Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome
Classical studies at the 'centro'
The Premier North American Center for the Study of the Classical World in Italy
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. ICCS has received generous aid from the Danforth Foundation, The Old Dominion Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, as well as the continuing support of a consortium of colleges and universities and contributions from former students.
A Managing Committee elected by the consortium colleges and universities determines the curriculum and selects the faculty, students, and scholarship recipients. The Managing Committee has arranged for administration of the Intercollegiate Center to be handled by Duke University's Global Education Office for Undergraduates.
Bryn Mawr College
California State at Long Beach
Christopher Newport University
College of the Holy Cross
College of William & Mary
College of Wooster
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University
Grand Valley State University
Gustavus Adolphus College
Johns Hopkins University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Maryland
Michigan State University
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Sweet Briar College
Texas A & M University
University at Buffalo
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado
University of Georgia
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Mary Washington
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Mississippi
University of MIssouri-Columbia
University of Michigan
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Austin
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State University
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
For information concerning ICCS Institutional Membership, please contact:
Susan E. Pratt, Assistant Director
Global Education Office for Undergraduates
Tel. (919) 684-2174
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 two-credit course called The Ancient City.
- THE LIBRARY
CLST 341A-1 / 341A-2
The Ancient City
2.0 course credits, required
This required comprehensive and integrated course is a major part of the academic work for the program. 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 choose remaining courses from the following:
SYLLABI SUBJECT TO CHANGE
1 course credit
1 course credit
Renaissance and Baroque Art History
1 course credit
ITALIAN 101A (No other level of Italian is available.)
1 course credit
Please note: The text for the Italian course is available at the Centro and is a different edition than the one used in the U.S. Therefore, it is recommended that you not purchase the book before arriving in Rome and that you use one of the books available there. Also, for this course, please have a small, portable English-Italian dictionary.)
The Latin and Greek courses avoid excessive concentration on commonly read works. Students who wish to take an independent study or directed reading may do so, providing it is supervised by a member of the faculty at the student's own college or university. This work will not appear on an ICCS transcript, and no responsibility for it will be taken by the ICCS faculty.
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.
Funds provided by the Old Dominion Foundation purchased the initial library in the 1960s. The holdings have increased since then through several generous gifts. Fundamental was the personal collection of the late Professor Brooks Otis, founder of ICCS, which was presented to the library through the generosity of the Packard Foundation.
Over the years, the library has grown with the addition of the personal collections of the late John Rowe Workman and the late John Stambaugh, former Chairman of the Managing Committee and the initiator of the Ancient City course; the late Brian Aitken, who studied at the Centro in 1972, and the late Miranda Marvin, who sent many Wellesley students to the Centro.
In addition to these gifts, ICCS continuously makes new acquisitions and has benefitted from generous gifts from Hollis Hurd (Spring '70) and the Corning Incorporated Foundation. There also is a small collection on Italian culture and a modest art history collection. Other libraries in Rome, including limited access to the American Academy library, can be made available for student use.
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. It is close to the American Academy in Rome with which it maintains cordial relations. The building is owned by an order of nuns, the Suore Infermiere dell'Addolorata, and contains student bedrooms, 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.
Students will be assigned rooms at the Center (mostly doubles). The Center can accommodate 36 students.
Because the Center is small, and all students are together for meals and at least the Ancient City course, 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 available time outside of the Center.
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.
ICCS operates two semesters each academic year, one from early September to mid-December, the other from late-January to the mid-May (there are 7-14 days of breaks each term). Please see calendars below.
- FALL 2017
- SPRING 2018
|August 31-September 1||Arrival of students at the Center|
|September 4||First day of classes|
|September 15||Last day to change courses|
|October 7-15||Field trip to Sicily|
|October 15-22||Fall break|
|October 23||Classes resume|
|November 11-18||Field trip to Campania|
|November 20||Classes resume|
|November 23||Thanksgiving dinner|
|December 8||Last day of classes|
|December 11||First day of exams|
|December 15||Last day of exams|
|December 17||Students MUST leave the Center by noon|
|December 22||Closing of the CENTER|
|January 25-26||Arrival of students at the Center|
|January 29||First day of classes|
|February 9||Last day to change courses|
|March 10-18||Field trip to Sicily|
|March 18-25||Spring break|
|March 26||Classes resume|
|April 14-21||Field trip to Campania|
|April 23||Classes resume|
|May 4||Last day of classes|
|May 7||First day of exams|
|May 11||Last day of exams|
|May 13||Students MUST leave the Center by noon|
Fall 2017 or Spring 2018
Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.
|Duke Students||Non-Duke Students|
Explanation of Costs
The program fee for this program includes:
- Weekday Meals
- International SOS coverage
- Program-sponsored activities and excursions
- Orientation program
Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive.
The program fee does not include:
- Airport transportation to/from program site
- Local transportation
- On-site accident and health insurance policy
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Visa and/or residency permit
- Textbooks and class materials
- Internet usage
- Mobile phone
- Independent travel and entertainment
- Items of a personal nature
Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies.
Step 1: Within 3 weeks of acceptance to the program, confirm your enrollment by submitting the non-refundable $1,400 deposit. Deposits are payable by check or Student Account E-Check. If you receive Duke financial aid, submit the Deposit Waiver Form in lieu of the deposit. Log in to MyGlobalEd for remittance instructions or waiver form.
NOTE: If you withdraw after committing to the program, your deposit will be retained or $1,400 will be charged to your Bursar account.
Step 2: Complete all post-acceptance items listed on your MyGlobalEd application, including the Participation Agreement, Pre-Departure Orientation, International Travel Registry, and any program-specific forms.
Step 3: Semester invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. All financial arrangements involving Duke University must be completed prior to departure for the program.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
- FINANCIAL AID
The Benedetta and Giancarlo Galassi-Beria Scholarship Fund provides for students in need of financial support to study at ICCS. Scholarships have ranged from $500 to $10,000. In recent years no student has had to forego a semester at the Centro because of the cost.
In order to be considered, students must submit the Financial Need Assessment Form, completed and signed by a financial aid officer from the home institution, verifying eligibility and amount of need. Students applying for this scholarship must file a current FAFSA application at their home institution. The Financial Need Assessment Form must be submitted with the program application, by the application deadline.
The Managing Committee will make admissions decisions and then review scholarship applications. Students are informed of scholarship awards within four weeks of the application deadline.
All information received from financial aid offices is kept strictly confidential and seen only by the Managing Committee and a limited number of staff in Duke University's Global Education Office.
Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the Bursar. Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.
The ICCS faculty is chosen each year from scholars teaching classics, history, and art history in colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The usual faculty complement is a Professor-in-Charge, two Associate or Assistant Professors, and an advanced graduate student as Resident Instructor. Because of the changeover in faculty each year, the program is constantly invigorated and benefits from a constant flow of new ideas. In addition, other faculty are hired in Italy to teach Renaissance and Baroque Art History and Elementary Italian.
Jeremy Hartnett, PIC
Jeremy Hartnett is Associate Professor of Classics at Wabash College, where he holds the Anne and Andrew T. Ford Chair in the Liberal Arts. A transformational experience as a Centrista (Spring 1995) convinced him to pursue graduate work in Classics and to find reasons to return regularly to Rome and Italy. Following a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology and a post-doc year at Oberlin, Jeremy returned to teach at his alma mater, Wabash College, in 2004. Particular passions at Wabash include bringing the ancient world to life (mock hoplite battles, a suovetaurilia, and rowing lessons, e.g.), playing drums and trumpet in the pep band, and introducing students to times, places, people, food, and languages well beyond what usually surrounds them. He served a delightful year as Associate Professor at the Centro in 2008-2009, has led at least eight additional academic study experiences in Italy, and has participated in excavations at Paestum and Oppido Lucano.
In his research, Jeremy uses material culture to write the history of everyday Romans. His first book, The Roman Street: Urban Life and Society in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Rome (Cambridge UP, 2017), is overpriced, but has plenty of good pictures. It seeks to refill city thoroughfares with all manner of people, animals, activities, and dramas, from politicians preening in parades to rabble-rousers raising a ruckus in response to a wrong. The next big project will either try to paint a more fine-grained portrait of the Roman sub-elite or will tackle how Romans made sense of themselves and their world through what they heard and the sounds they made.
Sonia Sabnis is Associate Professor of Classics and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She studied at the Centro in Fall 1996 and has returned to Rome at regular intervals since: these stints include studying Latin with Fr. Reginald Foster and Latin palaeography at the American Academy. She received her B.A. from Columbia and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Classics. Her research centers on the imperial authors Apuleius and Lucian with topics ranging from slavery to reception to discourse particles. A recent essay on Robert Graves’ translation of Apuleius and Lawrence of Arabia (the man, not the film, although she loves that too) was called a “pleasant highlight” by a TLS reviewer.
At Reed she enjoys teaching Greek and Latin at all levels. In Rome as in Portland, when not teaching, she will probably be found exploring the city’s hippermost vegetarian restaurants. She also loves to travel, particularly to places where there are antiquities and/or donkeys.
Mitch Brown received his PhD in Classics from the University of Cincinnati in 2016 and his BA from Wabash College in 2010. He was also a Centrista in 2008. His research interests include Greek and Roman drama, performance, and reception studies. In particular, he studies ancient comedy by combining material, historical, and textual evidence to understand plays as both cultural events and pieces of literature. In both his teaching and his research he strives to approach the Greek and Roman world not as a set of static objects and texts, but a dynamic space in which buildings, artwork, and writing affected and were affected by their various audiences. His time at the Centro as a student was instrumental in his development of this outlook. In addition to ancient drama, Mitch is also very interested in ancient sports, southern Italian vase painting, and the development of Julius Caesar as an ideological symbol in both the Roman Empire and later periods.
Melissa Huber is a Ph.D. candidate in Classical Studies at Duke University with interests in Roman history and topography. She received her AB in Classics and BS in Mathematics from the College of Charleston, and her MA in the City of Rome (Classics) from the University of Reading. Studying abroad in Rome as an undergraduate inspired her to pursue graduate work in Classics and she has been lucky enough to return to the eternal city on several occasions for research and teaching. She is currently working on a dissertation entitled "Monumentalizing Infrastructure: The City and People of Rome in the Time of Claudius,” which uses digital visualization technology to explore the visual and practical impact that building during Claudius' reign had on the people of Rome.
Melissa is looking forward to a wonderful year living at the Centro, teaching Intermediate Greek, and contributing to the Ancient City course.
Italian Language Instructor
Barbara Castaldo (Laurea, Università La Sapienza di Roma; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., New York University) is specialized in contemporary Italian literature with a doctoral thesis on Italian author Pier Paolo Pasolini (awarded Premio Pasolini in 2009). Her research interests include law and literature scholarship and comparative literature. She has published articles on contemporary Italian authors (Sandro Veronesi, Marco Lodoli, Ennio Flaiano, Pier Paolo Pasolini), and has appeared in a number of TV documentaries and radio interviews for Rai Storia (Italy), Arte TV (France-Germany), Österreich 1 (Austria). She is currently working on a book on Pier Paolo Pasolini’s legal trials. She has taught courses of Italian language at all levels and has been teaching Italian at ICCS since 2005.
Art History Instructor
Paul Tegmeyer began studying art history as an undergraduate at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he was raised. After moving to Italy, actually l'Aquila, outside Rome, in 1983, he began graduate school at Temple University in Rome, and then Philadelphia. He later entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Pennsylvania. His area of specialization is the Italian Renaissance.
He began teaching the Renaissance. to Baroque Rome course at ICCS from 1990-92 and again from 1997 on. He also been teaching at John Cabot University in Rome since 1991. Here he has had the opportunity to expand his repertoire beyond the Italian Renaissance, teaching courses on Ancient and Medieval Rome, Baroque art, as well as monographic courses on Renaissance Rome; Raphael; Michelangelo; Bernini; et al. Since 1997 he has also conducted the Rome Seminar for the Smithsonian Institute.
His research focuses primarily on various aspects of Roman Renaissance art (Raphael, Pollaiuolo, Michelangelo, et al.). He is also now in the early stages of preparing with other colleagues, a “Guide to Renaissance Rome”.
ICCS CENTER STAFF
The Centro is ably managed by a small, dedicated staff.
Francesco Sgariglia manages all ICCS financial and administrative matters in Rome, including maintenance of the physical plant. He works with the faculty to carry out the academic direction set by the Managing Committee and GEO's administrative responsibility. The Director of Administration is responsible for ensuring that students and the faculty are informed about and conform to all applicable laws and regulations governing them and, as the official representative in Italy of the Center, he is liaison to Italian bureaucracies and the American Embassy.
Giuseppina Vallefuoco supervises the facilities for both students and faculty, including overseeing the planning of menus, inspecting rooms, and ensuring that the computers and other equipment are functioning properly. In addition she plans cultural activities for students, and organizes an Italian language table at dinner for students wishing to practice and improve their language skills.
Luisa Boncompagni assists the Director of Administration especially with program files/records and in scheduling visits to sites. She helps with student and faculty problems.
Letizia Buono also assists the Director of Administration, manages acquisitions for the library and slide collections, handles the accounting, financial, and banking operations at the Centro, and assists the Secretary with faculty and student problems.
For general inquiries about the program, please contact:
This program DOES NOT have rolling admission. Applications must be submitted no later than March 1 for the fall semester, and October 1 for the spring semester.
To apply, submit the following to the Global Education Office:
- Online application
- Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended.
- Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
- Two academic letters of recommendation (one from the ICCS Representative at your institution)
- ICCS Financial Need Assessment Form
- Home university approval form
- ICCS Questionnaire
- 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 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.
- Priority for spaces goes to students who are undergraduates at one of the ICCS member colleges or universities.
- When space permits, qualified and currently registered undergraduate students from non-member institutions may be accepted at an additional fee.
- All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation or preference, gender or age.
All participants are subject to Duke University's policies on scholarship and conduct.
Physical Requirements: The program is physically strenuous. The on-site investigations fundamental to the Ancient City course entail extensive walking and some climbing, at times in inclement weather. Our experience has been that participants must be in good physical condition to be able to participate successfully. Therefore, we ask that applicants consider their general health, physical abilities, and stamina (including problems with diet and medications) before applying to this program.
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