Welcome Ole Miss students!
For more than a decade, Ole Miss students have studied at the Umbra Institute’s semester and summer programs in Perugia, Italy. Umbra offers:
- a variety of courses (work on your major while abroad)
- an incredible location where you can discover the real Italy
- ample time to travel elsewhere in Europe and beyond
Extensive Course Selection. As Ole Miss 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 no attend classes on Friday so you can have time to travel when you don’t have a scheduled class field-trip. The semesters are from September to December, and from January to April. The Summer Session has two options: the general studies 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.)
It’s possible! Our selection of courses allows almost every major to study abroad and the tuition is in line with your school tuition. There’s no language requirement–since our courses are taught in English–but since the language is important, you’ll take an Italian language class as well.
To learn more about the fees for studying abroad, contact us below.
“My ultimate goal for study abroad was to fully immerse myself into the culture and “do as the Italians do.” Perugia seemed to be the perfect place to do that, and I was definitely not wrong!”
Please feel free to email Ayanna to ask about her experience!
“Umbra is the best place to study abroad! The people I met while studying abroad are still some of my greatest friends. The faculty and staff are always helpful and friendly, the welcoming city of Perugia has a lot of character, and the professors taught me so much about Italian culture through experiential learning. The Institute really puts the effort in to help you get the full experience of living and studying in Italy!”
Please feel free to email Abby to ask about her experience!
“I did a whole year in Perugia with the first semester at the Umbra Institute where I took Psychology, Art, History, and Italian courses, and the second semester at the University for Foreigners, directly enrolled in an intensive language program. Although the classes at Umbra are in English, they have plenty of opportunities to get involved with the community, either through specific courses or volunteer/teaching opportunities outside the regular curriculum.”
Please feel free to contact Laura to ask about her experience!