Ask Former Students

You have read the brochures, spent hours surfing the web, and at this point, your study abroad advisor knows you by name. You still may not be sure which program is best for you. At the Umbra Institute, we know you want to ask real questions and receive real answers. For this reason, we provide you with the opportunity to connect with alumni from many schools with experience in various fields of study who know all there is to know about studying at the Umbra Institute.

Below is a list of our selected Umbra Reps who are eager to share their Umbra experiences. They will answer all your questions and tell you what life in Perugia is really like. Contact one, contact all; no question is too small!

Former Students

Ruby Dann

University of Connecticut

Ciao! My name is Ruby and I am a student from the University of Connecticut majoring in Communications. I was enrolled in the General Studies program at Umbra for the Spring 2019 semester. I picked Perugia because I wanted to...

Kate Donati

College of William and Mary

My name is Kate and I’m an undergraduate at the College of William & Mary. I’m a double English and Italian Cultural Studies major and was enrolled in the General Studies courses at Umbra. The entire Umbra faculty and staff...

Gerardo Moceri

Arizona State University

Ciao a tutti! My name is Gerardo Moceri and I am Sustainability major at Arizona State University. At the Umbra Institute I participated in the Food and Sustainability Studies program and it was such a unique experience. The class field...

Miranda Singer

Clark University

My name is Miranda Singer. I am a Psychology major at Clark University and am in Umbra’s Multicultural Psychology program. I love the courses at Umbra as they are focused on more hands-on and experiential learning. The professors are extremely...

Ashley Palmer

Endicott College

‘Ciao! I am a nursing major from Endicott College in Beverly, MA. During my time at the Umbra Institute, I was a part of the Food and Sustainability Studies Program, which was one of my favorite things about studying here....

Gabrielle Sherman

Misericordia University

Hi! My name is Gabrielle Sherman and I am a student at Misericordia University majoring in Speech Language Pathology. At the Umbra Institute, I was enrolled in the General Studies Program. Choosing the Umbra Institute as my school of study...

Justin Lewis

Arcadia University

My name is Justin Lewis and I am a Computer Science major at Arcadia University. At Umbra, I was in the Direct Enrollment program at the University for Foreigners. One of my favorite things about the Umbra Institute is their...

Joshua Wellman

Penn State University

My name is Josh Wellman and I study Psychology at Penn State. My experiences at Umbra are most accurately defined by the phrase "well-rounded." Living in a small, non-touristy town for four months allowed me to immerse myself into the...

Elizabeth Knudsen

Roanoke College

An adventurous spirit from a liberal arts college, I have always been a hands-on learner, and my experience at the Umbra Institute allowed me to embrace that completely. The challenge of adapting to Perugia where almost no one spoke English...

Sami Wright

St. Mary’s College of MD

I'm Sami Wright, a senior at St. Mary's College of Maryland, and I studied at Umbra for the Spring 2017 semester. During my time abroad I saw incredible art, ate insanely good food, and made friends for life. Study abroad...

Samuel Marlinga

Clark University

Hello! My name is Sam Marlinga and I studied at Umbra during the spring of 2017. I'm a double major in English and Philosophy and I decided to study in Italy because I'd wanted to go ever since I was...

Mia Fishkin

University of Vermont

I am junior at the University of Vermont majoring in Dietetics and minoring in Dance. I'm from Springfield, New Jersey, a suburb an hour from New York City. At the Umbra Institute, I was a part of the Food and...

Meghan Smith

Roger Williams University

Umbra is a great place to be if you want a small city feel and to be given the opportunity to really immerse yourself into a culture. You learn so much more when you are required to take an Italian...

Sarah Anne Johnson

Lebanon Valley College

I study Art and Art History at Lebanon Valley College, and I could not have chosen a more perfect country or city to continue learning in the field. Throughout my time at Umbra and in Italy, I have engaged in...

Meghan Bille

University of Colorado Boulder

My name is Meghan Bille and I attend University of Colorado Boulder. I was a junior when studying abroad at Umbra. I am studying Advertising and Political Science. My time studying at Umbra and living in Perugia was the best...

Leah Crawford

Clark University

Ciao! My name is Leah. I go to Clark University in Massachusetts and was lucky enough to have spent a spring semester studying in Perugia. The classes at Umbra are special because you get to practice what you learn. I...

Kelly Annese

UMass Amherst

Hi my name is Kelly Annese and I am a junior at UMass Amherst, studying economics and consumer behavior. I've loved having the opportunity to study abroad in Perugia and experience Italian culture. The scenery is stunning, the food is...

Katherine Bennett

Penn State University

Hi! My name is Katherine and I am a Finance major with a Supply Chain & Information Systems Technology minor at the Pennsylvania State University. Perugia was the best decision I could have made for my study abroad semester. Unlike...

Jordan Linder

Penn State University

My name is Jordan Linder, and I am a student at Penn State University majoring in Nutrition Science, Dietetics option and minoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Through the Food and Sustainability Studies program at The Umbra Institute, I...

Jenna Reilly

Penn State University

I am a senior at Penn State University studying accounting. I studied abroad in the spring of my junior year and I couldn’t have made a better decision than to study abroad in Perugia. Perugia is the perfect medieval city...

Elza Harb

Hamilton College

Ciao a tutti! I'm a Chicago native and a rising senior at Hamilton College, where I study History, Government, and Italian. I spent a full year in Perugia and it was the best absolutely experience of my life. I sampled...

Audrey Reiley

Lebanon Valley College

I am a junior at Lebanon Valley College with a Studio Art and Art History major and a Philosophy and World Classics minor. I had always known I wanted to study abroad, and as an art historian aspiring to enter...

Victoria Caruso

Roger Williams University

I am Victoria Caruso, a third year International Business student at Roger Williams University. I am from Yonkers, New York, and I currently participate in NCAA D3 Volleyball at my university. My family, both sides, hail from Italy as well....