Join us online this summer…

and in Italy the next!

Summer 2020 Online – Direct from Italy!

We are pleased to offer a virtual Italian experience this summer with our newest online courses. Students may choose from among our most-popular courses offered by our programs in Italy – The International Studies Institute in Florence and the Umbra Institute in Perugia.

Classes start June 1st! Summer courses run for 4 weeks (Italian language) and 6 weeks (elective courses). All courses are taught online direct from Italy by our dedicated and expert faculty and academic partners. Our intensive Italian language and culture courses are in cooperation with the Università per Stranieri di Perugia and The Umbra Institute. We also offer a limited number of selective remote internships.

But it doesn’t end there! We know that the covid-19 crisis has caused many students to postpone their plans to study abroad this summer and possibly this fall. And we want to help keep those study abroad dreams alive by offering students the ability to not only gain valuable course credit online this summer, but also join us in Italy next year at an exclusive and affordable rate.

With our online now, travel later option, students can:

  • Choose courses from among our most-popular summer curriculum;
  • Earn valuable and transferable course credit;
  • Learn from our dedicated expert faculty direct from Italy;
  • Explore a career in international education by interning with us (credit and non-credit bearing option available)
  • Receive a $1,500.00 discount voucher to join us in Italy next year and keep their study abroad dreams alive. That’s like getting two summer online elective courses for free!



Zach Nowak, Ph.D.
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Ashley Ipakchi
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Exclusive Offer for Online Students!

Study Online at a Special Introductory Rate and receive
a Discount Voucher for Our Future Programs in Italy!

6-week Summer Session Elective Courses

Our most in-demand courses are now available online this summer!


ISI Abroad professors are well-prepared to delivery meaningful content in a digital environment. Their goal for the summer session is both to create an online community and to make learning online fun and productive. If you have questions, we’re happy to put you in contact with the professors directly and give you draft syllabi. Elective courses are all 6 weeks in duration, taught entirely in English, and yield three (3) semester credits each. Students may take up to two courses per 6-week session.

4-Week Intensive Italian Language Courses Online

We are pleased to offer intensive Italian language and culture courses online in cooperation with the well-know Università per Stranieri di Perugia – the foremost institution for Italian language study in Italy. Courses are available for all levels from absolute beginner to advanced proficiency.


Each course is one-month in duration, includes over 68 hours of instruction and yields four (4) semester credits each. Like all our immersive Italian language courses these courses include bi-weekly one-on-one sessions with our Italian professors from Perugia (The Umbra Institute).

The Universita’ per Stranieri di Perugia

Language Course Structures

Grammar, Vocabulary, Writing Lessons
Two days per week, two hours per day

Speaking and Conversation Sessions
Two days per week, two hours per day

One-on-One Tutoring (ISI Faculty)
One/Two days per week, one hour as needed.

Course Delivery & Assessment

Course Delivery

The courses will last for four to six weeks and include a combination of live instruction, team project and conversation, and offline learning that you can do at your convenience each week. Instructors will use tools that students are now familiar with: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoogleDocs, and Moodle (which is like Canvas and Blackboard). The live portions of classes will take place on a schedule that begins at 9:00 am EST (6:00 am PST) and ends at 3:15 pm EST (12:15 pm PST). Class teaching will include: 

  • Zoom Meetings or Microsoft Team Meetings (language courses)
  • Pre-recorded Lectures & Narrated PPTXs
  • Online Readings
  • Small Group Activities (Zoom break-out groups) and Conversation sessions for language courses
  • Zoom office hours & Tutoring Sessions for language courses


Grading and Assignments

Grading will vary by class but will be based on some of the following: class participation (discussions and contributions to group work), online quizzes, discussion board participation, online course journal entries, short writing assignments, mid-term/final exams, and papers or projects.


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Course Dates and Fees

Italian Language Courses (4 weeks)

Course DatesPlacement ExamVirtual
15 May25 May – 19 June21 – 22 MayTBA
15 June24 June – 22 July22 – 23 JuneTBA
17 July27 July – 21 Aug23 – 24 JulyTBA
14 Aug26 Aug – 23 Sept24 – 25 AugTBA
18 Sept28 Sept – 23 Oct24 – 25 SeptTBA
16 Oct28 Oct- 25 Nov26 – 27 OctTBA
20 Nov30 Nov – 22 Dec26 – 27 NovTBA

What’s Included:

Enrollment at the Universita’ per Stranieri di Perugia Intensive Italian Language course at the level of your choice (placement required), bi-weekly one-on-one tutoring and assessment sessions with Italian professors from the Umbra Institute and ISI Florence, Official Università per Stranieri di Perugia transcript, accompanying ISI Abroad translated grade report for US university transfer credit, $1,500.00 voucher for Summer 2021 or Fall 2020/21 semester.

Elective Courses (6 weeks 2 courses max.)

6-week Elective Course DatesProgram Schedule
May 25th, MondayEnrollment Deadline/Payment Due
Week of May 25thVirtual Orientation with Coordinators
June 1st, MondayIntroduction; Classes Begin
June 3rd, WednesdayLast day for drop/add
June 16th, Tuesday – June 19th, FridayMid-Term Exams or Projects
July 6th, Monday – July 10th, FridayFinal Exams or Projects Due
July 17th, FridayGrades Reported/Official ISI Transcripts Sent

What’s Included:

Tuition and Fees, virtual orientation session, Official transcript*, $1,500.00 voucher for Summer 2021 or Fall 2020/21 semester.

Join us in Italy next year and that is like getting two elective summer courses online for free!

*a transcript from our underwriter incurs an additional fee.

Ready to join us online this summer?