Bentornati Umbra Alumni! We’re happy that you chose to study abroad at the Umbra Institute. We hope that your experience has allowed you to develop a group of close-knit friends, create unforgettable memories, broaden your view of the world, and further enrich your résumé.
Since its fall 2000 inaugural semester, thousands of young women and men have made the same choice to study abroad at the Umbra Institute. To foster a sense of community among you and the many other Umbra alumni located around the world, it’s our aim to provide you with opportunities for continuous personal, intellectual, and professional growth by providing you with the below resources.
Alumni Re-Entry Support:
Transition to Life at Home
Leaving, what has now become your home away from home, is never an easy feat. As a result, to better prepare students for their departure and adjustment back in the States, we created a Preparing to Go Home Workshop. Here, students are provided time to reflect and process their study abroad experience and find ways to incorporate them into their lives. In addition, students learn about the various emotional states and challenges they may incur while reintegrating to life in the US and are equipped with strategies to help them along the way.
For those of you already home who would like to receive information regarding culture shock and readjustment tips, download our “Preparing to Go Home” handbook.
Apply Study Abroad to Real Life!
After a life-changing and valuable study abroad experience, students return home with a newly gained knowledge, skills, and outlook that employers are looking for to hire. For that reason, we offer an International Experience Career Workshop for students before their departure. During this workshop, we provoke students to articulate their new-found intercultural competence, linguistic skills, and academic and volunteer experience into coherent and meaningful stories, and help them integrate these into their résumés.
If you’re back home and looking to capitalize on your study abroad experience in your job search, download our career workbook, “Unpacking Your International Experience.”
Umbra Ambassador Program
The Umbra Institute offers Ambassadorships to select alumni. Ambassadors are chosen through an on-site application process, qualifying if they have studied for at least a whole semester, are in good academic standing, and are prepared to commit several hours for at least one semester. Ambassadors are required to participate in one or more school events at their home institution – such as a study abroad fair – and refer two students to the institute. By keeping in touch with Umbra staff, they have the chance to tell their personal stories, describe Umbra’s offerings, plan exciting events, conduct Umbra-sponsored coffee hours, and participate in online informational sessions.
Click here to see the list of our current Umbra Ambassadors!
Every semester, students leave the Umbra Institute having had an amazing and unforgettable experience. They return home with newly gained skills and a different perspective on life. To see what they have been up to since their study abroad experience and understand how their time abroad has played a larger role in their lives, we caught up with a few of our alumni. Check out what they had to say and what advice they had to give to those interested in their own abroad experience at Umbra on our Featured Alumni page.
If you would like to be showcased on our Featured Alumni page, we would love to hear from you! Please complete this form.
Umbra Alumni Events and Reunions
Want to organize an Umbra Reunion in the States? Contact us and we can help you publicize the event, or send us your photos so we can share it! Check out our past and current reunion events, including our annual Umbria Jazz Reunion Contest!
Wherever You Are, Stay Connected!
Creating a strong network with alumni that have shared your same experience abroad is important to your future endeavors. Click here to see what career paths your alumni peers have chosen and connect with them.
Join our Umbra Alumni Group to reconnect with the Institute and former friends, share job offerings, and check out job/internship opportunities in Italy.