Upon arrival in Italy, you will spend two days of orientation with all students and staff before meeting your host family.
For the first month of the program, you will be participating in SYA (school) “events” 6 days-a-week. Sundays and evenings will be a peaceful time for you to relax with your English-speaking host family and experience a true cultural exchange. Four days-a-week you will have classes and center your activities in Viterbo, while twice-a-week you will go on day trips to classical sites.
All students attend four classes: first period will focus on the Latin language (grammar review), second period on Latin passages specific to locations you will be visiting, third period on Classical culture – mythology, history, and civilization. Fourth period, after lunch, will be a time to learn about modern Italian language and culture. This last course should not be seen as a “discipline,” but as a fun tool for getting more out of your experience in Italy.
On “local” afternoons, you will participate in activities such as: art classes, cooking classes, playing soccer, and guided tours. On the days visiting essential Classical sites in and around Rome, your days will be quite full! And during the final week, you, your classmates, and teachers will travel together to experience famous Classical sites in and around Naples, such as Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Cumae.