Vision and Mission Statement
One of the fundamental approaches for students to gain intercultural experience and prepare themselves for many opportunities in the expanding global community is through study abroad. The Umbra Institute meets this growing demand by providing a unique study abroad program in Perugia, Italy. We bring together U.S. and Italian institutions of higher education with distinguished international professors to offer a diverse curriculum that fosters learning with a focus on community engagement, the cornerstone of our education initiatives. At the Umbra Institute, students not only study a variety of courses in the liberal arts and sciences, but immerse themselves in the Italian culture by learning to speak the language and interacting with Italian and international students through a wide array of cultural immersion initiatives.
In support of this philosophy, our mission focus is to afford every Umbra student a safe and rewarding academic program deeply integrated with co-curricular and experiential learning and community engagement opportunities. As an institution, we strive to be the leader in study abroad in Italy through cultural competency, reflection on personal growth, interaction with the local community, and living and learning abroad.
The Umbra Institute is committed to:
Outstanding Academic Curriculum
The development of an outstanding and diverse academic curriculum with a core in the liberal arts and sciences with emphasis on:
- Instruction: The Institute pursues academic excellence (both in the liberal arts and scientific disciplines) by selecting faculty on the basis of credentials, career records, professional profiles, teaching expertise, and acknowledged scholarly accomplishments.
- Innovation: The Institute is dedicated to the development of academic and intercultural programs that embrace interdisciplinary approaches and incorporate creative and pioneering pedagogical methods. Innovative international-scope research and scholarship further invigorate curricular offerings.
- Transformation and Intercultural Competence: The Institute seeks capitalizes on Italy’s outstanding cultural resources to enable a truly transformative student experience. To this purpose, it merges academic enterprise with a strong focus on global awareness to facilitate students’ progressive intercultural skills and knowledge.
- Collaboration: The Institute supports faculty collaboration and exchange with its partners to create synergies to increase the number, kinds, and quality of academic offerings available.
The Institute is united in supporting and collaborating with the communities where ISI Abroad operates to provide students with unique and culturally immersive opportunities for community engagement and service learning.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Institute recognizes that an essential part of the study abroad experience is embracing cultural differences and being open to people, views, and practices that may be different from one’s own experiences. It and its members, therefore, commit to fostering and promoting a diverse and inclusive learning environment.
The Institute strives to be socially and environmentally responsible. The Institute’s and academic offerings encourage the practice, research and study of sustainable travel, consumption, and education.
In keeping with its public status mission, the Institute is committed to offering affordable and competitive rates, thus making this unique learning experience in Italy accessible to the largest cohort of students.