Community Engagement Opportunities at Umbra

Over 80% of the Umbra student body participates in one or more community engagement offerings each semester!


A study abroad program should be more than merely a changing of backdrop. Community engagement is a cornerstone of Umbra’s educational philosophy: becoming an active member of Perugia’s bustling cultural life is one of the most rewarding experiences of time spent abroad. The Umbra Institute organizes a multitude of immersion opportunities to understand and appreciate Italy in rich, resonant ways. As an Umbra student, you can choose from community engagement seminar and practica, service learning projects integrated into elective courses, community-based courses, volunteering, independent research, extra-curricular activities, language exchanges, and cooperative (Co-Op) education.


Perugia’s manageable size and Umbra’s well-established relationships with community partners — local artisans, internationally-recognized companies, schools and universities, city and regional government, fair trade cooperatives and festivals, museums, and Italian families — allow Umbra to enrich your study abroad experience through direct contact with locals of all ages and occupations.


Click to learn about the variety of community engagement opportunities available to you!


How Can I Participate?

During the application process you will have the opportunity to indicate the community engagement course(s) you wish to enroll in. Once Orientation Week in Perugia begins, you will 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 any questions you may have.


If you would like to discuss specific academic requirements or interests please send an email to [email protected].