The Umbra Institute in Perugia offers a rich curricular program with courses in art history, food studies, business and marketing, psychology, archaeology, and more. One of the advantages of studying abroad in Italy during the summer is the vibrant cultural life that students enjoy at this particular time of year. Perugia offers a truly immersive experience and the nearby cities in Umbria and Tuscany turn into open-air settings for course excursions, site visits, cultural activities, and events that include concerts, festivals, and traditional Italian holiday celebrations.
Spend your summer in central Italy while taking one or two courses toward your degree. Choose between our 5-week or 4-week session, or consider enrolling in both to spend a full summer in Italy while completing a semester's worth of courses.
Pizza, chocolate, aperitivo, gelato... the list goes on and on for how our students are able to explore the Italian food culture. We have been hosting workshops on how to make the local artisanal chocolate, how to create the perfect pizza, eat the best gelato in town, and learn about the aperitivo experience that may be less familiar to Americans.
(note: the aperitivo is a pre-meal drink; the experience of aperitivo is a cultural ritual. Derived from the Latin aperire, the tradition is meant “to open” the stomach before dining. Accordingly, for centuries Italians have said cheers – cin cin – over drinks and appetizers in the early evening hours between work and dinner.)
So now that you're hungry, how do you want to explore Italy?
ISI Florence has a Global Leaders program which features 6 students who have been selected to share their study abroad experience, giving them the opportunity to develop & enhance their leadership & cross-cultural awareness. Here are this semesters students:
📷 1. Thomas Jurasits, UVA. Pictured with the legendary Pino from Pino's Sandwich shop. A popular place for students not only for Pino's delicious sandwiches, but also for his welcoming & kind demeanour. 🥪
📷 2. Arian Chopra, Arcadia Louisville. Located at the Piazza Santissima Annunziata, the Equestrian statue of Ferdinand I de' Medici is his personal favorite statue in Florence due to his time growing up around horses in Kentucky! 🐎
📷 3. Kyle Terranova, UMD. Taverna dei Servi is one of his favorite places. Great food & friendly staff makes this place very welcoming. 🍝
📷 4. Varunika Tewani, UMD. In her Drawing The Human Figure class which is her favorite! 🎨
📷 5. Nathalie Cimbolo, UMD. She's discovered a great rooftop cafe with amazing views of the Duomo! ☕
📷 6. Ana Sparages, PSU. She identifies with both the Duomo & gelato - reminders that she is living in Italy! 🍦
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Check out what our photography class in Perugia is up to!
“This morning, during our photo walk, we learned how to take both still and motion pictures.”
Introducing students to the fundamentals of photography-that’s exactly what professor Philippa’s course is all about! Students capture their experience through weekly photo walks around Perugia, eventually creating a portfolio of these images. The class also explores the cultural phenomenon of photography and the role it plays in society.
On top of that, at the end of the semester, all the photographs will be displayed at the Umbra Art Show… we are counting down until then! 😍