The DLE is for anyone who wants to fulfill in himself/herself John XXIII’s vision for Latin in the Church. While ecclesiastics were uppermost in Pope John’s mind, his vision embraces the laity as well. Examples in the former category are priests, deacons, seminarians, and religious, both male and female. Examples in the latter are teachers in seminaries and in Catholic schools, Catholics of all professions wanting direct access to the vast intellectual and cultural patrimony of their Church, and homeschooling parents who want such access for their children, as well as catechists, canon lawyers and music directors.
The DLE is specially designed, following the curriculum contained in the Ordinationes for the Correct Implementation of Veterum Sapientia:
Prior knowledge in Latin is not required. However, those who have previously studied in relevant areas may be exempted from certain courses of the current academic curriculum subjected to the decision of the Director of VSI.
Before proceeding to the second milestone, students will be required to fulfill some basic prerequisites in Philosophy and Theology, or show that they have previously fulfilled them by submitting an academic transcript attesting successful completion of at least one course in each discipline. For those who have not previously fulfilled them, VSI will offer a basic prerequisite course philosophy and theology taught Latine tantum from an appropriate manual. Students may also take a special exam to demonstrate that they are ready to begin the second milestone courses.
1 1 US Academic Credit (here abbreviated as USAC), based on the Carnegie Unit, is defined as 1 academic hour (50 minutes) of lecture once a week for 15 weeks. 1 USAC equals 2 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.