College of Fine Arts and Communication

Learn about ECU's Italy Intensives Program
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Spend a semester in Italy with other ECU students and faculty on ECU’s only YEAR ROUND study abroad program, for ALL students at ALL levels, from ALL majors!

Take classes from our ECU catalog with ECU teachers and earn humanities, social science, science, math, English, fine arts foundation and upper level credits! For a total price that is LESS THAN out of state tuition, ECU students and students from other universities can earn 12-18 credits during 3 month Fall or Spring semesters, and up to 7 credits during shorter summer sessions.

This unique program, is located in the heart of Tuscany, birthplace of the Renaissance and one of the most beautiful and culturally rich areas of the world. Certaldo Alto, our school site, is an authentic, medieval walled city where one can easily imagine life in the Middle Ages. Our ECU classrooms are located on the main street in the village, surrounded by towers, gates, prisons, the Vicar’s palace and the great writer Boccaccio’s home. 


Our students study in the Palazzo Stiozzi Ridolfi, a space renovated and designed specifically for ECU, just steps away from beautiful, spacious apartments where we live surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and gorgeous views of the Tuscan countryside.Don’t miss this opportunity to study abroad with our own university!Click on the links to learn more about the program that interests you most!  Email questions to:

Buon Viaggio!!