Summer in Perugia

Spend a summer studying in a college town in the radiant heart of Italy. Distinctive academic programs that allow you to immerse yourself in Italian culture and learn both in and beyond the classroom.

On Summer in Perugia, we offer world-renowned academics on a custom summer study abroad program. You will have the chance to take interesting courses in art history, dance, creative writing, and politics taught in English. Study Italian abroad at the Umbra Institute: we’ve got an intensive language program that’s perfect for every level of proficiency in Italian.  

We offer the most affordable summer study abroad option in Perugia. We care about delivering high-quality study abroad programs that won’t break your piggy bank when you spend your summer abroad in Italy.  After all, you’ll need some money for traveling, shopping, chocolate, and gelato!

We have the knowledge, experience, and information you need. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, so we can help you make the most of your experience.  We love Italy, and we can’t wait to share academic advice, travel ideas, and detailed information. 

Spend a summer studying abroad in Perugia, “the big university town in a small Italian city.” On Summer in Perugia, immerse yourself in Italian culture and learn both in and beyond the classroom. 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. 


Summer in Perugia offers:

Custom study abroad experience - You choose the study abroad program that best suits your academic needs and personal interests. Whether you want to study a variety of courses in the General Studies Program or focus exclusively on Italian in the Intensive Italian through Culture Program with a wide variety of cultural activities, there is the right fit for you.

Study abroad in Italy in a college town -One of Italy's biggest college towns, Perugia is a city filled with many restaurants, jazz cafes, cinemas, museums, and theaters.

One of Italy's art and cultural centers - Perugia has a rich tradition of art and artists. Check out 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 Umbra events, activities, and academic field trips, you have the option of participating in CISabroad social dinners, excursions, cultural activities, sporting events, and explore the city's historical sites.

World-famous chocolate and gelato - Perugia is famous for chocolate.The Perugians have also mastered the beloved dessert, gelato.

If you have ever wanted to study abroad in Italy, check out our Summer in Perugia summer study abroad program! Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Live and learn in Italy's college town
  • Get to know the real Italy (and Italians!)
  • Classes offered in three distinct academic tracks: General Studies, Renaissance Dance, and Intensive Italian through Culture
  • Beautiful hill-top location
  • Honors and independent research courses available
  • Home to one of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe
  • World-famous chocolate, chocolate festival, and gelato
  • Capital city of the Umbria region and of the Perugia province
  • Cosmopolitan feel with great restaurants, cafés, and nightlife
  • One of the notable art centers of Italy

On the Summer in Perugia program with CISabroad, you will have the opportunity to take day and weekend excursions to see what the rest of Italy and Europe has to offer. Here are a few of the places worth visiting in Italy: 

Capri is a stunning island that gives you some of the best views of the Mediterranean around. Be sure to visit some of its natural wonders, like its blue caves and limestone sea-stacks, as well as its more developed attractions such as classic piazzas and Roman ruins.

Naples has something for everyone, whether you are looking for exciting night life, bustling city streets, art, achitecture, nature, or incredible food. 

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 borders. 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. Leonardo da Vinci 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.

For an excursion that doesn't require travel, you can take part in an Umbria Jazz Festival that takes place in Perugia during the summer.  You'll get the chance to mingle with Perugian locals and other students while having food and wine and listening to great music in the streets.

Summer in Perugia is housed at the Umbra Institute, which offers courses in a wide variety of subjects, including art history, history, Italian studies, international business, literature, marketing, political science, studio art, and more. Choose the General Studies track or focus on learning Italian with the Italian through Culture Program. If you enjoy to dance, be sure to check out the Renaissance Dance Program at the Umbra Institute this summer!

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 load: 1–2 classes (3–6 credits).

Course approval:  Before you go abroad, it is best to get 3–4 classes approved for your summer program. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

The General Studies Program:

Please click here to see a complete course offering for the General Studies program.

The Renaissance Dance Program

Instructor: Dr. Cynthia Nazzaro, Visiting Instructor, Springfield College

Credits: 3

Class Meetings: Twice per week

Course number: DHIR 210

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to introduce students to the historical and artistic origins of dance as a theater art with the focus on developments during the Italian Renaissance. Studies will include Italian folk and court dance forms; ballet and contemporary forms; and Renaissance art, theater design, music, and costumes. Topics will be explored through lecture, reading, writing, critiquing, research, a fieldtrip to Florence, dance classes with an Italian master teacher, reconstruction of specific dances, and individualized choreographic studies. NOTE: This course involves some movement participation, but requires no prior training.

The Intensive Italian Language through Culture Program

Course Offerings
Students can choose from the following four courses:

Italian 111S Intensive Elementary Italian – 8 credits (for students with little to no prior Italian studies)
Italian 211S Intensive Intermediate Italian – 8 credits 
Italian 311S Intensive Intermediate-Advanced Italian – 8 credits 
Italian 411S Intensive Advanced Italian – 8 credits  

**Students will take a placement test upon arrival to determine their appropriate Italian level.

Program Structure

The six-week Intensive Italian through Culture program is conducted entirely in Italian and is open to all students. Students meet five days per week for five contact hours each day, totaling 150 contact hours. Student also participate in co-curricular cultural activities for an additional five hours per week, totaling 30 contact hours. In total, the program contact time is 180 hours.

The organization of the daily program includes:

• Language Instruction (comprehension)
• Language Exercises (application)
• Conversation (integration)

Students will receive a US college or university transcript from an accredited US institution for academic work completed on this program.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

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

Perugia is known as one of the biggest college towns in Italy, with over a quarter of the population of 160,000 residents being college students. The city’s beautiful surrounding landscape and rich art, history, and architectural significance makes it a perfect place to study abroad.

The charming, bustling city has broad pedestrian streets that are lined with jazz cafés, concerts, and art exhibits. You’ll be able to discover the best of Italy while exploring Perugia! Practice your Italian skills in the city, and become immersed in Italian culture and life.

Our Summer in Perugia program is located at the Umbra Institute, who school of record is Connecticut College, which is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. You’ll study at the Umbra Institute during your summer in Perugia. The school has an ideal location between cafés, restaurants, museums, and art galleries in the city’s historical center. The Umbra Institute has a library, computer labs, art studios, a student lounge, and multimedia classrooms, and the diverse faculty and staff work hard to make sure you have the best experience in Italy possible.

Umbra Institute Grade Report with Connecticut College transcript for extra fee.

Academic Highlight:
The Umbra Institute was ranked #1 mid-sized university in Italy, according to l Censis, Centro Studi Investimenti Sociali, a socio-economic research institute.and run in coordination with Arcadia University, an AACSB-accredited university. The Umbra Institute was ranked #1 mid-sized university in Italy, according to l Censis, Centro Studi Investimenti Sociali, a socio-economic research institute.

You’ll study at the Umbra Institute during your summer in Perugia. The school has an ideal location between cafés, restaurants, museums, and art galleries in the city’s historical center. The Umbra Institute has a library, computer labs, art studios, a student lounge, and multimedia classrooms, and the diverse faculty and staff work hard to make sure you have the best experience in Italy possible.

During Summer in Perugia, you will participate 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 comprehensive picture of Italian life. To help you acclimate to your new surroundings, each term 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 participate in Intensive Italian Week to learn useful everyday terms, phrases, and Italian customs.

Community Engagement

Community engagement is the guiding philosophy behind all Umbra academic programs. Thanks to Perugia's small size, students are able to immerse themselves into the Italian culture and way of life by combining challenging academic learning with an authentic interaction with the local community.

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 enhance your language skills. Umbra offers 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!

You’ll enjoy living with other Umbra students in apartments in the historic center of Perugia. These apartments will be shared with up to four other students, and are all located near the Umbra facilities. They are equipped with Wi-Fi internet, a fully furnished kitchen, linens, and bathroom facilities. Some may also include a microwave, oven, desk, washing machine, or TV. You’ll get to live in a neighborhood with both Italians and other international students!

CISabroad’s Senior Site Director in Italy - Rome:

RominaRomina 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.


Assistant Site Director - Florence & Perugia 

Alessandro Bruno was born in Maryland and raised in Rome, Italy. He has traveled extensively through Europe, Central America, North America and China and considers himself a citizen of the world. During his travels, he acquired a passion for the environment and its preservation, cultures and languages. This passion led him to obtain a BA in Geography with a minor in Chinese Studies from Humboldt State University. In 2010 he spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Shanghai in China and has since become an even stronger proponent of study abroad programs, no matter where. Alessandro has also successfully completed the National Park Service Law Enforcement Training Program and a Wilderness First Responder course. Among Alessandro’s favorite activities are wake-boarding, kayaking, diving, traveling and getting lost on purpose in new places, eating sushi, learning new languages and cooking. 

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

The program cost for Summer 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 are the program fees due?

Program Fees for Summer in Perugia can be found on the Price and Dates page. 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. The application deadline for Summer in Perugia can be found here.

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 detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Summer in Perugia, you WILL NOT need a Visa. For specific Visa details, check here.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

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

6. What are my housing options?

Summer in Perugia offers housing in shared apartments. These housing locations are within walking distance of the campus.

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 varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For Summer in Perugia, you will enroll in 1-2 courses per session (3-6 US credits). To see the courses available, go to the course catalog.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Summer 2017
Arrival General Studies May 20
Departure June 24
Application Deadline April 1
Arrival Intensive Language through Culture May 20
Departure July 1
Application Deadline April 1
Arrival Archaeology Field School May 27
Departure July 8
Application Deadline April 1
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $5,350-$6,990 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
  • 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.