Study Internship in Perugia

Study AND intern in Perugia, Italy to get the most out of your semester abroad. Combine your studies with hands-on experience for a great resume builder. Enjoy fun, social and cultural activities with other study abroad participants and life in this beautiful, hilltop town full of Italian college students.

Knowledgeable staff.  All of the advisors at CISabroad have studied or lived abroad and we’re here to make sure you get the most from your experience.  We love everything about Perugia and we’re excited to ensure you to study abroad in Italy! 

Convenient travel location.  Perugia is in a perfect location to travel around Italy and the rest of Europe. Take a quick bus to Florence, Rome or the coast to spend a weekend. Or, hop on a plane for a weekend getaway to Paris, Barcelona, Prague or another world-class European destination. 

Affordable programs.  We care about delivering high-quality, affordable study abroad programs. That way you have money left for traveling, shopping, or whatever your heart desires! Don’t forget to save some dough for Italy’s world-famous chocolate and gelato! The Study Internship in Perugia program allows you to get the most bang for your buck by studying AND interning in Italy, so you’re off to a great start there. 

Often called "the big university town in a small Italian city," Perugia is the home of the Umbra Institute, which offers fall, spring, and summer programs. Students can choose from a variety of courses, academic field trips to famous Italian cities and sites, community engagement opportunities, and extra-curricular activities that take you outside of the classroom and into the real Italy! It's the perfect setting to study abroad in Italy and also complete an international internship.

Perugia's hilltop location serves as the ideal backdrop for your 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.

Study in the heart of Italy in a college town- Perugia is one of Italy's biggest college towns, a city of approximately 160,000 with 40,000 students filling the many restaurants, jazz cafes, cinemas, museums, and theaters. Want to travel in Italy and abroad? It's easy as Perugia is only a few hours from Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan and has a local airport.  

Get involved!- Community engagment opportunities at the host campus vary from academic internships to community-based psychology research, service learning projects, volunteering, andmore.

One of Italy's art and cultural centers - Perugia has a rich tradition of art and artists. Check out of the masterpieces at the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria, explore antiquities like the Etruscan Arch, or visit the beautiful churches and secular buildings that grace the city.  There's no better place to study Italian! 
Student activities and excursions - In addition to the numerous on-campus events, activities, and academic field trips, you can participate in any of CISabroad's social dinners, excursions, and cultural activities. Be sure to also check out Perugia's sporting events, and explore the city's historical sites.

Our Study Internship in Perugia program offers a unique opportunity to get job experience with an international internship while you study abroad in Italy. Here are some of the program highlights:

  • Live in Italy’s lively college town
  • Participate in community engagement
  • Enjoy a beautiful hill-top location
  • More challenging Honors and Independent Research courses available
  • One of the biggest Jazz festivals in Europe
  • A huge chocolate festival
  • Thriving nightlife
  • One day and one weekend excursion


While you’re participating in the Study Internship in Perugia program with CISabroad, 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 CISabroad 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 also have free weekends to explore the city and places beyond the city walls!  Here are a few of the places you could visit:

The birthplace of the Renaissance and home to many famed artists and poets, Florence is a stone's throw away from Perugia and makes a great day trip or weekend stay. Besides the Uffizi Gallery, the Academia, and the Bargello art museums, Florence is surrounded by beautiful Tuscan countryside. Only two hours away by train, Florence can also be reached by bus or car. Don't miss Brunelleschi's magnificent dome on the main cathedral, Ghiberti's Baptistery doors, or even a stroll along the Arno.

What can be said about the nation's capital other than that it is a vivacious city with over 60 percent of Italy's art treasures, home to the Vatican City, and one of the most visited capitals in the world? There is no off-season in Rome, but it is certainly more crowded in the summer months. Worth seeing are: the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi fountain and, of course, the Vatican. With a good map, you can cover a lot in a day, but Rome is a world of its own and needs time to be enjoyed!
An all-time favorite of poets, bohemian travelers, lovers, and tourists, Venice never ceases to please the crowds! It is a spectacular city in every season with its narrow waterways, gondolas, and bustling markets. Venice is fascinating, whether it is during winter when the fog rolls in off the Adriatic, or during the hottest months when the streets fill not only with pigeons but also many tourists!

Capri is the perfect microcosm of the Mediterranean, displaying impossibly blue waters, classic piazzas, Roman ruins, and unbelievable ocean views. This stunning island set off the Tyrrhenian Sea boasts two beautiful marinas as well as chic boutiques, trattorias, blue caves, and limestone sea-stacks, making Capri the perfect place for a tranquil getaway.


Naples Packed with everything from sleeping volcanoes to edgy clubs, winding boulevards, bustling markets, gastronomical wonders, Renaisance art, tranquil bay views, bar ballrooms and ancient Greek architecture, Naples is a veritable cave of wonders. Torn between a reputation for chic piazzas and rough-and-ready market streets, Naples can make anyone feel at home.

Italy's fashion capital is a bustling urban center in the country's north, not far from beautiful Lake Como, the Alps, and the French, Swiss, and Austrian boarders. Apart from great shopping, there are noteworthy attractions in Milan such as their 15th-century gothic Duomo, the impressive Sforza Castle, and the Pinacoteca in Brera Art gallery. For da Vinci fans, Leonardo spent over 20 years in Milan, where he painted the famous and awe-inspiring “Last Supper.” The 15-by-30 foot fresco can be found in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie - a must see for all who visit Milan. It is, however, a five-hour train trip from Perugia and is not recommended as a day trip.

Study Internship in Perugia is designed for students in the General Studies semester- or year-long program, which offers courses taught in English in a wide variety of subjects, including Archaeology, Art History and Studio Art, Classical Studies, Creative Writing, Economics, Education, European Studies, Film and Media, Food Studies, History, International Business and Marketing, Italian Language and Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, Sociology, Sustainability, Women’s Studies, and more. 

The General Studies program has two components: Italian language and culture courses and an array of elective courses taught in English. All students are required to take an Italian language course. When choosing the appropriate Italian language course, students should indicate the level that best corresponds to their proficiency level, from beginner to advanced. During orientation, all students with one semester or more of Italian language will take a placement exam to determine their appropriate level. Within the General Studies program, you may also choose to enroll in Food Studies, Honors, or Independent Research courses.

To participate in an academic internship, you must enroll in the three-credit INIT 350: Academic Internship and Seminar as one of their elective courses. We offer internship placements in local schools, museums, and non-profit organizations and may vary each semester. This elective course has two main components: one experiential and one reflective. The experiential component provides students with direct experience in an international work setting. The reflective component is a seminar through which students gain academic knowledge that applies directly to their internship experience. These interactive seminars are guided by field-experienced professors on-site. Students will be at their internship site for approximately four hours per week and attend a one-and-a-half hour seminar weekly.

Course load: 3-5 classes (12–18 credits, including the Italian course and INIT 350: Academic Internship and Seminar). 

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 7–8 classes approved for your semester program. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major and that fulfill your elective requirements. 

Please note: You will not receive your official, on-site course registration until you arrive in Italy. You will have a two-week period to add or drop classes and will be informed if any of your courses will be unavailable for any reason.

GPA Required: 2.75. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses

Now for the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course descriptions and catalog:

View fall course descriptions
View spring course descriptions

Course materials

The majority of courses will require you to use a textbook and/or a “reader,” which is a packet of information compiled by the professor. Textbooks will be available for purchase at the host school or local bookstores; readers will be supplied the first day of class and billed to you.

Food Studies Program

The Food Studies Program, a concentration within the General Studies program, applies an interdisciplinary approach to the study of food—history, sociology, cultural studies, business practices, literature, politics, science, agriculture, and sustainability—to discover how the individual, the community, and society relate to food in Italy, America, and elsewhere. See the description of the Food Studies Program or watch the overview video.

Honors Program 

The Honors Program welcomes students with a desire to combine high academic standards, extensive study in the subject area, community engagement, and additional contact with instructors. Honors students further enhance their learning beyond the classroom by living with international or Italian students. 

Honors students conduct original research in an area of their choice, working one-on-one with a faculty advisor. The research culminates into a traditional research paper or a creative project, approved by the faculty advisor. Prior to departure, students may also select a home institution faculty member who would approve the particular research topic and correspond with the student throughout the semester. 

To qualify for the Honors Program, students must present a cumulative GPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) and a letter of reference from an instructor at their current home school. 

Independent Research

The Independent Research option is designed to provide students with the opportunity to complete a significant research assignment in a topic of their choice as one component of their study abroad experience. Many colleges and universities require undergraduates to culminate their studies in a research paper or senior thesis. With this option, students can engage in independent research, using the experience as a platform for their thesis project at their home institution.

To qualify for the Independent Research option, students must present a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) and a letter of reference from an instructor at their current home school.

CISabroad offers credit bearing internships for students in the General Studies program at the Umbra Institute (host institution). A credit bearing internship will be an "Academic Internship" course that you may choose as one of your electives. As part of this course, you will work with a company or organization in the Umbria area and you will complete relevant coursework.

Placement are available in the following fields*

•    Advertising
•    Economics
•    Event Planning/Management
•    Hospitality/Tourism
•    International Business
•    Management
•    Marketing

Health Science
•    Food Studies/Nutrition

Social Science & Humanities
•    Anthropology
•    Education
•    History
•    Political Science
•    Social Work

Visual/Performing Arts & Design
•    Architecture
•    Studio Art/Art History

*Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/organizations and applicant qualifications.

Don't see your field? Contact an advisor and we'll be happy to help you learn more of our Study Internship in Perugia program.

For the internship portion of this program, you will be asked to provide the following with your application:

  • Cover letter addressing what field you're interested in and level of Italian language
  • Resume

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? Scholarship and grants are awarded for everything from applying early to blogging about your intern abroad experience to taking photos of the fabulous scenery on a weekend excursion or volunteering with a local green organization!

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Perugia is the perfect place to study abroad. It combines a youthful college town- a quarter of the city’s population is made up of college students- with the rich history and culture of Italy. The Umbra Institute has many community partnerships that make it easy to get involved with your new city!

The ancient city’s location on a hilltop gives it a beautiful view of the surrounding scenery. Perugia has managed to preserve its medieval and Renaissance character, displaying artistic masterpieces on many of its buildings. Ancient walls, medieval churches, and Renaissance and Baroque palaces offer incredible opportunities to learn more about history.

In addition to the old world feel, Perugia offers a lively modern city as well. You can find jazz cafés, concerts, museums, art exhibits, and more- you’ll never be bored in this enchanting city!

As opposed to larger cities like Rome or Florence, Perugia offers limitless opportunities to practice language skills and experience authentic Italian life. It’s hard to think of a better place to study and intern abroad. Don’t take our word for it; ask former students to get their perspective on studying and living in Perugia. We hope you will join the ranks of students who call Perugia home!

The Study Internship in Perugia program is housed at the Umbra Institute. Founded in 1999 as a center for higher education, the Umbra Institute offers academic programs for students of U.S. colleges and universities. Nestled between colorful cafes, restaurants, museums, and art galleries in the historical center, the Umbra Institute houses a library, computer facilities, art studios, student lounge, and multimedia classrooms. The diverse Umbra faculty and friendly staff strive to incorporate a genuine Italian experience into all elements of both the academic curriculum and student life.

On the Study Internship in Perugia program, you will take part in many exciting excursions, cultural events, social dinners, and cultural workshops. These, combined with the courses you take at the Umbra Institute, will give you a truly comprehensive picture of Italian life. To help you acclimate to your new surroundings, each semester begins with a three-day orientation starting with airport pick-up, hotel accommodations for the first night, a welcome dinner, and private shuttles to your apartments. The orientation also includes sessions on academics, living in Perugia, Community Engagement opportunities, health and safety, Italian placement exams, cell phone rentals, and practical walking tours. You will also take part in Intensive Italian Week to learn useful everyday terms, phrases, and Italian customs. 

The city of Perugia has plenty of entertainment options. Enjoy the evening ritual of la passeggiata--a leisurely stroll through the center of town--or meet up with friends for gelato. There are also language tandem opportunities for you to meet and converse with Italian students to better enhance your language skills. There are also many options for community engagement catered to your interests. If you want to meet Italians and become part of the local culture, Perugia is the destination for you

Community Engagement

Beyond the unique location, community engagement is the guiding philosophy behind all Umbra academic programs. Thanks to the small size of the city, students are able to experience firsthand a real integration into Italian culture and the way of life by combining challenging academic learning with an authentic interaction in the local community. 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.

As a General Studies CISabroad student in Perugia, you will live with other Umbra students in apartments in the historic center of Perugia. You will share these apartments with up to four other students. All apartments are located near the Umbra facilities and will be equipped with Wi-Fi internet. Each of the student apartments will be fully furnished with both kitchen and bathroom facilities. The kitchen will include a refrigerator, stove, sink, pans, pots, cutlery, and dishes, and students will be provided with sheets, blankets, and pillows.  Some apartments may also include a microwave, full oven, desk, washing machine, or television.  Studying abroad in Perugia will be a unique experience for everyone, and living in a neighborhood with Italian neighbors will allow you to gain insight into the local life and culture.

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.

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the cost of tuition?

The program cost for Study Internship in Perugia can be found on the Price and Dates page. You can also see a full breakdown of the program prices and budget here.

2. When is program tuition due?

CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?  

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. For the internship portion of this program, you will be asked to provide a copy of your transcript as well as a cover letter addressing what field you are interested in and what level of proficiency you hold in Italian. The application for Study Internship in Perugia is due on June 15th.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For Study Internship in Perugia, you WILL need a visa. For specific visa details, please contact your advisor.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Study Internship in Perugia, the GPA requirement is 2.75.

6. What are my housing options?

Study Internship in Perugia offers housing in shared apartments or in a home-stay. The apartments are within walking distance of the campus and you may opt for a single bedroom or a multi-bedroom. Your home-stay might be further from campus than the apartments and there are a limited number of families who participate, so if you are interested in this option, please let your coordinator know during your application process.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size can vary from semester to semester, so if enrollment size is important to you, please contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. Are the study internships paid positions?

No, the internships are not paid positions, but they are an irreplaceable way to build your resume! If you are interested in receiving academic credit for your internship, you should contact your academic advisor or education abroad advisor to see if your university offers course credit for internships.

9. What is the internship matching process?

We custom match each intern with the organization that best meets the interests, skills, and goals of the intern.

10. What is the difference between an Intern Abroad and a Study Internship program?

The difference between an intern and a study intern with CISabroad is that a study internship allows you to take classes, earn credit, and participate in an internship in the same program! The intern program is solely focused on your professional experience and may or may not include credit.

11. Can I intern in my major?

Yes! It is possible to intern in your major. The process is highly individualized so that your placement is the best match! For the Study Internship in Perugia program, check out the placement and credit page to see sample placements.

CISabroad’s Site Director in Italy:

Romina is a native Roman, who graduated with a degree in International Communications at the University for Foreigners of Perugia in 2005. In the same year, she returned to Rome where she started working for IES. In the following two years she decided to study International Relations and enrolled in the MA in International Affairs at the SIOI school in Rome. In 2007 Romina graduated in International Relations at the same University of Perugia and after completing the MA she undertook an internship at the Italian Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. At the beginning of 2008, after completing the internship, Romina was offered a position to work as a Communication and Public Information Officer within the civilian component of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Herat for the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Between 2008 and 2009 she accomplished two missions in Afghanistan. In 2009 she started working for the Italian Development Cooperation Office at the Italian Embassy in Beirut. In Lebanon she worked as a Communication and Public Information Officer and she was also in charge of the joint projects which were later carried out together with the Italian troops within the United Nations mission in Southern Lebanon. In the summer of 2010 Romina left Lebanon to work in Yemen, where she held the same office within the Italian Development Cooperation Department of Sana’s. In the spring of 2011, due to the serious and uncertain situation in Yemen, all the Italian Embassy staff was ordered to leave the country for security reasons. Because of the consequences of the Arab Spring in all Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, and in Northern Africa, Romina has decided to work in Rome and enjoy with her friends and family the beauty of the Eternal City.

Romina will be present in Italy and available to students for activities, emergencies, issues or concerns around your program, or just if you’re feeling out of place and need some support. All students will be formally introduced to her prior to the start of the program and she will maintain contact with you throughout the program, to ensure that everything is going well.

Term: Spring 2017
Arrival January 5
Departure April 28
Application Deadline EXTENDED TO October 15
Term: Fall 2017
Arrival August 25
Departure December 16
Application Deadline June 1
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $15990 more info
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $15,990** more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (apartment or flat)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Umbra Institute orientation
  • Local Excursions, and one overnight excursion
  • On-site support
  • Umbra Institute Transcript (Connecticut College transcripts available – Extra Fees apply)
  • Carbon offset of travel and Green Travel Guide

CISabroad  reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.