2021 Classical Summer School

A man on the left speaks to a group of people on the right in an outdoor location at Gabii, Italy

Nic Terrenato leads the 2019 Classical Summer School on a tour of Gabii


In keeping with current COVID-19 restrictions throughout Italy, the 2021 Classical Summer School program was cancelled. Those who already registered for this summer will be given priority for summer 2022.

This five-week program is designed to provide qualified graduate students, mature undergraduates, and middle school, high school, and two-year college teachers with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the city of Rome through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.


June 28 to July 30, 2021.

Application Deadline

December 15, 2020.

Notification of acceptance: January 2021.

Notification of AAR scholarships: March 2021.


Sanjaya Thakur, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Classics, Colorado College.

Costs and Lodging

The program fee of $4,500 includes tuition, housing, some meals and the cost of trips to sites in and around Rome. Participants will be housed at the American Academy in Rome. Participants will be provided with a minimum of five dinners per week at AAR or a local restaurant (COVID restrictions permitting). The program fee does not include airfare, personal expenses (or additional, unplanned expenditures), breakfasts, any travel not directly related to the program of the Summer School, nor expenses such as laundry, tips, amusements, or shopping.

Application Materials

An application consists of a completed online application form, personal essay (up to 500 words), curriculum vitae, two (2) letters of recommendation, and, for undergraduate applicants only, academic transcripts. Please thoroughly read the 2021 Program Guidelines (link at the bottom of the page) before completing the Classical Summer School application

Scholarships and Payment

All participants are eligible for an American Academy in Rome scholarship for a minimum of $1,500. Several other scholarships are offered through the American Academy in Rome and can be applied for as part of the program application. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to apply for funding and scholarships offered through their home institution, regional and state classical organizations, however these applications are submitted independently from the Classical Summer School application. Please see list of 2021 Awards for Study (link below) for more information and eligibility.

Deadline for receipt of full payment of program costs is May 1, 2021. Payment instructions will be provided upon confirmation of program participation.

Please note that applicants who had been accepted for the canceled 2020 program will be given priority for the 2021 Classical Summer School.