East Carolina University (ECU) is located East of the North Carolina state capital, Raleigh and not far from the many beaches along the Atlantic Coast. Each semester, ECU hosts 20-50 international exchange students from around the world.
Fast Facts about the Program
Type of Program: International Student Exchange at East Carolina University (ECU)
Available: Semester and Full Year
Academic Calendar: Term 1 – August-December, Term 2 – January-May
City Population: 88,000
University Population: 27,000
Proof of English proficiency required if English is not your native language or if language of instruction at your home university is not English. Proof of proficiency can be met in the following ways: TOEFL iBT=80, with at least 20 in each section, IELTS= 6.5, TOEFL cBT= 213, TOEFL pBT= 550.
Greenville is a small city located close to the coast of North Carolina. It has become known for its health care and education opportunities. East Carolina University is located at the heart of this city, which allows for great community involvement with the university. The city of Greenville and East Carolina University offer musical concerts, theatrical and dance productions, travel films, and lectures for the enjoyment of ECU students and Greenville residents. Greenville also offers many cultural events and locations to view the local culture, such as The Greenville Museum, which contains local art, as well as rotating exhibitions.
While there are many activities that students can participate in within the city, students also have access to many surrounding cities and locations if they wish to have a fuller exchange experience. North Carolina is famous for its beautiful beaches, and Greenville is only about an hour away from many beaches, such as Atlantic Beach. Greenville is also within an hour of North Carolina’s state capitol, Raleigh. Raleigh is a great place to visit to learn more about North Carolina’s history and to experience more of the culture of this state. Raleigh is home to many art museums, theaters and historical sites, and it hosts events frequently such as the International Festival, which is held every fall. If students wish to travel to the western side of the state, which is about five hours away, they will be rewarded with views of the Appalachian Mountains. Here they would be able to enjoy many outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, and skiing.
North Carolina has very mild seasons with a humid climate. Summer is June to September (average temperature is 87°F /31°C), while winter is December to February (average temperature is 41 ºF/ 5 ºC).
For additional information about things to do in Greenville, please go to http://www.visitgreenvillenc.com/
For more information about North Carolina, please visit http://www.visitnc.com/
International Exchange Students are required to live on ECU’s campus. Housing is reserved especially for exchange students, and the majority of exchange students are placed in West End. All Residence halls are within walking distance of the academic buildings where classes will take place. Students will also have easy access to dining halls and student stores.
Here is the link for Campus Residence halls. To look at West End click on the West Campus tab: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/campusliving/neighborhoods.cfm
To find out more information about on-campus housing in general, follow this link http://www.ecu.edu/studentlife/campusliving/
Exchange students are allowed to take classes in any department as long as prerequisite criteria are met. Some departments may require additional approval in order to allow an exchange student to take certain classes. Classes are available in the following subject areas: Cultural Studies, History, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, Creative Arts, Music, Performance Studies, Communication, Accounting, Business Management, Economics, Finance, Hospitality, Marketing, Education, Engineering, Health and Community Services, Computer Science, Mathematics, International Relations, International Business, Law, Nutrition, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Sports Science, and many more.
For more information on the academic programs, please go to: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/ugcat/UndergradMajors.cfm
To search for specific classes, you can go here: http://catalog.ecu.edu/content.php?catoid=7&navoid=450
All exchange students are required to have a meal plan. The Residential meal plan allows students unlimited access to both dining halls on campus, Todd Dining Hall and West End Dining. The meal plans also come with Pirate Bucks, which allow students to eat at different locations on campus as well. Students can choose their meal plan according to the amount of Pirate Bucks they wish to have included in their plan.
To see more information about the meal plans, click here http://www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSSE/ECU/MealPlans/