The Umbra Institute invites students interested Multicultural Psychology to take their studies beyond the classroom by studying abroad in Perugia, Italy at the Umbra Institute, where they will enroll in hands-on psychology courses, taught in English, through the General Studies Program.
Why study psychology in Italy?
Students who study abroad learn how to approach psychology through a multicultural lens. At the Umbra Institute, this is fostered by coursework dedicated to the study of motivation and management structures, human development, and research methods, all of which inspire students to address psychology from previously unexplored viewpoints and gain a culturally diverse perspective based on experience in a foreign culture.
What classes are available?
Each course is designed to involve students in their host community and to help them gain experience applying field research methods in an inclusive environment. Students can also ask us about our Independent Research options! Course availability will vary from semester to semester.
In addition, ambitious students seeking to regularly interact with their host community are welcome to apply for Umbra’s unique Seminar & Practicum courses. Course availability will vary from semester to semester.Course Description
In the seminar, you will examine theories and models on critical disability studies from an international and cross-cultural perspective. Through discussion of readings, sharing of experiences, group work, and focused assignments (e.g., guided journals), you will increase their understanding on how culture influences our perspectives and behaviors towards disability, as well as reflect on the several approaches underlining the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities into society.
You will complete your practicum with VIVA Sports Association, the first athletic program for kids and adults with motor and/or intellectual disabilities in Perugia. You will assist the staff in managing the athletic activities, helping individuals with a variety of disabilities play sports such as fencing, ping pong, and basketball to develop social and motor skills. In addition, you will collaborate with the professional staff in designing new activities focused on music, theater, work, and other themes relevant to integrating those with disabilities into society. To get a closer look into VIVA, view this video. At the end of the semester, you will present your practicum experience to the Umbra community.
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There is no language requirement to enroll in Umbra psychology courses. All General Studies Program students are required to enroll in an Italian language course, an important tool to understanding and participating in the Italian culture.