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Arcadia Italy: Perugia
Perugia, Italy
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 01-OCT-2014 
Variable 07-JAN-2015 23-APR-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.
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.
Summer 2015 02-MAR-2015 
Variable 23-MAY-2015 11-JUL-2015
 NOTE: General Studies Session: 5/23-6/27, Intensive Italian Session: 5/29-7/11. 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 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 01-OCT-2015** Variable TBA TBA
Fall 2016 01-MAR-2016** Variable TBA TBA
Summer 2016 01-MAR-2016** Variable TBA TBA
Academic Year 2016-2017 01-MAR-2016** Variable TBA TBA

** For most programs, applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and starting January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Applications for programs offering exchange positions will be reviewed AFTER the application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
 Type of Program:
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
 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
 Housing Option(s):
Apartments/Houses, Homestay
 Open to students from:
All CU Campuses (UCB/UCD/UCCS), CU-Boulder
 Language(s) of Instruction:
English, English and Italian, Italian
 Special Opportunities:
Internships, Service Learning
 Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:
6 credits, 7 credits, 8 credits
 Length of Summer/Winter Program:
5 Weeks, 6 Weeks
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:

  • General Studies Program (semester): 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.
    • Students may take courses on the Food Studies Program, but all Food Studies courses are considered lower-division at CU-Boulder. Equivalencies are listed in the Program-Specific Handbook.
    • Students may take PPIT 390: The Perugia Practicum but this course will not count towards the Italian major or minor.
  • General Studies Program (summer): Students can take one or two courses for 3 or 6 credits. Since the program is 5 weeks, CU-Boulder encourages you to take two courses.
  • Intensive Italian through Culture – Summer Program: Students take 8 credits of Italian.
  • 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.
  • University for Foreigners (Università per Stranieri) Italian Language & Culture Program: This program is not open to CU-Boulder students, regardless of their Italian level.
  • University of Perugia (Università degli Studi di Perugia): This program is not open to CU-Boulder students, regardless of their Italian level.
  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
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.
Summer 2014 Participant
The teachers were great and really taught the topic of the course well. Perugia is beautiful, everyone has to visit. The locals are fantastic and it is great because it is in a location where not a lot of people speak English.
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.
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.
Amy Maria Nguyen, Fall 2013 Participant
I was very nervous and hesitate of studying abroad. However, I am so happy and grateful to study abroad. I would tell every student if they have the opportunity to study abroad during their college career to go.