Pirates Around the Globe Travel along with ECU students and alumni through photos FROM their Study abroad experiences.

(Cover photo submitted by Ian Flynn)

Each year more than 500 students leave East Carolina University’s campus — and the country — to experience life abroad while continuing their studies and participating in unique learning opportunities through study abroad programs.

ECU currently offers some 200 programs in more than 60 countries.

Top destinations include Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Australia, but there are programs offered on nearly every continent. Botswana, Costa Rica, China, Thailand, Germany and Canada are all on the list.

Jenna Murdock, class of 2019, takes in the scenery of a Haitian beach during an Honors College Trip. (Photo by Emma Plyler)

Chancellor Cecil Staton, who describes his own study abroad experience as a defining point in his life, is encouraging even more Pirates to travel abroad and promoting a renewed focus on international programs.

Chancellor Cecil Staton during his study abroad at the University of Oxford. (Contributed photos)


Class of 2018

"This experience was amazing. In Australia and New Zealand, we learned about the cultures from each country we visited. We walked through their villages, ate their food, and learned about their history."
(Photos submitted by Haley Jamrog)

Hannah Stocks

Class of 2017

Study Abroad with the College of Nursing in Guatemala. (Photo submitted by Hannah Stocks)
This photo was taken in Lagos, Portugal during a sunset walk along the cliffs of the beautiful beaches of Portugal. (Photo submitted by Shana McCosker, class of 2019)
Photos submitted by Lindsay Hayes, class of 2015 – study abroad in Australia with the Sports Travel Academy: Sports, Media, and Culture Program.
(Photo submitted by Ian Flynn)

Julie Church

Classes of 2013 and 2015

(Photo submitted by Julie Church)
"The study abroad to New Zealand and Australia was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that has helped me be a more marketable employee. Not only has it come up as a topic of discussion in every job interview since I have graduated with my master's degree, but it even landed me a teaching position at an international-themed elementary school in North Carolina. My only regret is not being able to stay in Australia longer!"

- Julie Church

ECU Kinesiology majors study abroad in Australia. (Photo submitted by Dr. Stacy Warner)

Claire Perry

Class of 2019

Study Abroad in Australia and New Zealand during the 2017 summer session.
"While studying abroad in Australia and New Zealand during the 2017 summer session, I used this opportunity to open myself to new ideals and world views in hopes of becoming a more worldly student and more understanding physician. I was able to jump out of my comfort zone and (literally) dive into new cultures! From skydiving at Byron Bay to shark diving at Manly Harbor, every moment was a new adventure!"

- Claire Perry

(Photos submitted by Claire Perry)
(Photo submitted by Haley Jamrog)

Want to know how you can study abroad?

Ian Flynn

Class of 2017

Spring 2016 Italy Intensives program in Certaldo, Italy

"This was a life-changing experience that made me a better human and I would recommend it to anyone. I traveled to six countries in four months!"
(Photos submitted by Ian Flynn)

Best advice: Go and make it your own experience, don't let others hold you back!

Photos by Ian Flynn

Want to help ECU students travel the world?

Kim Ives Hampton, class of 1999, studied abroad in Paris, France thanks to the Rivers Scholarship.

Pirates, Where will your travels take you?

Created By
Morgan Tilton


Words by Jules Norwood; Contributed photos

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