Latin and Greek at all levels, Medieval Latin and Hieroglyphs

The 2017 Swansea Summer School in Ancient Languages has been confirmed for 23 July to 5 August. More information will be on this page in November 2016. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Evelien Bracke ( in the meantime.

The second Summer School in Ancient Languages will take place at Swansea University 17 to 30 July 2016. There will be intensive courses on Beginners, Post-Beginners, Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced, and Advanced Latin and Greek, as well as Beginners and Post-Beginners Egyptian and Medieval Latin.  These courses correspond to one semester of the language at university. Courses are open to all ages 12+. 12-18 year olds are welcome when accompanied by an adult who takes full responsibility for the child. 

The courses will be taught on the campus of Swansea University which won the WhichUni gold award for Best University in 2014: we have the Egypt Centre on site, Swansea beach is but a minute’s walk away, a short bus trip will get participants to the city centre with museums (Swansea Museum, Waterfront Museum, Dylan Thomas Centre etc.) and the Marina, and the beautiful Gower peninsula can be reached by bus from the city centre for those interested in exploring its history and nature. With the many historical sites (not just Roman), the National Botanic Gardens, National Trust and Cadw properties all at less than 40 minutes away, we're ideally located for a language-intensive course with plenty of scope for exploring South Wales.

Classics and Ancient History have come third in the National Student Survey from 2013 to 2015, which demonstrates our strong commitment to student experience. We extend this commitment to Summer School students and look forward to meeting you all in July 2016.

For full information, please consult the brochure in English ( Summer School in Ancient Languages  or Summer School in Ancient Languages Cymraeg .

The application process can be done entirely online. The online application form can be found here. You can also download the  summer school application word document or  summer school application pdf . Also available for download are the  Summer school bursary application form pdf and  Summer school bursary form word document .

If you have queries, please contact the Summer School Director, Dr Evelien Bracke ( 

The Summer School at Swansea University


Courses will have three teaching hours per week day (two on Wednesdays), and will be complemented by extracurricular activities such as workshops, talks, and excursions to Roman or other historical sites in Wales. Find out more about the programme ......

Course fees

Course fees

Tuition fees only: £175 for one week, £330 for two weeks

Full-time students pay a reduced amount of £155 (one week) and £310 (two weeks).

B&B accommodation: £330 for one week, £720 for two weeks 

(Individual dietary requirements can usually be met without additional cost. Accommodation is provided on campus in ensuite single rooms. Facilities include wi-fi, a gym and swimming pool.)

Excluded from full fees are:

·         Lunch: in order to keep accommodation fees low, we have opted to offer only B&B accommodation and dinners. There are shops and cafes/restaurants on and near the campus, so you can easily get food nearby.

·         Excursions: there will be additional fees for excursions, but these will be kept to a minimum.

Fees can be paid online by credit or debit card or by cheque. Credit card payments will incur a 1.5% administrative fee.

Please note that a £50 deposit is required to confirm your place on the Summer School. This deposit is non-refundable from 6 weeks before the start of the Summer School.

Part bursaries (£100 or £200) will be available. To apply, please fill in the bursary section of the application form. If you are unsuccessful in your bursary application and decide not to attend the Summer School, your £50 deposit will be reimbursed. Please do NOT pay the full fees immediately if you are applying for a bursary, as we will provide you with a bursary code.

Teachers and Coordinator

Classes will be taught by members of staff from the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University as well as academics and school teachers from elsewhere. 

The Summer School is coordinated by Dr Evelien Bracke, who runs various outreach activities for the Department (see 

Profits from the Summer School will be used to fund our outreach activities, such as the Literacy through Classics project which brings Classics and particularly the ancient languages to schools in local deprived areas (see

Funding and Disclaimer


We are very grateful for the funding received from the Classical Association, the Friends of Classics, Lognostics, the Gilbert Murray Trust, the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, the Greek Project, the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies and the College of Arts and Humanities (Swansea University). This funding will be used to provide bursaries for participants. Please see the course fees section of this page for further information.


We reserve the right to cancel certain courses if there is insufficient interest. In that case, whoever has already signed up will receive a full refund and will be notified with as much advance notice as possible.