The Umbra Institute held its first semester in the fall of 2000 and has since been attracting a growing number of students from universities throughout the United States and Italy. The mission has remained the same—to provide excellent academics in a rich and exciting cultural environment, bound together by a high level of service and support to students— while the facilities have expanded to reflect the Umbra Institute’s continued growth.
The main building is located just off Perugia’s main piazza behind the historic “duomo”, or cathedral. The facility offers numerous classrooms, administrative offices, a library, study rooms with computers available for student use, and a comfortable lounge where students can study, socialize, or watch local and international news. All classrooms are equipped with large flat-screen HD displays, digital projectors, and DVD/CD capabilities for language-listening exercises. Wi-Fi coverage as well as free printing and photocopying is available throughout the building.
This early Renaissance building and courtyard, the former home of the Oddi family, is used principally for art classes, including Fresco, Drawing, and Digital Photography. It also contains a separate classroom, a computer lab, and the Umbra Housing Office.
If you are interested in viewing pictures of the Umbra Institute facilities, courses, and events, check out the Umbra Photo page.