Why Study at Umbra?
First of all, congratulations! By deciding to study abroad in Italy, you’ve taken the first step towards living and learning in another country. So why choose the Umbra Institute for your Italian adventure? Here are the top three reasons students choose to study at Umbra:
1. Perugia – The University city of Italy!
Tens of thousands of American students choose to study in traditional destinations such as Florence or Rome, but you won’t find a more authentically Italian town than Perugia. Perugia is a medieval hilltop city off the busy tourist path, and home to over 40,000 Italian and international university students. If you’re looking to meet and study with Italian students, engage in the local Italian community and become proficient in the language, it’s difficult to find a more suitable study abroad backdrop than Perugia.
2. Intercultural Exploration and Community Engagement
Community engagement is essential to the Umbra student experience. Our academic program, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, including internships, tandem language exchange, and volunteer and service learning initiatives, all serve to bring our students and the local community together.
3. Quality & Diversity of Academic Programs
The Umbra Institute offers a variety of curricular options that would be expected of larger institutions. Our academic staff and faculty work with students to customize their course of study to fit individual interests, allowing them to maximize the learning opportunities available in Perugia. At the Umbra Institute, you can build your schedule with elective courses taught in English, create an entire curriculum taught exclusively in Italian, or have a little of both. We also offer specialized programs in food studies, full-immersion Italian language and culture, honors and independent research, credit-bearing internships, service learning and more!
Many students also choose the Umbra Institute for its intimate size. Umbra staff and professors will get to know you personally; you won’t be just a number among hundreds. Still, others are attracted to our excellent faculty and the caliber of our student body, which draws from among the top-ranked colleges and universities in the country. At the Umbra Institute, students boast that they learn as much from their peers as from their professors, creating a truly rewarding environment for your study away experience. If you would like to learn more, ask former Umbra students.
The City of Perugia
Tucked away in the green heart of Italy, the Umbra Institute’s location is more than ideal. In the historic city center where all the school buildings are located, you’ll find cobbled streets winding through medieval architecture, and magnificent arches that date back to the Etruscan era. As the capital of the Umbria region, it boasts a population of over 150,000 and a thriving international student scene, thanks to the two Italian universities in the city.
In addition to the scenic beauty of Perugia and the chance to participate in its vibrant student community, the Umbra Institute offers another advantage: when you study with us, you decide what kind of academic experience you want. The Umbra Institute offers several distinctive programs to choose from, allowing you to take control of your time abroad and follow the course of study best suited to your individual needs.
The General Studies Program allows you to take courses taught by Umbra faculty. Each day you will be in class with other American students and the twenty or so Italian students that join us every semester. Our newest Food Studies Program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of food to discover how the individual, the community, and society relate to food in Italy, America, and elsewhere.
If you select the Independent Research Program, you will have the opportunity to undertake an intensive research project in an area that interests you with an academic advisor who is an expert in the subject you choose.
For those who are interested in a truly immersive study abroad in Italy experience, we offer the Direct Enrollment Program, an intensive course of study where students enroll exclusively at the Università per Stranieri. Students are housed with either native Italians or other international students. For students who already possess advanced language skills can use the Umbra support system and facilities as a home base while taking one or more courses through direct enrollment at the Università degli Studi di Perugia.
The Umbra Institute also offer courses for students who are highly-motivated and eager to challenge themselves academically during their time abroad by pursuing academic internships & community engagement or enrolling in honors courses.
At the Umbra Institute, we trust that you know best; we’ll give you the chance to shape your time here, to immerse yourself at a level that feels comfortable to you, and to take advantage of every available opportunity to see, feel, and taste la dolce vita. We will work alongside you to make your time abroad the best it can possibly be. If you still have questions, we encourage you to contact a previous student for a peer perspective on life at Umbra.