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Spring 2015 Semester - 12 Weeks

Join us for the Spring 2015 semester in Certaldo! Watch the olive groves and vineyards begin to bloom in March – and enjoy Tuscany with few tourists during the quiet winter months.  We 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. 

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After 3 days in Rome we will take a bus to Certaldo, our hilltop home in Tuscany, where the streets will be quiet and the weather similar to North Carolina, cool and possibly even a little snow! 

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This term we offer courses in Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Science and Italian Language, often meeting on site in Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Pisa or other nearby cities.  In February we’ll experience Carnivale– and as the weather warms we’ll be off to the Mediterranean coast to hike in Amalfi and Cinque Terre!

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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
•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

Application instructions: 
Fill out the complete application and submit it online at the above ECU Pirates Abroad website. 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 payments should be hand delivered or sent to this address. Please contact Ms. Appel with questions about payment at

Mariann Appel
East Carolina University
407-B Self Help Center
Greenville, NC  27858
Contact:  Mariann Appel – - 252-328-9219

It is very important that you make payments on time because the money is used to book the lodgings and transportation before the beginning of the semester.  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. 

Scholarship applications are due on October 15
To apply for scholarships go to the Admissions and Applications page here: 

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SPRING 2015 Payment Schedule

September 15, 2014 - $75.00, non-refundable application fee DUE, along with $200.00 housing deposit, which is refundable until Nov. 1.  All scholarship applications are due on this date as well.

October 1, 2014 - $700.00 payment DUE (no refunds after this date unless someone else can take your place.)
November 1, 2014 - $1,000.00 is DUE

January 1, 2015 – balance of $7,945.00 is DUE

Pay the entire amount at any time.  We need payments on time in order to book the best lodgings in Italy!

Spring 2015 Tentative Itinerary 

Jan 25          Depart for ROME (arrive by 10am)
Jan 26-28      Rome 
Jan 29          Bus to Certaldo for orientation and classes
Feb. 2          First 5 week term begins
March 7-9     Spring Break in Pompeii and Amalfi
March 10      Drop off/Rome- independent travel or return to Certaldo
March 15      Return to Certaldo from Spring Break by 8pm
March 16      Second 5 week term begins
April 20        Depart for Venice  (3 days in Venice)
April 23        Depart from Venice for the states (after 11am)

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