Classics Abroad Padua
*2024 Dates TBC* (Join the MOON Letter for updates)
A unique language and culture course in the heart of the oldest city in Northern Italy. Learn Italian or Latin each morning and study the transmission of classical antiquity each afternoon by immersing yourself in the history, literature, religion, science and art of this ancient and intellectual city. This is not a tour, it's a classical learning curve!
What's the link between Classics and Padua?
Not only does Padua have its own classical history (more ancient than Ancient Rome itself...) but it was also a cultural centre for humanism and the revival of classical ideas, images and texts for centuries. What can we learn from Padua's classical authors? What role did the Veneto region play in the "rebirth" of antiquity during the Renaissance? How was myth translated into art? On Classics Abroad, you'll gain a clear insight into the history-making process and transform your approach to researching the past.
A Typical Day
9 - 12.30 Language & Culture seminars
Beginners Latin or Italian in small groups
Classics & Christianity: Helen and Eve
Medicine from Antiquity to the Renaissance
12.30 - 1 Lunch break
2 - 4 Outing
Basilica of Sant'Antonio & Scrovegni Chapel
5+ Cultural Programme (optional)
Follow in the footsteps of great thinkers, writers and artists who have lived and learned in Padua. Galileo Galilei described his years in Padua as the "happiest in his life" - a city of water, rich in canals like Venice and second only to Bologna with its porticos, Padua is home to one of the oldest universities in the world and many hidden treasures of classical and Christian art. Be prepared to be inspired with likeminded people, in a classical education off the beaten track.
After our afternoon seminars and site visits, students can continue to situate their language and culture studies in context by joining optional and suggested evening events on our Cultural Programme. On Classics Abroad Padua this may include music and theatre events, exclusive tours of beautiful locations and spritz & cicchetti socials. Included in the course fee is a day trip to Venice!
Full timetable of beginners Italian or Latin lessons (2 hours) and cultural seminars (1 - 2 hours) each morning and special outings to sites each afternoon which explore the links between classical antiquity and Padua with a strong focus on primary sources across history, literature, art, spirituality, science & more!
Tickets to several museums, palaces, towers and churches throughout the week to see what you have been studying up-close.
Cultural Programme of optional evening events such as walking tours, live music recitals, exhibitions and spritz socials.
Exclusive tours of special sites, usually closed to the public.
A group trip to Venice, including transport.
3 groups meals.
*Flights, accommodation and meals except those listed are not included. Students must be 18 years old at the time of travel.
Fees & How to Apply
Full Course: From £895
When applications open for 2024, we will share this news with the Waitlist first. Places are limited and applications will be responded to on a first come, first served basis. Travel bursaries available for students in financial need.
Padua boasts a wide range of accommodation options to suit every budget within walking distance of our classroom. Students on Classics Abroad Padua will benefit from discounted rates with our accommodation partner, Camera Tua, in central Padua. We can also put students in touch with each other in advance with a view to sharing accommodation for the course duration.