Community Engagement Opportunities at Umbra
Over 85 percent of the Umbra student body participates in community engagement each semester, stating this as one of the most rewarding aspects of their time abroad.
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 an active participant in the Italian culture.
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 practica, community-based courses, service learning projects integrated into elective courses, volunteering, independent research, extracurricular activities, language exchanges, and cooperative education opportunities (Co-Op).
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 are proud to say that our students consistently say that working with the local community has been 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 You Participate?
During the application process, students indicate the community engagement course(s) they wish to enroll in. Once Orientation Week in Perugia begins, students are invited to attend the Community Engagement Information Session, an overview of the semester’s community engagement offerings. This is a great time for general inquiries and to ask about specific opportunities. Students can also refer to individual course descriptions for more details and requirements to enroll.
If you would like to discuss specific academic requirements or interests, please send an email to [email protected].