College of Fine Arts and Communication

Admissions & Application Information
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Information on this page includes:  selecting classes, application instructions, visiting student information, fees and financial aid, program costs, scholarship information and airfare information.

Selecting classes 

Choosing Courses-

See your advisor to be sure the courses you select fit into your curriculum requirements.  Earn 12-18 credits during fall or spring semesters.  Earn 3-6 credits during summer sessions.


Application instructions 

Go online to the ECU Pirates Abroad Website to access the application.

Fill out the complete application and submit it online . The program director will review it immediately and if you are accepted, you will receive email notification. If you would like to inquire about the status of your application at any time, please contact Professor Darty at


Once you have been accepted 

You will receive notification by email.  At that time a non-refundable $75 application fee and a $200 housing deposit should be sent or hand delivered to the Office of Continuing Studies (see address below.) Your place in the program will not be confirmed until these funds are received! The application and payments should be hand delivered or sent to this address:


Mariann Appel

SSAb - Student Services

303-A Self Help Center

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC  27858

Contact Information -  252-328-9219

It is very important that you make payments on time because the money is used to book lodgings and transportation before the beginning of the program.  If you are on financial aid, please let Ms. Appel know so your payment schedule can be modified based on your financial aid award.

Visiting Students

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate program at another university: At the same time you send in the Italy Intensives application, you will need to apply to ECU as a VISITING STUDENT – this is very easy and requires a form signed by your advisor approving your classes, along with a $70.00 payment to ECU to apply as a visiting student Visit this web page to download the visiting student permission form.  Send the completed and signed form to the Office of Continuing Studies, with a $70.00 visiting student application fee. The visiting student permission form and the $70.00 fee should be mailed in the same envelope with the Italy Intensives Study Abroad application, the $75.00 Italy Intensives application fee and the housting deposit of $200.00.  All checks should be made out to East Carolina University. The $75.00 Italy Intensives Application fee and the $200.00 housing deposit will not be deposited until you have been accepted as a visiting student by ECU. If you are not accepted as a visiting student, the Italy application fee and housing deposit will be sent back to you. Be sure to arrange transfer credits and financial aid with your home institution before applying to the program.  If you have questions please email


If you have completed an undergraduate degree at ECU or another university

The Visiting student status described above is for undergraduate students only.  If you wish to apply for The Italy Intensives program and you have already completed your undergraduate degree, you will need to submit a Non-Degree Graduate application through the Graduate School.  The Non-Degree application requires a $70.00 application fee payable online and an official transcript showing your awarded undergraduate degree. Please be aware that Non-Degree students are not eligible for financial aidInformation about graduate applications is available by clicking here.


Fees and Financial Aid

The Italy Intensives programs have been designed to provide an exceptional study abroad opportunity with unprecedented value and affordability.  Graduate and Undergraduate students from other institutions can attend the Italy Intensive programs for the same price as ECU students, with no additional charge for out of state fees.  The price to study on the Italy Intensives program is less than the cost of paying ECU out of state tuition. 


Students who already qualify for financial aid should have no problem using the funds for their study abroad program expenses. Please ckeck with the Financial Aid Office of your home institution.  Visit this site for more information.  

For additional questions, ECU students can contact:

Y. Sherell Harris

Assistant Director of Institutional Programs

Office of Student Financial Aid

East Carolina University

Phone: 252-328-6610

Fax: 252-328-4347




Included in Program Cost:

  • Tuition
  • Transportation to and from airports in Italy
  • Health insurance while abroad on the program
  • Lodgings and utilities in Certaldo
  • Lodgings on all overnight trips
  • Transportation on all school trips in Italy (buses, trains, boats, metros)
  • Dinners on all class days
  • Breakfast and Dinners on overnight trips
  • Museum entrances and tours
  • 3 days in Rome
  • 3 days in Venice
  • Trips to Florence and Cinque Terre
  • 3 day semester break trip to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast
  • Day trips to San Gimignano, Pisa, Volterra, Siena, Naples and Castellina
  • Entrance to Cinque Terre National Park on the Mediterranean

More scholarship information is available on the following websites:


Two other Scholarships are offered for the semester programs - Applications must be submitted to Hillary Dorsk at

Both applications can be downloaded at the below links.  In addition to the application, you must submit your GPA, a letter explaining why you want the scholarship and what your financial need is, as well as a reference letter from someone not related to you.  See the scholarship applications below:


Though the program fee does not include trans-Atlantic airfare, a group flight will be recommended. Airfare is usually $1,200.00 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 in Rome and Venice will be provided at no extra cost.