Intensive Italian Language
through Culture
Discover Italy • Learn Italian • Travel Europe

Intensive Italian Language
Summer Program

Each summer, the Umbra Institute offers the Intensive Italian through Culture Program, a dynamic, 6-week immersive experience ideal for students seeking to spend their time abroad focusing on the Italian language and to actively engage in contemporary Italian culture.

The program covers the equivalent of two semesters of Italian language and cultural studies. Students actively participate both in-class and during interactive co-curricular cultural activities, many of which are with Italian students. Some of these activities include language exchanges, dinner socials, cinema nights, bike tours, day trips, cultural workshops, museum visits, and guided tours in Italian.

The program is open to students of all levels of language proficiency, including absolute beginners. Students meet four to five days per week, alternating in-class sessions, out-of-class activities and additional individual tutoring. The emphasis is on encouraging students to use the Italian language in a wide variety of real situations and to ensure a practical application of the linguistic structures to the Italian cultural context.

Dr. Ernesto Livorni, Professor of Italian at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the Academic Advisor for the Intensive Italian summer program: “This program combines intensive language instruction at the Umbra Institute with a rich immersion in Italian culture. Students with a passion for Italy will gain valuable linguistic and intercultural skills as they pursue graduate study or start looking for Italy-related career possibilities.”

Co-Curricular Activity Series

All activities are conducted in Italian:
Welcome dinner;
Tandem nights with Italian students;
Umbrian Bike tour of Lake Trasimeno;
“Serate in cucina” with faculty;
Local festivals (Perugia 1416 & Mercato dell Gaite in Bevagna);
Guided tours of Perugia and Assisi;
Visit to local winery with tastings;
Lecture series on historical and current topics of Italian culture;
Farewell Festa


Dates, Fees & Deadlines

Application Deadline: April 15th
Program Fees: $6,975.00

Fees Include: Tuition for Academic Program, Course Materials, Field Trips and Activities, Housing, Airport Transfers in Italy (FCO-Perugia-FCO), Orientation, Institute & University Facilities, Umbra-sponsored Cultural Activities, Student Services and 24-hr Assistance, Official Umbra Transcripts.

Program Fees do not Include: Airfare, Meals, Permit to Stay Forms, Insurance.

Apply Early!

Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure they get their first choice course selections and have plenty of time to prepare and plan for an amazing immersive all-inclusive summer in Italy!


Summer Scholarships and grants are also available to all Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Spring 2021 applicants affected by the COVID-19 crisis. If you applied for any of these terms, you qualify for these special incentives.