Umbra-Perugia Sister City Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to further strengthen the close and friendly relations between the Umbra Institute, the City of Perugia, and her Sister Cities in the U.S. by making studying abroad in Perugia more affordable for college and university students who are residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan or Seattle, Washington.


Qualifying applicants must be:

  • A resident of one of Perugia’s two Sister Cities – Grand Rapids or Seattle, studying at any accredited U.S. college or university nationwide.
  • Or any student studying at an accredited college or university in Grand Rapids or Seattle.

The scholarship is offered to current undergraduate college or university students who wish to study abroad at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, for the fall semester, spring semester, or both. The scholarship applies to only one semester per applicant. Applicants must be in good academic standing with their college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 GPA and sophomore or higher status.


The Umbra Institute will select the recipient of the scholarship at its sole discretion. In selecting the recipient of the scholarship, the Umbra Institute will consider academic and personal qualifications and financial needs. Residents of Seattle or Grand Rapids studying at an accredited college or university anywhere in the U.S. have preference. The scholarship is offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Scholarship Provision
The Umbra Institute will offer two (2) partial scholarships annually, one per semester, each worth up to $8,000 off the all-inclusive semester fees in the form of a discount. This award is intended to help cover a portion of the overall costs of studying at the Umbra Institute for a full semester.


Application Procedure and Deadlines
Interested applicants must first submit the scholarship application which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page along with a personal essay. The deadline for the Fall semester is May 15th and the deadline for the spring semester is October 15th. Scholarship recipients will be selected once a qualified candidate applies. Winners will be notified by email. Upon notification of the award, the recipient must then complete the regular application form for semester study at the Umbra Institute. Application information and procedures will be sent with the award letter.


Overall Costs to the Recipient per Semester
The scholarship is a partial scholarship. Recipients are responsible for the remaining fees which will include their meals, textbooks and personal expenses. All other expenses, including field trips etc, are paid for by the scholarship.


Fee Breakdown:

Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 All-Inclusive All-Inclusive Semester Fees
Fees include: Tuition, Housing, Airport Transfers in Italy, Resident Director, 24-hr Emergency Assistance, Orientation, Institute & University Facilities, All Cultural Activities, Weekend and Day Field Trips, Course Fees, Discount Card, Umbra Transcript.





Scholarship Awarded (Discount from Published Fees)   $8,000.00
Remaining Amount Paid by Recipient   $8,995.00

 Note: The scholarship includes all expenses while abroad except, airfare, meals, and personal expenses. Scholarship applicants are responsible for these expenses and should budget accordingly. Valid for only one semester’s study not valid for Co-op.


Download: Sister City Scholarship Application

Congratulations on the first step and best of luck to all applicants… In bocca al lupo!