Italy Intensives

Summer 2019

The Summer 2019 application is now open. Applications will be accepted until the program fills. Once the program fills with students who have paid their deposit we will start a waiting list. Click here to apply.

This year we will offer only one 26-day program. Students from any major can take credits in fine arts foundation, humanities, and the required KINE 1000 fitness and health class as yoga.

The program cost is a wonderful value and includes travel all over Italy as well as time to explore and relax in the authentic medieval village of Certaldo Alto where students live in beautiful apartments and study in our ECU classrooms. We will begin the trip in Venice, discovering its romantic canals lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces, gondolas, and gorgeous cathedrals. After three days we will go by bus to our ECU campus in Certaldo, an authentic medieval village where students live in gorgeous furnished apartments and enjoy day trips to Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra, Siena and over-night trips to Florence and the Cinque Terre coast.  Our final three days will be spent on the beautiful Amalfi Coast with one day to explore the ruins of Pompeii and climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius, and another to experience the dramatic coastal city of Positano with a boat ride to the village of Amalfi.  Don't miss it! This will be the trip of a lifetime!

Cost for one summer semester is $4,500.

Cost includes:
  • Tuition for up to 7 credits 
  • Transportation to and from airports in Italy
  • Lodgings and utilities in beautiful apartments in Certaldo
  • Lodgings on all overnight trips
  • Health insurance while abroad on the program
  • Transportation on all school trips in Italy (boats, trains, buses)
  • Dinners on all class days (nearly every day)
  • Breakfast and dinners on overnight trips
  • Museum entrances and tours
  • 3 days in Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, and the Amalfi Coast
  • 3 days in Venice
  • 3 days in Cinque Terre with entrance to the Park and hiking trails
  • Day trips to San Gimignano, Volterra, Pisa, Siena
  • Overnight trip to Florence
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. Apartments are completely furnished and also have washing machines. Grocery costs seem to be less expensive in Italy than in the USA and because students have kitchens additional costs are minimal. Students pay for their own lunches on trips. An estimate of out-of-pocket costs would be $300 (depending on purchases of souvenirs). 

Airfare is not included in the program cost. Flights will be recommended by the program director and should not be booked until she has sent these suggestions. It is important that we arrive and depart at similar times to take advantage of provided transportation to and from the airports in Italy. Airfare is usually $1,000-$1,400 or possibly less. As soon as the program fills students will be sent information on booking flights.

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

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. Be advised this program fills quickly and usually has a waiting list of students.

Please mail or hand deliver payment to:
Office of Continuing Studies - Business Office
East Carolina University
301 S. Evans Street
Self Help Center Suite 303
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.

Summer 2019 Payment Schedule

$75.00 non-refundable application fee and $200 housing deposit due once you have been accepted and are ready to confirm your spot.

February 28, 2019- $2,115

March 31, 2019- $2,110

Note: your spot will not be held until we receive your $75 application fee and $200 housing deposit. You should plan to pay the deposit as soon as you are sure you wish to join us in Italy to ensure your spot in the program. If the program fills with paid students, you may lose your spot by waiting but you can be added to the waitlist.  

Tuition payments will need to be mailed or hand-delivered to the Office of Continuing Studies Business Office until you are notified that you can pay online through your student account. You will receive e-mail notification once the online payment option is available.

2019 Summer Session Itinerary

May 4 - May 28

May 4Depart for Venice (VCE) - arrive May 5
May 5-7Venice
May 8 Bus to Certaldo-Tuscany
May 9-24 Classes meet in Certaldo with trips in Chianti region
May 25 Bus to Amalfi Coast (Vico Equense)
May 25-27 Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and Mount Vesuvius
May 28 Depart for the states from Naples (NAP)

Course Offerings

Classes offered are listed below. Detailed syllabi and descriptions will be sent to accepted students. You will be registered for your classes in the spring by the Study Abroad office after you have e--mailed the director your final decisions. Drop and add is also possible in Italy once classes meet. You will not register yourself for classes as you normally do.

ART 1020 - Beginning Drawing (fine arts general education)
ART 1910 - Art Appreciation (fine arts general education)
KINE 1000 - Yoga (cannot be taken more than once)
ITAL 2220 - Italian Literature (humanities)