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

Intensive Italian Language & Culture
Summer Courses

The Umbra Institute has expanded its Summer Italian Program to include additional courses in a wider variety of proficiency levels, with both one-month and two-month course options. The new program was developed in cooperation with the Università per Stranieri di Perugia where all students will be enrolled for a portion of their language classes and workshops. This intensive and immersive program is ideal for students seeking to spend their time abroad focusing exclusively on the Italian language and to engage in contemporary Italian culture, not as “study abroad students”, but as temporary citizens of their new university town.

Each course covers the equivalent of two semesters of Italian language and cultural studies for up to six credits. The extended program, which includes both summer sessions one and two, allows students to complete up to four semesters of Italian language and cultural studies (8-12 credits) while rapidly advancing their linguistic skills and understanding of contemporary Italian culture and society.

The program is open to students of all levels of proficiency, including absolute beginners. Students attend classes at the Università per Stranieri, participate in tutorials and workshops at the Umbra Institute, and enjoy a rich co-curricular activities series which includes tandem language exchanges with local students, culinary exploration dinners, local day trips, visits to artisan workshops and museums, and local guided tours, all of which is conducted in Italian.

The Italian Language through Culture Program is designed for the students to use the Italian language naturally in a wide variety of real situations. These everyday experiences combined with apartment living  “embedded” in the city of Perugia, ensure a practical application of the language to the Italian cultural context along with immersion into contemporary Italian-university life in Perugia.

Program Dates

Summer Session One: May 28 – June 30, 2022
Summer Session Two: July 1 – July 30, 2022
Two Session Program: May 28th – July 30th, 2022

About the Courses

Each course is four weeks in duration and students enroll in one course per session. Courses include classes Monday – Friday approximately four hours per day. Classes are held at both the prestigious Università per Stranieri di Perugia (where students study alongside international students representing over 100 countries) and the Umbra Institute. The in-class instruction is conducted entirely in Italian and is supplemented with a rich series of cultural co-curricular activities. The program is immersive, intensive, experiential, and fun. Click the course titles below to see the detailed descriptions and material covered.

The weekly program includes:
• Language Classes at Università: 12 hours*
• Skills Development Lab at Università: 4 hours
• Pronunciation & Spelling at Università: 2 hours
• Tutorials at the Umbra Institute: 2 hours
• Cultural Activities & Conversation Workshops: 4+ hours
   * levels 470 and above are 9 hours

What can you expect after completing the program?

Whether you choose the one-session program or two, depending on your starting level, you can:
• fulfill your university’s language requirement;
• gain credits towards a minor or a major in Italian;
• advance your language level sufficient to take content courses in Italian at your home university;
• gain appropriate reading knowledge in Italian to prepare yourself for graduate studies;
• get a language certification to put on your résumé;
• impress your Italian nonna!


Courses and Levels

What level are you? Unless you are a complete beginner, you will look to take the next level course in your progression you follow at your home university. Each college and university numbers their courses differently, and it also makes a difference if you have taken the language recently or if your experience lies some time in the past. For example, if you have taken IT201 and IT202, the next course in your progression most likely will be in the 300 level, but you might also test into the upper 200 or lower 400 level depending on the pace of the Italian instruction at your home institution and how much time you practiced. In any event, before starting classes, you will take a placement test that will determine the level that best fits your proficiency and curricular needs. If you are concerned about your placement level or have questions about courses and/or graduation requirements, feel free to contact us for a preliminary assessment.

Transcripts and Grades

All program participants receive an Umbra Institute transcript with a letter grade.  Final grades for each course are based on the coursework and exams completed at the Università per Stranieri, performance in tutorials and workshops at the Umbra Institute, and participation in the co-curricular cultural activities which are an integral part of the academic program.

Discover the Università per Stranieri

The Università per Stranieri is one of two Italian universities in Perugia. It offers degree programs in International Communications, Digital Humanities, Made in Italy Food and Hospitality, and more. But its primary focus is offering comprehensive programs in Italian language and culture. It is also the foremost university for anyone interested in becoming a teacher of Italian language and culture. The origins of the university go all the way back to 1925, though, when a royal decree established it to be a school for the promotion of Italian language to citizens all over the world. Today the university hosts over 5000 international students from over 100 countries annually.


Co-Curricular Activity Series

All activities are conducted in Italian and might include:
Welcome dinner;
Tandem nights with Italian students;
Day-Trip to Tuscany
“Serate in cucina”- cooking with faculty;
Trips to local festivals (e.g., typical Central Italian “sagre”, Perugia 1416 historical festival);
Guided tours of Perugia and Assisi;
Visit to local winery with tastings;
Lecture series on historical and current topics of Italian culture;
Cinema nights;
Farewell Festa

Dates, Fees & Deadlines

Program Fees
Session One Program:
May 28 – June 30, 2022  (≈ 5 weeks)

Session Two Program: $4,975.00
July 1 – July 30, 2022  (≈ 5 weeks)

Extended Session One & Two Program: $6,975.00
May 28th – July 30th, 2022 (9 weeks)

Application Deadline
April 15th

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.

Fees do not Include: Airfare, Meals, Textbooks, 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.