Residential Latin Courses

In addition to our online course offerings, beginning this year the Davenant Latin Institute will be offering an intensive residential course, at our beautiful Davenant House at Laureldale study center in upstate SC. This course provides an excellent opportunity to rapidly build and refine your Latin skills in conversation and collaboration with classmates. It will be run from May 22-27, and will be taught by Michael Spangler, an experienced Latin teacher and speaker, who is pursuing pastoral ministry and doctoral study in the Latin poetry of Theodore Beza.

From the first day participants will be immersed in Latin through listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They will study the engaging narrative of Hans Ørberg’s Lingua Latina, memorize Latin creeds and hymns, and enjoy conversations, games, and field trips, all which will help them learn and internalize Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, as well as whet their appetite for further study.
The course is intended primarily for beginners who have no previous experience with Latin. Those who know some Latin grammar but who desire to develop their reading ability are also welcome to enroll, as are Latin teachers who want to begin using active Latin in their classrooms.
Students who hope to continue with our online classes, or want to be eligible to receive academic credit for the course, can do so with our Residential+Online option.

If you are not ready to register but are interested in the courses or have some questions, please use the following contact form.

Inquire About Residential Latin Courses

Which course are you interested in participating in?
Will you be a commuter student or do you plan on staying at Davenant House?

Course Schedule

Aug. 21-Dec. 8, 2017:
LAT501: Introduction to Theological Latin, Pt. I (Standard)
LAT521: Introduction to Theological Latin, Pt. II (Flexible)
LAT601: Intermediate Theological Latin Reading, Pt. I
LAT703: Advanced Early Modern Latin Reading

Jan. 1, 2018: Registration Deadline for Spring Courses

Jan. 22–May 11, 2018:
LAT501—Introduction to Theological Latin, Part I
LAT502—Introduction to Theological Latin, Part II
LAT602—Intermediate Theological Reading, Part II

Feb. 12, 2018: Registration opens for Summer 2018 courses

May 14-26, 2018 (tentative):
Residential Intensive Intro Latin (at Davenant House)

June 4-29, 2018:
LAT511: Intensive Intro to Theological Latin, Pt. I
LAT611: Intensive Intermediate Theological Latin, Pt. I

July 9-Aug. 1, 2018:
LAT512: Intensive Intro to Theological Latin, Pt. II
LAT612: Intensive Intermediate Theological Latin, Pt. II


Do I need to be a graduate student or seminarian to participate?

No, in fact, you do not need to currently belong to an academic institution at all. Pastors, teachers, and independent scholars are welcome as well, although most of our students are currently enrolled at graduate students or seminaries.

I'm not sure which level my current Latin ability is at. Which course should I enroll in?

No problem. We have four placement exams, which can help us and you determine if you are ready for the Intro Part II, the Intermediate Part I, Intermediate Part II, or Advanced levels. If you’re interested in enrolling but aren’t sure, make your best guess in selecting your course, and then we’ll invite you to take the appropriate placement exam, after which we can re-assess if necessary.

Is there a drop/add date?

We will not normally be allowing students to join one of the classes after the registration deadlines for each course. Students needing to drop a class will be eligible to receive a 60% refund if they drop within the first three weeks of a semester-long course or first week of an intensive course. Students dropping out of a tutorial course may do so at any time and will be refunded $25 for each tutorial unit not yet completed.

How do the live classes work?

All of our live classes use the state-of-the-art videoconferencing software, WebEx, which should work reliably for you as long as you have access to an average-speed internet connection. Recordings of each class, and any “whiteboards” used, will be saved for students who were unable to make a particular class meeting.

Does it matter what time zone I am in?

It is important that you be in a position to participate in most of the live classes in order to discuss the lessons and your work with your professor and classmate. It is our goal to schedule live class times that will fit within normal waking hours for all enrolled students, wherever they live on the globe, though obviously the times will be more convenient for some than others. We will determine the scheduled class times around the registration deadline for each course, depending on the available times indicated by all enrolling students. If the resulting time does not work for you, you will have the option of switching to a self-paced or tutorial approach.

Will I receive credit toward my degree?

This decision rests with your particular degree-granting institution. We have designed these courses so as to meet accreditation standards for graduate-level theological education, but we are not ourselves a degree-granting institution, and each institution makes its own decisions about if and when to award credits for courses offered by third parties. We are working on establishing formal degree-recognition partnerships with other accredited institutions, and currently have agreements in place with New Saint Andrews College and Greystone Theological Institute. Please speak to your own school’s Academic Dean and we will be happy to correspond with them about this possibility.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, we do offer scholarships for tuition discounts or in rare cases complete tuition coverage. Scholarships are awarded to students in difficult financial circumstances who can demonstrate strong academic ability and discipline, and the importance of these courses to their studies. Scholarships are very competitive, and we have worked to price these courses well below market averages, so we ask that you not apply if you are in a position to pay full tuition. To apply, click here.

What can I do to best prepare in advance for the classes?

Draft syllabi, along with recommendations from our instructors, will be sent out well in advance to all enrolled students.