Latin Summer School at the University of Basel

The University of Basel has been offering a Latin Summer School for the acquisition of the Latinum since 2007. The target groups of the course are:

  • Students of the University of Basel who need the Latinum for their Bachelor's or Master's studies, as well as all other students of the University of Basel who want to take the opportunity of an intensive course to enrich their studies in a time-efficient way and to acquire an additional qualification
  • Students who are already enrolled at another university
  • students who are not (yet) enrolled at the University of Basel, but who would like to acquire the necessary knowledge of Latin before beginning their studies at the University of Basel or at another university
  • all other interested students who would like to acquire the Latin proficiency certificate

The Latin Summer School is an equivalent to the Latin Matura at the Gymnasium in terms of language level, reading of authors and knowledge of Roman culture and is fully recognized as a Latinum.

The summer school usually starts in calendar week 27 (beginning of July) and lasts ten weeks (classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, in the morning - probably with accompanying tutorial in the afternoon). A cultural program complements the lessons.

The course includes a language learning phase and a reading phase (Ovid, Cicero). Thanks to the intensive and individual learning support in a small group, the demanding learning goal can be achieved with regular course attendance. The Latinum electronicum is available as a practice option.

The course ends with the examination (written and oral) in calendar week 34. Participants must be available for the oral examination in calendar week 36 (dates are subject to change). Examiners are university and/or high school Latin instructors.

Credit of 12 credit points (ETCS) - in the free area, analogous to the Latin year course - is possible for those successful graduates who study at the Philosophical-Historical Faculty of the University of Basel in the following semester.

Continuing courses - securing and maintaining acquired language skills:
Each semester, Latin Studies offers a reading course in which basic texts of Roman literature are read. The course is open to Latinum graduates and is validated with 3 CP (in the free area) upon successful completion. One of the aims of the reading course is to consolidate the language skills acquired in the Latinum by means of textual examples and to present well-known texts of world literature in the original.

As a special offer outside the lecture periods and the regular course offerings (cf. Latin Year Course), this course is subject to a fee. The course fees (without teaching material and cultural program) are Fr. 1'350.--. The number of participants is limited. The course will be held if there are at least 10 registrations. The exact conditions can be found on the registration form.

Prof. Harich-Schwarzbauer will be happy to answer any questions regarding the content of the course. For administrative questions, please contact Mareike Schlotterbeck .

Basel, January 2023

Next implementation of the Latin Summer School

The Latin Summer School will not be held in 2024.

Latin Officer of the Faculty of Phil.-Hist.

Technical Secretariat