The Umbra Institute in Perugia

Immersive Programs with a focus on Community Engagement

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About the Umbra Institute

The Umbra Institute is located in the historic center of Perugia on the grandiose Piazza IV Novembre. It occupies the main floors of a fifteenth-century palace and the cloisters of the centuries-old Duomo di San Lorenzo. Umbra offers a wide array of courses and program options for study abroad students from U.S. colleges and universities.


The Umbra Institute is the only year-round independent American program based in Perugia, offering semester, year-long, and summer programs with a variety of academic courses. We provide a unique educational opportunity for students both in and outside the classroom as our faculty and staff strive to incorporate a genuine Italian experience into all elements of both the academic curriculum and student life. Whether students choose to pursue a curriculum taught by Umbra faculty or enroll directly through Umbra at one of the local Italian university partners, they will take courses with Italian students and engage with the Perugia community on a daily basis. The stage is set for cultural and linguistic discovery.


Recognition and Accreditation
Coursework at Umbra is underwritten by Roger Williams University which maintains membership in AACUPI (the American Association of College and University Programs in Italy) and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.


Since its inception, Umbra Institute has grown steadily and developed a well-respected reputation as a provider of consistently high-quality academic programs, becoming an innovative leader in experiential academic programs in Italy.  The Institute boasts over 40 academic partnerships including  the University of Connecticut, Villanova University, Bryn Mawr University, Arcadia University, the University if Maryland and number of other top-tier US colleges and universities. Our local partners include the Universita’ per Stranieri di Perugia, the Universita’ degli Studi di Perugia, and the Belle Arte di Perugia Pietro Perugino.


Piazza IV Novembre 23, Perugia, Italy
The Umbra Institute Facility


The Academic Programs
Semester, summer and full-year study abroad programs are available, offering a wide variety of courses in food studies and sustainability, archeology, psychology, Italian Studies, studio arts, cultural studies, history, literature, international business, political science and more. Direct enrollment programs in cooperation with the Universita’ per Stranieri di Perugia, The Universita’ degli Studi di Perugia and the Belle Arte Pietro Perugino.


Our Focus on Community Engagement
Beyond our unique location, Umbra is among the few institutions in Italy that focus heavily on community engagement activities. We offer course with service learning components, academic internships, seminar and practicums, volunteer programs, independent research, and other activities that bring Umbra students together with the local Italian student population and the community at large. We strive to connect our community with the city of Perugia through curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular community engagement initiatives. After studying at the Umbra Institute, students consistently say these are the experiences that had the greatest most meaningful impact on their time abroad.

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January 27th is International Holocaust Day, commemorating the lives lost by the hands of Nazi Germany during World War II as well as the liberation of the last survivors of the Auschwitz death camp.
Florence also remembers the lives of 300 local Jewish residents uprooted from their homes and lives and forced into concentration camps by the Nazi occupation of Florence.
You may notice small bronze "tripping stones" embedded into the sidewalks of the city. These stones, created by German artist Gunter Deming, are actually all across Europe (over 70,000) and mark where some of these victims lived.
For a full list of related events in Florence, visit Magenta Florence at

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UVA's Carter Lowe has just started her semester in #italy and says:
“I have enjoyed all of Umbra’s courses so far, and am already in love with Perugia. The staff are extremely helpful in getting settled into the city and culture. I can’t believe I’m here for 4 months!”

Stay tuned to learn more about Carter's Italian adventures later this semester!

In the meantime, we encourage @UVA students to #goabroad with #uvastudyabroad.

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"Before the day is a day, after reaching the city riding a scooter and after coffee. Before I connect myself to the rest of the things, alone with my pencils."

The Miserables' Chronicles. A new portfolio exhibition by ISI Florence architecture professor, Franco Pisani.

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Today Perugia woke up under the snow! ❄️
The best view of the piazza is from the Umbra student lounge, well sheltered and cozy. ☕️

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