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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 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
Spring 2018 01-OCT-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:

Kristen Mary Ann Sullivan, Spring 2015 Participant
I took four courses including Italian, Pagans and Christian, The Business of Wine in Italy, and the Business in the European Union. Perugia is located in central Italy in a small medieval town, perfect for anyone looking for the authentic Italian experience. We became friends with the Italians living in the town, the shop owners, and our professors. Through the classes I took, I was able to make incredible connections with wineries all over Italy and the Umbria region in particular. Absolutely incredible experience!
Ryan Christopher Haight, Fall 2014 Participant
Courses with Umbra are amazing- each is very interesting in its own respect, the teachers understand very well that you are abroad and adjusting to an alternative lifestyle and the Italian language courses are exceptional for beginners and fluent speakers. Perugia could not have been a more welcoming and genuine town to live in in Italy. We were able to create relationships with residents in town, we were close to Florence and Rome on weekend trips and loved everything about Perugia. I CAN NOT emphasize enough how incredible of an experience Perugia is and highly encourage any student to look into the program.
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.
Ryan Clifford Messinger, Spring 2015 Participant
The courses at the Umbra Institute were exactly what I was looking for in a study abroad program. They all related to Italy and gave me a great insight into the culture and history of the country. I visited many towns in Italy, but Perugia still stands as one of the most beautiful ones I visited. It sits on top of a big hill that looks out for miles and miles from the edge of the town center. The school is located right in the middle of town next to the main fountain and church steps where tons of people gather for lunch or just to hang out with friends. The locals are extremely friendly, even more so if you're able to communicate with them in their native tongue, and they always appreciate you trying. There are two other universities in the town, so I met a bunch of other people from around Italy and the world. Most classes offer some kind of field trip as well as volunteering opportunities. Some of my friends worked with a local group to create a garden above an abandoned warehouse.
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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