Study Abroad in Italy Through Western Michigan University

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WMU in Italy

Experience the Real Italy: Each semester, Broncos find themselves taking advantage of the Umbra Institute’s beautiful location in historic Perugia, Italy. Courses are designed to use Perugia as a classroom and to give students ample time to travel elsewhere in Italy and Europe.

Live like an Italian: Learn to appreciate the Italian lifestyle. Umbra provides students with shared apartments within a 5-15 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.

The close partnership between WMU and Umbra allows students to complete courses, taught in English, that count toward their degree. Environmental Studies majors can get major credit for any course in Umbra’s program in Food, Sustainability, & the Environment, and intern in the Institute’s community garden (Orto Sole). Psychology majors can get major credit for five of the nine courses in Umbra’s Multicultural Psychology Program. Consult your department or the WMU Study Abroad Office for more details.

Housing & Student Life

Student apartments are located within walking distance of the Institute and the city’s many events and amenities. With panoramic views abound, the city invites exploration & discovery around every corner.

Apartments are fully equipped (WiFi included!) making it easy for you and your friends to plan a nice dinner or for your living room to become a meeting place before going to catch your next train or plane out of town, or to explore pizzerias, trattorias, or coffee bars.

Being a university city, Perugia hosts events throughout the year—from Eurochocolate to the Umbria Jazz Festival. Whether attending one of Umbra’s workshops (ex. Travel Workshop) or events (ex. Wine Tasting), there is always something to do!



Interested in joining the Umbra community?

Get in touch with a member of our advising team.