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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

The application period for this program has not started.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Affiliate Language of Instruction: English
Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Anne Leen - Classics Areas of Study: Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, Anthropology, Classics
Prerequisites: Yes Type of Course Credit: Transfer credit
Credit Hours Per Term: 16 credits Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, State Aid
Housing: Dormitory/ Residence Hall
Program Description:



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 over 100. It provides undergraduate students with an opportunity in Rome to study ancient history, archaeology, Greek and Latin literature, Italian language, and ancient art. ICCS has received generous aid from the Danforth Foundation, The Old Dominion Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, as well as the continuing support of a consortium of colleges and universities, and contributions from former students.


Courses: 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 a two-credit course which requires as much class and study time as two semester courses. It covers Roman archaeology and topography, aspects of social and urban history of Rome, and Roman civilization. Frequent site visits and explorations, intensive museum tours and lectures, and wider-ranging trips based on the Professor-in-Charge's area's of expertise outside Rome are included as part of the course. In the recent past, Campania and Sicily have been the focus of extended and focused study. Because The Ancient City course depends on prior knowledge of Roman history, students are expected to prepare themselves by taking a Roman history course or by careful reading on the subject.

Students are required to take at least one course in Latin or Greek as part of their ICCS courseload.


Eligibility: Applicants must be currently registered undergraduates majoring in classics or classical history/civilization, or in archaeology or art history  with strong classical interests and background. All applicants should have at least a B average. A background in Roman History is strongly advised. Preference will be given to those students who are prepared to take courses in Latin and/or ancient Greek at the intermediate level or higher. Priority for spaces goes to students who are undergraduates at one of the ICCS member colleges or universities. When space permits, qualified and currently registered undergraduate students from non-member institutions may be accepted at an additional fee.

Application Procedures:
Furman students will submit both a study away application to Furman and a separate application for the ICCS program.  Students may work on both applications simultaneously; however, ICCS will nto accept a Furman student until prior to undergoing the Furman application process. The ICCS deadline is later than the Furman deadline, and students are responsible for applying by the appropriate application deadline.

Selection at ICCS is made on the basis of a transcript, a completed online application, ICCS online questionnaire, a statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the ICCS Representative at the applicant's home institution. Except for the transcript, all of these items should be submitted through the online application system.

Once accepted into ICCS, students must submit a Transfer Course Authorization Form to the Registrar at Furman to seek pre-approval to receive credits for classes taken through ICCS.  Please contact the Registrar with questions concerning the form.


The program is strenuous. There is extensive walking and some climbing. Our experience has been that participants must be in good physical condition to be able to participate successfully. Therefore, we ask that you consider your general health, physical abilities, and stamina (including problems with diet and medication) before applying to this program.

International health insurance is not provided by ICCS; however, students will be required to provide proof of international health insurance coverage for the duration of the program.


2016-2017 estimated expenses (may be subject to change):
Tuition = $24,787.50
Program Fee = $4,495
Non-member Fee* = $300 (if applicable, not included in total)
Lifetime Transcript fee (non-Duke students) = $40
Residence Permit = $205 (includes required Italian insurance, emergency care only)
Books = $630
Airfare** = $1,600
Weekend meals = $1,150
Miscellaneous = $2,000

Total*** = $34,200


Furman students will be billed by Furman for the cost of the ICCS program.  Students are not responsible for paying published costs for Furman tuition, room, or board during their semester away and will only be responsible for the billed amount of their ICCS semester plus a $500 Furman study away administrative fee.


Students are eligible to apply Federal and State financial aid towards the cost of the ICCS program. Students must complete a Consortium Agreement prior to departure in order to have their aid applied to the semester cost. Furman institutional aid and scholarships will not be applied to the program cost, but students will not lose their aid for the following semesters.


Anne Leen
Office: Furman Hall 134C

This program is currently not accepting applications.