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New: Summer Food & Sustainability Program

Umbra is running its first-ever summer edition of the Food Studies and Sustainability Program. The summer session will consist of the core, required Sustainable Food Production in Italy course, and one additional food-related class of the student’s choosing. Click here to learn more about the Summer 2015 Food and Sustainability program courses and field trips.


Summer Archaeology Field School

Umbra’s Summer Archaeology Field School is now in its second year!  Participants will continue excavating the original site at Castiglione del Lago, a charming Umbrian town on the famous Lake Trasimeno, while simultaneously beginning work on a second site. The program includes a theoretical component and work with a local museum in addition to the two practical digs. The Field School runs for six weeks, from May 29th until July 11th. To learn more, see our video here.


New: Direct Enrollment at the Academy of Fine Arts

Enroll through Umbra at the Accademia di Belle Arti Pietro Vannucci, a renowned Perugian art school and the second oldest fine arts academy in Italy. On offer are practical classes from a variety of disciplines such as painting, drawing and sculpture, as well as theoretical courses including Art History and Aesthetics. For more information, including a student experience, click here and please email our academic director Francesco Burzacca at [email protected] if you think the Accademia is the right study abroad option for your students.


Co-op Internship at Umbrian Cashmere Company

After completing a successful first semester at Umbra, full-year student Ashley Webb is currently interning at Pashmere, a local, family-owned business that exports its high-quality cashmere clothing and accessories all over the world. Ashley is responsible for researching the company’s business-to-business partnership prospects and also handles its social media outlets. Read more about Ashley’s internship abroad experience here.


New Fall '15 Courses

- Visual Communication: Storytelling through Photography (Communication/Photography)

- Organizational Behavior: An Evidence Based Approach (Psychology/Business)

- The European Union in the Global Economy (Economics/Pol Sci)

- A Taste for Knowledge: Food in Italian Literature (Food Studies/Italian Studies-Interdisciplinary/Literature)


Learning Italian: Singing in the Umbra Choir

The Umbra Institute now offers a choral workshop for students lead by a professional singer in collaboration with our own Professor Antonella Valoroso. The chorus provides students the opportunity to improve their Italian in a fun, relaxed environment. From opera to rap and from Puccini to Fabri Fibra,  we will explore the history of Italian music! Read more about the choir.


Perugia Seen by a Drone

See Perugia as you’ve never seen it before! A drone will provide you with breathtaking views of the city, flying over narrow streets and ending up at the Fontana Maggiore on Piazza 4 Novembre. The video was made thanks to a crowdfunding project within the Perugian community, to which the Umbra Institute was a proud contributor.