Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome

Classical studies at the 'centro'

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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.

Students: Please be sure to check out the Centro website at TheCentroRome.org, which offers fuller illustrations and explanation of the information below.


Location: Rome, Italy

Term: Fall, Spring

Dates: January 25, 2023 - May 14, 2023 (spring), August 30, 2023 - December 17, 2023 (fall)

Application Deadline: March 15 (Fall and Academic Year), October 1 (Spring)

Academic Theme(s): Classical studies, Latin, Greek

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Duke Affiliation: Duke Department of Classical Studies

Housing: Dormitory

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  • Class trip to Pompeii

  • ICCS Rome

  • Kathy Chu, Propylaea

  • Overlook of Terracina

  • Students in the field

  • ICCS Rome

  • ICCS students taking notes on a site visit

  • Sunset in Florence

  • Nighttime view of the Colosseum

  • ICCS students taking notes on a site visit

  • Lower levels of an amphitheater

  • Theater at Taormina, Sicily

  • View through an ancient Greek temple

  • Seagull at the Roman Forum

  • Last look at Vesuvius

  • ICCS students taking notes on a site visit

  • ICCS students taking notes on a site visit

ICCS Administration & Member Institutions

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. 


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

Weekly sample schedule for all students




Required Course

CLST 341A-1 / 341A-2
The Ancient City
(ALP, CCI, CZ) 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.

View syllabus

Elective Courses

Students choose remaining courses from the following:


Intermediate Latin
LATIN 203A-1
(FL) 1 course credit

Advanced Latin
LATIN 301A-1
(ALP, CCI, FL) 1 course credit

Intermediate Greek
GREEK 252A-1
(FL) 1 course credit

Advanced Greek
(ALP, CCI, FL) 1 course credit

Renaissance and Baroque Art History
(ALP, CCI, CZ) 1 course credit

Introductory Italian
ITALIAN 101A (No other level of Italian is available.)
(FL) 1 course credit

Conservation and Management of the Material Heritage of Ancient Rome
(CCI, CZ) 1 course credit

Please note: The textbook 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.


Academic Credit

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. Please note that students MUST request a transcript to be sent to their institution by contacting the Registrar’s Office at Duke University. 

Final approval and assignment of credit is the responsibility of the student's home college or university. 


The Library

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.

Connect to the ICCS Library online catalog.


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, Elementary Italian, and Conservation and Management of the Material Heritage of Ancient Rome.

2022-2023 Faculty

Christopher Gregg, Professor-in-Charge

Christopher Gregg


Christopher Gregg is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University.  He received his BA and MA in Latin from the University of Georgia before completing his doctorate in Classical Archaeology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Among his academic interests is the study of Roman urbanism, and he has visited more than 120 classical Greek and Roman sites as a part of his on-going desire to better understand the complexities of life in the ancient Mediterranean world. Gregg has excavated at the Roman-era Yasmina Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia as well as with the Roman Aqaba Project in Jordan and at the Villa of Maxentius on the Via Appia Antica in Rome.  He has previously been a faculty member at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome four times, most recently as the Professor in Charge for the 2016-2017 academic year.  He was co-director for the University of Georgia’s Classics in Rome summer program from 2014-2020 and has launched study abroad programs in Italy and France for his home university.  He has published on the Alumnus disc from the Yasmina Cemetery in the Journal of Roman Archaeology,  contributed and revised the Pompeii entry to the Oxford Bibliographies Online project; in 2021, he edited and contributed to Engines of Education: Essays on the GMU Plaster Cast Collection.  Gregg has been a frequent speaker for the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program in Washington, DC and an invited academic lecturer on a variety of topics ranging from the Roman Forum to the representation of sexuality and gender in Roman mythological frescos. 

Adam Serfass, Associate Professor

Adam Serfass

Associate Professor

Adam Serfass graduated from Williams College with a BA in Classics and from Stanford University with a PhD in the same field. He is currently Professor of Classics at Kenyon College, where he teaches a range of courses in Greek, Latin, and ancient history. For his work in the classroom he has won two teaching awards. He studied at ICCS as an undergraduate, and taught there in 2010-11. Originating in a Greek course he first offered at the Centro, his book Views of Rome: A Greek Reader, an annotated anthology of Greek-language writings about the Romans, received the Classical Association of the Middle West and South’s Bolchazy Pedagogy Book Award. He has delivered papers, reviewed books, and written essays on the history of ancient Rome, especially the diffusion of Christianity in late antiquity. In 2022-23, he will resume his quest to drink from every nasone (public water fountain) in the Eternal City.

Hannah Sorscher, Assistant Professor

Hannah Sorscher

Assistant Professor

Hannah Sorscher received her Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2021, with a dissertation on young women and chosen family in Roman comedy. She held a Teach@Tübingen fellowship at the Universität Tübingen Philologisches Seminar in Tübingen, Germany in 2021-22, during which she gave courses on Women in Ancient Comedy and Ovid’s Metamorphoses and its Reception. She specializes in Latin poetry, particularly Roman comedy and Augustan poetry; Greek New Comedy; and women and the family in antiquity, especially women and warfare. Her time studying abroad in Rome as an undergraduate was formative for her career researching and reading about the ancient Mediterranean, so she is delighted to experience the Centro for the first time. 

Nora Donoghue, Resident Instructor

Nora Donoghue

Resident Instructor

Nora Donoghue is a Ph.D. candidate in Classical Archaeology at Florida State University where she is writing a dissertation on the household archaeology of Roman colonies on the Italian peninsula. She holds an MA in Classical Studies from Columbia University and a BA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among her research interests are the study of Etruscan archaeology, textile production, and domestic craft production. Nora’s excavation experience in Italy includes Hadrian’s Villa (Tivoli), Cosa Excavations (Ansedonia), and Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project (Murlo).  At FSU Nora has taught a range of courses focused on the ancient world including Italian archaeology, Greek and Roman civilizations, beginning Latin courses, Classical mythology, and comparative ancient mythology. In her spare time, Nora is an avid bread baker, supported by her faithful sourdough starter “Doughmitian”, and she also enjoys training her rambunctious hound, Zoey.

Barbara Castaldo

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.

Paul Tegmeyer

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. At ICCS 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”.




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 single and double rooms at the Center. The Center can accommodate up to 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.

  • SPRING 2023
  • FALL 2023
  • SPRING 2024


Spring 2023

January 25 Arrival of students at the Center
January 26-27 Orientation
January 30 First day of classes
February 10 Last day to change courses
February 27-March 2 Republican Campania field trip
March 3 Classes resume
March 20-24 Provence, France field trip
March 25-April 2 Spring break
April 3 Classes resume
April 17-20 Imperial Campania field trip
April 21 Classes resume
May 1 Italian Labor Day
May 5 Last day of classes
May 8 First day of exams
May 12 Last day of exams
May 14 Students MUST leave the Center by noon

FALL 2023

Fall 2023

August 30 Arrival of students at the Center
August 31- September 1 Orientation
September 4 First day of classes
September 15 Last day to change courses
September 25-28 Republican field trip
September 29 Classes resume
October 15-20 Sicily field trip
October 21-29 Fall break
October 30 Classes resume
November 13-16 Imperial Campania field trip
November 17 Classes resume
November 23 Thanksgiving dinner
November 27 Classes resume
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


Spring 2024

January 24 Arrival of students at the Center
January 25-26 Orientation
January 29 First day of classes
February 9 Last day to change courses
February 26-29 Republican Campania field trip
March 1 Classes resume
March 17-22 Sicily field trip
March 23-31 Spring break
April 1 Classes resume
April 15-18 Imperial Campania field trip
April 19 Classes resume
May 1 Italian Labor Day
May 3 Last day of classes
May 6 First day of exams
May 10 Last day of exams
May 12 Students MUST leave the Center by noon


Fall 2023 or Spring 2024

Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $31,725 $31,725
Program Fee $4,495 $4,495
Transcript Fee N/A $120
Other Costs*

See Cost Sheet

See Cost Sheet

TOTAL (Estimated) $42,050 $42,170

*A customizable program cost sheet that includes a breakdown of other costs is available on the programs' MyExperientialEd brochure page

Explanation of Costs

Scholarships & Financial Aid




The ICCS 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 for a scholarship, students must submit the FAFSA/ISIR so that ICCS can ascertain the student’s Estimated Family Contribution. Students applying for this scholarship must file a current FAFSA application at their home institution. If the student receives financial aid from their institution which is applicable to the ICCS program tuition and fees, they should also submit that award letter. All materials 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 for consideration of a scholarship award is kept strictly confidential and seen only by the Managing Committee and a limited number of staff in Duke University's Global Education Office.


Financial Aid

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. 

Duke Financial Aid Office

Duke Bursar’s Office


The Centro is managed by a small, dedicated staff.


For general inquiries about the program, please contact:

Susan Pratt

Program Manager

Douglas Huey

GEO Staff Assistant for Programs


Deadline: March 15 (Fall and Academic Year), October 1 (Spring)

Applications will be considered after the deadline. If enrollment has been reached, students may be placed on a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered.

Priority: 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 with at least a B average. Preference will be given to those students with a background in Roman History. 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. 

Minimum GPA: Priority will be given to students with high academic standing (normally with at least a 3.0 GPA). The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for Duke students wishing to study away during the semester is 2.7 (3.0 for Pratt students) on a scale of 4.0. See: Academic Eligibility for Study Abroad/Away

Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.

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 repercussions from diet and medications) before applying to this program.


Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the ICCS Managing Committee for consideration.

Submit the following items using MyExperientialEd:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted before submitting their transcript.
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program
  4. An academic letter of recommendation from the ICCS Representative at your institution
  5. ICCS Financial Need Assessment Form/FAFSA/ISIR
  6. Home university approval form
  7. ICCS Questionnaire


Find out what current Centristi are up to in Rome, get the latest alumni news, find up-to-date information on reunion events, and even see what's on the menu at the Centro this week (recipes included!) 

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