The Latin Workshop

SUMMER 2024 UPDATE:  The 2024 Latin Workshop will be offered remotely. Click here to see a description of 2023 Workshop’s remote format. A detailed description of the 2024 Workshop’s format will be available in March 2024. If you have any questions, please email the director, Claire Healy, at   

About Our Program

The UC Berkeley Intensive Summer Latin Workshop (Latin 15) is an intensive introduction to Latin for students with little or no knowledge of the language. We welcome students of all ages and from all stages of academic life, including high-school students, undergraduates, graduate students, and adults simply seeking to learn a new and exciting language.

The Latin Workshop lasts for ten weeks (from June 5, 2023 to August 11, 2023) and counts for ten units (the equivalent of two and a half semesters of Latin courses during the academic year at Berkeley).

The first six weeks of the course offer a comprehensive introduction to Latin by going through Keller and Russell's Learn to Read Latin. During the last four weeks, students read two different works of Latin literature in the original. Given the amount of material covered over the ten weeks, it generally proves extremely difficult to have any additional obligations while enrolled in the Latin Workshop.

On Friday afternoons throughout the summer, world-class scholars deliver lectures for students in the Greek and Latin Workshops on topics related to Greek and Roman studies. Attendance at these lectures is optional, but most students find them enjoyable and engaging.

After completing the Latin Workshop, students will be prepared for a third-semester college Latin course, which usually read a work of Cicero's oratory and a work of Caesar, or, in many cases, upper-level reading courses such as those focused on Livy, Virgil, or Ovid.

While the Latin Workshop requires a concerted commitment, students almost always report that their experience was rewarding and even invigorating. The classroom environment is intense but supportive, and the instructors hold daily office hours and are available by e-mail in the evenings to provide additional assistance. We hope that you will be a part of the Latin Workshop this summer.

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