Summer Latin Program

Due to COVID-19, the summer courses will be given online. Please contact our graduate administrator for further information 

The summer courses are non-credit and are taught by senior graduate students of the Centre who are thoroughly fluent in Latin and are already experienced teachers in our program. They work under the supervision of the faculty members teaching Medieval Latin and are trained specifically for these courses; we take great care in making appointments to these positions.

Students admitted to CMS MA or PhD programs can attend any of these summer courses, at the appropriate level, for free.

Students who attend the courses regularly and do all the assignments will be given a letter indicating the course content and their participation in it. External students may take the September examination(s) externally. If successful, they will be given a ‘Statement of Proficiency’ that spells out the meaning of a Level One or Level Two pass.

The program is under the direction of the Committee for Medieval Latin Studies in the Centre for Medieval Studies. The Centre for Medieval Studies assumes no responsibility for cancellation of classes due to circumstances beyond its control.

Beginning Latin

19 May to 10 July 2020
2-hour sessions
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LI 301

The instructor will be available regularly for consultation.
Textbook: Moreland and Fleischer, Latin: An Intensive Course. 
The book is available for purchase online.

An introductory intensive course for those with little or no previous exposure to Latin. You can’t expect to assimilate Latin grammar thoroughly or build an extensive vocabulary in just eight weeks, but those who successfully complete the course are adequately prepared to attend our Level One Latin class – that is, they should be able to score at least 30% on our Level One Latin examination in September.

Review Session

14 July to 30 July 2020
Tuesday and Thursday
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LI 301

Following Beginning Latin, a three-week supplemental reading course will offer students an opportunity to consolidate their grasp of the language. Assignments will include selections from the Vulgate, the Gesta Romanorum, and other medieval texts of a similar level of difficulty. The supplemental course is open to those registered for Basic Latin with no additional tuition fee.

Level One Latin

25 May to 03 July 2020
90 minute sessions
Monday through Friday
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
LI 310

The instructor will be available regularly for consultation.This course prepares students to sit our Level One exam in September. Readings encompass Latin texts of various periods, countries of origin, and disciplinary interest, with emphasis on close grammatical commentary and analysis, and with some opportunity for supervised translation of sight passages. (Typical texts might include the works of Geoffrey of Monmouth, the Gesta Romanorum, the Vulgate Bible,Apollonius of Tyre, and others of similar difficulty.) With dedication to this course, a student who scored over 50% in the April examination would have a good chance of passing the Level One examination in September. The class presupposes a basic knowledge of the elements of Latin (declensions and conjugations, some vocabulary, and prior exposure to complex syntax) as laid out in an introductory course.

Review Session

12 May to 22 May 2020
Tuesday through Friday
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
LI 310

Prior to the Level One Latin course we will offer a two-week intensive grammar review open at no extra charge to those who register for the Level One Latin course. We strongly recommend you arrive early for this review if you’re concerned that your grasp of grammar is shaky, or if you receive a score of under 50% on the April Level One Latin exam.

Enrolment restriction

To register, a minimum mark of 30% on the April Level One Latin Exam is required. A mark below that might indicate you’d be better off in the Beginning Latin course. A mark below 50% suggests you should arrive early for the intensive grammar review as described above.

Level Two Latin

06 July to 14 August 2020
90 minute sessions
Monday through Friday
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
LI 310

The instructor will be available regularly for consultation.For students who have already passed our Level One Latin examination and already have a thorough knowledge of Latin grammar and a basic working vocabulary. This course prepares you to take our Level Two Latin examination; a pass at that level indicates that a student is fluent in Latin, is completely sound on grammar (both accidence and syntax), can handle complex sentences, has a wide vocabulary, and can be trusted to use Latin for research purposes efficiently and without error. Class work includes regular sight passages and prepared reading of difficult Medieval Latin. As with the Level One Latin course, we try to make choices representative of different periods and a wide range of subject matter. (Typical texts might include works by Augustine, Notker Balbulus, Bernard of Clairvaux, Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Boethius and others of similar difficulty).

Enrolment restriction

A Level One Latin Exam Pass is required to register. (Note: if you take and pass our Level Two Latin examination in April, you’re unlikely to benefit from these courses.)

Fees & Financial Support

The fees below are applicable to ALL students (including currently registered U of T graduate and undergraduate students) for Beginning Latin. The Level One Latin and Level Two Latin courses are free for graduate students currently registered full-time in the School of Graduate Studies, U of T. The fees below apply to all others. Each course: $1,200 (CAD) for Canadian residents, or its equivalent in US dollars for non-Canadian residents, to be paid by 1 May.

Form of payment

Cheque or Money Order made payable to University of Toronto.

Fees Refund Policy

In case of withdrawal, return of the original receipt is required to process refund. Until the start of classes, a full refund is available, minus $50 for administrative services. In the first week of classes, 50 per cent of fees will be refunded. After the first week of classes has ended, no refund is possible.

Financial Support through the Medieval Academy/CARA Summer Scholarships Program:

A limited number of stipends are available for graduate students participating in summer courses in medieval languages or manuscript studies, and Level One and Level Two Latin at the Centre for Medieval Studies. The stipend will be paid directly to the program to offset a portion of the tuition cost and is contingent on acceptance into the program. Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy in good standing with at least one year of graduate school remaining and must demonstrate both the importance of the summer course to their program of study and their home institution’s inability to offer analogous coursework.

To apply please submit the online application and upload a Statement of Purpose by the deadline set by the Medieval Academy/CARA Summer Scholarships Program. The required letter of recommendation should be sent as a signed PDF on letterhead via e-mail to the Executive Director at by their deadline. Letters may also be sent as hardcopy to:

MAA/CARA Summer Scholarships
Medieval Academy of America
17 Dunster St., Suite 202
Cambridge, Mass. 02138

Applications will be judged by the Committee for Professional Development and the Chair of the CARA Committee. There will be between four and eight awards yearly, depending upon the number of worthy applicants and the cost of the summer programs.

Applying for Summer Latin

Enrolment in each course is limited. To register for any of the summer courses a letter and requisite registration fee must be submitted by 1 May to:

Summer Latin Program
Centre for Medieval Studies
125 Queen’s Park, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

Please note: although students (including CMS) currently registered in the University of Toronto do not pay additional fees for the Level One, Level Two, and Grammar Review courses, they MUST register their intention to take the courses by the 1 May deadline in order to reserve a space by sending an email to

April Examinations

Information on the examinations and a downloadable application form are provided online. In brief: the examinations are the same as those taken simultaneously by Centre students and will be assessed at the same standard. They consist of four passages to be translated at sight (into English or French) without the aid of a dictionary, and must be taken under the direction of an invigilator approved by the Centre.

We must receive your application to take the April examination(s) no later than 15 March.

Summer Accommodation

Residences at the University of Toronto are open to temporary residents during the summer, such as Woodsworth College and Massey College. See the University of Toronto summer residences site for more information. You may also wish to contact the graduate administrator at the Centre for Medieval Studies to be put in contact with other students offering or looking for housing.