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My Semester in Perugia

An opinion piece by Natalia Caicedo  My name is Natalia Caicedo and I’m a student at Clark University. During Fall 2023 I had the amazing opportunity of studying abroad at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. Although I’m a psychology...

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Dealing With Illness While Abroad

An opinion piece by Taylor Sheehan There's scarcely a worse sensation than lying ill far from home, feeling as though you're decaying in bed while your immune system valiantly combats an illness. Sooner or later, it can happen to anyone...

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Embracing and Navigating the Italian Lifestyle

An Opinion Piece by Alexandra Ahlbeck When I decided to study in Italy, I braced myself for culture shock, particularly in adapting to a new language and attending school in a foreign country. Yet, some unexpected aspects caught me off...

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Welcome to a New Semester! Insights from Director Dr. Zach Nowak

Welcome to a new semester at the Umbra Institute in Perugia! As we embrace the start of this academic period, we have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Zachary Nowak, our Director, who shared his insights and aspirations for this...

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Perugia Through a Student’s Eyes: Navigating Markets, Music, and the Food Scene

A Personal Guide to Perugia by Allie Ahlbeck Studying abroad can be intimidating. You are in a new place, with a new culture and it can be daunting to encounter the unknown. While these feelings of uncertainty and unfamiliarity are...

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Celebrating my Birthday in Italy

An opinion piece by Amelia Daly Embarking on an International Adventure: My Leap from Connecticut to Perugia Hello, I'm Amelia Daly, a 19-year-old student from the University of Connecticut, currently studying abroad in Perugia, Italy. I grew up in Connecticut...

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