University of Dallas: Pre-College Summer Programs


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Italy, United States
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks, Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Literature, Writing, History, Humanities
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
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    The University of Dallas' Summer Programs offer a unique experience of informed travel and rigorous study. Choose between an Introduction to the Classics, Art, Math or Music on our campus in Irving. Each program is offered for college credit.

    Our courses vary from session to session. Topics include art, music, classics, and humanities. 

    Reviews (11)

    • Arete: An Introduction to the Classics
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      Reviewed on 26/09/2017 by Kateri R.

      Arete: An Introduction to the Classics contributed to one of my best summers! Originally I wanted to attend because I was interested in The University of Dallas as a potential school and I wanted to see how I liked the classes and campus. However, it was such a fun and formative experience! I loved the lectures given by the incredibly brilliant professors at UD and they prompted me, within those two short weeks, to look at every piece of literature in a new light. They explained every piece of literature in such a prominent and unique way, and I carried what I learned throughout my senior year of high school and into my freshman year of college. They even introduced me to my favorite author, Flannery O'Connor! Not only did I learn so much, I made so many lasting friendships and I still keep in contact with many of the students who attended. We had so many fun experiences through the museum trips, slip and slides, Shakespeare in the Park, exploring the districts of Dallas and Fort Worth with our amazing group leaders and RA's, and just being on a college campus together. The time we had together was so much fun that we even talked about attending another UD high school summer program the following summer! I would highly recommend spending part of your summer at Arete: An Introduction to the Classics. It is such a worth while experience!

    • Shakespeare in Italy 2017
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      Reviewed on 21/09/2017 by Ellissa K.
    • Latin in Rome
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      Reviewed on 18/09/2017 by Patrick A.

      Where else in the world to seriously study Latin but Rome! This program offers the opportunity to develop your Latin skills in the place where Latin itself was developed by the great writers of antiquity. The fantastic texts, selected from the masters of the language, are in some sense the tour guides of the trip: they push you headlong through the advanced grammatical lessons, give a depth and color to the pale marble structures found around Rome, and teach you ultimately how to see human nature through history, language, and self-discovery. However, each student does not make this journey through the winding streets of the city of Rome and the language of Rome alone; they are accompanied by wonderful and brilliant professors who lead tours through a country that they know intimately well and teach a language which they have passionately studied. The students read, eat, play sports, study, and explore Rome all together in a small community which grows close so rapidly in the course of the trip. By the end of the program, you will come to the realization that to study Latin in Rome and to explore Rome itself are not independent pursuits, but two sides to the same beautiful coin. Thank you so much to the University of Dallas for giving me the opportunity to study Latin in Rome!

    • Shakespeare in Italy
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      Reviewed on 16/08/2017 by RL
    • Latin in Rome 2013
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      Reviewed on 13/12/2016 by Kat

      If you are serious about improving your Latin, this is the program for you. Students meet every day in small groups to discuss the assigned readings with a professor or tutor, so there is no place to hide if you haven't done your homework. In three weeks, you definitely earn your three hours of college credit. Despite the hard work, Latin in Rome is the most enriching and enjoyable summer program I've ever attended. The excerpts read are interesting and often site-specific (what's cooler than reading about the temple of Apollo ON the foundations of the temple of Apollo?), and there is ample opportunity to practice your sight reading skills in Rome, as you go into the city almost every morning. The professors and tutors are accessible and very enthusiastic about Latin. In 2013, there was a tutor/student ratio of about 1:5, so I was always able to find help when I needed it. This program cemented my decision to pursue a degree in Classics. I also gained friends from across the country, a deeper understanding of Latin beyond the page, and an inestimable love for Rome. I cannot recommend the Latin in Rome program enough.

    • Shakespeare in Italy 2016
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      Reviewed on 03/09/2016 by Cristina
    • Shakespeare In Italy
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      Reviewed on 17/08/2015 by Megan Mickley

      I went on the Shakespeare in Italy trip a few weeks ago. I can honestly say that it was the best three weeks of my life. The professors on the trip are just fantastic individuals and have so much knowledge about Italy and Shakespeare. My writing skills were greatly improved through workshops and practice. I made amazing friends on my trip, I enjoyed every second with them and I have so many amazing memories. The campus quickly became a home to us and the Mensa staff are some of the nicest people you will meet. The entire experience is indescribable. This trip helped me grow and realize that there is so much more to the world than I ever knew. I highly recommend going.

    • Latin in Rome
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      Reviewed on 05/08/2015 by Jacquelyn

      This is a fantastic program! In the mornings we toured around the Italian countryside, visited the Capitoline, Aventine, and other hills of Rome, climbed Vesuvius, walked along the ancient Roman roads, and visited more beautiful churches than I've ever seen in my life. Then in the afternoons we studied while looking out on UD's very own vineyard. After dinner we gathered for an hour long tutorial session where we read samplings of several Roman authors -- Livy, Tacitus, Seutonius, Vergil. The professors and tutors were all incredibly friendly, helpful, and knowledgable. It was three weeks of blissful leisure. Don't come if your parents are making you, or if you aren't serious about Latin and see this as an opportunity to pick up cute Italians. (Wandering around Rome in a gaggle of 30 Americans is a very good way to ward off all Italian prospects.) But certainly come if you want to improve your Latin skills! I feel I improved just as much in three weeks as I did in the past year of taking AP Latin.

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      Reviewed on 04/12/2013 by Sophie A.

      The University of Dallas Arete program was one of the most influential experiences of my life. In this program, classic and instrumental works are read and discussed in a setting conducive to the development of heightened awareness of the noble life. Not only are the professors and seminar leaders knowledgeable about the texts, but they are willing to talk to you and want to hear your views, even, if not especially, when they challenge theirs. The seminar leaders gave me some of the best writing advice, and I made some of the best friends I have. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to explore and learn more about the works that set the stage for Western Civilization as we know it. You won't regret it.

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      Reviewed on 30/11/2013 by Amy Y

      Going into the Arete program, I was used to being one of the smartest kids in my school and always being bored. This program allowed me to grow in ways that my high school wouldn't let me. We studied texts that were more liberal than anything I had read before. The philosophies and ideas we discussed helped me to realize what our society we based off of.

      Not only did my academic side grow, but also my social side. As a shy student, being thrown into a group of kids my age that I had never met before helped me to come out of my shell and become more of a 'people person'. This skill has been one of the most helpful that I've gained.

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      Reviewed on 07/11/2013 by Ben G

      The Arete Summer Seminar at the University of Dallas was the most life-changing academic experience of my life, prior to being an undergraduate. During my several weeks at the University of Dallas I was exposed to not only formative texts in Western Civilization, but their lasting impact on various aspects of life. Students will be challenged by the texts and assignments, but also by faculty and staff to develop a strong understanding of the material, so much so that it begins to influence aspects of thought outside of the classroom. In that sense, the Arete Summer Seminar can be called preparation for a Noble Life, not solely because it calls upon young scholars to develop intellectually, but also socially and morally.

      In addition to the unique and rewarding experience, students will make life-long friendships and learn, however briefly, what it is like to go to college and live away from home, while still in high school. The experience helped me evaluate various schools as I tried to choose a university to attend. It also taught me valuable reading and writing skills that left me better prepared to succeed at an academically rigorous university.

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