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UConn Summer Archaeology Field School in Perugia, Italy (Summer) (Faculty-led)

The Program

Please note: This program is administered by UConn, but it is not led by a UConn faculty member. 

The Trasimeno Archaeology Field School provides a curricular concentration in Archaeology and History based in nearby Castiglione del Lago on the shores of Lake Trasimeno between Umbria and Tuscany. Castiglione del Lago is a charming medieval town in Umbria, located on top of a small peninsula along the southwestern shores of Lake Trasimeno.  All Field School participants will stay in Castiglione during the summer term, only a few miles away from Perugia and easily accessible either by bus or train.

Umbra Institute’s mission is to develop our students’ expertise in the full range of methods and processes employed in a complete archaeological project, from research design, to methods of data collection in the field, to the cataloging and display of archaeological remains.

Working with professional archaeologists, our students will have the opportunity to actively participate in each of these activities and learn the necessary skills: from preliminary survey of the territory in order to locate and characterize archaeological sites, to the processing and analysis of the data collected during the campaign. Investigating the archaeological heritage of this landscape, our project provides an instructive example of how different civilizations built upon one another in the same geographic area.

The Academics

The Field School consists of two courses, one theoretical and one practical, both held in Castiglione del Lago. The program aims to provide students with a comprehensive overview of up-to-date theories and methods of archaeological research and fieldwork as applied to the civilizations that shaped the history and culture of central Italy.

Both courses are non-prerequisite and mandatory. They include field trips to various archaeological and cultural sites, including an overnight trip to Rome. Field trips are designed to enhance student understanding of the territory’s history, while also providing the opportunity to study and visit neighboring archaeological sites and major museum collections.

The Field School runs for 6 weeks, from the beginning of June through mid-July.

Students will earn credit for ANTH 3990 Field Work in Archaeology (6 credits) and ANTH 3098 Foreign Study: Archaeology in Central Italy: The Etruscan and Roman Heritage (3 credits).

The Experience

In keeping with the Umbra Institute’s academic philosophy, the Archaeological Field School is collaborative and aims to involve the community of Castiglione in a long-term relationship. As part of the project, students will cooperate with the local archaeological museum to enhance its visibility and impact.

Students will live in modernly furnished studio apartments (2-3 students each) directly on the lake shore, a short walking distance from supermarkets and all other important venues. All apartments include furnished kitchens.

In line with Umbra’s traditional focus on community engagement, our students will have the opportunity to enjoy day-to-day life as a local and experience the ambience of an Italian town. A renowned summer location, Castiglione is an international venue for relaxing vacations, swimming and sun-bathing on its beaches, or for practicing a variety of sports: cycling, sailing, wind- and kite-surfing, and canoeing. The beautiful hills surrounding the area offer opportunities for hiking, mountain-biking, and horseback riding.

Bus and train services directly connect Castiglione to other cities, including Rome and Florence, making it easy to travel over weekends.


Please note that the only type of financial aid that can be applied to the cost of this program, other than scholarships, are Federal Stafford Loans. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Please also note that program fees do not include airfare to/from Rome, meals, lab fees (€ 250), and personal expenses.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

  • Location: Castiglione del Lago, Italy
  • Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/27/2018 03/06/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: Yes Required GPA: 2.75