Latin Summer Language Institute

In the summer of 2012 the Department of Classics at the University of Virginia will again offer Latin as one of the University's Summer Language Institutes. The Latin program, which will take place from June 10 through August 3, is an intensive course designed to cover two years of college-level Latin (12 UVa credit hours earned). Students who wish to acquire experience in reading Latin but do not require course credit may also choose a non-credit option. No previous knowledge of Latin is required for participation. The Summer Latin Institute is an excellent opportunity for motivated students to achieve rapid proficiency in Latin, but also serves as a wonderful review for the experienced.

The Institute begins with the fundamentals of Latin grammar, including elementary readings and composition. In the second half of the program, students read extensively from prose and verse authors at the intermediate level, in addition to completing more advanced exercises in prose composition and metrics. There are six hours of formal instruction per day and supplementary review sessions in the evening. Attendance in class is required of all students, regardless of whether they are enrolled for credit or non-credit. Furthermore, every student, regardless of type of enrollment, must earn a passing grade in each class of the first half of the SLI in order to participate in the second half of the program. However, students who have already mastered first-year college Latin (or its equivalent) may apply to join the Institute exclusively for its second half, which commences on July 9th. Eligibility for this option is at the discretion of the Director.

For additional information on the 2014 Summer Latin Institute, please contact the director: Hilary Bouxsein

Latin SLI students with a toga in front of Homer



The Latin team for the Summer Language Institute's Scavenger Hunt


Latin SLI students with toga and discus on UVa's historic Lawn