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Undergraduate Ancient Rome Summer School

What is the Summer School?

A stimulating introduction to the topography of the city, its architecture and art, the latest discoveries and new developments in archaeological approaches.

Every September the BSR welcomes around 25 undergraduates for a 12-day intensive programme of visits to the sites, monuments and museums of ancient Rome and its vicinity. These visits are augmented with a series of evening lectures.

Who is it for?

To be eligible to attend the Summer School students must be studying classics, ancient history, classical archaeology and related subjects at a British or Irish university.

Places are limited and highly sought after.

Course director: Dr Robert Coates-Stephens (BSR Cary Fellow)

When is it?

Next course: 5–17 September 2018

For information on last year’s course, please click here.

What does it cost?

Course fee: €975 for full board* accommodation in a shared room and including in-course travel and site fees but excluding travel to Rome. Some bursaries are available.

How do I apply?

To download an information pack for the 2018 course please click here.

For queries please contact the Permissions Officer.


The support of the Cambridge Classics Faculty, the Craven Committee of the Faculty of Classics, Oxford University, the Gladstone Memorial Trust and the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies is gratefully acknowledged.

* Please note no dinner is provided on Saturday nor lunch on Sunday.

Useful information

What past students say

‘Ed and Robert were brilliant at incorporating such a detailed array of historical, archaeological and cultural perspectives into every site and monument with such wit.’

Summer School 2017

‘I was inspired to return to Rome and a career in ancient history.’

Summer School 2012

‘Hats off to the course directors for a terrific blend of serious scholarship
and humour, underpinned by careful programming.’

Summer School 2011