Direct Enrollment: University of Perugia

Program Overview
The Direct Enrollment Program at the University of Perugia (Università degli Studi di Perugia) offers students the unique opportunity to gain a truly immersive experience in Italian culture and in the European style of education. Students will take courses with Italian and international students at both of Perugia’s prestigious universities – the Università per Stranieri and the Università degli Studi di Perugia. Students will apply through the Umbra Institute and benefit from the same services (orientation, safety, cultural activities, etc.) as students enrolled in the other Umbra programs. Students may enroll in the Direct Enrollment program one semester or a full year; each semester involves language review courses at the Università per Stranieri, tutorials and support sessions at the Umbra Institute, and several courses at the Università degli Studi di Perugia.


“Direct Enrollment at the Università degli Studi di Perugia offers Umbra students a degree of cultural integration that I did not think was possible before I came to Perugia. There is no better way to really know and understand Italian culture and learn Italian than by spending hours every day with Italian students in their environment. It is one thing to study Italian in a classroom with other foreign students; to have that knowledge tested each day by interacting with Italian professors and peers is challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. Experiencing this for a year in Perugia was absolutely beautiful, and I will always cherish the memories I have and the individual I have become as a result.”

Edward Besse, University of Scranton

Fall 2009/Spring 2010


direct-enroll-studentsProgram Highlights
Language Review Program: All students will begin the semester enrolled in an intensive Italian language course for one month prior to starting courses at the Università degli Studi di Perugia. This month is dedicated to improving language skills and introducing students to the European university setting. Italian language tutorials will be held weekly and led by Umbra professors at the Umbra Institute. Fall students will attend the credit bearing Language Review Program in September and spring students will attend in January. 



Program Calendar

Fall Semester

September: Language Review Program
October – December: Classes at the Università degli Studi di Perugia


Spring Semester

January – mid-February: Language Review Program
March – May: Classes at the Università degli Studi di Perugia


*Please note: Direct Enrollment students do not have a traditional fall or spring break but will enjoy holidays listed in the Italian academic calendar. 


Courses Available 

A classroom at the University of Perugia.

A classroom at the University of Perugia.

Students can select from a list of courses taught in Italian at the University of Perugia. Umbra suggests that students take two courses.

For an overview of the types of courses offered, visit the UNIPG webpage. For more updated information, please contact Marco Bagli



Students will continue the immersion experience by living with Italian and/or international students in shared apartments. These flatmates will also be attending the Università per Stranieri and/or the Università degli Studi di Perugia. This placement will further improve the language proficiency and ensure that Italian is the primary language spoken both at home and at school. It also allows students to experience university student life in Italy with peers from the same institutions.


Proficiency and Admission Requirements
Students should have a minimum of four semesters of Italian language courses and have achieved a B2+ proficiency in Italian based on the Common European Framework. This particular Direct Enrollment program is designed for motivated and mature students who are interested in immersing themselves fully in the Italian culture and university educational system. 


For additional information about this exciting program, please contact the Institute at [email protected] and visit the University of Perugia website.