2022 Classical Summer School

Color photograph of the full Roman Colosseum on a sunny, cloudless day with blue skies

The Colosseum in Rome


You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in this program.

This five-week program is designed to provide qualified graduate students, and middle school, high school, and college/university 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. Exceptional undergraduate applicants will be considered in rare circumstances.


June 20–July 22, 2022.

Application Deadline

December 15, 2021.

Notification of acceptance: January 2022.

Notification of AAR scholarships: March 2022.


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 (but please note scholarship information below). Participants will be housed at the American Academy in Rome or in nearby apartments. 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 2022 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 (a minimum of $1,500). Several other (much larger) 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 2022 Awards for Study (link below) for more information and eligibility.

Deadline for receipt of full payment of program costs is May 1, 2022. Payment instructions will be provided upon confirmation of program participation.

Please note that applicants who had been accepted for the canceled 2020 and 2021 programs will be given priority for summer 2022. You will, however, need to begin a new application.