The Umbra Institute was founded in 1999 through a cooperative agreement with the Arcadia University College of Global Studies, located in Glenside, Pennsylvania. The university was still under its former name, Beaver College, and the study abroad division was known as The Center for Education Abroad. The director of the center at the time was David Larsen. It was through his insight and vision for the future of education abroad that the Umbra Institute became a Beaver College study abroad program in Perugia.
During his tenure, the Institute grew steadily, together with Arcadia University, to become a leader in study abroad in Italy. Although David retired from his position as the Director of College of Global Studies in 2008, his influence and legacy continue.
Today, we thank David Larsen and his team at the College of Global Studies of Arcadia University and celebrate his life and extraordinary achievements as an educator and innovator in international education.
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