Admissions & Aid
Many students have shared with us that their summer at the Latin/Greek Institute was not only one of their most challenging, but also most rewarding academic experiences.
In the Basic Programs, the pedagogy focuses on equipping students with no previous background to read classical Latin or Greek prose and poetry accurately, fluently, and with syntactic precision in 10 weeks. Our classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with optional classes at 8:30 a.m. and on Sunday afternoons prior to exams on Monday mornings. Students often spend six to eight hours on homework each evening. The full-time nature of the program immerses students in the structure of the language, allowing them to cover a week’s worth of material from a college class each day.
The following are questions frequently asked by students interested in the Basic and Upper-Level programs at the Latin/Greek Institute. Should you have an inquiry that is not answered below, e-mail Lucas Rubin.
If possible, submit all application materials via e-mail. In the event an electronic copy cannot be sent, address all mail to:
CUNY Graduate Center, 9th Floor
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Mail will be checked periodically as staff continue to work hybird.
Over 50 years of experience have demonstrated that certain principles are necessary for this ambitious endeavor. At the core of our pedagogy are:
The environment of the institute may offer other, less tangible benefits. Many students appreciate the program’s high standards of excellence and feel pride in mastering so much material in such an intensive environment. In contrast with a busy semester juggling multiple classes, summer intensive study furnishes an opportunity for students to fully devote themselves to doing one thing, and doing it well. You are also likely to meet like-minded folks from an array of backgrounds and form bonds with them based on this shared experience. Finally, this program employs a unique group of faculty—who are available for support and help 24 hours/day, seven days/week—are just as committed as the students to the program.
The Basic programs are designed for beginners and should not be taken as a “refresher course.” We typically do not accept students who have taken more than an introductory semester elsewhere.
Please send official transcripts.
List a recent classroom instructor who can attest to your work in a foreign language and your ability to persevere in challenging circumstances.
List a recent employer who can attest to your seriousness and commitment to the program.
Yes, your recommender will be notified by email, but please follow-up with them to insure receipt and their timely submission.
One letter of recommendation is required for students, regardless of the program.
All students will be notified at the end of March. If you need a decision sooner, please notify the office.
To qualify for in-state tuition rates, you must be able to provide the in-state documentation required to the Brooklyn College Registrar’s Office. The staff of the LGI is not involved in determining in-state status.
International students who are currently on an F-1 visa studying in the United States do not need to apply for a J-1 visa.
FAFSA is not applicable for summer programs. We strongly encourage applying for other sources of funding, including other scholarship options.
Yes. However, installment plans are available, and proof of first installment will be considered as complete payment.
Upon confirming your acceptance to the program, complete the Brooklyn College admission and registration packet as soon as possible. This step will take at least two weeks to process before you can be successfully registered.
Submit payment for the amount of your tuition plus the application fee only. The amount of your tuition will be determined by your status as an in-state or out-of-state resident, and the program to which you have applied.
If you have been awarded a scholarship by the Latin/Greek Institute, the amount will be applied directly to your account at the Bursar’s Office. It will not be reflected on your student portal site, CUNYfirst. Submit payment for the tuition for which you are responsible.
No. The course is a full-time commitment, and every day is mandatory. We have a no make-up policy for exams.
Please arrange to clear your schedule so that you can focus only on the program. Every day in the program covers a week’s worth of material. Because the work is cumulative, it is very difficult to catch up once you fall behind.
Before the program begins, contact Clare Wilson, manager of student disability services at the CUNY Graduate Center, 212.817.7413, to be registered for disability-related academic accommodations. Provide Director Lucas Rubin with your course accommodation form and set up an appointment to discuss how to address your specific accommodations.
In the first half of the program, a typical day runs like this:
The best method for receiving your refund is to set up direct deposit in your CUNYfirst portal with a national bank account. International accounts will not be accepted. Ensure that your CUNYfirst mailing address is up-to-date.
All LGI students are enrolled as Brooklyn College students, therefore earning credits at Brooklyn College upon completion of the respective course.
After completing the course, transcripts can be ordered directly from the Brooklyn College Registrar’s Office.