Please note: This program is administered by UConn, but it is not led by a UConn faculty member.
Study at the Umbra Institute
Often called “the big university town in a small Italian city,” Perugia is home to the Umbra Institute, which is the sister-institute to the International Studies Institute in Florence (UConn in Florence Programs). Students can choose from a variety of courses with integrated field trips to world-famous Italian cities and sites, community engagement opportunities, and extra-curricular activities. The diverse Umbra faculty and friendly staff strive to incorporate a genuine Italian experience into all elements of the academic curriculum and student’s experience.
Perugia’s hilltop location serves as the ideal backdrop for study abroad in Italy. Rich in art, architecture, and historical significance, it is internationally recognized as a city of learning. The ancient city is surrounded by the rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany. While lying off the beaten path, travel from Perugia is easy as Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Cortona lie only a short distance away.
Beyond the unique location, community engagement is the guiding philosophy behind all Umbra academic programs. Thanks to the city’s small size, the daily interaction with Italian students, and effective Italian language studies, Umbra helps students get to know the real Italy—and Italians. Each semester, Umbra students discover that giving back to the host community is one of the most rewarding outcomes of their time abroad. The real and visible impact of these efforts includes intercultural exchange, language acquisition, and new friendships. Students may choose from academic internships and service learning projects to volunteering, Co-Ops, and more. Visit the Umbra Community Engagement Abroad webpage and YouTube channel, Umbraviews.
The General Studies Program is based on a traditional liberal arts curriculum with two components: an Italian language and culture course and a selection of elective courses in English. All students are required to study the Italian language for a total of four to six credits.
The majority of courses include field trips as part of the curriculum.
The Direct Enrollment Program offers students the unique opportunity to experience Italian university life as a local alongside Italian and international students at the University for Foreigners (Università per Stranieri) or the University of Perugia (Università degli Studi di Perugia). Enrolled in the Direct Enrollment Program at the University for Foreigners, students of all levels of language proficiency focus exclusively on Italian language and culture and study alongside people from all over the world whose goal is to become fluent in Italian. Students enrolled in the University of Perugia begin the semester with an intensive, one-month Italian language course at the University for Foreigners prior to beginning their two elective courses in the humanities department at the University of Perugia.
The Umbra Institute also offers STEM courses in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Engineering.
In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.
This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below, go to the horizontal navigation bar on the Education Abroad homepage; click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution. For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.
|UConn Dept. and #||University Course Title||Foreign #||Foreign Course||Credits||Accreditation Expiration Date|
|ANGR 3093||Foreign Study||STFS 330||Sustainability and Food Production in Italy||3||6/30/2021|
|ANTH 3098||Foreign Study||ARCL 340||Archaeology in Central Italy: The Etruscan and Roman Heritage||3||6/30/2021|
|ANTH 3402 or WGSS 3402||Women in the Bible||HSWS 380||Saints, Sinners, and Harlots: Medieval Women||3||6/30/2020|
|ANTH 3990||Field Work in Archaeology||ARFW 350||Archaeological Field Workshop||6||6/30/2021|
|ART 2993||Foreign Study||ARFP 210||Fresco Painting||3||6/30/2020|
|ART 2993||Foreign Study||ARPH 210||Introduction to Photography: Portfolio of Perugia||3||6/30/2020|
|ART 3993||Foreign Study||ARFP 310||Fresco Painting||3||6/30/2020|
|ARTH 1193||Foreign Study||AH 320||Italian Renaissance Art: Giotto to Michelangelo||3||12/31/2020|
|CAMS 1102 + CAMS 1993||Roman Civilization + Foreign Study||HSRC 330||Roman Civilization||3+1||6/30/2020|
|CAMS 1193||Foreign Study||HSRE 330||Roman Empire||4||6/30/2020|
|CAMS 3243||World of Late Antiquity||HSRS 345||Pagans and Christians: Ancient Mediterranean Religions||3||6/30/2020|
|CHEM 1127Q||General Chemistry I||CHEM 191||Principles of Chemistry I||4||6/20/2022|
|ECON 2493||Foreign Study||PSEU 340||The Politics and Economics of the European Union||3||6/30/2020|
|ECON 2493||Foreign Study||PSEU 350||The European Union in the Global Economy||3||6/30/2020|
|ENGL 3627||Studies in Literature||ENLI 320||Italy and the Literary Imagination||3||6/30/2021|
|ENGL 3693||Foreign Study||ISRM 400||Research Writing and Methodology||2||6/30/2021|
|HDFS 3083||Foreign Study||PYHD 430||Human Development in Culture||3||6/30/2020|
|HIST 3993||Foreign Study||HSIT 349||The History and Culture of Food in Italy||3||6/30/2021|
|ILCS 1145||Elementary Italian I||ITLN 101||Elementary Italian||4||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 1145 + 1146||Elementary Italian I and II||ITLN 110||Intensive Elementary Italian||4 + 4||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 1146||Elementary Italian II||ITLN 102||Elementary Italian II||4||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 1147||Intermediate Italian I||ITLN 201||Intermediate Italian I||4||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 1147 + 1148||Intermediate Italian I and II||ITLN 210||Intensive Intermediate Italian||4 + 4||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 1148||Intermediate Italian II||ITLN 202||Intermediate Italian II||4||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 1193||Foreign Study||ITLN 101||Elementary Italian I||4||6/30/2020|
|ILCS 3239||Conversation and Composition I||ITLN 310 (fall)||Advanced Italian Composition and Conversation||3||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 3240||Conversation and Composition II||ITLN 310 (spring or summer)||Advanced Italian Composition and Conversation||3||12/31/2020|
|ILCS 3293||Foreign Study||FSIT 340||Mangiamo: Food in Italian Literature and Film||3||6/30/2020|
|ILCS 3293||Foreign Study||THIT 360||Mafia, Murder, and Mystery: Crime in Italian and American Cinema and Literature||3||6/30/2020|
|POLS 3993||Foreign Study||HSEU 340||History and Politics of the European Union||3||6/30/2020|
|POLS 3993||Foreign Study||PSIT 352||The History and Politics of Modern Italy||3||6/30/2021|
|SOCI 3271||Topics in the Sociology of Culture||SOIT 360||Contemporary Italy: Culture, Society, Trends||3||6/30/2021|
|UNIV 2993||International Study||JSFS 380||Wine Journalism: Telling Stories of Wine||3||6/30/2021|
|UNIV 2993||International Study||CESP 354||Critical Disabilities Studies: Seminar and Practicum||3||12/31/2020|
|WGSS 3402 or ANTH 3402||Women in the Bible||HSWS 380||Saints, Sinners, and Harlots: Medieval Women||3||6/30/2020|
The Umbra Institute Highlights
• State-of-the-art facilities;
• International staff and faculty
• Availability for pre-departure questions;
• Private airport pick-up in Rome and transfer to Perugia;
• Two-day orientation in Perugia including a practical city walking tour;
• Cell phones or SIM cards rental services available;
• Educational and cultural workshops on Independent Travel, Presentation and PowerPoint, and Reentry to the U.S.;
• Optional Trip, a staff-guided trip offered to explore beautiful, scenic Italy;
• Co-curricular field trips to world-renowned historic sites and famous cities
• Mandatory Italian language courses to learn practical skills to communicate with locals;
• Tandem language exchange;
• A variety of extracurricular activities (pizza-making workshop, sports with Italian university students, etc.);
• Communication: monthly newsletters, Wi-Fi in all student apartments, frequent posts on the Umbra Blog, and a Student Handbook and Guidebook;
• Emergency phone available 24 hours a day;
• Medical care available 24 hours a day;
• Life-coaching and counseling service; and
• Staff trained in crisis management.
Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.
This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.
You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).Budget Sheets: Spring
- Location: Perugia, Italy
- Terms: Fall, Spring
- Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Class status:||2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year||Academic area:||Arts, Humanities|
|Language of instruction:||Italian||Prior language study required:||None|
|Open to non-UConn students:||Yes||Required GPA:||2.75|