A Big University Town in a Small Italian City. Welcome! Every semester (and in the summer!) students take advantage of the Umbra Institute’s incredible location in Perugia, Italy to complete courses that count towards their majors, all while studying abroad and living in the real Italy. While the courses are engaging, students also have ample time on the weekend to travel elsewhere in Europe. Are you ready to experience Perugia for yourself?
Extensive Course Selection. As students you will take three or four electives and an Italian language class. Elective courses are taught in English, so no Italian language proficiency is required. Courses are twice a week and most of them include field-trips. You will not attend classes on Friday so you can have time to travel when you don’t have a scheduled class field-trip. The semesters are from September to December, and from January to April. The Summer Session has two options: the general studies runs from the last week in May to the end of June; the intensive Italian language through culture program runs for 6 weeks from the last week in May through July.
See a sample list of courses here.
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. There is no meal plan, but 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. Lastly, Umbra provides several activities during your semester to give you the opportunity to socialize and meet locals. (Check out some of the student activities offered at Umbra.)
It’s possible! Our selection of courses allows almost every major to study abroad and the tuition is in line with your school tuition. There’s no language requirement–since our courses are taught in English–but since the language is important, you’ll take an Italian language class as well.
To learn more about the fees for studying abroad, contact us below.
“I am a senior Communications major and I came to Perugia to travel and observe different cultures and places that have given me a new perspective on life and have taught me lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom. The Umbra Institute and faculty have helped me embrace these lessons and have done so much to fuel the growth and education of myself and my peers.”
Please feel free to email Grant to ask about his experience!
“I am an Economics and Mathematics dual-major which at first led me to research impersonal programs in English-speaking countries. I am so thrilled I allowed myself to think outside the box. The Umbra Food & Sustainability Studies Program has been perfect for me, and Perugia has provided a truly authentic experience. “
Please feel free to email Rosie to ask about her experience!
“I am an aspiring linguistic anthropologist and middle-school teacher. I selected Perugia because of its intimate, authentic representation of central Italian culture. Right from the start, the Umbra staff fostered a nurturing, supportive, and welcoming environment and helped me develop a meaningful connection to this small, quirky Medieval city!”
Please feel free to contact Eliana to ask about her experience!