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  • Locations: Perugia, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Arcadia 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 12/31/2024 ** Rolling Admission 05/16/2024 07/27/2024

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art, Art History, Arts, Classical Studies, Creative Writing, Criminology, Culture, Dance, English, European Studies, Film, History, Italian, Italian Language & Literature, Literature, Photography, Political Science, Sociology Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Undergraduate GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Italian Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment-Shared
Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
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Lose yourself in a medieval Italian city in the summertime

Often called ‘the big university town in a small Italian city,’ Perugia is the home of The Umbra Institute, an ISI Abroad academic partner of Arcadia which offers popular summer courses for those interested in learning Italian and understanding Italy’s history and culture.

The institute also offers field study to famous Italian cities and sites, community engagement opportunities, and extracurricular activities to take you out of the classroom and into the real Italy in Umbria, Tuscany, and other Italian regions. Perugia's stunning hilltop location and international recognition as a city of learning serve as the ideal backdrop for your study abroad. 

You'll participate in the Arcadia Italy Weekend: A tailored weekend trip for all Arcadia students coming to Italy to enhance a sense of belonging to the Arcadia community. Students will explore hidden areas of Italy (among the Abruzzo, Marche, or Romagna's countryside) that are off the beaten tracks and authentic.

The weekend will provide walking tours, cultural activities, and food experiences to immerse students in Italian culture. It will also be an opportunity to create connections among students in different areas of Italy and encourage exchange visits in reciprocal cities. This is part of Arcadia's planned Excursions and Activities, which enhance your cultural immersion and give a meaningful context to your academic courses


You're in the right spot! This is now an academic pathway through the ISI Perugia - The Umbra Institute Summer program from Summer 2023.

  • All General Studies courses are taught in English. You don’t need to speak Italian to enroll, but you are sure to improve your proficiency as you explore the city, interact with its residents and learn first-hand about the real Italy. (Session 1, 2, or 1&2)
  • If you're looking to level up your Italian language proficiency, you have the option to participate in a specialized 4-week (Session 3) or 8-week (Session 4) language immersion academic pathway.
  • This program offers a wide variety of courses – everything from art history and performing arts, to literature and political science. You have the option to take one or two courses in Italian language and culture in the General Studies program.
  • Perugia’s hilltop location serves as the ideal backdrop for your study - Rich in art, architecture, and historical significance, it is internationally recognized as a city of learning.


Arcadia is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, offering exceptional study, research, and internship experiences for students from colleges and universities across the US. Our unique combination of customized, diverse academic programming and comprehensive support allows students to explore new worlds, get to know themselves, boost their resumes for future job opportunities and graduate school, and experience the incredible growth and shifts in perspective that a culturally immersive experience can deliver.

Please visit the Arcadia website for dates and the latest program information.

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