University of Colorado – Boulder
International Affairs Major
Spring 15 Ambassador
I chose to study abroad in Perugia because it’s not a common destination for those who want to study abroad. People tend to go to Rome and Florence, which are awesome cities where you can learn a lot, but I wanted to practice my Italian more and immerse myself in the culture.
I studied at the Umbra Institute for two semesters. During the first semester, I worked with an Italian family for a project in my sociology class, where I was able to have a first-hand look at what family life is like in Italy. I also took classes on the study of politics and the economics of the EU, and designed an independent study course for which I conducted research and comparative analysis of the Italian and Spanish languages.
I don’t have a favorite moment while in Perugia, because every day was basically an adventure. I met people from different parts of the U.S. and Italy. I made friendships that I will never forget. I learned so much about Italian life and I was able to practice my third language.
If you want to live in a town where you will have to use more Italian than usual, where you want to learn more about the history and culture of Italy, then Perugia is the best place to study. Everyone in Perugia is nice; as long as you show interest in becoming a part of their culture, and if you show respect, Italians will love you. You will never forget the adventures you take.