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Italy: Inter-Collegiate Center for Classical Studies Rome

This Rollins approved program, offered through the Duke Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS), offers students an opportunity to participate in one of the most highly regarded study abroad programs for Classics, Art History and Archeology.

To learn more about the ancient world, students will study Latin or Greek and visit ancient sites in Rome and across Italy!

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To learn more about the ancient world, students will study Latin or Greek and visit ancient sites in Rome and across Italy!

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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 and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art. Many classicists currently in the field are alumni of the ICCS Rome program and look back fondly on their experience at the Centro.

  • Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA
  • 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
  • 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
  • NOTE: The program is strenuous. There is extensive walking and some climbing. Our experience has been that participants must be in good physical condition to be able to participate successfully.  Therefore, we ask that you consider your general health, physical abilities, and stamina (including problems with diet and medication) before applying to this program.
  • This program has a required advising session
    (30 minutes) as part of the application process.
    Click here to schedule a virtual advising session.

How to Apply

Fall 2021

  • Sept 2: Program start date
  • Dec 19: Program ends

Spring 2020

  • Jan 23-24: Students arrive
  • Jan 27: First day of classes
  • Feb 29- Mar 8: Field trip to Sicily
  • Mar 8-15: Spring break
  • Mar 28- Apr 4: Field trip to Campania
  • May 1: Last day of classes
  • May 4-8: Final exams
  • May 10: Students must leave the Center by noon

Orientation & Flight

An orientation packet and information will be provided by ICCS and students will participate in an on-site orientation upon arrival.  You will be responsible for booking your own flight.


US citizens must secure a study visa prior to departure by applying through the appropriate Italian consulate in the United States. For general information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

Faculty & Campus

The ICCS faculty is chosen from professors 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. In addition, other persons are hired in Italy to teach Renaissance and Baroque Art History and Elementary Italian.  Classroom, offices, library, dining facilities, and students' rooms are in a four-story, stucco building on Via Allesandro Algardi, on the Janiculum.


The curriculum is structured differently from 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 course called The Ancient City.  It requires as much class and study time as two normal semester courses. It covers Roman archaeology and topography, aspects of the 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 areas of expertise outside Rome are included as part of the course. 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 are required to take at least one course in Latin or Greek as part of their ICCS course load.

  • Students choose their courses from the following:
  • Ancient City CLST 148A/148B (required for all students)
  • Intermediate Latin LATIN 63A
  • Advanced Latin - Section I LATIN 102A
  • Advanced Latin - Section II LATIN 102A
  • Intermediate Greek GREEK 63A
  • Advanced Greek GREEK 102A
  • Renaissance and Baroque Art History
  • Elementary Italian (No other level of Italian is available)
  • Click here for individual course information

Transfer of Credit

Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from ICCS. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.


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 the Suore Infermiere dell'Addolorata, and contains bedrooms (mostly doubles) for 36 students, classrooms, a library, offices, dining rooms, and a kitchen. The neighborhood is residential with apartment buildings, small shops, cafes, an outdoor food market, three banks, and other services nearby. The Center is fifteen minutes by bus from Piazza Venezia. When you get to Rome, monthly transit passes will be provided for you. These passes enable you to ride public transportation within Rome on an unlimited basis.


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.  Because the Center is small, 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 time outside of the Center.

Course Field Trips & Excursions

The ‘Ancient City’ course 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 addition, there are two longer excursions to sites of relevance in Italy.


Students can enjoy a ping-pong table in the garden, and a foosball table and some exercise equipment on the terrace. A music room on the main floor has two upright pianos, two guitars and a music system for your use, and there is a television set on the terrace. Jogging, soccer, leisurely walks, and picnicking are possible in the large Villa Pamphili Park just a few blocks from the Centre.

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, and room for one semester. Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad. 

  • Tuition: Standard Rollins tuition
  • Room and Board: $7,175.00


Tuition and program administration, accommodation and partial board (3 meals a day 5 days a week), orientation, and complete medical and emergency insurance.

Does Not Include

  • Airfare from Orlando: Estimated at $1,400
  • Visa fee: $200 (estimate)
  • Additional meals: $1,395 (estimate)
  • Personal expenses and course materials: Estimated at $1000
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary but an average estimate is $1200-$2000
  • Travel/Property insurance (if desired): Costs will vary


Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare other costs associated with study abroad. Students can apply for scholarships through the Rollins program application. Students can also apply for additional scholarships through the ICCS program.

Living and Working

Italy has a comparable cost of living to the United States. Students can work part-time on a student visa while in Italy.