Study Abroad at Italy's Umbra Institute with Arcadia

The Umbra Institute
Course Registration Instructions

How to Select Your Courses from the Online Listings

  • The General Studies Program course listing is available here. The Italian language course, for 4 to 6 credits, is a mandatory part of your academic program. On your course form, please fill in the Italian Language course you plan to take that best corresponds to your current proficiency level. Once you arrive in Italy, you will be given an Italian language placement test to confirm your level. General Studies elective courses are worth 3 or 4 credits each. You will take a total of 14 – 18 credits each semester which will include your Italian course credits.

  • You will be pre-registered for your selections only when the Course Registration Form is received by Arcadia. Be sure to return the form promptly as courses fill quickly, and it may not be possible to change your selections once courses are full.

  • The Direct Enrollment Program details are available here. Please consult your Program Manager if you have questions. All students in this program will take a placement exam during orientation to determine which sequence of courses they will take at Università per Stranieri. Please visit this guide to see how the courses will appear on Arcadia transcripts according to proficiency level into which the students place.

  • For all-year student, be sure to fill out courses for both Fall and Spring terms on the Course Registration Form.

Ensure Your Credits Will Transfer

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic course load according to your home school and that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit to your home school. While every effort will be made to accommodate your course selections, Arcadia University does not guarantee placement in any course. You will receive your course enrollment information upon arrival at the Umbra Institute and will have a two-week add/drop period to change courses accordingly.

We suggest that you secure approval for at least 6-10 courses per semester. Make sure to list alternate courses. List your choices and alternates in order of preference. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts, or cancellations. Flexibility is very important. If you mandate certain courses that might be unavailable or inappropriate, you may limit your chances of admission, even though you meet the program’s overall academic requirements.


For assistance with any part of the application process, call Francisco Guiller, your program manager, at 1-866-927-2234, or email

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport