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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. 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 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 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.

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.
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA

Credit Enrollment Information:

  • ICCS defines a full-time courseload 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).

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern 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 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.

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. 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.


  • 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 2018: $39,031

Billed by Northwestern: $34,215

  • Tuition: $26,880
  • Room & board: $4,495
  • Transcript fee: $40
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Estimated additional costs: $4,816

  • Meals: $1,200
  • Airfare: $1,600
  • Books & supplies: $630
  • Personal expenses: $1,000
  • Visa: $200
  • GeoBlue: $186

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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