Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Latin/Greek Institute of The City University of New York

The deadline for submitting applications and all supporting materials for the basic programs in 2011 is April 29 
The deadline for submitting applications and all supporting materials for the Upper Level Latin Program in 2011 is April 13.

The Institute offers intensive, total-immersion programs in ancient languages during the summer that enable serious, highly motivated undergraduate, and graduate students to cover the material normally included in several semesters of conventional work in a single summer. All programs are team-taught by experienced instructors. Hourly rotation of staff provides for exposure to a variety of approaches, and there is a low student-faculty ratio. In addition to being intensive, the institute is unique in that the faculty is available twenty-four hours a day to assist students by phone in preparing their assignments.

No auditors are permitted in the programs of the Latin/Greek Institute. Admission is by application only.
The Institute is held at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, in New York City. The Center is easily accessible by all major means of public transportation.

The basic programs of the Latin/Greek Institute enable students with no previous training in either language to cover the material normally included in four to six semesters of college-level Latin or Greek in ten weeks of instruction. 

The work of the Institute is extremely demanding, with the equivalent of one week's material in a normal college setting covered each day. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with only a short break for lunch. Quizzes are given daily. There are substantial nightly assignments and weekly examinations. The programs provide daily drills and a review for students who want extra help. Each student has a faculty advisor to help with any difficulties the student is having.

The Latin/Greek Institute should not be a student's first serious experience in the study of a foreign language. Applicants should demonstrate previous success in language-learning. The experience of more than twenty-five years has shown that the successful student will possess a good knowledge of English syntax, strong memory skills, and a willingness to sustain for a full ten weeks his or her commitment to the rigorous work of the program. No successful applicant should enroll who has any other commitment for the summer, e.g., term papers, job, family problems, or other demands.

Many students of previous Institutes have found the work the most demanding of their academic careers but also the most rewarding.
Twelve undergraduate credits can be earned in either language through Brooklyn College.


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