Mar 03, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Scholar, International, and Leadership Programs

Scholar Programs

Community of Scholars Program

The College of Education awards multiple $20,000 scholarships to outstanding NC high school seniors each year. These four year prestigious awards were modeled after the NC Teaching Fellows Scholarship and as so, recipients will be expected to teach in a public, charter or government school for four years in North Carolina. Each scholarship has a residential and a programmatic component and have specific eligibility and graduation requirements. The Education Scholars Program consists of the Betty S. Abernathy Scholars Program, the Alston W Burke Scholars Program, the College of Education Hall of Fame Scholars Program, the Pat and Lynn Lane Scholars Program, the Daisy Carson Latham Scholars Program, and the James and Connie Maynard Scholars Program. Refer to the website for specific information.

To apply, complete and submit the programmatic application online at The application, application deadlines and submission instructions can be found online for the awards. 

Requests for further information about the Education Community of Scholars Program should be addressed to the Director, Education Community of Scholars, 138 Rivers Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-4126;

Undergraduate Research

ECU, in keeping with its commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, supports the high-impact practice of faculty mentored undergraduate research and creative activity. The Office of Undergraduate Research is located in the Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement. The director and the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity committee establish guidelines and administer a competition for awards to fund stipends and supplies for eligible undergraduates who are engaged in research and creative projects under the mentorship of faculty. The Office is also charged with coordinating undergraduate participation in the annual campus-wide Research and Creative Achievement Week, funding travel awards for students presenting their work at extramural conferences, and aiding students seeking undergraduate research and creative projects.

The Office of Undergraduate Research maintains a website ( with information on the above, and links to research opportunities both on campus and off.

For further information about undergraduate research opportunities, you may contact the director at or 252-328-9476. The Office of Undergraduate Research is located at 1512 Greenville Center.

International Programs

Office of Global Affairs

International awareness and intercultural communication and collaboration skills are essential for all university students in today’s global knowledge economy. Through the Office of Global Affairs, ECU provides academic and co-curricular programming which allows students to gain the knowledge, attitudes and skills to comprehend the world within a broad, flexible, and responsive framework that takes into account international structures and the reality of interdependence among countries. The university aims to produce educated citizens of this and other countries capable of coping with the complexity and diversity of the world. The International House, home of ECU’s Office of Global Affairs, is located at 306 East 9th Street and may be contacted by calling 252-328-1938.

Global Academic Initiatives

Global Academic Initiatives (GAI) uses innovative technology based learning strategies to provide personal, real-time interactive curricular and co-curricular global experiences to students on the ECU campus. The Global Understanding course is GAI’s signature program. It is offered through the anthropology, communication, English, ethnic studies, foreign languages and literatures, hospitality leadership, international studies, political science, psychology, and sociology departments. Most Global Understanding courses receive global diversity credit, as well as general education credit in either the humanities or social sciences. Global Understanding is taught as a student led, live discussion class with two-three other countries and is centered around topics ranging from family to cultural traditions, to the meaning of life. ECU students work collaboratively with students from our network of international partner institutions to explore these and other topics. For a list of Global Understanding courses offered each semester, go to

ECU’s GAI programming has been recognized worldwide for its pioneering efforts to create meaningful international education experiences between students from diverse cultures. ECU students can also participate in lectures, common course modules, and other global courses. Additionally, students may participate in the annual Global Issues virtual student research conference, WorldWise Student Organization, and other co-curricular activities offered by GAI.

International Admissions and Services

The Office of Global Affairs coordinates ECU’s F-1international undergraduate student recruitment and admissions program, working with its own staff and others within the university to expand the international representation within its degree-seeking student body. Additionally, the office offers all ECU students and faculty a variety of opportunities to participate in international travel and learning experiences through semester, or year-long programs. Fulbright and other scholarship or fellowship opportunities, teaching and research, or work experiences are a few of the activities addressed for students and faculty.

The Language Academy (ECULA) provides high quality intensive English language instruction to international students and professionals seeking to improve their spoken and written skills for both academic and professional purposes. There are opportunities for students to engage in American culture through on campus classes and the use of ECU facilities. Upon successful completion of the highest level of classes offered at the ECULA, students will have satisfied the language requirement for admission to ECU; however, all other academic requirements for admission will still need to be met. ECULA classes range from advanced beginner level to superior level and meet five days per week, four hours per day. Topics include: reading and vocabulary building; note-taking and study skills; oral communication skills; and writing for college.

For more information, go to

The Scholar Services Program oversees administrative processes of the J-1 immigration status to keep the university in compliance with all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) regulations related to SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System), and also monitors USCIS (US Citizens and Immigration Services) requirements that may apply to a J-1 international exchange visitor. Scholar Services coordinates and advises international scholars in academic and personal matters, cultural adjustment, and other related concerns. Scholar Services also advises and works with university deans, department chairs, faculty, academic staff and administrative employees when deciding to bring in international scholars and conducts workshops, information sessions, and orientation presentations as needed or requested by campus departments.

The Office of Global Affairs offers a full range of over 200 summer, semester, and year-long programs at universities around the globe, encompassing over 50 countries. 

Reciprocal tuition/fee exchanges make participation in semester or year long programs affordable. Students studying on exchange pay their usual tuition and fees to ECU and receive equivalent benefits at the host institution abroad. Students may use their financial aid to pay for their exchange programs and are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the Rivers Endowment Fund, designed to support ECU students who study abroad.

Students are enrolled full-time at their host schools abroad and choose coursework that complements their program of study at ECU. With proper planning and close consultation with their academic advisors, students are able to take courses that count toward major/minor requirements or the general education requirements. Study abroad participants earn credits toward their ECU degree program without losing time or delaying graduation.

Acquiring a global perspective through foreign study is an important component of your education. It is a strong addition to a resume, and a point of interest that sets students apart in job interviews or graduate/professional school applications. Ultimately, the value of studying abroad is measured through personal growth. Combined with opportunities for academic enrichment and professional development, studying abroad is an exciting, life changing and beneficial experience.

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Leadership Programs

BB&T Center for Leadership Development

The BB&T Center for Leadership Development advocates and facilitates the incorporation of leadership development as an important dimension of intellectual attention, inquiry and activity at East Carolina University and in higher education. Major emphasis is placed on the proposition that every university student is being prepared as a leader, and therefore being empowered as an agent of positive change in society.

The Center’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for leadership development throughout the University. A major goal is to encourage and assist academic units and faculty to prepare students with leadership capacities to positively influence and impact their lives, their families, their communities and the larger society. That goal is pursued by providing opportunities for leadership-related projects, programs and initiatives through financial grants for leadership development agendas.

By encouraging and assisting units to embed leadership development components into courses and programs, the Center seeks to advance East Carolina University’s extant service culture and its intention as a leadership development community.

Requests for further information should be addressed to the Director, BB&T Center for Leadership Development, 1100 Bate Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-6190;

Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

The Center for Student Leadership and Engagement (CSLE) is located in 109 Mendenhall Student Center within the Department of Student Involvement and Leadership. The mission of the center is to provide opportunities, support and experiences, in alignment with ECU’s Integrated Leadership Framework, for students to engage in the leadership process by developing competencies, building meaningful relationships and enhancing personal growth. The CSLE is responsible for creating and implementing programs that aid in ECU’s Leadership University Initiative. The center is dedicated to building intentional opportunities for students to create positive sustainable change and believes that leadership is a relational process of inspiring, empowering and influencing positive change.

The CSLE is rooted in a variety of interdisciplinary theories, models and concepts. This theoretical foundation is central to the pedagogy of their work and is utilized to support and sustain experiences for the East Carolina University community. It is the vision of the center to create a premier center for the study and integration of leadership practices that fosters and sustains a culture of engagement, and learning for all students.

Programs that the CSLE offers are designed in accordance with ECU’s Integrated Leadership Framework which categorizes the student leadership experience into five pillars: Knowledge, Relationships, Ethics, Well-Being and Service.

The first pillar, Knowledge, serves to emphasize accountability for learning, recognizing learning potential by broadening ones knowledge base, and inspiring others to engage in the learning process.

Empowering others to engage in the leadership process is one of the primary purposes of the Relationships pillar. Along with, gaining an understanding of self and others, engaging in meaningful and respectful dialogues across differences, and fostering environments that encourage connection – all while communicating with respect.

Through the Ethics pillar, the CSLE strives to create opportunities to engage the community in sustainable positive change that exercises utilizing values in decision making, and model socially just values and behaviors.

The Well-Being pillar encourages adapting a healthy lifestyles to sustain well-being. The pillar is representative of a commitment to continual growth and developing an understanding of personal well-being.

As ECU’s motto is “to serve”, the Service pillar represents the CLSE’s commitment to creating connections that explicitly align leadership and service that will inspire others to engage in serving the community.

The CSLE offers students points of entry into leadership development activities throughout their collegiate career. The center serves as a clearinghouse for multiple programs and hosts the Elite Pirates, Chancellor’s Student Leadership Academy, Leadership Odyssey, Leadership Reading Circles, LeaderShape©, L.E.A.P. workshops, Leadership Extreme Trips, Social Justice Symposium, and the Walter & Marie Williams Leadership Award Program to name a few. To find out more about our programs and initiatives, visit our website at or email at You also may contact our office at feel free to give us a call at 252-737-2091.