2016 Classical Summer School

Participants in the Classical Summer School receive a lecture outside the Roman Colosseum

Participants in the Classical Summer School receive a lecture outside the Roman Colosseum


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 13–July 22, 2016.

Application Deadline

December 15, 2015. Notification of acceptance by January 15; scholarships awarded by February 1.


Genevieve Gessert, Adjunct Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University.


Tuition: $1,900.

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

Approximate total for tuition, room, and board: $4,400. This amount does not include airfare or personal expenses and expenditures, weekend meals, travel not directly related to the Summer School program, laundry, tips, sight-seeing activities, 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, 2015. Please thoroughly read the 2016 Program Description and the 2016 Application Guidelines (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
Department of Classics
Johns Hopkins University
gessert.aarcss [at] gmail.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 2016 Awards for Study (link below) for more information and eligibility.