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If you have a question about the Ancient Language Institute or our class offerings, take a look below. We might have already answered it. If this doesn’t help, head over to our Contact page and reach out. We’re always happy to talk!

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Scheduling, Payment, and Refunds

Synchronous class sessions are an integral part of our courses. Our normal, Fall and Spring semester classes are fifteen weeks long and meet once a week for 1.5 hours. Summer intensive classes are eight weeks long and meet once a week for two hours. You’ll certainly want to be present for your class meetings.

That said, while the time difference can make things tricky, we have had students in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and North and South America taking classes with us all at the same time (not all of those students were in the exact same class session, but we certainly have had many multi-continental classes). 

How do we do it? We build class meeting times around student availability. Here’s how scheduling works: When you register, we’ll send you a link to a Doodle poll, which you will then fill out with all of your slots of available time. We then sort students into cohorts and schedule sessions for those cohorts based on what everyone has filled out on the Doodle. 

Doing it this way means that we can usually accommodate every single student who signs up. On rare occasions (we’d estimate <1% of the time) it doesn’t work, in which case we will of course give a refund. But we hope it doesn’t come to that!

Of course! You should never have to pay for something you can’t use. 

When you register, we’ll send you a link to a Doodle poll, which you will then fill out with all of your slots of available time. We then sort students into cohorts and schedule sessions for those cohorts based on what everyone has filled out on the Doodle. 

Doing it this way means that we can usually accommodate every single student who signs up. On rare occasions (I’d estimate <1% of the time) it doesn’t work, in which case we will of course give a refund. But we hope it doesn’t come to that!

All of our classes come with a Happiness Guarantee. This means that if, after the first class session, you’re not satisfied or you find that our approach just doesn’t work for you, just let us know and we’ll give you a full refund, no questions asked. And if something comes up later in the semester – no worries! Anytime after your second class, you can let us know that you’re withdrawing, and we’ll give you a pro rata refund.

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