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  • Locations: Perugia, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer, Summer I
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: study abroad Program: Affiliate
GPA Requirement: 2.75 Housing: Flat
Fields of Study: Art History, Dance, Italian, Multiculture Studies, Premedical, Sociology, Studio Art Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Program Description:
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Program Information:
Spend a summer studying in the radiant heart of Italy. On Summer in Perugia, you will be enrolled at the Umbra Institute. Founded in 1999, the Institute has set itself apart with distinctive academic programs that allow you the to immerse yourself in Italian culture and learn both in and beyond the classroom.

Get excited about:

  • An array of General Studies courses and an Italian-language immersion program – You can select diverse, unique courses that match your academic focus and general interests. If you want to study Italian, there’s an intensive language program that will have you wooing Italians in no time.
  • Life in a college town and a cosmopolitan city – You will study in Italy’s biggest college town, a city of approximately 150,000 people that teems with some of the country’s finest cafés, restaurants, and nightlife.
  • Student activities and excursions – During your time abroad, you will have the option of participating in CISabroad social events, excursions, and cultural activities. We will have dinner together, go to sports events, and explore the city’s historical sites. We can also help you arrange a language-exchange program with a local Italian student making this the perfect way to spend your summer abroad in Italy.

Often called “the big university town in a small Italian city,” Perugia is the home of the Umbra Institute, which offers fall, spring, and summer programs. Students can choose from courses in a variety of disciplines. 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 with over 30,000 students at its two renowned universities. 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.

You have the option of taking either the General Studies track, taking two classes (six total credits) for the duration of the five-week program studying art history, dance, creative writing, food studies, Italian studies, political science, or studio art. There is also a Renaissance Dance Program, designed to introduce students to the historical and artistic origins of dance as a theater art with the focus on developments during the Italian Renaissance. You can alsochoose to immerse yourself in Italian through the six-week intensive Italian Language and Culture Program. As part of the CIS Program at the Umbra Institute, you have the option to take part in excursions, cultural events, dinners, and sports events.

To help you acclimate to your new surroundings, the program begins with an orientation. This program not only includes sessions on academics, living in Perugia, and health and safety issues, but also provides a walking tour of the city. Throughout your stay in Perugia you will be supported twenty-four hours per day by the staff at the institute. You will share apartments with other program participants. All apartments are within walking distance of the Umbra Institute and are furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and communal-living spaces.

  • Live and learn in Italy’s college town
  • Study Italian and subjects in your major in a close-knit environment
  • Apartments with American, international, and Italian students
  • Subtropical summers
  • Home to one of the biggest Jazz festivals in Europe - happening in July!
  • World-famous for chocolate and gelato ice cream
  • Capital city of the Umbria region and the Perugia province
  • Cosmopolitan feel with great restaurants, cafés, and nightlife
  • One of the notable art centers of Italy
  • Central location makes many of Italy’s noteworthy sites easily accessible

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