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What I Learned in The Italian Classroom

By Angelie Roche, St. Mary's College of Maryland Of all the fears I've overcome while studying abroad, I never expected to overcome my fear of teenagers. I love to teach and have a lot of experience with young children, but...

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Umbra’s Critical Disabilities Class Partners with VIVA Sports

By Angelie Roche, St. Mary's College of Maryland   Many of the classes offered at Umbra include a service learning component, which enriches students' education through unique community engagement opportunities. One such course is Critical Disabilities, which includes a weekly...

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Umbra and Local Universities Sign Agreement

As part of its Fall 2021 re-opening, The Umbra Institute has renewed its historic agreements with both local Italian universities in Perugia. Founded in 1999, the Institute has hosted American students in Perugia for over two decades. In 2006, then-director...

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Returning Home: Demonstrating your Experience

Once the semester ends you will be thinking of getting back to your friends and family, settling back into your old routine, and even how to deal with reverse culture shock. But it is also very important for you to...

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How to Succeed While Studying Abroad in Italy

1) Set goals and make waves. If you don’t do so during pre-departure, set goals for yourself during the first week or two in Perugia. Umbra recommends that you establish at least one goal related to your career readiness and one related...

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Setting Yourself up for a Successful Study Abroad Experience

Planning for study abroad isn’t always easy, but there are things you can do to help make the process a stress-free experience. Below are a few tips we have for ensuring you are properly prepared prior to your departure.  1)...

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