Arcadia: ISI Perugia - The Umbra Institute

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The hilltop city of Perugia, located halfway between Rome and Florence, is a quintessential university town, offering scenic art and architecture and historical resonance at every turn. With Etruscan walls, cobblestoned streets, and medieval churc... read more

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Yes it was--i learned a lot about Italy and I made sure to use the language as much as possible. I really learned a lot from my weekend trips around Europe as well. - Tufts University View Entire Review
I had an amazing time! I met so many cool people, saw cool things, and really started to feel like a local Perugian after only a few weeks of studying there. I would love to go back to Italy and live for a while after studying there because I enjoyed their lifestyle so much. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review
It was amazing! I would do it again and travel more on the weekends. I gained a better understanding of myself and a better understanding of the culture outside the United States. - Elon University View Entire Review
I'm definitely glad I went, it made me aware of some different ways to live. I wish there had been more avenues to meet other Italian students. - Rice University View Entire Review
Past Review
It was wonderful because of the classes (if academics and learning are appreciated, this is a good program), because of the homestay (truly the best part), and because of Perugia's small community feel with cool stuff to do. Florence or Rome would have been overwhelmed. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review


The hilltop city of Perugia, located halfway between Rome and Florence, is a quintessential university town, offering scenic art and architecture and historical resonance at every turn. With Etruscan walls, cobblestoned streets, and medieval churches surrounding you, you’ll find yourself in a contemporary, bustling place with visible traces of the past.

ISI Perugia - The Umbra Institute, located on Perugia’s main piazza, adjacent to the duomo, is the only year-round independent American institute based in Perugia.

The Institute maximizes the resources of its surroundings, by infusing community engagement and experiential learning into all of its programming. As a student at ISI Perugia - The Umbra Institute, you’ll take courses which connect you to the surrounding community and foster a genuine Italian experience, whether you choose subjects with field-study components, an internship, volunteering, or a service learning opportunity.

ISI Perugia - The Umbra Institute’s carefully designed curriculum offers a variety of options, from direct enrollment in local partner universities, to a focus on field research, an honors track, or a general studies option. You may take courses in either English or Italian, depending on your level of proficiency.

Travel to fascinating places of interest that enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses. Here is a sampling: 

  • Amalfi Coast

  • Film Series

  • Roman Baths and Wine Vineyards in Viterbo

  • and more...

Arcadia is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, offering exceptional study, research and internship experiences for students from colleges and universities across the US. Our unique combination of customized, diverse academic programming and comprehensive support allows students to explore new worlds, get to know themselves, boost their resumes for future job opportunities and graduate school, and experience the incredible growth and shifts in perspective that a culturally immersive experience can deliver.

Please check our website for dates and the latest program information.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Italian
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Italian Studies
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Business
  • History
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
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Arcadia Scholarships

Arcadia aims to help students for whom financial assistance can mean the difference between participating on an Arcadia program and staying home. Arcadia scholarships are awarded to eligible applicants based on need. Approximately 70% of study abroad students who apply for aid from Arcadia receive some form of award


Applications are received on a rolling basis.

Only students who have been accepted to a program from Arcadia Abroad will be considered for an award.