NECA Study Abroad Italy Programs

On this web page:

:: Student Eligibility and Policy of Non-discrimination

:: Transfer Credit and Transcript

:: Student Assistance and Orientation

:: Enrollment, Program Costs, Scholarships

:: Payment Procedure, Deadlines, Refund Policy, and Cancellations

:: Insurance


:: Grading

:: Universities and Colleges whose students have earned credits at NECA

Program participants do not necessarily have to come from an institution that offers a study abroad program.

The STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE is a unique experience. It requires a great deal of individual stability and maturity as well as commitment on the student's part to make it a rewarding one, both academically and personally.

STUDENT SELECTION is based on academic achievement as well as seriousness of purpose and individual stability and maturity. The GPA (Grade Point Average) is important and it is requested on the on-line application form, but it is not the only issue taken into consideration. NECA also considers other factors to understand if a student meets certain requirements, both academic and non, to study abroad.


FOR SPECIAL ENROLLMENTS students in their freshmen year or high shcool graduates can send their on-line application and request an appointment for a telephone or on-line interview (on Skype, Yahoo Messenger, MSN, etc.) to verify if and how to accept them in the program.

STUDENTS ENROLLED in study abroad programs are expected to be able to overcome cultural differences and adapt to a new environment while doing the required work for their courses.
We kindly remind all applicants that NECA not any U.S. university or college is the institution to be contacted for any logistical issues. Although NECA students will earn credits through a transcript of an American university, students will be in Florence a NECA student not a student of any other academic institution.

NECA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in their policies and Programs.

The transcript issued by U.S. accrediting institution(s) will include course titles and numbers, grades, and credit hours. This transcript will be sent directly to the student's home institution for transfer credit.
Before coming to Florence students should check with their home institution:
1) For the proper procedure regarding the transfer of credits.
2) If the courses that they will take at NECA fulfill their degree requirements.


Although at NECA students will take 4 to 6 courses (for semesters) and 1-2 or 3 for Summer programs), it is best to meet with your school advisor and obtain approval for 7-8 courses (for semesters) or 3-5 (for Summer programs). Courses are generally approved as requirements for your major, but also as elective credits.
NECA is available to assist students with their enrollment
procedure by contacting their student advisors.

NECA is not responsible if the student has not talked to his or her advisor and made sure if the courses taken at NECA will fulfill his or her degree requirements at his or her home institution. This is a student’s responsibility. NECA is available to help before the student's departure from his or her home country. Before the student's departure NECA is available to contact the student's home institution to provide the student with individual attention and make sure that the courses taken at NECA will fulfill his or her degree reqruirements at his or her home institution. NECA guarantees students the transcripts, but it is up to the student to verify if the courses added to the transcript fulfill his or her degree requirements.
For LANGUAGE COURSES the student must verify that each course is at the required level for him or her to earn valuable credits at his or her home institution.

We kindly remind all applicants that NECA not any U.S. university or college is the institution to be contacted for any logistical issues. Although NECA students will earn credits through a transcript of a U.S. university, students will be in Florence a NECA student not a student of any other academic institution.

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Before the start date of the Program, NECA will provide an Opening Reception and Orientation program so that students can get together and get acquainted with the aspects of the Program, with other students, etc. Students will also be informed on Florentine and Italian living and some information about cultural differences.


Program Participants usually are Undergraduate, Graduate, or Continuing Education students.

To enroll applicants should send their on-line application from the web page Apply on-line. Once we receive it we will contact the applicant and applicant's university for his or her acceptance in the program.

Inquire for more information at NECA will e-mail you the updated brochure file with information like dates, costs, deadlines, scholarships, housing options, etc.
Any NECA program applicant can apply for a scholarship to study at NECA. Applicants should send their o
n-line application form and a 200-word essay (or a 200-word e-mail sent to stating why they would like to study in Italy and how study abroad would enrich their academic career. No full scholarships are awarded, but it is possible to reduce the student's program cost.

Scholarships are automatically awarded to NSCS members enrolled in any NECA program upon acceptance of their on-line application. NSCS is an honors organization in Washington, DC, USA. F
or ten years NECA has teamed up with NSCS.


Honors students can apply for the scholarship for NSCS members to reduce their program cost.


Click here to Apply on-line.


IMPORTANT FOR SEMESTERS ONLY: Students must have 12 (twelve) credits to be FULL-TIME STATUS in the U.S. -- If a student drops below 12 semester credits for the semester, his or her U.S. based financial aid might be affected in coming semesters.
Students should consult their home institution financial aid officer before going below 12 credits.

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Program applicants should inquire for more information at NECA will e-mail all inquiring students the updated brochure file with information like dates, costs, deadlines, scholarships, etc.
The student should decide if to make the down payment to secure his or her place in the program only after opening and reading the NECA updated brochure file containing also the Terms of Payment and the NECA Refund Policy.

Students must be covered by a Health Insurance at their own expense. Insurance is to cover:
Note: Most U.S. based Health coverage does NOT include these.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION is not necessary to request the visa (for students who need a visa) but it is necessary to be admitted to the program.

At the orientation program in Italy the student (not his or her university or college) must give NECA written proof of insurance coverage and of coverage of emergency evacuation for his or her entire stay in Italy. If at the orientation you show us a photocopy it is ok provided that it is specified that both medical/health problems AND emergency evacuation are covered. The proof of insurance must include the participant's name and dates of coverage -- Start date and End date (covering the duration of the program).


You can visit to purchase an ISIC Card (International Student ID card), which includes insurance, and/or visit to purchase the insurance. You should ask for prices and what is covered. Make sure if there is a minimum amount of expenses, below which you would NOT be reimbursed.
You should also ask to be provided a LETTER STATING THAT ISIC OR WALLACH INSURANCE COVER WHAT IS REQUESTED BY THE ITALIAN LAW TO GET THE VISA, PLUS 'ALSO' EMERGENCY EVACUATION (not necessary to request the visa but mandatory to be admitted to the program).
NECA is not responsible for those students who enter Italy without an insurance, or without an insurance that covers both medical/health problems AND emergency evacuation.
Participants are also to provide NECA with personal information (i.e. allergies, special diet, and emergency contact numbers) once they have been accepted into the Program. NECA assures that this information will be kept strictly confidential, according to Italian privacy law (Law #675 of 1996).



NECA will not be responsible for damages to or loss of property, personal illness or injury, or death while a student is on the Program, including NECA and any other facilities, course-related field trips, excursions, at home stay, apartment or hotel, travelling, and the like.


Grades will be based on the following grading system:

Below 65


FOR SEMESTERS it is after Midterm exams, that is, by the first Friday after Fall or Spring break.
FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS it is the first Friday after program start date.

IMPORTANT FOR SEMESTERS ONLY: Students must have 12 (twelve) credits to be FULL-TIME STATUS in the U.S. -- If a student drops below 12 semester credits for the semester, his or her U.S. based financial aid might be affected in coming semesters.

Students should consult their home institution financial aid officer before going below 12 credits.



UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES whose students have earned credits at NECA

In the USA:
Alverno College, WI
Arizona State University, AZ
Arkansas State University, AR.
Auburn University, AL.
Augsburg College, MN
Austin Community College, TX.
Ball State University, IN.
Baton Rouge Community College, LA.
Baylor University, TX.
Boston University, MA
Brookdale Community College, NJ.
Brown Mackie College-Boise, ID.
California State Polytechnic University Pomona, CA
California State University Dominguez Hills, CA
California State University San Bernardino, CA.
Canisius College, NY.
Central Michigan University, MI.
Central Virginia Community College, VA.
Chabot College, CA.
Clemson University, SC
Cleveland Institute of Music, OH
College of Charleston, SC
College of Saint Elizabeth, NJ.
College of Saint Rose, NY.
College of St. Scholastica, MN
College of the Holy Cross, MA.
College of the Ozarks, MO.
College of Western Idaho, ID.
Collin County Community College, TX
Colorado State University, CO
Columbia University, NY.
Concordia University Texas, TX.
Daemen College, NY
DePaul University, IL
Des Moines Area Community College, IA
DeVry University, IL.
Diablo Valley College, CA.
Dowling College, NY
Drexel University, PA
East Carolina University, NC
East Carolina University, NC.
East Los Angeles Community College, CA.
Eastern Michigan University, MI.
Eastern Washington University, WA.
El Camino College, CA.
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, KY.
Emerson College, MA.
Evergreen State College, WA
Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ
Fayetteville State University, NC.
Flagler College, FL.
Florida Career College Miami, FL.
Florida International University, FL
Florida State University, FL
Folsom Lake College, CA.
Fordham University, NY
Fullerton College, CA.
George Mason University, VA
George Washington University , DC.
George Washington University, DC
Georgetown University, DC
Georgia College, GA.
Georgia Perimeter College, GA.
Georgia State University, GA
Gettysburg College, PA
Grove City College, PA
Hofstra University, NY.
Hope International University, CA
Howard University, DC.
Hunter College, NY.
Illinois State University, IL.
Indian River State College, FL.
Indiana University Bloomington, IN
Indiana Wesleyan University, IN
Ithaca College, NY
Jacksonville University, FL
James Madison University, VA
Jamestown College, ND
Johnson C. Smith University, NC.
Kansas State Univeristy, KS.
Kennesaw State University, GA.
Kenyon College, OH.
Laney College, CA.
Lasell College, PA
Lewis University, IL.
Lindenwood University, MO
Lone Star College System, TX.
Long Beach City College, CA
Louisiana State University, LA
Louisiana Tech University , LA.
Loyola Marymount University, CA
Lubbock Christian University, TX.
Manhattan College, NY.
Marquette University, WI
Maryland Institute College of Art , MD.
Marymount Manhattan College, NY.
McKendree College, IL
Mercy College, NY.
Meredith College, NC
Metropoliatin Community College Kansas City, MO.
Miami Dade College, FL.
Miami University, OH.
Michigan State University, MI.
Middle Tennessee State University, TN.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, MS.
Mississippi State University, MS
Missouri State University, MO.
Molloy College, NY
Monroe College, NY.
Monroe Community College, NY.
Moravian College, PA
Mt. San Antonio College, CA.
Nassau Community College, NY.
New England College, NH
New York City College of Technology, NY.
Niagara University, NY.
North Carolina State University, NC
North Central College-Naperville, IL .
Northeastern State University , OK.
Northeastern University, MA
Northern Virginia Community College, VA
Northern Viriginia Community College, VA.
Nova Southeastern University, FL.
Oglethorpe University, GA.
Ohio State University, OH.
Oklahoma State University, OK
Palm Beach State College, FL.
Pennsylvania State University, PA
Pikes Peak Community College, CO.
Portland Community College, OR.
Portland State University, OR.
Prince George's Community College, MD.
Providence College, RI
Purdue University, IN.
Radford University, VA.
Rhode Island College, RI.
Rice University, TX.
Richard Stockton College, NJ.
Rio Hondo Community College, CA.
Riverside Community College, CA.
Rutgers University, NJ
Saddleback College, CA.
Saint Louis University, MO
Saint Louis University, MO.
Salt Lake Community College, UT.
San Diego Mesa College, CA.
San Diego State University, CA.
San Francisco Art Institute, CA.
San Jacinto College, TX.
Santa Fe College, FL.
Savannah College of Art and Design, GA
School of Visual Arts, NY.
Seattle Central Community College, WA.
Seton Hall University, NJ.
Shasta College, CA.
South Texas College, TX.
Southern Methodist University, TX.
Spelman College, GA
St. Ambrose University, IA.
St. John's University, NY.
SUNY Albany, NY
SUNY Binghamton, NY.
SUNY Brockport, NY
SUNY Buffalo, NY.
SUNY Fredonia, NY
SUNY Geneseo, NY.
SUNY Purchase, NY
SUNY Stony Brook, NY.
Syracuse University, NY
Tennessee State University, TN.
Texas A&M University, TX.
Texas State University, TX
Towson University, MD.
University of Akron, OH
University of Alabama, AL
University of Arizona, AZ
University of Arkansas Fort Smith, AR.
University of Baltimore, MD.
University of California Berkeley, CA
University of California Irvine, CA 
University of California Northridge, CA
University of California Santa Barbara, CA
University of California, Davis, CA.
University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.
University of Central Arkansas, AR
University of Central Florida, FL.
University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
University of Colorado at Denver, CO.
University of Delaware, DE
University of Florida, FL.
University of Georgia, GA.
University of Houston Downtown , TX.
University of Iowa, IA.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA
University of Louisville, KY.
University of Maine, ME.
University of Maryland, MD
University of Memphis, TN.
University of Miami, FL
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota, MN
University of Mississippi, MS
University of Missouri, MO.
University of Missouri-Columbia, MO
University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO
University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE
University of New Orleans, LA
University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.
University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC.
University of North Texas, TX
University of Northern Colorado, CO.
University of Oregon, OR
University of Pennslyvania, PA.
University of Pittsburgh, PA
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, PR.
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, PR.
University of Rhode Island, RI
University of San Diego, CA
University of San Francisco, CA
University of South Carolina Aiken, SC.
University of South Carolina, SC
University of South Darkota, SD.
University of South Florida, FL.
University of Southern Mississippi, MS
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN.
University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN
University of Texas Arlington, TX.
University of Texas at San Antonio, TX.
University of Texas at Tyler, TX.
University of Texas El Paso, TX
University of Texas of the Permian Basin , TX.
University of Vermont, VT.
University of Virginia, VA
University of Washington, WA.
University of West Florida, FL.
University of Wisconsin-Rock County, WI.
Utah State University, UT.
Valencia Community College, FL.
Ventura College, CA
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, VA.
Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI.
Wake Technical Community College , NC.
Warner Southern College, FL
Washington and Jefferson College, PA
Washington State University, WA.
Wayne County Community College District, MI.
Wayne State College, NE.
Wayne State University, MI.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, PA
West Virginia University, WV.
Western Connecticut State University, CT
Western Kentucky University, KY.
Westminster Choir College, NJ.
Westmont College, CA
Wheaton College, MA.
Wright State University, OH.
Youngstown State University, OH

American University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
American University in Cairo, Egypt
Carleton University, Canada.
Girne American University, Cyprus
Monash University, Australia
Universidad Iberoamericana Campus Mexico City, Mexico.
University of Alberta, Canada.
University of Ottawa, Canada.
University of Windsor, Canada

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