ICCS application, you must interview with Northwestern’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.


ICCS defines a full-time course load as 4-5 ICCS credits, which must include the required 2-credit The Ancient City course and Intermediate or Advanced Latin or Greek (1 credit). Students choose an additional 1-2 courses (Art History, Elementary Italian, Latin and Greek).

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Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units.


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 Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $40,197

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $27,940
  • Room & board: $4,495
  • Transcript fee: $40
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Total: $35,275

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $1,200
  • Airfare: $1,600
  • Books & supplies: $630
  • Personal expenses: $1,000
  • Visa: $300
  • GeoBlue: $192

Total: $4,922

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the ICCS website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the ICCS program through Duke University, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the ICCS program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to Duke to confirm your place on the program. It is your responsibility to pay this deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your program's tuition, program fee, transcript fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • Duke Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after Duke has confirmed the payment.
  • Duke Scholarships: If you were awarded a scholarship from your program, it will disburse to your CAESAR account after the funds have been sent to Northwestern.
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other Duke Charges

If you receive an invoice from Duke that includes your tuition, room/board, or transcript fee, you should not pay it; please forward it to Krista Bethel. Northwestern will pay Duke directly for your program charges, which will be billed to you through your CAESAR account.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to Duke.

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