Academic Programs at Umbra
The Umbra Institute offers two Certificate Programs, various Curricular Concentrations, and a Build Your Own Semester program. These options are designed to serve the needs of a diverse range of students.
The Build Your Own Semester program gives students maximum flexibility when choosing their courses. They can create a unique program by selecting freely from the courses offered during the fall or spring semesters or the summer session. Typically, students enroll in 15-18 credits, which includes a mandatory Italian language class and four classes of their choosing. (Note that students must take a minimum of 12 credits). This flexibility allows students to maximize transfer credits by selecting courses that meet their specific needs, including fulfilling major, minor, general education, or other requirements.
For students looking for a more focused experience, they can organize their semester program around a specific curricular concentration. Currently, curricular concentrations are offered in Art & Art History; Business & Communications; English, Film & Media; and History, Political Science & Sociology. Students complete one of these curricular concentrations by enrolling in three classes from the appropriate disciplines, a mandatory Italian language class, and an elective class from any other discipline (or a fourth class in their concentration). This option is ideal for students who want to focus their academic program around a specific major, minor, or area of interest.
The Food and Sustainability Studies Program (FSSP) is an interdisciplinary program that is ideal for students with an interest in food and sustainability. The program is comprised of two core courses (History and Culture of Food in Italy and Sustainable Food Production in Italy), an elective course in food and sustainability studies, and a required Italian language class. The program also includes various co-curricular activities that are incorporated into FSSP classes as well as extra-curricular excursions and workshops. the Students who successfully complete the semester program are awarded a Certificate of Completion.
The Multicultural Psychology Program (MPP) is designed for psychology students to gain a cross-cultural prospective in their field and is open to all students interested in the topic. The program consists of one core course (Human Development in Culture), at least two elective courses in psychology, and a required Italian language class. Upon successful completion of the semester program, students are awarded a Certificate of Completion.
The Scholars Program offers qualified students the opportunity to engage in an individualized research project under the mentorship of an Umbra Institute professor and utilizing the unique resources of Perugia and the surrounding region. In addition to pursuing their individual research projects, Scholar Program students enroll in the Research Writing & Methodology Workshop to strengthen their skills in advanced research and writing within a workshop setting. The overall goal of the Scholars Program is to provide highly motivated students with an opportunity to explore, discover, learn, and create new ideas in an international setting.
The Umbra Institute is also able to offer students various options for Direct Enrollment at some of Perugia’s most prestigious universities. For each program, students apply through the Umbra Institute and benefit from the same services (including orientation, safety, and cultural activities) as students enrolled in the other Umbra programs.
- Direct Enrollment at the University for Foreigners: The Direct Enrollment Program at the University for Foreigners (Università per Stranieri di Perugia) offers the unique opportunity for students to focus exclusively on Italian language and culture. Participants enroll at the Università per Stranieri di Perugia for a semester-long program and study with university students from all over the world whose goal is to become fluent in Italian. It is intensive, international, and most of all, widely recognized as the best way to gain fluency in Italian and enjoy everyday life in Italy.
- Direct Enrollment at the University of Perugia: The Direct Enrollment Program at the University of Perugia (Università degli Studi di Perugia) offers students the unique opportunity to gain a truly immersive experience in Italian culture and in the European style of education. Students take courses with Italian and international students at both of Perugia’s prestigious universities – the Università per Stranieri and the Università degli Studi di Perugia. The semester begins with Italian language review courses at the Università per Stranieri, tutorials and support sessions at the Umbra Institute, and several courses at the Università degli Studi di Perugia.
- Direct Enrollment at the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci: The Direct Enrollment Program at the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci (The Academy of Fine Arts Pietro Vannucci) offers students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the prestigious environment of one of the oldest Italian institutions for fine arts, and to experience firsthand the European style of education. Participants will live and study with Italian and international students.