There are a range of in-person and virtual summer schools arranged by UK Classical organisations annually for students, teachers, and people of all ages interested in learning more about the ancient world.
When the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (JACT) merged with the Classical Association in 2015, the JACT Summer Schools Trust (JSST) was formed to continue JACT’s work in providing summer schools. The Trust consists of four summer schools which collaborate to minimise administrative costs and maximise opportunities for discovering Classics.
Scroll below to see what’s on offer in 2022.
Monday 4 April and Tuesday 5 April, Hackney
More info here.
Sunday 3 July to Friday 8 July, University of St Andrews
More information available here.
Monday 4 July to Friday 22 July (for beginners)
Monday 25 July to Friday 12 August (for non-beginners)
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.
Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July, London
A five-day programme covering the major themes and thinkers of ancient philosophy. Check out the online 2021 programme here.
Monday 18 July to Sunday 30 July, Harrogate Ladies College
Latin Camp is about so much more than just reading Latin. It’s about the camaraderie of meeting like-minded people. It’s about bonding in the houses. It’s about witnessing the interaction of staff, students and speakers. It’s about the quiz, the site visits, the staff play, the costume party. It’s about discovering, identifying with and joining a wider community of classicists, making contacts and friends for life. The Latin Camp also runs many teachers courses.
Tuesday 19 July to Thursday 28 July
An eight-day Summer School in Ancient Greek and Latin (at all levels), as well as Biblical Hebrew, New Testament/Koine Greek and Sanskrit. In addition to daily language classes, there will be lectures and workshops at the end of most days. The minimum age limit for attendees is 14 years. Check out the online 2021 programme here.
Saturday 23 July to Saturday 30 July, Durham
More information available here.
Sunday 31 July to Saturday 13 August, Bryanston, Dorset
Courses are offered for beginners, intermediate learners, advanced students as well as teachers at all stages. Historical, cultural, aesthetic and philosophical exploration is amply on offer in the series of lectures and seminars.
Sheffield, dates tbc
We welcome students 16-19, whether you study Classics already or not! Our courses cover ancient history, literature, language and culture. Take part in quizzes, plays, talks and join a classics community of like-minded people!
Monday 1 August to Friday 5 August (hybrid)
A five-day Summer School in Homer for students who are interested in studying the Homeric epics. There will be lectures, seminars, workshops and events on a wide variety of Homeric topics with classicists, artists and other practitioners.
Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August
This course gives students a real sense of what it is like to study Classics at Cambridge, and the opportunity for an in-depth exploration of the breadth of Classics as a subject. No prior study of Classics is necessary, and the summer school is targeted particularly at those who have never studied Latin previously.
Dates not yet confirmed for 2022:
- The Classical Association in Northern Ireland Belfast Summer School – follow the link for videos from previous events including the 2020/21 online summer school. There is a planned ‘Winter Refresher’ online session in February 2022.
- Oxford Latinitas Project – see here for information about last year’s online summer school which teaches Latin and Ancient Greek through the active method, using the ancient languages as the primary medium of communication in the classroom.
- British School at Rome – see here for details about last year’s summer school.
- The Wadham Classics Summer School, Oxford – see here for details about last year’s summer school.
- Academus Education offer a range of online summer schools for students aged 13-18. See more details about their 2021 courses here.