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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Third Party Provider Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: 2 years of college Latin, Greek, or both
College: College of Arts & Letters Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Only Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 credit program Program Director: Christiane Buessard
Special Opportunities: No Eligible Majors: Archeology, Art History, Classical History, Classics
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Academic Reference, Language Reference
Program Information:
Rome ICCS Program Banner
Rome is the Eternal City, where history and great art come alive. The Vatican, with its masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, showcases the Pieta, the Bernini fountains, and the renaissance architecture of St. Peter's Basilica. Archeological sites where ancient cultures are uncovered abound. This is Rome, a vital European center for religion, business, film and art. In our increasingly connected world, Rome is an ideal place to study. The ICCS Center is located on one of the main streets of the Janiculum in the heart of Rome. The building serves as classroom, office and meeting space, dormitory, and refectory. A substantial library is also on site, and there is a pleasant garden outside the building. The neighborhood is residential, with apartment buildings, shops and cafes. The ICCS is linked to the center of Rome and to the metropolitan area by an excellent system of public transportation. The Rome train station and airports make Rome a ready gateway for travel throughout Italy and beyond.

Program Dates*
Fall Semester: Early September through mid-December
Spring Semester: Mid-January through early May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Study for one semester in the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS), a consortium of over 100 colleges and universities under the management of Duke University.
  • The ICCS provides students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history and archaeology, Latin and Greek language and literature, and art history.
  • The ICCS program is a rigorous Classical Studies Program. Students will complete coursework associated specifically within and around Rome, Latin and/or Greek language, and possibly Italian and/or Art History.
  • 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 of Rome are included as part of the course.
  • A major part of the academic work at ICCS consists of a required comprehensive and integrated two-part course titled The Ancient City (9 ND credits), which deals with Roman archaeology and topography, social and urban history of Rome, and Roman civilization. The Ancient City course presupposes a solid knowledge of Roman history. Site visits and explorations, museum tours, lectures, and wide-ranging trips complete the course.
  • Other academic offerings include Intermediate and Advanced Latin and Greek, Renaissance and Baroque Art History, and Elementary Italian.
  • The Latin and Greek courses avoid excessive concentration on commonly read works. Students who wish to take an additional subject, or fifth course, may arrange an independent study or directed reading supervised by a member of the faculty at the student's own college or university.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Applicants must be currently registered undergraduates majoring in either classics, classical history, or archaeology, or must be art history majors with strong classical interests and background.
  • A background in Roman History is strongly advised.
  • Participants are chosen by members of the Notre Dame Classics Department, and acceptance into the Rome-ICCS Program is highly selective.
Special Considerations
  • This program is a two-stage acceptance program: students must first apply through myNDabroad. Once accepted by ND, there is a secondary application to this program administered through the ICCS and Duke University.
  • This program does a significant amount of curricular travel and a student with mobility issues may find these issues particularly challenging while participating in this program. 
Special Opportunities
  • The ICCS can help facilitate student involvement in service activities, such as volunteering with the St. Egidio Community or other similar ventures.
  • This program also offers program led academic field trips tied to current course topics.

Housing and Meals
Located in a four-story building on one of the main streets of the Janiculum hill, the Center is two 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. Outside is a small and pleasant garden. The neighborhood is residential with apartment buildings, small shops, cafes, and services. Three meals a day are provided at the Center, Monday through Friday. A living allowance provided by Study Abroad will help to partially defray some of the costs of weekend boarding costs incurred on this program.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.