Italy Intensives

Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 application is now open. Click here to apply.

Cinque Terre

Join us for the spring semester in Certaldo!  We depart from the States in late January and arrive in Italy when there are few tourists.  It is a wonderful time to visit Tuscany without the crowds. February brings Carnevale celebrations (think Mardi Gras) and many villages are colorful and lively with parades, music, masks, and confetti. Tuscan weather is similar to North Carolina, slowly warming in late February and beautifully bright and colorful as spring blooms in March and April. We will begin our program arriving in Rome with a tour of medieval hill towns as we make our way by bus to Certaldo.  The program finishes in late April as we depart from Venice-enjoying the canals and islands when it is warm, but still not crowded!  

Cost for the spring 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. 

Airfare is not included in the price of the program. A group flight will be recommended by the program director. Airfare is usually $1,200 or less. If students fly with the group or arrive and depart close to the group flight times, ground transportation to and from the airports will be provided at no additional cost.

Application Instructions

Fill out the complete application and submit it online at the ECU Pirates Abroad website. After the program director reviews your application you will receive e-mail notification. If you would like to inquire about the status of your application, please contact Whitney Morris -

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 Study Abroad office (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 contact Shandawn Simmons with questions regarding payments at

Please mail or hand deliver payment to:
Office of Continuing Studies - SSAb
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. 

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 September 15, 2018. Please see the Financial Aid and Scholarships page for the applications and more information.

Course Registration

Our classes include fine arts, humanities, science, language, and social sciences. Once you have been accepted into the program you will be sent a questionnaire asking you to reconfirm 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 list of courses for Spring 2019.

Spring 2019 Payment Schedule

September 14, 2018- $75.00 non-refundable application fee and $200 housing deposit which is refundable until September 14, 2018. All scholarship applications are due on this date as well.

October 5, 2018- $700.00 payment due (no refunds after this date unless someone else can take your place)

November 2, 2018- $1,500.00 payment due

Final payment is due on the same date as the main campus spring tuition bill deadline. Payment plans are not accepted for the final payment. Check the Cashier's Office website for dates.

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.  

Tuition payments will need to be mailed or hand-delivered to the business office in the Self-Help Building, Suite 303, 301 S. Evans Street, 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.

Spring students

Spring 2019 Itinerary

January 22Depart for Rome (FCO) (arrive by 10:30 am January 23)
January 23-35Medieval hill town tour 
January 26 Bus to Certaldo - classes begin
March 2-7Classes in Rome, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast
March 7-12 Spring break - depart for independent travel from Rome (FCO) or Naples (NAP) or return to Certaldo
March 12 Return to Certaldo from Spring Break by 8 pm
April 16-18 Classes in Venice for 3 days
April 19 Depart for the States from Venice (VCE) after 11 am (transportation to airport takes two hours)