College of Fine Arts and Communication

Spring 2016 Semester - 12 Weeks

Accepting Applications now until program fills!!  Click here to Apply

Course Offerings for Spring 2016 semester

Join us for the Spring 2016 semester in Certaldo! See the olive groves and vineyards begin to bloom – and enjoy Tuscany with few tourists during the quiet winter months.  Weather is similar to North Carolina, slowly warming in late February and beautifully bright and colorful as spring blooms in March and April.   arrive in Rome in late January and though it may be cold, it will be less crowded on our tours of the Vatican, Saint Peters, the Coliseum and Palatine Hill.

Spring 1

We offer courses in Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Science & Italian Language, often meeting in Florence, Siena, or nearby cities. In February we'll enjoy Carnivale- the Italian version of Mardi Gras, and as the weather warms we'll be off to the Mediterranean to hike in Amalfi and Cinque Terre!

Spring 2

Cost for the Spring semester is $9,920.00 

Less than out of state tuition!

Cost includes:

  • Transportation to and from airports in Italy
  • Health insurance while abroad on the program
  • Lodgings and utilities 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
  • Entrance to Cinque Terre National Park on the Mediterranean

Students budget for their own lunches and breakfasts in Certaldo, cooking in kitchens in apartments and very reasonably priced groceries at the stores in Certaldo Basso!

 Spring 3

To apply for the SPRING 2016 semester click here

Application Instructions

Fill out the complete application and submit it online at the above ECU Pirates Abroad website. The program director will review it and if you are accepted, you will receive email notification. If you would like to inquire about the status of your application, please contact Hillary

Once you have been accepted

You will receive notification by email. At that time a $75 application fee and a $200 housing deposit should be delivered to the Study Abroad office (see address below). Your place in the program will not be confirmed until these funds are received!. Please contact Ms. Appel with questions about payment at

Mariann Appel
East Carolina University
SSAb - Student Services
303-A Self Help Center
Greenville, NC  27858
Contact: - 252-328-9219

It is very important that you make payments on time as the money books lodgings and transportation before the semester begins. If you are on financial aid, please let Ms. Appel know so that your payment schedule can be modified based on your financial aid award.

Spring 4

Scholarship applications are due on September 15, 2016

To apply for scholarships go to the Admissions and Applications page here: 

Leandro welcoming a group to Certaldo!

Spring 5

SPRING 2016 Payment Schedule

Due September 15, 2015-$75.00, non-refundable application fee and $200 housting deposit, which is refundable until March. All scholarship applications are due on this date as well.

October 1, 2015- $700.00 payment DUE (no refunds after this date unless someone else can take your place.)

November 1, 2015- $1,000.00 is DUE

January 1, 2016– balance of $7,945.00 is DUE

Note! Your spot will not be held until we received your $75 application fee and $200 housing deposit - the program fills before the date of Sept. 15th! Pay the entire amount at any time to hold your place.

Spring 2016 Tentative Itinerary

Jan. 24 Depart for ROME (arrive by 10am)
Jan. 25-27  
Jan. 28
Bus to Certaldo for orientation and classes
Feb. 1
First 5 week term begins
March 5-7
Spring Break in Pompeii and Amalfi
March 8
Drop off/Rome- independent travel
or return to Certaldo
March 13
Return to Certaldo from Spring Break by 8pm
March 14
Second 5 week term begins
April 18
Depart for Venice (3 days in Venice)
April 21
Depart from Venice for the states (after 11am)

Certaldo 5