Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome
The Intercollegiate Center in Rome, sponsored and facilitated by Duke University, offers study in ancient history and archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, and ancient art. A major part of the academic work focuses on a comprehensive and integrated course called The Ancient City, which includes frequent site visits and explorations, intensive museum tours and lectures, and travel outside Rome. Students on this program live and take their meals at the center.
ICCS is renowned for its rigorous coursework and demanding schedule. The mandatory course, "The Ancient City," is taught by an annually selected Professor-in-Charge, and includes both weekly lectures and two excursions per week. Students are expected to complete on-site presentations each week, and will focus on the ancient and modern history of Rome, along with the topography of the archaeological sites visited over the course of the program.
In addition to the mandatory course, students must enroll in at least two other courses, one of which must be Intermediate/Advanced Greek or Latin. The ICCS program is highly selective and participation is limited to students majoring in Classics.
**Students MUST request a transcript from ICCS prior to departure at the end of the semester.**
Housing & Meals
Students are housed in the Centro, which is owned and maintained by ICCS. Located about 10 minutes from downtown Rome by bus, the Centro is the hub of the ICCS program. Meals are provided there for students on Monday through Friday, though students are responsible for their own meals on the weekends. Students are primarily housed in shared double rooms, with a shared kitchen and bathrooms.
The Centro functions as a living and learning community, as there are classroom spaces and a library there, as well.
What is Covered by the Comprehensive Fee
three meals per day, Monday through Friday
orientation on Hollins campus and at program site
comprehensive health insurance while abroad
program handbook and other materials
program-organized field trips required by "The Ancient City" course
books and other course-related expenses
personal expenses including independent travel
rental of studios and instruments
Applicants are evaluated on their academic and personal maturity, flexibility, and openness to new cultural experiences. Hollins recommends approved candidates to the program, which makes final admissions decisions.**
**In addition to the Hollins application, you must also apply directly to Duke for acceptance into this program.