Study Abroad at the Umbra Institute

  • Study in the heart of Italy at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, a big university town in a small medieval city.

  • With four semester-long and summer program options, the Umbra Institute is certain to meet your academic needs and personal interests.

  • Learn Italian while pursuing courses in a variety of disciplines taught in English with Umbra Institute's General Studies Program, which includes an Honors Program or Independent Research for qualified students.

  • Study food with Umbra’s Food Studies Program.

  • Immerse yourself fully in Italian language and culture through the Direct Enrollment Program studying at the local university.

  • Get involved! Community engagement opportunities at the Umbra Institute abound, from academic internships to service learning projects, volunteering, and more.


Often called “the big university town in a small Italian city,” Perugia is the home of the Umbra Institute, which offers distinctive fall, spring, and summer programs. Students can choose from a variety of courses. Academic field trips to famous Italian cities and sites, community engagement opportunities, and extracurricular activities take you out of the classroom and into the real Italy.

Perugia’s hilltop location serves as the ideal backdrop for your 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.

Credits and Grades

Courses may be selected among various departments. You will earn the following hours of credit. 

  • Fall and spring semester: 14-18 credits
  • Academic year: 30 credits

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.  

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: April 20
  • Spring semester: October 1
  • Academic year: April 20