Welcome Marymount students! Last summer a group of MMC students had the opportunity to live and study in Italy, completing courses that fulfilled major or general education requirements while taking advantage of the Umbra Institute’s incredible location in Perugia, Italy. MMC students studied with MMC professor Peter Naccarato, who taught “Mangiamo: Food in Italian Literature and Film.” Prof. Naccarato and his students studied a wide range of literary texts and films that explore how food shapes Italian culture and identity. The course included a fantastic visit to the shop and restaurant of Dario Cecchini, the “Butcher of Chianti”. In addition, MMC students had ample time on weekends to travel elsewhere in Italy and Europe, from Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples to a weekend trip to Barcelona, Spain. Are you ready to experience Perugia for yourself?
Academics. MMC students can earn 3 or 6 credits. They can choose to take only Prof. Naccarato’s class or they can add a second 3-credit course for no extra charge. Prof. Naccarato can help students determine what MMC requirements these course could fulfill and MMC’s Study Abroad staff is available to help with the required paperwork. The 2014 summer session lasts 5 weeks, from the end of May through June. Courses are taught in English, so no Italian language proficiency is required. Courses meet twice a week, with no classes on Fridays.
Student Life. The Umbra Institute hosts between 100 and 150 American and Italian college students each semester from colleges & universities across the U.S. and in Perugia. Housing is provided for all students in shared apartments within a 5-minute walk of the Institute. There is no meal plan, but apartments are furnished with full kitchens. They also have WiFi access and wireless internet is provided for free at the Umbra Institute and in many locations around Perugia.
Ready to apply?
As a first step, you should meet with Prof. Naccarato, who can be contacted through the form on this page. The Umbra Institute application asks for basic personal data, your academic background, housing preferences, and any special needs information. As you are working on your application, you should meet with Cindy Sittler in the Study Abroad Office to get started on your MMC paperwork. You can e-mail Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prof. Naccarato and Cindy Sittler will be there every step of the way to help you with your application and your travel plans!
The Umbra Institute is an affordable option for Marymount students. To learn more about the fees for studying abroad, contact Professor Naccarato.
“Umbra brings you to the heart of Italy. Each of my experiences through the Umbra Institute, whether it was visiting a legendary butcher in Tuscany, a trip to the beautiful island of Capri, or simply photographing Perugia in my photography class, were committed to showing me the rich vitality that defines Italy.”
Please feel free to contact Bianca to ask about her experience!
“Studying abroad through the Umbra Institute taught me about appreciating a rich and thriving culture of food, music, and art. To me Perugia was more than just a place of learning, it was a home.”
Please feel free to contact Emil to ask about his experience!
“I could not have asked for a better experience studying abroad than at the Umbra Institute. Perugia is the perfect combination of student life and authentic Italian culture that I was quickly able to call home. My appreciation for the history of Italy and what it means to be fully immersed in another culture grew in ways that I never could have imagined previously.”
Please feel free to contact Nicole to ask about his experience!