Often called “the big university town in a small Italian city,” Perugia is home to the Umbra Institute, which offers semester, year-long, and summer programs. Students can choose from a variety of courses with integrated field trips to world-famous Italian cities and sites, community engagement opportunities, and extra-curricular activities. The diverse Umbra faculty and friendly staff strive to incorporate a genuine Italian experience into all elements of the academic curriculum and student’s experience.
Beyond the unique location, community engagement is the guiding philosophy behind all Umbra academic programs. Thanks to the city’s small size, the daily interaction with Italian students, and effective Italian language studies, Umbra helps students get to know the real Italy—and Italians. Each semester, Umbra students discover that giving back to the host community is one of the most rewarding outcomes of their time abroad. The real and visible impact of these efforts includes intercultural exchange, language acquisition, and new friendships. Students may choose from academic internships and service learning projects to volunteering, Co-Ops, and more.
Perugia’s hilltop location serves as the ideal backdrop for study abroad in Italy. Rich in art, architecture, and historical significance, it is internationally recognized as a city of learning. The ancient city is surrounded by the rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany. While lying off the beaten path, travel from Perugia is easy as Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Cortona lie only a short distance away.
The General Studies Program is based on a traditional liberal arts curriculum with two components: an Italian Language and Culture course (Elementary Italian I or II, or Intensive Elementary Italian) and a selection of elective courses in English. All students are required to study the Italian language for a total of four to six credits.
The majority of courses include field trips as part of the curriculum.
The Food Studies Program is an interdisciplinary curricular concentration within the General Studies Program that has three interdisciplinary food courses in Italian food history, sustainable food production, and the business of food and an Italian class. There is also the possibility of a summer internship in an Umbrian wine company. As with the General Studies Program, all students are required to study Italian language for a total of four or six credits.
The Honors Program, within the General Studies Program, welcomes students with a desire to combine high academic standards, extensive study in the subject area, community engagement, and additional contact with instructors. Honors students conduct original research in an area of their choice, working one-on-one with a faculty advisor. The research culminates into a traditional research paper or a creative project, approved by the faculty advisor. Honors students further enhance their learning by living with international or Italian students.
The Independent Research option is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a significant research assignment in a topic of their choice as one component of their study abroad experience.
For a list of the courses offered in Perugia, visit their Academic website. The Umbra Academic Calendar can be found here.
The Fall 2017 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: August 25, 2017 (Rome, by 2pm)
- Orientation: August 26-27, 2017
- Italian Courses: August 28-31, 2017
- Classes Start: September 4, 2017
- Semester Break: October 23-27, 2017
- Final Exams: December 11-15, 2017
- Departure Date: December 16, 2017
The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: January 5, 2018 (Rome, by 2pm)
- Orientation: January 6-7, 2018
- Italian Courses: January 8-11, 2018
- Classes Start: January 15, 2018
- Semester Break: March 5-9, 2018
- Final Exams: April 23-26, 2018
- Departure Date: April 27, 2018
To help facilitate a smooth transition into life in Perugia, the Umbra Institute provides housing in apartments situated throughout the city center. Apartments are shared, and most house between two and six Umbra students. To see pictures of Umbra’s apartments, go to our Housing Photo Page. You will find that walking through the city is an extremely easy, pleasant, and social experience…after just a few weeks in Perugia, you are sure to bump into people you know while out and about.
As there is no meal plan for the Umbra Institute program, students are encouraged to cook for themselves. All apartments are stocked with basic kitchen utensils, and often students discover new talents and interests while in the kitchen. If cooking isn’t for you, the Università per Stranieri offers low-price cafeteria meals, and the Umbra student ID card is valid for discounts at many trattorias, pizzerias, and pubs around the city. After all, it is Italy: delicious food is never far away.
Students are encouraged to be as involved as possible while studying in Perugia. For a complete list of student activity and community engagement options, visit their website.
The Office of International Education will secure visas on behalf of all students studying at The Umbra Institute. Students must attend a mandatory meeting which outlines the necessary steps they must take to complete their visa application, which in addition to completing the application, includes securing financial and notorized documents, and paying a $45 fee. Students are expected to complete this process on time, with all appropriate original and photocopied documents, in time for Endicott's appointment at the Italian Consulate. If a student has not turned in their full application by the given deadline, he or she will be responsible for securing their own individual appointment at the Italian Consulate.
Permit of Stay
Students studying in Italy must register with the Italian government upon arrival in Perugia and obtain a Permit of Stay. The staff at The Umbra Institute will assist Endicott students in securing this, however, students must prepare to pay the 155,000 euro fee in cash, which is the equivalent of approximately $210.