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Welcome University of Maryland students! Every semester UMD students take advantage of the Umbra Institute’s incredible location in Perugia, Italy to complete courses that count towards their majors, all while studying abroad and living in the real Italy. While the courses are engaging, students also have ample time on the weekend to travel elsewhere in Europe. Are you ready to experience Perugia for yourself?
Extensive Course Selection. As a students you will take an Italian language class and three or four other electives. Elective courses are taught in English, so no Italian language proficiency is required. Courses are twice a week and most of them include field-trips. You will not attend classes on Friday so you can have time to travel when you don’t have a scheduled class field-trip. Semesters run from September to December, and from January to April. The Summer Session has two options: the general studies program runs from the last week in May to the end of June; the intensive Italian language through culture program runs for 6 weeks from the last week in May through July.
See a sample list of courses here.
Live like an Italian: Learn to appreciate the Italian lifestyle. Umbra provides students with shared apartments within a 5-minute walk of the Institute, allowing for innumerable opportunities to enjoy mid-day siestas, eat a panino on the fountain steps, and walk the city center like a native. There is no meal plan, but apartments are furnished with full kitchens so that you can try to duplicate your favorite new Italian dish. WiFi is provided both within the Institute and in each student apartment. Lastly, Umbra provides several activities during your semester to give you the opportunity to socialize and meet locals. (Check out some of the student activities offered at Umbra.)
Ready to apply? UMD students must first be approved by their study abroad office. Fill in the form below and we will give you more info on the program and help you out with the application process.
Daniela Adler Mzhen
General Studies Student
Intensive Italian Direct Enrollment Student
Here you can see the main square in Perugia. The beautiful fountain and the entrance of Umbra Institute.