Greek and Latin Summer Workshops

Since their founding in the 1970s, the Workshops have successfully guided thousands of students to basic proficiency in Greek and Latin. In the first part of the course, students master the essentials of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary; in the second part, they put their new knowledge to work reading extensively in selected texts (poetry and prose; students choose two of four options).  Tuition rebates of $2000 are available; for information on how to apply, see below under "Funding Sources."

These ten-week courses replace more than two semesters of regular language work and they are a serious commitment. Students are expected to spend several hours daily in study and homework preparation, in addition to six hours of class work every day.  Classes are small, though, and students can count on having plenty of individualized support throughout their journey. Beyond the classroom, guest lectures from distinguished faculty members offer context and insight into cutting-edge Classical research, and regular social events provide a venue for further discussion and camaraderie.  And then there is the beautiful, temperate Bay Area environment to enjoy, and all of San Francisco to explore!

For more on the 2017 Greek Workshop, click here.
2017 Greek Workshop Director:  Tom Recht (trecht [at] berkeley [dot] edu)  

For more on the 2017 Latin Workshop, click here.
2017 Latin Workshop Director:  Morgan King (mvking [at] berkeley [dot] edu)

What Do Students Say about the Workshops?

Simply the best language course I have ever taken. The level of instructor availability and interaction is unparalleled...  Not only did I firmly cement my grasp of Greek, many classmates became my friends in the process, in the high Aristotelian sense. This was one of the best summers of my life.   – Zuri, Quest University (Canada), Summer 2016 Greek Workshop

I really enjoyed the Latin intensive...  It was all-consuming, but more than worth it. The complementary teaching styles of the instructors and the deep knowledge each brought to the subject make this a valuable opportunity for a serious student.  – Padraic, Stanford University, Summer 2016 Latin Workshop

Upon finishing, I was better prepared than all of the students whom I later encountered in 3rd and 4th semester undergraduate Greek classes.  – Jacob, University of Kentucky, Summer 2016 Greek Workshop

On day one, you learn the alphabet.  Ten weeks later, you've torn your way through a year's worth of grammar instruction, and you've read the Medea and one of Plato's dialogues — in the original Greek....  Considering their patient instruction, helpful office hours, and late-night email responses to my frantic questions, I can say all four instructors I had went far beyond their call of duty to teach us and really make us comfortable with the material.  On top of that, living in Berkeley and connecting with students from around the world was unforgettable. – Daniel, Stanford University, Summer 2016 Greek Workshop

Funding Sources

In 2017 the Department will offer up to eight tuition rebates of $2,000.  Two of these are reserved for UC Berkeley students, while the rest are open to all.  Applications will be assessed by a committee consisting of the two Workshop Directors and the Faculty Director of Graduate Student Instructors.  To apply, please send the following materials via email attachment to the Department Chair (eolien [at] berkeley [dot] edu) by March 13, 2017:

• a statement (not to exceed 500 words) explaining your academic reasons for wanting to do the workshop as well as your financial need.  It is most helpful to the committee when applicants discuss their financial need in some detail (including any current financial aid)

• copies of all transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)

• a letter of support from a faculty member at your current or previous institution (to be sent directly by the recommender to eolien [at] berkeley [dot] edu)

The Department also encourages prospective students to explore other sources of funding.  Here are three to consider:

SCS Minority Fellowship:

SCS Zeph Stewart Award:

MMUF Travel & Research Grant (restricted to participants in the Mellon Mays program):