Study Abroad

The Department of English offers several faculty-led summer study abroad programs. Students interested in study abroad should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English, or they can review the College's study abroad opportunities and the University's Pirates Abroad opportunities.

England (London)


At left, ECU students pose in front of one of the sets where Harry Potter was filmed. Our London program runs every summer. Students may earn 6 s.h. credit toward graduation. Learn more at the ECU2London website.

Students from East Carolina University wing their way to London, England, each summer for 3 weeks of studying the literature, art, design, culture, and folklore of one of the most vibrant, culturally-rich cities/countries in the world. If you’re interested in traveling to London, seeing the sights, and earning 6 undergraduate or graduate credits, you do not want to miss this opportunity.

Interested students enroll in two courses offered during the 2016 Summer Session 2. In addition to coursework, students will spend time exploring the bustling streets and picturesque parks of London proper, and may choose to spend weekends in nearby Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, or elsewhere in Europe.

Dr. Taylor has been making the trip with students almost every summer for the last 25 years, and is a tremendous asset to this trip. If you have questions about London, he’s the person to talk to! You can also find more information on our trip at PiratesAbroad. These classes move very quickly in London, as we’re there only three weeks. Each summer, we work hard to keep the time we spend “in class” in our flats down so that you can have time to explore the city.


Central Europe (Poland and Czech Republic)


 This study abroad program was initiated by the School of Communication, in collaboration with Krosno State College and Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland in 2013. In 2015 and 2016, Drs. Deborah Thomson (School of Communication) and Lida Cope (English) added a week in Prague, developing a new relationship with Prague College. Students on this trip will spend time in Krosno, Poland, Krakow, Poland, and Prague, Czech Republic.

During the course of study in Central Europe, students learn about the use of English as a global language and the intercultural nature of communication as they interact with students from around the globe and experience Polish and Czech Culture.

One student from the 2016 Central Europe Study Abroad trip highlighted the benefits of studying intercultural communication and English as a global language in a foreign culture, stating: “I am learning it in the classroom and applying it to my everyday life the second I walk out of the classroom door. I’ve learned what it means to accept another culture; I’ve learned that there are differences in the means of communication between two different cultures; I’ve learned that the only way a person is going to grow is to let go of what they thought and open up for something new to take its place.”

summer 18 flyer


Study global and cultural discourse in Belize! Live with a host family, study and explore with Belizean students, and take an optional trip to Tikal in Guatemala. Runs on a rotating schedule.


Runs on a rotating schedule.


Travel Writing in Prague 2018 will take ten students to the cultural capital of Bohemia for a month of studies during Summer I. The travel writing focus offers a unique lens through which to view an international experience. You'll enjoy learning to see one of the world's most important historic and vibrant cities more like a local than a tourist would.

We'll have classes in a mix of locations, including the beautiful gardens of our residence hotel; a nearby Hussite church; an assortment of public parks and gardens; and at nearby sidewalk cafes.

We'll stay in an exceptionally located pension in a safe residential neighborhood that's known for its restaurants and coffee shops--only a few minutes from central Prague's famed medieval Old Town and its New Town, founded in 1348. It's easy to enjoy getting lost wandering the winding cobblestone streets that connect the two.

Instructor Alex Albright is an award-winning writer, teacher and editor who's been an English and creative writing professor at ECU since 1981. He'll be assisted by excellent local guides and a local co-host. More about Travel Writing in Prague 2018:

 For more information, call Alex: 252.328.4876, or email him: