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Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies
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 81. Known as the Centro, it provides undergraduate students with an unmatched opportunity to study ancient history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art in Italy's capital city of Rome. This program is designed for undergraduates majoring in classics, classical history, or archaeology, or art history majors with strong classical interests and background.
The curriculum is structured differently from that in 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 is equal to and requires as much class and study time as two 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 outside of Rome, are included as part of the course. In recent years, Campania and Sicily have been the subjects of study. Students choose their other courses from the following: Intermediate or Advanced Latin; Intermediate Greek; Advanced Greek; Renaissance and Baroque Art History; or Elementary Italian (no other level of Italian is available). Students who wish to take an additional subject or a fifth course may arrange an independent study or directed reading supervised by a member of the student's home university faculty.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
Located in a four-story building on the Janiculum hill, the Centro is ten minutes by bus from the Piazza Venezia and downtown Rome. The building contains bedrooms (mostly doubles) for 36 students, classrooms, a library, offices, dining rooms, and a kitchen. Outside is a small and pleasant courtyard garden. The surrounding residential neighborhood is home to apartment buildings, small shops, and many cafes. Three meals a day are provided at the Centro's dining room, Monday through Friday. Because the Centro is small, the living situation can be very intense and generally requires adjustment on everyone's part.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by the partner institution.
- In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access
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