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  • Locations: Certaldo Alto, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 01/16/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2 2017 01/31/2017 ** Rolling Admission 06/08/2017 07/03/2017
Summer 1 2017 01/31/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/07/2017 06/01/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
Area of Study:
Art, Art History, Arts-Studio, History, Italian, Literature, Sciences
Housing Options:
Off Campus Apartment
Program Type:
ECU Faculty-Led Semester Program, ECU Summer Faculty-Led Program
Program Description:

East Carolina University Italy Intensives Program from Linda Darty on Vimeo.

Faculty Leader- Dr. Linda Darty

Earn 12-18 credits in Italy while living in beautiful apartments and using our classrooms in Certaldo Ato for 3 months – best value and  truly, a once in a lifetime opportunity! Classes meet 4 or 5 days a week, with several 3-day weekends set aside for independent travel.  A semester break program to the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii is included in program cost, with 5 additional independent travel days following that break.  Each evening after class, our students eat together at one of five restaurants in Certaldo Alto, and during the semester, in addition to course work, they are offered many opportunities for social interaction with our Italian friends, including cooking lessons, exhibition openings, local gatherings, on site classes in surrounding cities, and excursions in the countryside.
Italy Intensives Classroom Facilities
•Modern computing facilities, with wireless Internet throughout, including scanners printers and copy machine.
•2 large, well lit classrooms, one with a sink, equipped as a jewelry studio with state of the art ventilation and up to date, modern equipment.
•A student lounge for socializing, with internet access, couches and refrigerator
•An office space for faculty
•2 handicap access bathrooms
•An outdoor courtyard area where students work or relax when weather permits
One of the most exciting things about our campus location is the fact that housing for students and faculty is located steps away from the door of our classroom in the beautiful hilltop medieval village of Certaldo Alto.  Students will share an apartment or guest house with 2 bedrooms (2 students to a room) with shared kitchen, bathroom and living room.  Lodgings are comfortable and spacious and the village of Certaldo Alto is a welcoming community for our program.

Cost for the Spring semester is $9,965.00

Less than out of state tuition!

Cost includes
  • Transportation to and from airports in Italy
  • International health insurance while abroad
  • 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 and Tuscan Hilltop Village tour
  • 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
Students budget for their own lunches and breakfasts in Certaldo, cooking in kitchens in apartments and very reasonably priced groceries at the stores in Certaldo Basso!

Spring 2017 Payment Schedule

Due September 16, 2015-$75.00, non-refundable application fee and $200 housting deposit, which is refundable until March. All scholarship applications are due on this date as well.

October 3, 2016- $700.00 payment DUE (no refunds after this date unless someone else can take your place.)

November 1, 2016- $1,500.00 is DUE

December 15, 2016– balance of $7,490.00 is DUE

Note! Your spot will not be held until we received your $75 application fee and $200 housing deposit – even if you pay by the deadline date of Sept. 16th! 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 Sept. 16, you may lose your place by waiting.

Spring 2017 Tentative Itinerary

Jan. 29 Depart for Rome (Arrive by 10 am)
Jan. 30-Feb. 2 Medieval hilltown tour in Umbria
Feb. 2 Bus to Certaldo for orientation and classes
Feb. 6 First 5 week term begins
March 11-15 Spring Break trip to Pompeii and Amalfi coast
March 16-20 Independent travel dates
March 21 Second 5 week term begins
April 24 Depart for Venice
April 24-26 Venice 
April 27 Depart from Venice for the states (after 11am)

Summer 2017

Total Cost of $4,500 for one summer session 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 Almafi Coast!
  • 3 days in Venice 
  • Overnight trips in Florence and Cinque Terre 
  • Day trips to San Gimignano, Pisa, Volterra, Siena 
  • Entrance to Cinque Terre National Park on the Mediterranean

Summer 2017 Payment Schedule

$75.00 application fee and $200.00 lodgings deposit due after acceptance. 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

Summer 2017 Itinerary

Summer 1: May 7 - June 1
May 7 Fly to Venice (VCE) - Arriving May 8 
May 8-10  Venice
May 11   Bus to Certaldo 
May 12-28  Classes meet in Certaldo with trips in Chianti region 
May 29   Depart for Amalfi Coast
May 30   Mount Vesuvius
May 31   Pompeii
June 1  Depart from Rome (FCO) for USA

Summer 2: June 8 - July 3 
June 5 Fly to Venice (VCE) - Arriving June 9 
June 7-9 Venice
June 9   Bus to Certaldo 
June 10-June 26  Classes meet in Certaldo with trips in Chianti region 
June 27   Depart for Amalfi Coast
June 28   Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii
June 29  Amalfi
June 30  Depart from Rome (FCO) for USA