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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
Spring 2016 01-OCT-2015 
Variable 08-JAN-2016 28-APR-2016
Fall 2016 01-MAR-2016 
Variable 26-AUG-2016 17-DEC-2016
Academic Year 2016-2017 01-MAR-2016 
Variable 26-AUG-2016 28-APR-2017
Spring 2017 15-SEP-2016** Variable 06-JAN-2017 28-APR-2017
 NOTE: Start and end dates are subject to change. Please consult Arcadia’s acceptance materials before purchasing airline tickets, completing a visa application, etc.
Fall 2017 01-MAR-2017** Variable TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 01-MAR-2017** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling 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, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Study Abroad staff for details.

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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, Engineering Humanities/SS
 Minimum Required GPA (at time of application):
 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 Host Institution: 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.




  Arcadia University of Colorado
Course Levels

100 and 200-level courses


300 and 400-level courses

exceptions exist; see Program-Specific Handbook for details


1 credit hour

1 credit hour

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.




  • Il Circolo Italiano for Study in Italy: 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.

  • 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

  • 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:

Elisa Ann Elvove, Spring 2016 Participant
The Arcadia orientation at the Orsini Farm was amazing and unique. We learned the ropes of the program and living in Italy while also learning how to make homemade pasta. The orientation ended with a delicious 5-course lunch (including the pasta we made). I loved the optional activities that Umbra made available to us. I did the Pizza Workshop and Wine Tasting and I attended every Tandem.
Madison Quinn Mehry Mamaghani, Spring 2016 Participant
Perugia is the perfect place to interact with locals because it is small, with a lot of younger people, and not very touristy. We made friends with restaurant owners, baristas, and kids our own age. Don't be shy and try to meet as many people as possible!
Madison Quinn Mehry Mamaghani, Spring 2016 Participant
The staff were great. It's a small program so you will get to know every one of the staff members and they will become your friends and mentors just as much as the other students on your program. They are always very easily accesiblr and helpful with everything from apartment issues to where the best gelato is!
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.
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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