Spring at Umbra is... an Intensive Italian Program, Service Learning through Community Engagement, General Studies, and Direct Enrollment. This semester, spring into action with Umbra's engaging community!


Umbra Students work with their host community

During the Spring ‘15 semester, 87% of the Umbra student body participated in one or more community engagement offering. These include structured academic and extracurricular opportunities for students to collaborate with the local community. As a result, students are able to understand and appreciate Italy in meaningful, resonant ways.


See how Umbra is developing Community Engagement


The Umbra Voice: New Student Communications Club

The Umbra Institute strives to provide students with a number of extracurricular activities and now invites students to participate in the Umbra Voice, a student club for journalism and communication. The club provides a number of workshops to develop student understanding of communication in Italy and invites students to collaborate and blog with Umbra.


Read more about Umbra’s engaging journalism and communications club.


Umbra Student Tackles International and Comparative Education

Sarah Fuller, a student in Early Childhood and Special Education as well as International Studies from Elizabethtown College, chose to attend the Umbra Institute to complete a self-directed research project and to learn how laws and culture interact to support inclusive education.





Umbra amplifies Its General Studies Program

The Institute grows its course offerings to match student interest through this semester's course additions, including:
ANFS 370: Anthropology of Food;
ARCW 350: Introduction to Ceramics Traditions in Umbria and Central Italy;
CESP 354: Critical Disabilities Studies: Seminar and Practicum;
GSIT 334: La Bella Figura! Exploring Gender in Italy
as well as three new iCourses.


Learn more about Umbra's iCourse program.


Umbra Redesigns and Remodels

Following Umbra’s new expanded facilities that were inaugurated in September of 2015, Umbra has redesigned and published a new website. Explore the new, more user friendly interface, photo gallery, and course menu at