Fall semester 2017 is officially underway!
The Umbra Institute has just capped off another exciting Welcome Weekend, during which students from across the United States arrived in one of Italy’s greatest university cities. Over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, students attended academic and safety orientations, met staff and faculty, received their course schedules, moved into their apartments, and of course made room for Pizza Night!
Friday: Students were met by Umbra staff at the Rome airport and transferred by private bus to Hotel Giò in Perugia, where they enjoyed their first dinner together in Italy.
Saturday: In the morning, students moved into their apartments in the historic city center, a bustling neighborhood brimming with restaurants, cafes, and universities, not to mention thousands of years of history!
The afternoon was dedicated to Umbra’s Open House, during which staff and faculty were on-hand to answer questions and offer advice on everything from course schedules to the city’s best gelateria (a highly-debated topic, to be sure).
While intermediate and advanced Italian students took placement exams, elementary students went on a practical walking tour of the city center featuring essential sites such as grocery stores and the post office.
An Umbra-sponsored Pizza Night along Corso Vannucci, the center’s main thoroughfare, capped off the evening.
Sunday: Orientation continued on Sunday with an emphasis on health, safety, and academics. Students learned about safe travel practices, Umbra’s counseling and academic services, and were further acquainted with the Umbra staff.
Today, General Studies students begin a week of intensive Italian classes. These courses, focused on the essentials of the language, are designed to help students “get around town,” and further acclimate themselves to their newly adopted home.
To our Fall 2017 class: In bocca al lupo!