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London Summer School in Classics

Summer Programmes in Classics at King's

King's Ancient Languages Summer School 2019

Information about the KCL Summer School intensive courses in Greek and Latin will be available later in the year.

For initial enquiries please contact Fiona Haarer (

King’s College London has a long experience of offering short summer courses. From 2010, we have also provided two Intensive Courses in Greek and Latin. These courses are six weeks long, with the option to study either the first three week block (for absolute beginners) or the second three week block (for students at intermediate level).

These courses offer students who have not previously had the opportunity to study Ancient Greek or Latin intensive training designed to bring them from complete beginners to a point where they are able to read simple texts in Greek or Latin. They are ideal for students who intend to study for a Masters or Doctoral degree to get ahead during the summer, thus acquiring an essential skill for their future research. They are also appropriate for teachers, undergraduates, mature students and anyone with an interest in the Hellenic or Roman world.


Students work through the JACT Reading Greek or JACT Reading Latin course in daily language classes and are expected to put in a number of hours of private study to consolidate class work and to complete homework assignments. Staff are on hand to offer private tutorials and surgery hours, as required. Assessment is by a number of in-class tests.  For further information, please see the syllabus.

Lectures & Visits

However, as well as being highly intensive, the courses offer a friendly and supportive environment. There are workshops by guest lecturers offering an introduction to skills such as epigraphy and papyrology, and specially arranged guided tours of the British Museum or Museum of London.

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For details on how to apply to the Undergraduate Summer School, see the Summer School website.

For any queries, please email

Fees for the Ancient Languages courses will be £750 for three weeks and £1500 for six weeks.


The Classics Department, with the generous support of the Classical Association and Hellenic Society, is delighted to offer a number of bursaries of up to £500. 

If you intend to apply for a bursary, please insert BURSARY APPLICANT at the top of your personal statement on your application to the College.

To apply - after receiving confirmation of your place from the College:

  1. Send your CV and letter of application (either by post or email) outlining your current school or university; your current or pending qualifications; your future plans for research or teaching; why the summer school will benefit you; any particular financial (or other) circumstances which you would like to draw our attention to.
  2. Please give the name, address, and email address of one academic referee and ask him/her to send a reference directly to me (either by email or post).

Closing date for receipt of bursary applications and references: TBC.

All applications and references should be sent to Dr Fiona Haarer by email

Successful applicants will be notified by: TBC.

If you have received an offer of a place and would normally have to pay within 30 days but are still waiting to hear the outcome of your bursary application, please contact Dr Fiona Haarer ( and the summer school via your King’s Apply account.

For general information, contact: Dr Fiona Haarer (


London Summer School in Classics 2019

The long standing London Summer School in Classics is jointly organised by the Department of Classics, at King's College London, and the Department of Greek and Latin, at University College London. 

The Summer School offers 8 days of classes in Greek and Latin from absolute beginners to advanced level, and this year we are again also hoping to offer Beginners and/or Intermediate classes in Syriac, Coptic and Biblical Hebrew.

London Summer School in Classics 2019

The London Summer School in Classics 2019 will be held at UCL.

More details will be available from here:

The LSSC will return to King's in 2020.


The Summer School offers eight days of intensive teaching. There are four language classes each day as well as lectures and workshops, between 10.30am and 4.30pm. The course is not residential, and there is no teaching during the weekend.

Travel grants are available as a contribution to your travel costs, but may not cover all your expenses. The travel grants are arranged during the Summer School.

A small number of full-fee bursaries, generously supported by the Classical Association and the d’Attanasio Family, will be available. Successful applicants will be expected to write a report. Application forms will be in the welcome packs received on 10 July. However, in order to reserve your place you must pay your full fees before 29 June. If you are a successful bursary applicant you will receive a reimbursement following the course but you must be aware that your application may not be successful and therefore you must be prepared to cover the fee costs in full yourself.

Greek & Latin

Teaching is generally in groups of 12-15 people and, as far as possible, comprise of students of roughly the same level of experience (beginners, intermediate or advanced). The style of teaching is friendly, but demanding: a lot of work is expected from students during the School, but they usually find the whole experience both stimulating and valuable. Some classes concentrate chiefly on reading texts, while others offer a mixture of grammar and translation practice. Our tutors include some of the most experienced and talented teachers of Classics in the London area and beyond.

The Summer School in Classics caters for a wide range of interests and for both school and university students as well as those who wish to learn Greek or Latin, or to revive their knowledge of the languages. Our principal concern is to provide a thorough programme of language learning in a lively university environment.

Syriac, Coptic and Biblical Hebrew

We are delighted to be able to offer courses for Beginners or Intermediate in Syriac, Coptic and Biblical Hebrew (subject to sufficient demand).  Students should contact the Director ( in the first instance.


For all general enquiries, please contact:

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