CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Semester in Perugia
Spend a semester studying in the radiant heart of Italy. On Semester in Perugia, you will be enrolled at the Umbra Institute. Founded in 1999, the Institute has set itself apart with distinctive academic programs that allow you to immerse yourself... read more
I gained a lot of self confidence, independence and travel skills. I learned to do things I wanted to do by myself and became much more confident in my own abilities. It was absolutely worthwhile. I think study abroad is one of the only ways to gain such high levels of self-sufficiency and independence at a young(ish) age. I als... A student - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review
The experience taught me so much about having an open mind and being comfortable with being uncomfortable! GoAbroadGirl - Elizabethtown College View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself, including how to adapt to new situations and solve problems. I gained language skills. I debunked my own myths about Italian culture. It was the most worthwhile experience I've ever had. A student - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
I become very aware and proud of my country of origin. I learned that even those countries that appear as the ideal place have negative aspects as well. I learned to be calm, rather than stressed. Italy will slow you down. Accept it and love it Itza C - University of Texas - San Antonio View Entire Review
I would not change my experience for anything. I could not imagine studying anywhere else. It helped me become more open minded and much more aware of important things going on in the world. I made life long friends who I still talk to on a weekly basis and see every few months. It made me want to take a few months of after grad... Gina S - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
Cento percento! My abroad experience was one of the best things that ever happened to me, and if I could I'd be there doing it all over again right now. A student View Entire Review
I gained a new language, real friendships, and an international mindset that will carry over into my future career. SHF - Elizabethtown College View Entire Review
I learned how to be more independent and feel more comfortable with myself. Definitely a worthwhile experience! Francis B - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
I feel that I learned how to be more independent and learn to go with the flow from my study abroad experience. You can't always have control over entire situations, especially while traveling. Studying abroad taught me how to deal with issues that may arise and how to be more easy going. Erica A - University of South Carolina - Columbia View Entire Review
Studying abroad was the best choice I could have ever made. I used to be extremely shy, afraid to sit in a classroom by myself. But I studied abroad in a foreign country, not knowing anyone or the language. I am now not afraid to try new things, and I want to travel the world. I am a Journalism major, and I used to want to w... Gina M - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
Very, the people I met made it very worthwhile. A student View Entire Review
Absolutely! It has changed me in so many ways, but everything has changed for the better. I went abroad being a little awkward and socially very shy, but I have come back a new outgoing person who isn't afraid anymore. I'm so confident in myself that I just feel like a whole new person. I went abroad for the first time in my lif... Laura O - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
Spend a semester studying in the radiant heart of Italy. On Semester in Perugia, you will be enrolled at the Umbra Institute. Founded in 1999, the Institute has set itself apart with distinctive academic programs that allow you to immerse yourself in Italian culture and learn both in and out of the classroom. You’ll design the study abroad program that best suits your academic needs. Semester in Perugia has 4 study options: the General Studies Program, the Independent Research Program, the Italian Language and Culture Program, and direct enrollment at the University of Perugia. If that’s not enough for you, there is also an Honors Program! You will study in Italy’s biggest college town, a city of approximately 150,000 people that teems with some of the country’s finest cafés, restaurants, and nightlife, not to mention world-famous chocolate and gelato.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- International Business
- Italian Language, Literature
- Fine Arts, Studio Arts
- Italian Studies
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CISabroad / Center for International Studies Scholarships
This award is intended for students within the LGBTQIA+ community, as part of CIS Abroad’s commitment to Generation Study Abroad. Studying abroad as an LGBTQIA+ or gender nonconforming student brings an additional set of challenges and options to consider. There are some questions you may want to ask yourself, and research to be done, before choosing a study abroad program – but our LGBTQIA+ students have amazing experiences abroad and often find local LGBTQIA+ communities to be a part of. Recipients will select from a variety of mediums to share their story while abroad, in addition to submitting a photo testimonial.
Up to $500
This award is intended to benefit students of color, who are traditionally underrepresented within education abroad. We aim to widen the diversity of our community of interns and students abroad and foster equity in access to these experiences. If you identify as biracial, multiracial, Black, African & African American, Caribbean American, Latinx / Chican@ / Hispanic, Asian & Asian American, Native, Pacific Islander, or another minoritized racial/ethnic identity not listed, we invite you to apply. In your application essay, tell us about how your identity will impact your experience abroad. Recipients will select from a variety of mediums to share their story while abroad, in addition to submitting a photo testimonial.
Up to $500
This award is intended for students in a Greek Life organization who need help covering the cost of membership dues while abroad. In keeping with the philanthropic values of Greek Life organizations, recipients should plan to participate in at least one self-directed volunteer opportunity while abroad and produce content (ex. a blog post or video) related to that experience, in addition to other selections.
Up to $500
We understand first-generation students face additional barriers to studying and interning abroad. In fact, many staff members at CIS Abroad are also first-generation college students. This scholarship is intended to help fund the visa process, flights, and international housing for students who are among the first from their family to go to college. Recipients will share their story of learning and exploration while abroad with a photo gallery and their choice of travel vlog, blogging, or an Instagram takeover.
Up to $500
This award is intended for students who demonstrate excellence in their academic major. While abroad, recipients will use a variety of channels (video, blogging, photos) to share how studying/interning abroad is enriching their academic or professional career, in addition to submitting a photo testimonial.
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