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Summer Classics in Italy

  • June 19, 2018–July 8, 2018
  • Off Campus
  • $3,750

High school juniors, study Classical Art and Architecture in Italy. Applications open Oct. 1–Feb. 1; will be reviewed starting Nov. 15.

MILLE VIAE DVCVNT ROMAM – Go where all roads lead – Rome!

Study abroad programs in Italy are popular. And it’s no wonder! Italy is the perfect setting for learning about the history of the ancients and Western Europe, the history of the Christian faith, and the ongoing glories of art and architecture.

Calvin’s program, Summer Classics in Italy, takes an in-depth look at the art, architecture and antiquities of this gorgeous peninsula. Earn college credit as you explore the Greek basis for Roman art and architecture and examine some of the history of Italy through the medieval period and the Renaissance. See ancient and medieval towns, spend your time strolling through the Forum, sampling Italy’s wonderful food, and learning through a rigorous and engaging program!

The Summer Classics in Italy program begins with three days on-campus at Calvin College. During this time, students begin their lectures and coursework while enjoying group activities and life in the residence halls. Once in Italy, the cohort's travel is centered in Rome with two short trips to Florence and Pompeii. While students also travel through Italy by train, subway, and coach, walking the cobblestone streets of Italy is the primary mode of travel; the 2017 cohort walked 100 miles (161 km) in the 16 days that they were in Italy!

The cohort also takes a Gelato Tour. The 2017 cohort made an effort to visit a number of gelato shops to experience unique flavors and find the best gelato in all of Italy.

As a part of the coursework requirements for Classics 221: Classical Art and Architecture, students prepare an oral presentation on a site or work of art and present to the cohort in person, creating a dynamic connection between art, history, and the present.


  • Study the monuments of Rome and the Renaissance by learning about Classical art and architecture where it all began.
  • Immerse yourself in the classics with Christian professors who are experts in their field
  • Earn college credit before completing high school.


  • Who: High school juniors are invited to apply.
  • When: June 19–July 8, 2018
  • Cost: $3,750 – this includes all costs of travel from Calvin to Italy and back, as well as tuition for 3-credits. You are responsible for transportation to and from Calvin. All room and board as well as college credit included

Application details

This is a demanding college course, so admission is competitive and limited to 24 students. In addition to the application, students must provide a letter of recommendation from a parent and/or teacher endorsing your academic skills and character. Students must also provide an official copy of their high school transcripts as a part of their application.

The application is now available! Visit to apply today.

Interested in seeing how last year's trip went?

Visit the blog to walk alongside last year's cohort.


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