Umbra Institute: Perugia - Direct Enrollment in Semester, Summer or Academic Year Programs

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  • Location(s): Perugia, Italy
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship, Volunteer, Intensive Language

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Experience the real Italy while studying abroad in Perugia for a semester, the whole year, or a summer. Get U.S. university credits for a wide variety of exciting courses (in English) that will change your perspective on life and give yo... read more

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I learned to embrace new challenges and try to go into a new culture with an open mind. Everything about this trip was worthwhile. - Quinnipiac University View Entire Review
I gained self confidence, independence, and a love for travel. - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review
I learned so much about who I am and the culture of other places. I learned about how the differences that separate us don't change who we all are underneath. I learned a lot about my own culture as well - Providence College View Entire Review
I gained fluency in Italian, awesome friends back in Italy and a whole new appreciation for cultures. Definitely worthwhile. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I gained so much from my study abroad experience. Qualities that I improved greatly were time and money management. I rated my study abroad experience with 5 stars because I wasn't ready to leave. You will form life lasting relationships while studying in Perugia and these people will impact how you view everything. You will... - Lebanon Valley College View Entire Review
Yes yes yes! - Presbyterian College View Entire Review
I am more passionate about travel now and it has mademe a stronger person - Presbyterian College View Entire Review
YES. - Presbyterian College View Entire Review
Yes, I gained a great deal of confidence and independence. After living in a country where I arrived completely alone and little to no knowledge of the language, I feel that I can handle anything. - Presbyterian College View Entire Review
Past Review
My study abroad experience was defintely worth it. I loved (almost) every minute of it and experienced so much. So much more than I ever would have otherwise! I learned so much about the culture, the people, the world, and myself. I learned skills I never would've learned otherwise, like how to get from Perugia to Oettingen with... - Simmons College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Umbra Institute: Perugia - Direct Enrollment in Semester, Summer or Academic Year Programs
My life completely changed due to my experience abroad. Once I graduated college, I permanently moved out of my home town, which I would not have done had I not studied abroad. I actually just finished my certification to teach English so that I can move back overseas in a few short months. Through my experience abroad, I learne... - Lebanon Valley College View Entire Review
Being immersed in a language and culture was incredible. I loved being able to constantly practice the language and be slightly outside of my comfort zone. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing!!
I learned everything. It was the most worthwhile choice of my life. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned so much about Italy and Europe in general. I would say that I gained a lot of knowledge about the world in general by stepping outside of my bubble and gaining a new perspective. In addition, I learned a lot about of myself: my character, my strengths and weaknesses, etc. Words cannot express how beneficial study abroa... - Presbyterian College View Entire Review
YES. I would never have this opportunity if it wasn't for a study abroad program. I wound't have the time, or funds (thanks mom and dad) if I didn't go when I did. I traveled to 4 other countries, saw a lot of Italy and learned that I am capable of so many things I didn't even know I could do. For example I got myself from Perug... - Saint Bonaventure University View Entire Review
I am able to handle stressful situations better and feel so much more independent. - Presbyterian College View Entire Review
I can't put it into words. It changed my life. All cheesyness aside. - Presbyterian College View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and gained so much independence with traveling. I was able to become friends with people from all over my own country and from all over this world and I also really learned how truly small the globe is. I already have already had the travel bug my whole life and this experience only made me want to... - Presbyterian College View Entire Review
Absolutely. I've been planning ever since to return either to Italy or Brussels for a few months. These were both places I was exposed to while studying abroad. - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo View Entire Review


Experience the real Italy while studying abroad in Perugia for a
semester, the whole year, or a summer. Get U.S. university credits
for a wide variety of exciting courses (in English) that will change your perspective on life and give you hands-on experience.

Often called “the big university town in a small Italian city,” Perugia is home to the Umbra Institute, an American study abroad program offering semester, year-long, and summer programs. Students can choose from a variety of courses with integrated field trips to world-famous Italian cities and sites, community engagement
opportunities, and extra-curricular activities (pizza making, wine
tastings, language exchanges and more). The diverse Umbra faculty and friendly staff strive to incorporate a genuine Italian experience into all elements of the academic curriculum and student experience.

Perugia’s hilltop location serves as the ideal backdrop for study abroad in Italy. Rich in art, architecture, and historical significance, it is internationally recognized as a city of learning. The ancient city is
surrounded by the rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany. While lying off the beaten path, travel from Perugia is easy as Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Cortona lie only a short distance away; Perugia has also a small international airport with destinations such as London, Brussels, Barcelona, Sicily, Sardinia.

Housing, meals, and student life

Umbra students are well-integrated into the daily life of the school and city. The Housing Office arranges accommodations in the city center within walking distance of the Italian universities and the Umbra Institute. Students can choose between shared Umbra student apartments, housing with Italian or international students, or a homestay. Meals can be prepared or purchased in the university cafeteria or in one of the many affordable Perugian restaurants, trattorias, and pizzerias. Perugia has a well-established student social scene, where Umbra students can take full advantage of the public spaces, pubs, and cafés brimming with Italian and international students.

Semester and All-Year Academic Programs:

  • General Studies Program (usually 14-18 credits): courses offered in a wide variety of subjects with a strong emphasis on community engagement. (See courses for Fall, Spring, Summer)

  • Food Studies Program: an interdisciplinary curricular concentration with courses on Italian food culture, sustainability, and the business of wine. (See details for the Food Studies Program)

  • Direct Enrollment at the Università per Stranieri (16 credits): for students of all levels of Italian to focus exclusively on Italian
    language and culture.

  • Direct Enrollment at the Università degli Studi di Perugia (usually 14-18 credits): courses (in Italian) in a variety of subjects including the Humanities, Politics, Science, and Engineering departments. 

  • Honors Program and Independent Research options.

  • Cooperative Education Learning (Co-Op): full-time work for a community partner as a compensated intern. 

Summer Programs:

Community Engagement Opportunities at Umbra

Perugia’s manageable size along with Umbra’s diverse Community Engagement offerings and thriving partner relationships help enrich students’ study abroad experience through direct contact with locals of all ages and in a variety of fields. Nearly 80% of students participate in community engagement initiatives such as service learning projects, academic internships, and volunteering.
Offerings include:

  • Academic & Summer Internships

  • Service Learning Projects

  • Community-Based Courses in Psychology and Urban

  • Independent Research with Community Partners 

  • Volunteering

  • Cooperative Education Opportunities (Co-Ops)

The Umbra Institute Highlights

  • State-of-the-art facilities;

  • International staff and faculty;

  • Availability for pre-departure questions;

  • Private airport pick-up in Rome and transfer to Perugia;

  • Two-day orientation in Perugia including a practical city walking tour;

  • Co-curricular field trips to world-renowned historic sites and famous cities;

  • Optional Trip, a staff-guided trip offered to explore beautiful, scenic Italy;

  • Mandatory Italian language courses to learn practical skills to communicate with locals;

  • Tandem language exchange with Italian university students;

  • A variety of extracurricular activities (pizza-making workshop, sports with Italian university students, etc.);

  • Educational and cultural workshops on Independent Travel, Presentation and PowerPoint, and Reentry to the U.S.;

  • Communication: monthly newsletters, Wi-Fi in all student apartments, frequent posts on the Umbra Blog, and a Student Handbook and Guidebook;

  • Cell phones or SIM cards rental services available;

  • Emergency phone and medical care available 24 hours a day;

  • Life-coaching and counseling service, and

  • Staff trained in crisis management.

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Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Maymester
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Education
  • History
  • Italian Studies
  • Psychology
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Business
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Archeology
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sustainability Studies
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