Overview

Read the ancient writers in their own words.

Experience immersion in the ancient texts.

Earn 12 credits in one summer.

The Summer Ancient and Biblical Languages Institute at Franciscan University offers intensive courses in Latin, ancient Greek, and Biblical Hebrew in ten and five week programs during the University’s summer sessions. Summer Intensive Latin and Summer Intensive Greek are designed to provide students with the ability to read a variety of ancient and/or Biblical texts with the assistance of appropriate tools. Summer Biblical Hebrew is designed to provide a solid introductory course in the basics of the language. These courses assume no prior knowledge of Latin, Greek, or Hebrew.

Qualifications

Students applying to the Institute should be able to demonstrate, through a record of past academic work, intellectual ability and work habits sufficient in the judgment of the Admissions Committee to complete successfully the language course in which they intend to enroll.

Who Should Spend the Summer with Us?

Franciscan University’s Summer Sessions present the opportunity to do serious work in the Christian environment which uniquely defines the character of all the University’s undertakings. To the Institute, therefore, we invite:

  • Qualified high school seniors about to enter Franciscan University or another college who want to get a head start on their study of ancient or Biblical languages.
  • Qualified undergraduates who desire to learn Latin and ancient Greek in an efficient and effective way without spending four college semesters.
  • Qualified graduate students who need to prepare to pass Latin and Greek reading examinations.
  • Qualified students who wish to begin an introduction to Biblical Hebrew.’
  • Anyone who wishes to learn one of the languages of the Summer Ancient and Biblical Language Institute and is qualified to do the work.
  • Applicants should be aware that studying in the Summer Ancient and Biblical Languages Institute, especially in the Summer Intensive Latin and Greek sequences, requires a serious commitment to full time daily study and consistent hard work.
Application & Admission

Prospective students who are not already admitted to Franciscan University of Steubenville must apply for general admission to the University. This can be done by submitting the online application or by calling 1-800-783-6220 or 1-740-283-6226 and requesting a paper application. You will also be required to send an official copy of your high school and/or college transcript(s). Please indicate in your essay that you are applying for the Summer Ancient and Biblical Languages Institute.

All students (those already enrolled and first-time applicants) must also print out and complete the Institute’s separate Application Form and return it no later than May 1 (earlier if possible) to:

  • Joseph A. Almeida
    Summer Ancient And Biblical Languages Institute
    Franciscan University of Steubenville
    1235 University Blvd.
    Steubenville, OH 43952

Please note: Being admitted to Franciscan University of Steubenville is not a guarantee that you will be admitted to the Summer Institute.

Applicants will be notified of admissions’ decisions by May 15.

To secure a place in the Institute’s classes, a deposit of $150 will be required by May 30. Checks should be made payable to Franciscan University and sent to the above address.

Your deposit will be credited against tuition but is otherwise non-refundable (but see “Cancellation Policy” below) if an applicant fails—for whatever reason—to attend the course.

Applications will be considered up to the beginning of the summer sessions, but no place can be guaranteed for applicants who fail to meet the deadline of May 1.

Tuition & Costs
  • Summer Intensive Latin: $3200 – $3500
  • Summer Intensive Greek: $3200 – $3500
  • Summer Hebrew: $1600 – $1900
  • Books: Varies per course (approximately $50-$150)

Payment of tuition and other costs are subject to change and to the official policies and procedures of Franciscan University. Contact [email protected] for updates

Housing Options
Cancellation Policy

Franciscan University reserves the right to cancel any summer course whose enrollment is below normative limits. In the event of cancellation students will be notified on or before May 30. Any deposits paid shall be promptly refunded.

Language Requirements and University Credits

Franciscan University in accordance with official university rubrics and policies will award twelve (12) credits for successful completion of Summer Intensive Latin or Summer Intensive Greek. The University will award six (6) credits for successful completion of Summer Hebrew. Summer Intensive Latin and Summer Intensive Greek also satisfy Franciscan University’s Language Requirement.

Summer Intensive Latin

Students will study the rudiments of Latin grammar (morphology, syntax and vocabulary) in an intensive fashion so as to complete an equivalent of four (4) semester’s work in nine or ten weeks of Franciscan University’s Summer Session. Approximately one half of the course is devoted to completing Moreland and Fleischer’s Latin: An Intensive Course (Berkeley, 1978) (there will be daily quizzes and weekly tests) and one half is devoted to the reading of long connected passages, comprised of at least one complete work, e.g. Cicero’s First Catalinian Oration, and extensive selections from St. Augustine (and/or other early Christian writers) and the Vulgate Bible.

Summer Intensive Greek

Students will study the rudiments of ancient Attic Greek grammar (morphology, syntax and vocabulary) in an intensive fashion so as to complete an equivalent of four (4) semester’s work in nine or ten weeks of Franciscan University’s Summer Session. Approximately one half the course is devoted to completing Hansen and Quinn’s Greek: An Intensive Course (Fordham, 1992) (there will be daily quizzes and weekly tests) and one half is devoted to the reading of long connected passages, comprised of at least one complete work, e.g. Plato’s Ion or a Pauline Letter, and selections from other ancient, Christian, and Biblical literature.

Schedule

The Institute takes place during the summer sessions, which you can find under “Summer Sessions” in the Academic Calendar.

The beginning date for Latin, Greek, and Hebrew is beginning date for 1st Summer Session. The ending date for Hebrew is ending date for 1st Summer Session, and the ending date for Latin and Greek is the ending date for the 2nd Summer Session.

Typical Daily Schedule for Latin, Greek, and Hebrew:
  • Mornings: 8:00 to 12:00 Lecture and Lessons
  • Afternoons: Sporadic Afternoon Sessions for Workshop and Drills: E.g. 1:30-3:30.

Note: This session will vary according to the needs of the particular classes

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Faculty
Dr. Joseph Almeida

Dr. Joseph Almeida

Professor
Department Chair

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Dr. John Bergsma

Dr. John Bergsma

Professor

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