Affiliates and Partners

The Umbra Institute is committed to providing students with a safe and rewarding educational experience of exceptional quality supported by a wide variety of cultural immersion and community engagement opportunities. Our partner institutions and affiliates share our goals and objectives, working closely with the Umbra to enhance both intellectual and cultural exchange through cooperative educational programs. service-learning activities, all of which foster and friendly and open enviornment embracing diversity, equity and inclusion.

Academic Affiliations

US Colleges and Universities
The Umbra Institute is proudly boasts nearly forty US college and university partners – and growing –  including the University of Connecticut, Arcadia University, Rutgers University, Bryn Mawr University, University of Richmond, Connecticut College, Northeastern University, and many more.  Interested in partnering with us? Contact us for more information on becoming a university partner.

Arcadia University – Glenside, PA
The Umbra Institute study abroad programs are also offered to students of select partners through the Arcadia University College of Global Studies program which is accredited by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges, and nationally recognized as a leader in international education. 

Università degli Studi di Perugia (University of Perugia) – Perugia, Italy
The Università degli Studi di Perugia is the third oldest Italian university, formally established in 1304. The Umbra Institute is an approved provider of courses for the Università degli Studi di Perugia, and select courses at the Umbra Institute are valid towards the degree Laurea or Laurea Breve at the Università degli Studi di Perugia. 

Università per Stranieri di Perugia (University for Foreigners) – Perugia, Italy
The Università per Stranieri di Perugia is Italy’s oldest and most-prestigious institution for Italian language and culture. The Umbra Institute and the Universita’ per Stranieri di Perugia collaborate to provide students with a unique and unparalleled Direct Enrollment program along with the Universita’ degli Studi di Perugia.

Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci  – Perugia, Italy
The Accademia di Belle Arti was founded in 1573 and offers students the chance to immerse themselves in a prestigious environment where they focus on practical and theoretical courses in the arts. Courses are offered through Umbra’s Direct Enrollment program and held at the Accademia facility, housed in the beautiful former convent of San Francesco al Prato, where they are taught entirely in Italian. 

Minstero dell’Istruzione – Rome, Italy
Umbra Institute is recognized by the Ministry of Education and recognized as an American institution of higher learning in Italy throught its affilation with our US academic partner and AACUPI member, Roger Williams University. 


The Umbra Institute is a proud member of the following organizations through its parent organization, ISI Abroad and its university partners:

AACUPI – The American Association of College and University Programs in Italy
The Umbra Institute maintains membership AACUPI through its universitry partners and is an active member of the community of American educators in Italy.

Community Relations

Comune di Perugia and Regione Umbria – Perugia, Italy
Our commitment to community engagement has fostered strong links with the Comune di Perugia and the Regione Umbria. The Umbra Institute and the local authorities co-sponsor service learning projects, volunteer programs, social and cultural activities, and other initiatives that bring the community, local Italian students, and the Umbra Institute students and faculty together.

The Umbra Institute also maintains formal relations with the following local organizations:
• Perugia Sister Cities Foundation – Perugia-Seattle-Grand Rapids
• Uguccione Ranieri di Sorbello Foundation – Perugia
• Erasmus Student Network Perugia (ESN) – Perugia
• Accademica Britannica – Perugia
• ONAOSI Foundation – Perugia
• E-Generation Student Group – Perugia
• Monimbò Fair Trade Cooperative- Perugia
• Scuola di Giornalismo Radio Televisivo – Perugia
• ARPA Umbria – Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione Ambientale