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Italy Intensives


Fall 2018


The Fall 2018 application is now open on 
the Pirates Abroad website. Continue reading below to learn about class offerings, program itinerary, and payment schedule!

Tuscany in Fall

Fall is a golden time in Tuscany with brilliant colors on the vineyards as they are harvested. See olives pressed and taste fresh oil while enjoying homemade cheeses and wild boar sausages at the annual Boccaccesca food festival. Enjoy the warm summer air turning cool and crisp and end your semester in Venice with few tourists in December. The weather is perfect! Don't miss this opportunity to earn class credits in Italy during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year!


Cost for the fall semester is $9,965.

Cost includes:
  • Transportation to and from airports in Italy
  • International health insurance while abroad
  • Lodgings and utilities in beautiful apartments in Certaldo
  • Lodgings on all overnight trips
  • Tuition
  • Transportation on all school trips in Italy
  • Dinners on all class days
  • Breakfast and dinners on overnight trips
  • Museum entrances and tours
  • 3 days in Rome
  • 3 days in Venice
  • Overnight trips to Florence and Cinque Terre
  • Semester break trip to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast
  • Day trips to San Gimignano, Volterra, Pisa, Siena, Orvieto, Cortona
  • Entrance to Cinque Terre National Park on the Mediterranean
Students budget for their own lunches and breakfasts in Certaldo. Our apartments have full kitchens available for cooking and grocery shopping can be done at the stores in Certaldo Basso.


Application Instructions

Fill out the complete application and submit it online at the ECU Pirates Abroad website. You will receive e-mail notification once your application is reviewed by program staff. If you would like to inquire about the status of your application at any time, please contact Whitney Morris at morriswh@ecu.edu.


Once you have been accepted

After you receive an acceptance e-mail, a non-refundable $75 application fee and a $200 housing deposit should be mailed or hand-delivered to the Office of Continuing Studies (address below). Your place in the program will not be confirmed until these funds are received. Payment should be sent as soon as you are sure you plan to attend, even before the deadline for applications. If the program fills prior to receiving your payment, even if you have been accepted, you will be placed on the waiting list.

Please mail or hand-deliver payment to:
Office of Continuing Studies - SSAb
East Carolina University
301 S. Evans Street
Self Help Center Suite 301A
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

If you hand-deliver your payment, the physical address for the Self Help Center is 301 Evans Street. 

It is very important that you make payments on time because the funds are used to book the lodgings and transportation before the beginning of the semester. If you are on financial aid, please let Ms. Simmons know so your payment schedule can be modified based on your financial aid award.

Scholarship applications are due for fall on March 15. To learn more about scholarships, go to the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab. 


Course Registration

Our classes include fine arts, humanities, science, language, and social sciences. Once you have been accepted into the program you will receive a questionnaire asking you to re-confirm your class choices. You will not register yourself on campus because our classes will not be listed on the ECU registration website. We will register you in the Study Abroad office. You can drop and add classes during the first week you are in Italy.

Click here to see a complete list of courses being offered for Fall 2018.


Fall 2018 Payment Schedule

March 15, 2018 - $75.00 non-refundable application fee due along with $200.00 housing deposit which is refundable until March. All scholarship applications are due on this date as well.

April 3, 2018 - $700.00 payment due. No refunds after this date unless someone else can take your place.

May 8, 2018 - $1,500.00 payment due

August 1, 2018 - balance of $7,490 due

Note: your spot will not be held until we receive your $75 application fee and $200 housing deposit - even if you pay by the March 15th deadline. You should plan to pay the deposit at any time you are sure you want to join us. If the program fills with students who have paid their deposit before March 15th, you may lose your place by waiting.

Students are free to pay the full amount at any time. We are aware that financial aid student payments will be delayed.

Fall Students

Fall 2018 Itinerary

 September 9 Depart for Rome (FCO) (arrive before 10:30 am on September 10)
 September 10-12 Medieval hill town tour - Bagnoreggio, Orvieto, and Cortona
 September 13 Bus to Certaldo
 September 14 Orientation in Certaldo
 September 15 Classes begin in Certaldo
 October 18-19 Classes and tours in Rome
 October 10-22 Classes and tours in Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast
 October 23-28 Fall Break for independent travel or free time in Certaldo
 November 23-25 Free 3-day weekend for independent travel
 December 5-8 Venice tours
 December 8 Depart for the USA after 11 am