Italy- The Umbra Institute

The Umbra Institute  - Semester Programs                           


The Umbra Institute is located in Perugia, often referred to as "the big university town in a small Italian city." The Institute offers a number of distinctive and innovative academic programs that present students with a choice of several curricular options. The General Studies Program is based on a traditional liberal arts curriculum and allows students to take a wide variety of courses taught in English, along with a distinctive offering of Italian language courses. Study fields include art history, history, Italian studies, sociology, business, film studies, psychology, political sciences, sustainability, and studio art. Most of the courses include service learning components which are organized with local museums, companies, schools, fair trade organizations and local government institutions. Students can also participate in Umbra's community engagement initiatives: from internships and service learning projects to volunteer opportunities. Thanks to the small dimension of the city, the daily interaction with Italian students and to the effective learning of the Italian language, Umbra helps students get to know the real Italy--and Italians.

The Institute also has a Food Studies Program, a curricular concentration with three interdisciplinary food courses (Food History, The Business of Wine, and Sustainable Food) and the possibility of faculty-led internships in an Umbrian wine company. Finally, for students who are interested in a truly immersive study abroad experience, Umbra offers Direct Enrollment at the two local universities. Students who want to focus exclusively on Italian language and culture (from absolute beginner to advanced levels) can direct enroll in the prestigious Università per Stranieri (University for Foreigners). Students already at an advanced level of Italian can also choose to enroll in courses with Italian students at the Università degli Studi di Perugia (University of Perugia). 

Language of Instruction: English; Italian

Housing: Apartments in the city of Perugia or Host Families

Eligible Participants: Students must have completed at least one full year at their home campus and have a minimum 2.75 GPA.

Application Deadline:  Fall Semester - April 15

                                   Spring Semester - October 1

Estimated Cost: Fall 2013 -Spring 2014 Budget


The Umbra Institute—Overview Video

General Studies Courses

Direct Enrollment

Food Studies Program

Community Engagement

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