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Italy Intensives

Money Matters


Financing your trip

The Italy Intensives programs have been designed to provide an exceptional study abroad opportunity with unprecedented value and affordability.

Cost to students:
$9,965 per 12-week semester
$4,500 per 4-week summer semester

Our program cost is cheaper than out-of-state campus tuition!

The program cost covers the following:

  • Transportation to and from airports in Italy
  • International health insurance while abroad on the program
  • Lodgings and all utilities in Certaldo
  • Classroom internet and cell phones for personal use
  • Lodgings on all overnight trips
  • Tuition and instructional costs
  • Transportation on all school trips in Italy
  • Dinners on all class days
  • Breakfast and dinners on all overnight trips with the program
  • Museum entrances, tours, and program activities
  • 3 days in Rome (during semester long programs)
  • 3 days in Venice
  • 3 days on the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii
  • 2 nights in Cinque Terre on the Mediterranean
  • Entrance to Cinque Terre National Park
  • 1 night in Florence
  • Day trips to San Gimignano, Volterra, Pisa, Siena, and Lucca
  • Italian cell phone provided by ECU with faculty numbers and emergency numbers programmed into the phone

Other expenses while abroad

Depending on how many souvenirs you purchase or how much independent travel you do, in addition to program costs, you might spend $1,500-$3,000 during the 12-week semester program and $300-$500 during the 4-week summer semester program.
  • Airfare- $900-$1,400 depending on the season
  • All lunches- $4.00-$10.00 each when eating out, less when buying groceries at the market and fixing lunch in apartments
  • Breakfasts in Certaldo
  • Supplies for studio art classes- $50-$100
  • Any independent travel you plan to do on free weekends and breaks
  • Personal items or souvenirs 

Money you will save while in Italy

  • Housing and utilities costs
  • Automobile costs- gasoline, maintenance
  • Internet costs
  • Cable costs
  • Social entertainment
Some students say they actually save money compared to what they spend during a semester in Greenville- especially out-of-state students.


Money Exchange

It is not recommended that you bring US dollars to Italy to exchange at the airport or currency exchange centers. The cost for doing so is high and you will not get a good return. For the best return rate, we recommend using a credit or debit card at the ATM machines located in all cities.