The Umbra Institute continually seeks opportunities to host faculty-led programs and visiting professors with small groups of their students to teach in Perugia during its summer program. Professors chaperone a group of students (minimum 8) from their own university. Students coming through the faculty-led program can enroll in another course offered by Umbra on a variety of topics (including Italian language, history of art, food studies, history, etc.). Professors are free to design their courses according to the requirements of their university. Summer courses at Umbra are normally 3 credits with 45 contact hours.
Perugia and a Real Italian Experience
Perugia serves as the ideal backdrop for study abroad in Italy and a great home-base for your faculty led course. An ancient hilltop town that has preserved its Medieval and Renaissance character, Perugia is located in the heartland of Italy, halfway between Rome and Florence. The city is home to nearly 160,000 residents and more than 35,000 students who study at its world-renowned Italian universities and studio arts schools in the area. Not too big, not too small, not too expensive, and not isolated: Perugia is an excellent place to teach but also an easy point-of-departure for both co-curricular and extracurricular travel. The Umbra Institute’s many community partnerships make it an ideal place for your students to discover the real Italy—and Italians.
Faculty-Led Made Easy
The Umbra Institute offers a different, simpler model from the standard faculty-led program. Too often the professor becomes a travel agent, tour guide, and emergency contact. In our model, all transport to and from the Rome airport, orientation, travel questions, student health emergencies, and housing issues are dealt with by Umbra’s staff. Professors are only responsible for their classroom time and possible field trips, all of which are organized with Umbra and accompanied by a staff member. Classes meet twice a week and professors are free to travel, research, or do what they please outside of those meetings.
Recruitment of Students
The Umbra Institute will assist the visiting lecturer in recruitment. This assistance ranges from a customized page on our website, custom posters provided for the professor to publicize the program, online advertising, and replying to students inquiries and questions. All costs for this assistance will be borne by the Umbra Institute.
Developing a Faculty-Led Abroad Course
Umbra can help you out find the right topic for your course. The Institute will also aid in developing the curriculum, the syllabus, the logistics, and the field trips to enrich students’ experiences.
Visiting Professor Housing and Compensation
Total compensation depends on the number of students the professor brings to the program, the housing desired by the professor, and the relationship between the Umbra Institute and the professor’s institution. In certain cases professors are compensated by their own institutions; if not, they will be paid by the Institute. Compensation estimates can be provided upon request. The Institute has a range of housing solutions for professors in Perugia’s historic center.
The Umbra Institute
The Umbra Institute offers semester, summer, and year-long academic programs for U.S. college and university students. The Umbra Institute is recognized by the Ministry of Education in Italy and is accredited through its partnership with its U.S. colleges of record. All Umbra courses can be transcripted by these accredited institutions, making transfer of credits easy.
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