On August 30th, over 180 American students arrived in Perugia to study to study abroad at the Umbra Institute. The students came from all areas of the United States representing more than 50 colleges and universities.The Fall 2005 group of students is the largest to study at Umbra since the Institute opened in 2000.
After orientation sessions (left), students began intensive language courses for one month at the Universita per Stranieri before taking their elective courses at Umbra Institute beginning in October.
The Umbra Institute prides itself on its cultural immersion opportunities. Beyond the classrom, Umbra students have the option to participate a wide variety of cultural activities throughout the semester including TANDEM language exchange programs with local students, weekend excursions, cooking courses, historical waking tours, sports, art shows, and more, all designed to help students immerse themselves into the Italian student life of Perugia and Italy. Congraulations to all the Fall 2005 program participants. It is going to be a memorable and rewarding semester.