Greek & Latin Summer School

Greek & Latin Summer School

16th annual, 8-week intensive


June 22nd - August 13th 2015


UCC’s Greek and Latin Summer School was established in 1999 in order to offer complete beginners the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary for reading original Ancient Greek or Latin texts.


The course is ideal for Masters and Doctoral students in any discipline who require knowledge of either language for their future research. However, undergraduate students, teachers and anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in Classics are also more than welcome to apply.


The Summer School was awarded the European Label for Innovative and Creative Language Teaching and Learning in 2004 by the Linguistics Institute of Ireland on behalf of the European Commission. The jurors were "impressed by the planning, energy and dedication which is being invested to ensure the success of such an intensive language learning module" and that we "have succeeded in making the UCC course exemplary at an international level" due to "the vision and professionalism" of all involved.


Permanent Staff

Mrs Vicky Janssens, Director and Latin Teacher



Parallel programmes are offered in Latin and Ancient Greek and both start from scratch, with the assumption that students have no prior experience in either language. The 8 weeks actually comprise 3 separate modules.

In Latin:

LT6101 Beginners' Latin I: weeks 1-4 (15 ECTS credits)

LT6002 Beginners' Latin II: weeks 5-6 (5 ECTS credits)

LT6003 Latin Texts: weeks 7-8 (5 ECTS credits)

In Greek:

GK6101 Beginners' Greek I: weeks 1-4 (15 ECTS credits)

GK6002 Beginners' Greek II: weeks 5-6 (5 ECTS credits)

GK6003 Greek Texts: weeks 7-8 (5 ECTS credits)


Classroom Hours

In each language 6 weeks will be spent completing the basic grammar. Classes occupy the mornings 6 days a week (9.30am-1pm MWF, 10am-12.30pm TThS, with a half-hour coffee break each day). Weekly tests will be held on Saturdays at 10am (no alternative arrangements will be possible). It is essential to complete and pass these to gain credit.

During the last two weeks classes are from 10am-1pm (with a half-hour coffee break) for 8 days (Monday to Friday and the following Monday to Wednesday) and the final exam will be on the morning of the last Thursday (i.e. August 13th)

For the whole 8 weeks, afternoons are left free to allow for absorption of material and to complete homework assignments for the following day, and staff are always on hand for consultation. Though classes are only held in the morning the course is very demanding and requires complete dedication.



The basic textbooks for Latin for the first 6 weeks are:

P. Jones & K. Sidwell, Reading Latin: Grammar, Vocabulary and Exercises (Cambridge, 1986)

P. Jones & K. Sidwell, Reading Latin: Text (Cambridge, 1986)

Module 1 (weeks 1-4) will cover Reading Latin sections 1-4; Module 2 (weeks 5-6) will cover Reading Latin section 5. Module 3 (weeks 7-8): text to be announced.

The basic textbooks for Greek for the first 6 weeks are:

Reading Greek: Grammar and Exercises (Cambridge, 2007)

Reading Greek: Text and Vocabulary (Cambridge, 2007)

Module 1 (weeks 1-4) will cover Reading Greek parts 1-3; Module 2 (weeks 5-6) will cover Reading Greek parts 4-5. Module 3 (weeks 7-8): text to be announced.

In the final two weeks of the course students will read original texts. The aim is to read as much original Greek or Latin as possible while at the same time acquainting the students with the basic tools for translations (dictionaries, grammar books, commentaries, translations, etc.).

Texts in previous years have included Vergil Aeneid 4 and 6, Livy Book 1, and Ovid's Heroides in the Latin class, and Plato's Apology and some of Lysias' speeches in the Greek class.


Fees and Application Procedure

The tuition fee (including text books) for the 8-week course is 1825€.

Payment must be made in Euro by electronic bank transfer (contact for bank details). Please note that we do not accept cheques or credit card payments.

There is no deadline for the submission of application forms, but applications will be dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. To guarantee a spot, please post or e-mail us your completed Application Form 2015 (75kB), accompanied by a non-refundable deposit of 10%.

Your application will only be secured once we receive both the application form and the deposit.

Full payment must be made before June 1st 2015.


Campus Facilities

Students will be able to use the UCC Library (consultation cards will be issued on the first day of the course) and the university’s sports complex (



We offer self-catering accommodation at University Hall, a 3/5-bed apartment complex near the main UCC campus campus ( The charge for accommodation from Sunday June 21st until Thursday August 13th is 975€.

Should you wish to arrange your own accommodation, you may find websites such as, Daft, Myhome, or Gumtree useful.



How to Contact Us

Enquiries about the Summer School should be directed to:

Mrs Vicky Janssens, Department of Classics, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

tel +353-21-4903618/2359; fax +353-21-4903277; e-mail

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