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Arcadia Italy: Umbra Institute in Perugia
Perugia, Italy
Terms: Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 02-MAR-2015 
Variable 31-AUG-2015 10-DEC-2015
 NOTE: Start and end dates are subject to change. Please consult Arcadia’s acceptance materials before purchasing airline tickets, completing a visa application, etc.
Academic Year 2015-2016 02-MAR-2015 
Variable 28-AUG-2015 29-APR-2016
 NOTE: Start and end dates are subject to change. Please consult Arcadia’s acceptance materials before purchasing airline tickets, completing a visa application, etc.
Spring 2016 01-OCT-2015 
Variable 08-JAN-2016 28-APR-2016
Fall 2016 01-MAR-2016** Variable TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 01-MAR-2016** Variable TBA TBA
Spring 2017 01-OCT-2016** Variable TBA TBA

** For most programs, applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline; check with Study Abroad staff for details. Applications for programs offering exchange positions will be reviewed AFTER the application deadline.

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Quick Facts:
 Program Types:
Study Center for U.S./Intl Students
 Areas of Study:
Anthropology, Art History, Business/Intl Business, Classics, Economics, English, European Union studies, Film, History, Italian, Journalism/Media Studies, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Studio Arts, Women & Gender Studies, A&S Core: Contemporary Societies, A&S Core: Historical Context, A&S Core: Human Diversity, A&S Core: Ideals and Values, A&S Core: Literature and the Arts, A&S Core: United States Context, A&S Core: Written Communication
 Minimum Required GPA (at time of application):
 Preferred GPA Requirement:
 Minimum Class Standing (at program start):
2 - sophomore
 Course Prerequisite(s):
No Program Course Prerequisites
Apartments/Houses, Homestay
 Open to students from:
All CU Campuses (UCB/UCD/UCCS), CU-Boulder
 Language(s) of Instruction:
English, English and Italian, Italian
 Additional Opportunities:
Internships, Service Learning, Volunteer Opportunities
Host Institution(s): Umbra Institute
Program Information:
Perugia by Sarah Grimsdale


  • Live in a central location between Rome and Florence

  • Study course subjects such as Italian, arts, social sciences, communication, and int'l business

  • Participate in a number of field trips and excursions

  • Stay in apartments in the city with other study abroad students

  • Students who request a homestay and are selected for the experience will have the opportunity to participate in a homestay. Homestay opportunities are limited.





Please carefully note the following:

  • Semester General Studies Program: This is the only program available to CU-Boulder semester students. Students are required to take a 4- to 6-credit Italian language course as part of their curriculum, and may then choose any Umbra courses that are offered. Semester students must enroll in a minimum of 14 and maximum of 18 credits.
  • Direct Enrollment: University for Foreigners (Università per Stranieri) Italian Language & Culture Program: This program is not open to CU-Boulder students, regardless of their Italian level.
  • Direct Enrollment: University of Perugia (Università degli Studi di Perugia): This program is not open to CU-Boulder students, regardless of their Italian level.
  • Honors & Independent Research Programs: CU-Boulder students cannot receive credit for ISIR 499 Research Project – 4 credits or ISXX 498 Independent Study – 3 credits. CU-Boulder students can, however, enroll in ISRM 400 Research Writing & Methodology for 2 credits.
  Arcadia University of Colorado
Course Levels

100 and 200-level courses


300 and 400-level courses

exceptions exist; see Program Specific Handbook for details


all courses


1 credit hour

1 credit hour




Enjoying the View by Sarah Grimsdale




  • Il Circolo Italiano for Study in Italy: Applications are available here. The deadline is usually once per year in the spring, so plan ahead (especially if you plan to study abroad in the spring semester). NOTE: summer applicants are not eligible to apply.

  • Dante Alighieri Society Scholarship: To be granted one of these awards, the student must be able to document acceptance in an established study program of Italian language, culture or history. Applications are accepted in early spring for the fall or academic year. Click here for more information.

  • Ayer Romance Language Scholarship: For students who are declared Italian majors with an overall GPA of 3.0. Other restrictions apply. For more information contact the Dept. of French and Italian.

  • National Italian American Foundation Scholarship: For information about this scholarship, click here.

  • The John G. Banich Memorial Scholarship is made possible thanks to the generosity of Dr. Marie Banich, a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and director of the Institute of Cognitive Science at CU-Boulder. Students who apply to the general CU-Boulder Study Abroad scholarship will be automatically considered for this award, with preference given to students who fit one or more of the following criteria: Students applying to study abroad in Italy, first-generation college students, students with significant financial need, highly motivated students and students who will make the very most of their experience abroad. Award amount is up to $2,000 and the first award will be given during spring 2011 (for study during any term of the 2011-2012 academic year).












Program Reviews:
Ryan Christopher Haight, Fall 2014 Participant
This experience has changed my life. It has shown me that there is a world far beyond the confines of the Unites States. There are cultures to see, stories to hear and things to see. I will forever be interested in the idea of living abroad at some point in my life as it presents more challenges and opportunities to grow than I can even begin to explain. As stated earlier, I would tell ANYONE, and I mean anyone that they should study abroad and most definitely look into Umbra Institute in Perugia.
Zachary Tyler Miller, Spring 2015 Participant
The courses were interesting. We got to work with some local companies while also learning Italian everyday. Perugia is a beautiful city located right in the center of Italy, so it's great for traveling.
Alea Tebbe, Fall 2013 Participant
This experience will stay with me my whole life. It taught me how to travel, how to be completely on my own, and how to meet people much different from me. It was a wonderful, wonderful experience.
Spring 2015 Participant
-The best courses to take are the food courses -Location is great because it's a "college town" of Italy but small enough that you get to know your Professors -Great interactions with locals, everyone is friendly (esp. if you try to speak Italian) and it's very easy to find new interesting bars etc. -Volunteer at the Orsini farm! You won't regret it.
Hannah Rachel Strauss, Spring 2015 Participant
School wise, choose one or two courses that are helpful towards your major, but for the most part choose classes that interest you and give you a better understanding of the place that you are studying. Take classes about food or art and choose classes that have field trips or class activities outside of the classroom. I studied in Italy and took a class on food; we got to take trips to different restaurants and wineries and had class all-you-can-eat meals. In Italy, if that isn't getting the most of the country then I don't know what is! Choose a location that both interests you and challenges you. Don't always choose a place simply because you know someone who went and had a good time; you want to go somewhere that you'll love for its own reasons. I chose to get away from the typical Italian study abroad locations and I could not have been happier. And don't be afraid to go alone, you will make amazing friends and gain a lot from stepping outside of your comfort zone! Make sure to find a "local" spot that you can become a regular at. Whether its a local bar, a coffee shop, or even a grocery market, the locals will begin to recognize you and become your friends. We had waiters at our favorite pizzeria know our orders by the end of the semester, and the old couple who owned a small grocery store would often throw in some complimentary goodies when we shopped there.
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