The Umbra Institute strives to offer a variety of extracurricular activities that help students make the most of their study abroad experience, by utilizing their talents and interests.
Note that our student services team is always available to help students find local activities, beyond available clubs, that matches their interests.
Want to sing? A professional Italian Maestro, Sergio Briziarelli, will conduct several choral workshops throughout each semester. Each session has a different musical theme and is a great chance to improve your Italian pronunciation and cultural knowledge. Absolutely no musical experience is necessary. Emails will be sent out at the beginning of each semester to provide further information.
Journalism and Communications Club
The club offers 6-8 workshops throughout the semester for which it invites local professionals to share their expertise in fields relative to journalism and communications. Workshop topics can range from corruption in European media or gender in the media, to SEO or WebTV and WebRadio in Italy. Past opportunities have also allowed participants to work with a local radio station and volunteer for the International Journalism Festival hosted in Perugia.
In addition, the club manages Umbra’s student blog, through which they share their study abroad experiences and expertise with current and future students.
All Umbra students are encouraged to attend any number of workshops and/or to contribute articles to the student blog. No experience is required to participate. Contact the club at [email protected] for more details or to submit your work.
Memory Book Club
Much can be accomplished in only one semester. Those who study abroad often feel like they have found a new outlook on life and, due to many life changing experiences, wish that they had an outlet through which they could document their memories in a creative and innovative fashion.
For students who are interested in designing, writing, editing, and photography, this club is for you! Show off your talents while preserving this semester’s class experience in a take-home Memory Book. No prior experience is necessary, there is a job for everyone!
Contact the club’s staff supervisor, Aimée ([email protected]) for more details.
As every Umbra student knows, soccer, or calcio, is Italy’s #2 sport. Considering its popularity and the camaraderie often experienced between fellow athletes, Umbra organizes regular soccer practices throughout the semester that then culminate in a soccer tournament.
During the semester be sure to check your emails for practice dates and times.
Note: It is important to reply to all soccer related emails that request an RSVP, prior to the specified date, so that field reservations may be made appropriately.
Umbra’s theater club is an exciting opportunity for students interested in learning the art of theater, or simply maintaining their theatrical abilities while abroad. No prior experience is required. The club is managed by Shakespearean experts Cristiano ([email protected]) and Giuliano ([email protected]) who uniquely direct the play while allowing participants an outlet for their own interpretation and expression of the story line. Past semesters have even seen theater club performances in the nearby Onaosi Teatro della Sapienza.
Click here to read more about this fun, thespian experience.