Italy Intensives

Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 application is now open on 
the Pirates Abroad website. Continue reading below to learn about class offerings, program itinerary, and payment schedule!

Tuscany in Fall

Fall is a warm and golden time in Tuscany with brilliant colors on the vineyards as they are harvested. See olives pressed and taste the fresh oil while enjoying homemade cheeses and wild boar sausages at the annual Boccaccesca food festival in our streets. Enjoy weather warm enough for swimming when you arrive for the trip to Cinque Terre, then watch the colors change as the air turns cool and crisp. It will be especially lovely and peaceful in Venice, where we end our semester in December, with few tourists and twinkling holiday lights on the Renaissance palaces that line the romantic canals. Don't miss this opportunity to earn your general college class credits in Italy during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year!

Cost for the fall semester is $9,965.

Cost includes:
  • Transportation to and from airports in Italy
  • International health insurance while abroad-no copay and no deductible
  • Lodgings and utilities in beautiful apartments 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, Bagnoreggio, Volterra, Pisa, Siena, Orvieto, Cortona
  • 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. Don't forget, dinner is provided on all scheduled class days and breakfast and dinner on all travel trips.

Application Instructions

Click on the Apply Now button in the top right corner of this website to apply. Or you can go to the ECU Pirates Abroad website. Click 'login/register' and login with your PirateID and passphrase. There you will see the ECU Tuscany: Italy Intensives application. Click on the application and complete all of the questionnaires and read and sign all of the signature documents. Your application will remain pending until all signature pages and all questions are filled out. The application will be reviewed as soon as it is completed in full and 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

You need to know:
1. No one will review the application until it is complete.
2. It will be pending until all signature pages and all questionnaires are filled out.
3. Only when it is complete with signatures will you receive an e-mail telling you the status of the application.
4. As soon as you are notified that you are accepted you should pay your deposit and application fee if you are sure you want to join us or you will not be confirmed on the program and you may lose your spot.
5. Once the program fills with those who have paid their deposit we will start a wait list.

Once you have been accepted

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 - SSAb
East Carolina University
301 S. Evans Street
Self Help Center Suite 301A
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.

Scholarship applications fall are due on March 1. To learn more about scholarships, go to the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab. 

Course Registration

Our classes include fine arts, humanities, science, language, and social sciences. Once you have been accepted into the program you will receive a questionnaire asking you to re-confirm your class choices. You will not register yourself on campus because our classes will not be listed on the ECU registration website. We will register you in the Study Abroad office. You can drop and add classes during the first week you are in Italy.

Click here to see a list of courses offered for Fall 2019.

Fall 2019 Payment Schedule

Upon Acceptance or by March 1, 2019 - $75.00 non-refundable application fee due along with $200.00 non-refundable housing deposit. All ECU Tuscany scholarship applications are due March 1.

April 30, 2019 - $2,200 payment due. 

Final payment is due on the same date as the main campus fall tuition bill deadline. $7,490. Payment plans are not accepted for the final payment. Check the Cashier's Office website for dates.

Note: your spot will not be held until we receive your $75 application fee and $200 housing deposit - even if you pay by the March 15th deadline. You should plan to pay the deposit at any time you are sure you want to join us. If the program fills with students who have paid their deposit before March 1st, you may lose your place by waiting.

Students are free to pay the full amount at any time. We are aware that financial aid student payments will be delayed.

Fall Students

Fall 2018 Itinerary

 September 8 Depart for Rome (FCO) (arrive before 10:30 am on September 9)
 September 9-11 Medieval hill town tour 
 September 12 Bus to Certaldo
 September 13 Orientation in Certaldo
 September 15 Classes begin in Certaldo
 October 17-18 Classes and tours in Rome
 October 19-21 Classes and tours in Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast
 October 22-27 Fall Break for independent travel or free time in Certaldo
 December 3-5 Venice classes and tours
 December 6 Depart for the USA after 11 am