Lakers in Italy
Experience the Real Italy: Each semester, GVSU students are able take advantage of the Umbra Institute’s beautiful location in historic Perugia, Italy, Grand Rapid’s sister city. Lakers at Umbra are able to complete courses, taught in English, that count toward their degree. Courses are designed to use Perugia as a classroom and to give students ample time to travel elsewhere in Italy and Europe.
Scholarship Opportunity: Umbra offers a unique Sister-City Scholarship to students who live or study in Grand Rapids, MI. Complete the contact form below to receive more information about the scholarships available to fall and winter semester students.
Live like an Italian: Learn to appreciate the Italian lifestyle. Umbra provides students with shared apartments within a 5-minute walk of the Institute, allowing for innumerable opportunities to enjoy mid-day siestas, eat a panino on the fountain steps, and walk the city center like a native. Apartments are furnished with full kitchens so that you can try to duplicate your favorite new Italian dish. WiFi is provided both within the Institute and in each student apartment.
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Don’t forget to ask us about scholarship opportunities available to GVSU students!
“Italy is wonderful and Perugia is a unique city, but the real reason I love Umbra is the people I met here. Whether it was Professor Antonella telling us about Italian culture or learning the strange history of saints from Professor Hoch or bothering the staff with stupid travel questions, the people are truly the best part of Umbra.”
Here you can see the main square in Perugia. The beautiful fountain and the entrance of Umbra Institute.