Academic Affairs
Graduate Catalog 2009-10

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International Programs

East Carolina University views the creation of international awareness as an essential obligation of the contemporary university. It provides academic and co-curricular programming which allows students to attain the knowledge and skills to comprehend the world within a broad, flexible, and sensitive conceptual framework that takes into account the reality of interdependence among countries and of international structures. The university aims to produce liberally educated citizens of this and other countries capable of coping with the complexity and diversity of the world in which we live. The International House is located at 309 Ninth Street; telephone 252-328-4829.

International Admissions and Services

The Office of International Affairs coordinates ECU’s international student recruitment and admissions program, working with its own staff and others within the university to expand the international representation within its degree-seeking student body. Additionally, the office offers all students and faculty a variety of opportunities to participate in international travel and learning experiences through summer-, semester-, or year-abroad programs. Fulbright and other scholarship or fellowship opportunities, teaching and research, or work experiences are a few of the activities addressed for students and faculty.

Students from countries other than the United States may apply to the chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for a departmental certificate of American studies. (See Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for requirements.)

ECU Language Academy

The ECU Language Academy (ECULA) provides high quality intensive language instruction to international students and professionals seeking to improve their English skills for both academic and professional purposes. There are opportunities for students to engage in American culture through on campus classes and the use of ECU facilities. Upon successful completion of the highest level of classes offered at the ECULA, students will have satisfied the language requirement for admission to ECU; however, all other academic requirements for admission will still need to be met.

ECULA classes will range from advanced beginner level to superior level and will meet five days per week, four hours per day. Topics will include: reading and vocabulary building; note-taking and study skills; oral communication skills; and writing for college.

For more information, please access the program Web site at

Exchange Programs

In addition to its bilateral student exchanges with partner universities in fifteen countries, East Carolina University is a member of the UNC Exchange Program (UNC-EP) and the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). As a result of these linkages, ECU students can spend a semester or full academic year studying on exchange at more than 200 institutions in 41 countries.

Studying abroad is available to students with strong foreign language skills as well as for students interested in sites where English is used as the primary language of instruction. These sites include such countries as Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, France, and the Netherlands. With proper planning, students may take courses in their major, minor or foundations curriculum without losing time toward graduation.

Studying abroad is affordable. Students studying on exchange through ECU, UNC-EP, or ISEP programs pay their tuition and fees to ECU and receive equivalent benefits at the host institution. Students may use their financial aid to pay for their exchange programs and they are encouraged to apply for a scholarship through the Rivers Endowment Fund, designed to support ECU students going on exchange.

Study abroad alumni gain a global perspective that can provide an advantage when applying to graduate schools or when applying for the first job. Admissions counselors and employers recognize that study abroad provides an opportunity to experience new cultures first hand and augment what students learn in the classroom.

The Thomas W. and Izabel B. Rivers Endowment Fund

The endowment fund established by Thomas W. and Izabel B. Rivers promotes the internationalization of ECU through support for students to study abroad. Awards are made throughout the year, as decided by a faculty panel. Information and applications are available through the Office of International Affairs.

Additionally, International Affairs coordinates the Rivers Distinguished Chair of International Affairs program. It ensures that throughout each academic year outstanding scholars are in residence, assisting schools or departments as well as faculty in the internationalization process through teaching, research, and conferences.

Global Academic Initiatives

The Global Academic Initiatives program provides international experiences to students on the ECU campus through the use of real-time video, audio, and internet technologies. The global understanding course (ANTH1050 and INTL 1050), is jointly taught with three other countries and is centered around topics ranging from family to cultural traditions to the meaning of life. In this foundation curriculum course, students are partnered with their colleagues from partner universities in 18 countries to explore these and other topics. ECU’s global understanding project is the winner for the 2008 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovative International Education, given by the Institute of International Education, The same video, audio, and other technologies are used in the International Lecture Exchanges, the International Course Exchanges, and the International Research Exchanges. These virtual exchanges are offered across the curriculum in a wide variety of courses and disciplines.

Leadership Programs

BB&T Center for Leadership Development

The BB&T Center for Leadership Development advocates and facilitates the incorporation of leadership development as an important dimension of intellectual attention, inquiry and activity at East Carolina University and in higher education. Major emphasis is placed on the proposition that every university student is being prepared as a leader, and therefore being empowered as an agent of positive change in society.

The Center’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for leadership development throughout the University. A major goal is to encourage and assist academic units and faculty to prepare students with leadership capacities to positively influence and impact their lives, their families, their communities and the larger society. That goal is pursued by providing opportunities for leadership-related projects, programs and initiatives through financial grants for leadership development agendas.

By encouraging and assisting units to embed leadership development components into courses and programs, the Center seeks to advance East Carolina University’s extant service culture and its intention as a leadership development community.

Requests for further information should be addressed to the Director, BB&T Center for Leadership Development, 1100 Bate Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-6190;

Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

The Center for Student Leadership & Civic Engagement (CSLCE) is located in Mendenhall Student Center within the Department of Student Experiences/University Unions. The mission of the center is to foster leadership practices and civic engagement experiences that transform and empower students through pedagogy, research, and co-curricular experiences. The center provides a central location for student leadership experiences and opportunities that foster their leadership development.

The CSLCE operates under five core premises and a matrix of guiding principles which aligned with the university’s strategic plan to “Distinguish itself by the ability to train and prepare leaders for our state and nation.” The first and foundational premise is that leadership is a continual process of understanding who you are and using that knowledge to positively influence yourself, others, and society. Secondly the CLSCE is driven by the premise that civic engagement is a powerful vehicle for developing students' leadership skills. The third operating premise is that leadership is a collaborative process, and the fourth states that leadership is value-based. The final premise around which the center functions is that all students (not just those in formal positions) have the ability to apply leadership practices to real life situations.

Programs and activities will be designed to encourage development in three learning stages; they will Discover, Design, and then Deliver. Within each stage, students will explore three phases of leadership – Self, Others, and Society.

In the Discover phase, students start by recognizing the self--who they are, what they want, what they value, how they operate as individuals and as members of groups, and how they can contribute to the betterment of society.

During the Design phase, students develop a personal strategic vision and develop strategies for motivation and self-discipline. Plans for promotion and collaboration with others are made. In this stage, students personally respond to societal challenges.

The Deliver phase is structured to be transformative. At this point in their development, students will have the opportunity to transform themselves and society by performing service to the public.

The CSLCE offers students points of entry into leadership development activities throughout their collegiate career. The center serves as a clearinghouse for multiple programs and hosts the Elite Pirate, Leadership Challenge Institute, Emerging Leaders Program, Student Financial Literacy, Co-Curricular Student Profile, LeaderShape, and the Walter & Marie Williams Leadership Award Program to name a few. To find out more about our programs and initiatives, visit our website at or feel free to give us a call at 252-737-2002.