Italy Intensives

Summer 2018

The Summer 2018 applications are now open. Applications will be accepted until programs fill. Click here to apply.

We will offer two 25-day programs that will allow students from any major to earn fine arts foundation credits, science credits, and the required KINE 1000 fitness and health class, as yoga.

The program cost is a wonderful value and includes a lot of travel as well as time to explore and relax in the authentic medieval village of Certaldo Alto where students live in beautiful apartments and study in our ECU classrooms. We will visit the beaches and villages on the beautiful Amalfi coast for 3 days including a day exploring the ruins of Pompeii, climbing Mount Vesuvius, a bus ride along the dramatic cliffs, a visit to Positano, and a boat ride to the village of Amalfi. We will also spend 3 days exploring Venice with its unforgettable romantic ambiance and interesting history, gondolas, canals, cathedrals, and delicious restaurants. While in Certaldo we will take day trips to Pisa, San Gimignano, Volterra, and Siena with overnight trips to the dramatic Cinque Terre coast and the magical city of Florence. Don't miss it! This is an opportunity of a lifetime!

Cost for one summer semester is $4,500.

Cost includes:
  • Tuition for up to 7 credits 
  • Transportation to and from airports in Italy
  • Lodgings and utilities in beautiful apartments in Certaldo
  • Lodgings on all overnight trips
  • Health insurance while abroad on the program
  • Transportation on all school trips in Italy (boats, trains, buses)
  • Dinners on all class days (nearly every day)
  • Breakfast and dinners on overnight trips
  • Museum entrances and tours
  • 3 days in Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, and the Amalfi Coast
  • 3 days in Venice
  • Overnight trips to Florence and Cinque Terre
  • 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. Our apartments have full kitchens available for cooking and grocery shopping can be done at the stores in Certaldo Basso. Apartments are completely furnished and also have washers. Grocery costs seem to be less expensive in Italy than in the US. Students will pay for their own lunches on trips. An estimate of out-of-pocket costs would be $300 (depending on purchases of souvenirs). 

Airfare is not included in the program cost. Flights will be recommended by the program director and should not be booked until she has sent these suggestions. It is important that we arrive and depart at similar times. Airfare is usually $1,200-$1,400 or possibly less. If students fly with the group or arrive and depart close to the group flight times, ground transportation to and from the airports will be provided at no additional cost.

Application Instructions

Fill out the complete application and submit it online at the ECU Pirates Abroad website. You will receive e-mail notification once your application is reviewed by program staff. If you would like to inquire about the status of your application at any time, please contact Whitney Morris at

After you receive an acceptance e-mail, a non-refundable $75 application fee and a $200 housing deposit should be mailed or hand-delivered to the Office of Continuing Studies (address below). Your place in the program will not be confirmed until these funds are received. Payment should be sent as soon as you are sure you plan to attend, even before the deadline for applications. If the program fills prior to receiving your payment, even if you have been accepted, you will be placed on the waiting list.

Please mail or hand deliver payment to:
Office of Continuing Studies - Business Office
East Carolina University
301 S. Evans Street
Self Help Center Suite 303
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

If you hand-deliver your payment, the physical address for the Self Help Center is 301 Evans Street. 

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

Summer 2018 Payment Schedule

For first and second sessions:

$75.00 non-refundable application fee and $200 housing deposit due once you have been accepted and are ready to confirm your spot.

November 15, 2017- $825.00 (no refunds after this date unless someone else can take your place)

January 15, 2018- $1,200.00

February 15, 2018- $1,200.00 

March 15, 2018- $1,000 final balance due

Note: your spot will not be held until we receive your $75 application fee and $200 housing deposit. You should plan to pay the deposit as soon as you are sure you wish to join us in Italy to ensure your spot in the program. If the program fills with paid students, you may lose your spot by waiting but you can be added to the waitlist.  

Tuition payments will need to be mailed or hand-delivered to the Office of Continuing Studies Business Office until you are notified that you can pay online through your student account. You will receive e-mail notification once the online payment option is available.

First Summer Itinerary

May 6 - May 31

May 6Depart for Venice (VCE) - arrive May 7
May 7-9Venice
May 10 Bus to Certaldo-Tuscany
May 11-27 Classes meet in Certaldo with trips in Chianti region
May 28 Bus to Amalfi Coast (Vico Equense)
May 28-30 Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and Mount Vesuvius
May 31 Depart for the states from Rome

Second Summer Itinerary

June 4 - June 29

June 4Depart for Naples (NAP) - arrive June 5
June 5-7Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and Mount Vesuvius
June 8 Bus to Certaldo
June 9-25 Classes meet in Certaldo with trips in Chianti region
June 26 Bus to Venice
June 26-28 Venice
June 29 Depart for the States from Venice (VCE) after 11 am

Course Offerings

ART 1250 - Digital Photo for non-art majors (foundation fine arts)
ART 1020 - Beginning Drawing (foundation fine arts)
ART 1910 - Art Appreciation (foundation fine arts)
ART 2220 - Digital Photo for art majors
KINE 1000 - Yoga (cannot be taken more than once)
GEOL 1500 - Geology (foundation science without lab)