College of Fine Arts and Communication

Summer Program 2016

In 2016, we will offer a 26-day program that will allow students from ANY major to earn 3-7 credits while living and traveling in Italy. The program cost is wonderful value, including 3 days exploring the Amalfi coast, 3 days of study in Venice as well as an overnight in Florence and in Cinque Terre on the Mediterranean. We are excited to be flying into Naples this year and visiting the beaches and villages on the beautiful Amalfi coast, including a day exploring the ruins of Pompeii, climbing Mount Vesuvius, a bus ride along the dramatic cliffs of the coastline, a visit to Positano, and a boat ride to the village of Amalfi. During the term students will also travel to Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra and Siena from our home base in the medieval Tuscan village of Certaldo Alto

This year we are offering a variety of classes that satisfy fine arts foundation requirements as well as YOGA, exercise 1000 (a one credit class).  Students may take 3 hours, 6 hours, or 7 hours of credits in the summer term.

While in Certaldo students live in gorgeous, furnished apartments or bed and breakfast lodgings with 2 students in a room, (4 to an apartment) with a shared kitchen, bathroom and living/dining spaces; all utilities are included. Dinner on all class days is provided. On all school-sponsored overnight trips students share very nice hostel or hotel lodgings with breakfast and dinner provided. These meals and all lodgings are included in the program fee along with transportation to and from the airport in Italy, trains, boats, buses and metros on all school trips, museum entrances, tours, international health insurance, 24 hour local assistance, tours and tuition!

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To learn more about our campus in Certaldo Alto watch our video on the home page or also click on the location and lodgings link on the left side of the home page!

SUMMER 2016 Revise Itinerary :

Due to the recent crisis in Paris, and the state department alerts to avoid Rome, we have changed our itinerary to arrive in Naples and visit the beautiful Amalfi .Coast

Trip 1:  May 8 - June 2

May 8                 Fly to Rome (FCO) Arriving May 9 before 10am

May 9-11            Rome-Vatican, Coliseum, free-time

May 12               Bus to Certaldo

May 12-29          Classes meet in Certaldo with trips in Chianti region

May 30-June 1    Venice-San Marco tour, islands

June 2                 Depart from Venice (VCE) for USA (after 11:30am)

Trip 2:  June 5 - June 30

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you can join us next summer! There are still a few openings for trip #1

Courses taught Summer 2016 (for students of ALL majors)

  • Art 1250 - Digital Photo for non-art majors (foundation fine arts credit)
  • Art 1020 - Beginning Drawing (foundation fine arts credit)
  • Art 1910 - Art Appreciation (foundation fine arts credit)
  • Art 1001 - Color and Design (foundation fine arts credit)
  • EXSS 1000 - YOGA (cannot be taken for credit more than once)
  • Art 1250 - Photo Survey (art majors)
  • Art 2540 - Intermediate drawing (art majors)
  • Art 3500 - Independent study in photo or drawing (art majors)

Total Cost of $4,500 includes:

  • 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 all overnight trips
  • Museum entrances and tours
  • 3 days in Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast!
  • 3 days in Venice
  • Overnight trips in Florence and Cinque Terre
  • Day trips to San Gimignano, Pisa, Volterra, and Siena
  • Entrance to Cinque Terre National Park on the Mediterranean

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Application Instructions - Click here to apply now! 

Your spot on the program will not be held until, you pay the $75 application fee (nonrefundable), along with the $200.00 housing deposit (refundable until December 1).The application and payments should be sent to this address:  

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

Payment due dates:(full balance can be paid at any time)
$75.00 due with completed application with $200.00 lodgings deposit!  Even if you are accepted your spot will not be confirmed until these payments are received. 

Dec. 1 -  $825.00 (no refunds after this date)
Jan. 15 - $1,200.00
Feb. 15 - $1,200.00
Mar 15 -  $1,000.00

Those on Financial aid should notify Mariann Appel above with the amount of their financial aid award. She will make note of that and modify your payment schedule. There is normally a waiting list for both sessions and if payment is not received on correct date, students on the waiting list will be notified to take that spot. It is very important that you make payments on time because the money is used to secure lodgings and transportation well before the beginning of the program. 

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Fees and Financial Aid

The Italy Intensives programs have been designed to provide an exceptional study abroad opportunity with unprecedented value and affordability. 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. (See the Admissions and Applications page on this website to learn more about applying as a visiting student to East Carolina University).  Students who already qualify for financial aid should have no problem using the funds for their study abroad program expenses. Please check with the Financial Aid Office prior to applying to learn more. Visit this site for more information. For additional questions about financial aid, 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
  • Email:
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