The following is a list of programs our department sponsors or endorses. But there are many more study abroad opportunities, including a great number at ECU tuition and fee rates, with inexpensive room and board:
- The ECU Office of International Affairs
- UNC Exchange Program (UNC-EP)
- International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
- National Student Exchange (NSE)
And the study abroad programs of other UNC system schools:
The North Carolina Consortium for Study Abroad, in cooperation with the Universidad de Cantabria, offers a fall / spring semester abroad program in Spain. Undergraduates from six North Carolina Campuses, as well as qualified students from other institutions, have the opportunity to spend a semester in the coastal city of Santander, taking classes from Spanish professors in Spanish geography, literature, art, and history. For more information, see the UNC Charlotte Brochure. In the Department of Foreign Languages, contact:
Prof. Michael Schinasi
3309 Bate · 328-6534
Through Intercambios Lingüísticos y Culturales & the Centro de lenguas modernas of the University of Granada, Students will spend 1 or 2 months totally immersed in the language and the culture of Spain while living in the Southern city of Granada. The program features, besides regular classes, a stay with Spanish host families with 3 meals included daily, extracurricular activities (tours of the many monuments in Granada like the Alhambra) and an excursion to Seville and Cordoba. In the Department of Foreign Languages, contact:
Prof. Rosa Lopez-Cañete
3305A Bate · 328-1533
Susana Castaño-Schultz, Teaching Instructor of Spanish Emerita, conducts a summer program in Córdoba Argentina that includes: mountain hiking and a typical asado in La Cumbrecita, wineries in Mendoza and the Aconcaqua in the Andes (highest peak in the Americas), Buenos Aires and Bariloche (the lakes region, Nahuel Huapi in N. Pagaonia, known for skiing). Contact: Prof. Castaño-Schultz at email@example.com. More Information »»
Offerings include academic programs of study on architecture, media, communication and culture, business, politics and other fields, as well as courses in Spanish fluency and the Mexican and Hispanic experience and Hispanic culture intended for international students. More Information »». In the Department of Foreign Languages, contact:
Prof. Paul Fallon
UNC-EP Campus Coordinator
3323 Bate · 328-4803
ECU also has "student swap" agreements with Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica and Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, which our faculty recommend over the Tecnológico de Monterrey program. In the Department of Foreign Languages, contact:
Prof. Javier Lorenzo
Coordinator of Spanish
318 Austin · 328-2667
This department sponsored summer study abroad program in Paris features one month of study in Paris, including a 3 sh culture class by ECU faculty and a 4 sh French language course from the Institute Catholique. Students are housed in the Foyer International des Etudiantes in the heart of Paris next to the Jardin de Luxembourg, within easy walking distance of the Institute, the Quartier Latin, cafés, and public transportation. Students will learn how to get around in Paris, appreciate French cuisine, visit museums, take walking tours of various neighborhoods, watch French films see a French play, conduct interviews, make a short video and take day trips to Versailles, le Mont St. Michel or Giverny. Requirements: 2.75 gpa, have completed freshman year and FREN 1004 or equivelent or special permission of instructor. Brochure for 2012.
For students with a high level of French. You will be partially immersed in the French language, taking classes at the Sorbonne and also classes organized by instructors from the North Carolina Consortium study abroad program in Paris, organized by UNC Wilmington. This is a semester or year-long program housed in the Foyer International des étudiantes. All participants partake in intensive French language (9 credits) in the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne as well as Explorations in French (3 credits) at the NC program center located in the Latin Quarter. Sample brochure from 2011.
For students with a very high level of French. You will be completely immersed in French language university classes at Université François-Rabelais. This is a semester or year-long program. One hour away from Paris by train, Tours possesses an exceptional situation in the heart of the Loire Valley area. The Tours area, which boasts many beautiful castles, was praised by great French writers such as Balzac, Ronsard and Rabelais. Université François-Rabelais has an enrollment of about 22,000 (1,900 foreign students), and offers a comprehensive education in the natural and social sciences, fine arts and humanities, including the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, founded in 1956. The exchange is open to ECU students in any department.
For students with an interest in international business; many of the classes at the Rennes International School of Business (Group École Supérieure de Commerce de Rennes) are in English. This is a semester or year-long program. Rennes is a lively student town in the Brittany region, about three hours west of Paris by train. In addition to boasting various universities, a law school and a medical school, Rennes is a town rich in cultural activities, particularly for young people, like the yearly music festival Les Transmusicales de Rennes.
Because all three of the academic year programs are extremely challenging and may not be right for all students, the French faculty recommend considering a program from ISEP. For advice, contact:
Prof. Frédéric Fladenmuller
French Study Abroad Coordinator
3307 Bate · 328-6043
Prof. Debra Anderson
Coordinator of French
3322 Bate · 328-6542
All 16 campuses of the UNC System participate in a one-year or spring semester exchange with universities of SW Germany. Students can study in: Freiburg, Heidelberg, Hohenheim, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Tübingen, and Ulm. There is a one month pre-session language and orientation program. For more details, see the UNC-EP website, and our description of each university.
ECU students with the appropriate training in German can apply to study at the Duale Hochschule. As part of their studies, students will complete an internship in Germany with a firm such as Daimler AG, Deutsche Bank, or Siemens.
For more information, see also the German Program website on study abroad and contact:
Prof. Jill Twark
German Study Abroad Coordinator
Bate 3316 · 328-6536
Located on the Volga-river southeast of Moscow, Saratov is a city of nearly a million people. It is the educational center of Central Russia, with 10 universities and 21 institutions of research and science. Saratov is one of the important cultural centers in the European part of Russia, with its famous opera, ballet, and drama theatres, museums, orthodox churches, art galleries, rare books libraries, music conservatory, and concert halls. Saratov is a large river port. In the summer liners come up to its river-boat station and bring tourists from different parts of the country. In the winter you can enjoy sledding, ice-skating and cross-country skiing. Saratov State University is one of the oldest in Russia. American students may study on exchange program in Saratov for one semester. ECU students pay tuition and fees at the ECU rate. Russian 1001-1004 is recommended before travel. In the Department of Foreign Languages, contact:
Prof. Elena Murenina
Director of Russian Studies
Austin 313 · 328-5521
Earn 12 - 15 credits in Italy while living in beautiful apartments and using our classrooms in Certaldo Alto, a beautiful medieval village, just 1 hour from Florence and Siena. Classes are offered in a variety of disciplines and may include Italian language, Creative Writing, Film, and Literature, Communication, Art History, Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Book Arts and Jewelry Design. Join fellow ECU classmates taking ECU courses in our beautiful classroom facility in Tuscany. Price includes lodging/ utilities, meals on school nights, field trips, a semester break program to the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii, trains, boats and buses. More Information »»