Semester in Perugia

Program Information

Umbra Institute in Perugia offers a variety of courses in the fall, spring, and summer. In addition, you’ll also be able to go on field trips, participate in community engagement opportunities, and join extra- curricular activities that let you experience Italy outside of a classroom when you study abroad in Perugia!

Perugia is a beautiful location to study abroad in. Its scenic hilltop location overlooks some of Italy’s most incredible landscapes, and it is also rich in art, architecture, and history. Perugia is conveniently located near Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Cortona, if you want to explore other regions of Italy.

Enjoy living in a college town- A quarter of Perugia’s 160,000 residents are college students, making it a fun and youthful place to live. There are countless restaurants, jazz cafés, cinemas, museums, and theaters to check out.

Community Engagement- Get involved with a variety of opportunities through Umbra Institute, including academic internships, community-based psychology research, service learning projects, volunteering, and more.

Plenty of art and culture- Perugia is home to the famous Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, the Etruscan Arch, and many historical churches and buildings.

Student activities- Along with all of the events and activities available through Umbra Institute, we offer social dinners, excursions, and cultural activities. Make sure to catch a game of one of Perugia’s sporting events!

Highlights and Excursions

Our Semester in Perugia program offers great academics in a beautiful city! It's the perfect way to study abroad in Italy. Here are some of the program highlights that you can enjoy:

  • Living in Italy’s college town 
  • Taking part in community engagement activities 
  • Incredible scenery 
  • Challenging course options, including Honors and independent research courses 
  • One of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe 
  • Delicious desserts- world-famous chocolate and gelato 
  • Great restaurants and nightlife 
  • Beautiful art 
  • One day and one weekend excursion

While you’re participating in the Semester in Perugia program, you will have the option to go on a weekend trip at no extra cost. These trips are subject to change from semester to semester, but in the past students have done:

Weekend in Pompeii, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast To get the full experience of the famous buried city of Pompeii, you can go on a guided tour of the ruins that will give you an incredible look at its history. Then, you will head to the dramatic and shockingly beautiful Amalfi Coast, which looks down on the Mediterranean Sea from its rocky shores. Included is a ferry ride for a day trip to the stunning island of Capri. Finally, you can enjoy shopping and eating at famous pizzerias in Naples.

Also included in the program is a one-day trip to a nearby quaint Umbrian town, where you can relax and enjoy the nice change of pace in a small Italian village. Lunch in town with the group is included.

Another attraction is the world's largest EuroChocolate festical, which is located right in Perugia. The site director will take our students to the festival, where you can taste incredible chocolates and chocolate drinks. You can also attend chocolate workshops, where you will learn the art of chocolate making from some of the most famous chocolate manufacturers around the world!

If you'll be with us in the fall, then you can look forward to trying your hand at olive and grape picking while they are in season.


You will be living with up to four other Umbra students in shared apartments in Perugia’s historic center. All of the apartments are equipped with Wi-Fi, a fully furnished kitchen with a fridge, stove, sink, pots, pans, cutlery, and dishes, a bathroom, sheets, blankets, and pillows. Some apartments also include a microwave, a full oven, a desk, a washing machine, and a television set. You’ll love your new neighborhood, where you can get to know both the Italians and your fellow international students who live there!

A home-stay option is available upon special request. Your home-stay might be further from campus than the apartments and there are a limited amount of families who participate so if you are interested, please let your program coordinator know during your application process. Please also note that this housing option has a supplement fee.


Courses include art history, cultural studies, food science, history, Italian studies, international business, literature, marketing, political science, studio art, and culinary arts.

For a complete list of course offerings, please click Here for Spring and Here for Fall.

Campus Setting

Small city

Average Course Load

4-5 courses (12-18 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction

English and Italian

Program Dates

Spring 2013*:

Start Date: January 4
End Date: April 26

Fall 2013*:

Start Date: August 29
End Date: December 20

Program Fee


*Cost subject to change at any time due to the current exchange rate.



  • One day and one weekend excursion
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & Accident insurance
  • Umbra Institute Official Transcript  *Connecticut College transcripts available – Extra Fees apply*
  • Numerous social activities
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

“The Umbria Institute provided not only a great education, but it gave me a new family (roommates) that I will always stay in touch with, and a special connection with a country that I feel I could call home. I would not change anything about my experience.”

Nicolette G.