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The International Institute for Culture offers instruction in Latin throughout the year including a rigorous eight-week program of intensive instruction during summer sessions.


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Why study Latin at Ivy Hall of the International Institute for Culture? Our courses have features that distinguish them from similar programs:

  • First, Latin is taught from the perspective of an integral Christian Humanism: the Latin course will introduce not only Classical Latin but also Christian, Medieval, and Neo-Latin.
  • Second, practice in conversational use of the language makes the learning experience easier and facilitates the spontaneous use of the language in a friendly community setting.
  • Third, courses take place in the elegant setting of Ivy Hall, headquarters of the International Institute for Culture. Room and Board at Ivy Hall may be available during summer sessions.

A basic knowledge of Latin is a quality background for:

  • Preparation for standardized exams for college and university entrance (SAT, GMAT, LSAT, GRE, MCAT).
  • Any Undergraduate or Graduate study in the sciences, arts, law, philosophy, literature, medicine and theology.
  • Deeper understanding of our rich cultural heritage.


Instructor: Jeanne Haines, BA Temple University,

Jeanne Haines pursued her college education as a non-traditional adult student over a period of thirteen years while helping her husband Walker run their family business and raising their five children. In the Classics Department of Temple University, Jeanne had the opportunity to study not only Greek and Roman mythology, literature and history, but Latin, a language which had fascinated her since childhood. An avid supporter of homeschooling, Jeanne continued her non-traditional trajectory after graduating in 2005, offering her services as a private Latin instructor to homeschooling students of all ages. She discovered a number of adults interested in studying Latin as well, soon developing a clientele of both children and adults.

Far from being a dead language, as it is commonly called, Latin is undergoing a revival as a spoken language throughout the U.S., and Jeanne aspires to be part of this movement by attending spoken Latin workshops led by fluent Latin speakers in order to build her own ability. In turn, she hopes to inspire an interest in spoken Latin in her students; she introduced one of her adult students to the experience in July of 2011 as they attended the week-long "Conventiculum Aestivum Dickonsoniense" together at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Jeanne is continuing this effort in August of this year, attending Belmont Abbey's "Veterum Sapientia," a week long program dedicated to the study of literature of importance to the Church, with renowned Latinist Fr. Reginald Foster as master teacher.

As a devoted Catholic who has pursued her intellectual, spiritual, and theological interests throughout adulthood both formally and informally, Jeanne was delighted to discover the International Institute for Culture and has welcomed the opportunity since 2008 to teach Latin at Ivy Hall to other adults who are invigorated by similar interests. She enthusiastically supports efforts to promote the living Latin language as a vital part of IIC's cultural mission.


If you would like more information about the Latin courses or would like to register for a course, please contact:
International Institute for Culture
Ivy Hall
6331 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151-2620
Tel: 215-877-9910; Fax: 215-877-9911

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The IIC offers Latin classes throughout the year in the evening on Wednesdays, as well as full-time summer intensive courses. For more information, click here to contact the Institute.

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