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Summer Program in the Ancient Languages

As a department, we take special pride in the high standards that we apply to the study of the ancient languages. During the summer months, we offer the opportunity for motivated students to complete the equivalent of up to four semesters of university-level study for university academic credit, in either Greek or Latin. Those with prior background can also choose advanced-level courses.

A special discounted tuition rate applies to GR 509, GR 516, GR 517, GR 492/592, and LAT 509, LAT 516, LAT 517, and LAT 492/592, all of which are offered at $500/credit hour. 

All of these courses are online or hybrid-online/in-person, which makes them especially convenient and accessible, even for those not resident in the DC area.  (Check the schedule here for dates and times.)  In-person sections of GR 509 and LAT 509 are also available on the CUA campus, still at the discounted tuition rate.

  The Erechtheion, Athens, 5th century BC

The Erechtheion, Athens, 5th century BC

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Course format

Conventional in-person courses are offered for one section each of elementary summer Greek and elementary summer Latin (GR 509 and LAT 509), and hybrid-online/in-person courses are offered at the advanced language levels (GR 492/592 and LAT 492/592).  All other summer courses are taught synchronously online, meaning that all students and the instructor log in and videoconference together for the duration of each class session.  Remember to check the class meeting times for the courses that are of interest to you!

Elementary level

The elementary courses, GR 509 and LAT 509, take place during the first six-week summer session. Each of these courses carries six hours of university credit and requires a class commitment (before homework and studying) of three hours per day, five days per week. By the end of the six-week session, our Greek students have received the necessary preparation to read Plato or Xenophon; our Latin students are prepared to read (for example) Caesar, Catullus, or Cicero--even if they have never studied an ancient language before.

Students in either of these elementary language courses can choose either an online or an in-person, on-campus section.

Intermediate level

The intermediate courses, GR 516-517 (Intermediate Greek I-II) and LAT 516-517 (Intermediate Latin I-II), follow immediately after the elementary courses during the second half of the summer. Each is a three-credit course, meeting for three weeks, three hours per day, five days per week.  The central goals of all of these courses are to provide students with a "first reading" experience and to engage in intensive study of syntax and style.

All of the intermediate courses in the Summer Program in the Ancient Languages are offered online only.

Advanced level

Enrollment permitting, the department typically also offers at least one advanced Greek or Latin course (often both) each summer (GR 492/592 and LAT 492/592).  Our summer offerings at the advanced level help our own students progress more rapidly towards their degrees and certificates, and we also welcome qualified students from other institutions.  If you are not certain whether an advanced summer course would fit your level of previous study or your goals, please feel free to contact the department, since a placement exam is required for advanced-level enrollment.

Advanced-level courses in the Summer Program in the Ancient Languages are offered in a hybrid-online/in-person format, so some of the students are in the classroom with the instructor, while others join live online.

Scholarships for summer study

Scholarships for the GR 509 and LAT 509 courses in the Summer Program in the Ancient Languages are available on a competitive basis to current degree-seeking CUA graduate students. Students who will begin their graduate degree studies at CUA in the fall following the Summer Program are also eligible to apply. (Those who will not be seeking CUA degrees, i.e. who are taking courses with "non-degree" student status, are not eligible.) Applications for the scholarships must be received by email before the end of the workday on the second Friday in April of each academic year.

Further general information on CUA's summer programs, including university application procedures, course descriptions, class schedules, tuition costs, and housing and dining details, is available on the CUA Summer Sessions Website.  You might also be interested in exploring our FAQs about the Summer Program in the Ancient Languages.