2017 Classical Summer School

Black and white photograph of 2012 Classical Summer School participants at the Tomba degli Aninas at Tarquinia

2012 Classical Summer School participants at the Tomba degli Aninas at Tarquinia (photograph by Susann Lusnia)


This six-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 19–July 27, 2017.

Application Deadline

December 15, 2016 (please note earlier deadline). Notification of acceptance into the program by January 15; scholarships awarded by February 1.


Genevieve Gessert, Associate Professor, American University of Rome.


Tuition: $1,900.

Basic room and board: $2,500 (estimated).

Tuition, room, and board will total approximately $4,400, not including airfare, personal expenses, and additional, unplanned expenditures. This estimate does not include weekend meals, any travel not directly related to the program of the Summer School, nor expenses such as laundry, tips, amusements, or shopping.


Students of the Classical Summer School will stay in shared apartments. The estimated room and board cost for six-week program is $2,500 per person for a shared double room with five meals per week at AAR or a local restaurant. Some single rooms will be available at additional cost. Final admission to the program is contingent upon the participant's completion of a room and board application (which will be sent along with the acceptance letter).

Application Materials

The deadline for applications is December 15, 2016. Please thoroughly read the 2017 Application Instructions and the 2017 Program Description (links at the bottom of the page) before completing the Classical Summer School application.

Two letters of recommendation are required in support of the application. Letters of recommendation must be emailed to the director:

Genevieve Gessert
Associate Professor
American University of Rome
gessert.aarcss [at] gmail.com (gessert[dot]aarcss[at]gmail[dot]com)


All applicants are eligible for the Sollman and CSAAR scholarships. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for scholarships offered through their regional and state classical organizations. Applicants for all scholarships must also submit the Classical Summer School application to the director. Middle school, high school teachers, and two-year college teachers are eligible to apply for American Academy in Rome Goldman Sachs Scholarships. Please see list of 2017 Awards for Study (link below) for more information and eligibility.

Deadline for tuition payments is May 1.

Accepted participants should send a single check for both tuition and housing, made out to the American Academy in Rome, with an indication in memo line of “Classical Summer School” to: American Academy in Rome, 7 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022 USA.