Community Engagement Opportunities at Umbra
Over 85 percent of the Umbra student body participates in one or more community engagement offerings each semester. It’s a huge part of student life—and for good reason.
At the Umbra Institute, we believe building a meaningful connection with the local community is an integral aspect of studying abroad. During your time in Perugia, you are more than just a student: you are a temporary citizen of Italy. One of the most dynamic choices you can make is delving into the community to more fully understand, appreciate, and add value to it.
Umbra’s diversified curriculum incorporates the immense educational resources of Italy, particularly the city of Perugia. Community engagement is the cornerstone of our educational philosophy: Umbra’s upholds a collaborative process of combining academic study and work with community partners through ongoing dialogue, planning, research, and action. As a result, students benefit from intercultural exchange, language acquisition, and an enhanced global perspective.
Umbra students choose from community engagement seminars and practicums, service-learning projects integrated into elective courses, community-based courses, volunteering, independent research, extra-curricular activities, language exchanges, and cooperative (Co-Op) education. If it doesn’t exist now, chances are it can and will exist—as soon as a passionate student seeks out a new opportunity.
Umbra maintains vibrant, well-established relationships with its partners in Perugia—local artisans, internationally recognized companies, schools, city and regional governments, fair trade cooperatives, museums, and Italian families. This reciprocal collaboration allows for the incorporation of real-world practice into theoretical coursework. We’re proud to say that our students consistently say that working with local communities was one of the most rewarding aspects of their time abroad.
Click to learn about the variety of community engagement opportunities available!
- Community Engagement Seminars and Practica
- Community-Based Courses
- Courses with Service Learning
- Study Abroad Volunteering
- Co-Ops Abroad in Italy
How Can I Participate?
During the application process, students have the opportunity to indicate the community engagement course(s) they wish to enroll in. Once Orientation Week in Perugia begins, students attend the Community Engagement Information Session, an overview of the semester’s community engagement offerings. This is a time for general inquiries, as well as a chance to ask questions about specific opportunities or propose new ones.
If you would like to discuss specific academic requirements or interests please send an email to [email protected].