Umbra Institute, Italy

Due to travel restrictions, programs are suspended through Spring 2021. Please consider your application for Fall 2021 or later.

The Umbra Institute
Umbra Institute

The Umbra Institute is located in Perugia, often referred to as "the big university town in a small Italian city." Perugia perches on a beautiful hill in Umbria, the green heart of Italy. The Institute offers a number of distinctive and innovative academic programs:

  • 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 (art history, history, business, psychology, political sciences, studio art, and more),along with a Italian language courses. 
  • The Food Studies Program is 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.
  • The Direct Enrollment is for students who wish 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).
  • The Multicultural Psychology Program allows students to complete classes toward their degree, taught in English, as they study how culture influences our understanding of ourselves and others. In addition to their work in the classroom, students experience various experiential learning opportunities that offer insight into the role of cultural norms and values in shaping human behavior and interactions.


Program Type: Study Abroad

Language of Instruction: English; Italian

Housing: Apartments or home stay with Italian family.  Apartments are shared with other students located throughout the Old City of Perugia and include basic living necessities.  All housing has been approved by the Umbra Institute.

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

Application Deadline:  

  • Spring: October 15
  • Fall/Academic Year: March 15

Dates: Academic Calendar

Estimated Cost: 
(New budgets are generally made available the summer prior to the program running.)

Courses: Umbra Institute Course Listing

Useful Information from Umbra:

Website:   Umbra Institute

Application: Submit an application and a copy of your transcripts to the Office of International Education.

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