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 you hands-on... read more

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The experience was 100% worth while. I plan to travel abroad again one day. Because of this trip I can't wait to see the rest of the world. - University of North Florida 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
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 Planning 

  • 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):
  • Environmental Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Education
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Museum Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Psychology
  • Archeology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Business
  • History
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