Program Overview

Boost your résumé and your international experience through the Study Internship in Perugia program. This beautiful, traditional town is postcard perfect. You’ll make amazing memories as you study at the Umbra Institute, a top-ranked but small university in Italy. And you’ll make valuable connections through your internship, which will be tailored to match your goals and interests. Enjoy fun social and cultural activities in this hilltop town chock full of other study abroad and Italian college students.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Fall: June 1
Spring: October 1
Avg Course Load
3-5 courses (12-18 credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Italian

Key Program Highlights

  • A sustainable and community-focused institution, top-ranked in Italy
  • Host of one of Europe's largest chocolate festivals
  • Language classes in a friendly environment
  • Immersive, hands-on practicums
  • World-class restaurants and buzzing nightlife
  • Local trips to explore art and culture

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Life in Perugia

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Perugia. Where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop are just a few of questions that will be answered by our staff. They’ll also give you tips on how to blend in like a local. After the welcome orientation, there will be a fabulous welcome dinner at one of our favorite spots in town, featuring local seasonal products (anyone like truffles?) and local dishes.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

At the end of the program we will all get together for one last epic meal and talk about your adventures and experiences. Our staff will also share some precious tips on going back home feeling like a champ! Your study abroad experience is something to be cherished and shared with your family and friends back home.

Housing Options

Shared Apartments 

You’ll live with up to four other Umbra students in shared apartments in Perugia’s historic center.


  • Wifi
  • A fully furnished kitchen with a fridge, stove, sink, pots, pans, cutlery, and dishes
  • A bathroom
  • Sheets, blankets, and pillows
  • Some apartments also include a microwave, a full oven, a desk, a washing machine, and a television set

You’ll love your new neighborhood, where you can get to know both the Italians and your fellow international students who live there!

A homestay option is available upon special request. Your homestay might be located further from campus than the apartments and there are a limited number of families who participate. If you’re interested, please let your program coordinator know during your application process. Please also note that this housing option has a supplement fee.

Perugia Skyline

Local Life

  • Soccer games: Get a taste of the Italian soccer culture at one of Perugia’s games! It’s a great way to also meet other locals and also other study abroad students. Don’t forget to wear the local team jerseys!
  • Local restaurants: Don’t feel like cooking or simply want to try some local specialties? Venture out to the local tiny restaurants for amazing gastronomical experiences! Don’t forget to ask our staff for recommendations!
  • Medieval towns: With just a short train ride or bus ride, you can reach many of the tiny Medieval towns close to Perugia. Some of them participate in an annual contest for the most beautifully decorated town in Italy.
  • Lake Trasimeno: Spend a day or an afternoon at Lake Trasimeno, a beautiful lake near Perugia boasting islands reachable by ferry. Hike the lake’s islands, admire the beautiful Umbrian hills and all that nature has to offer. Interesting fact: even though the lake is the largest one in Central Italy, it’s shallow: only about eighteen feet deep!
  • Farmer’s market: Get to know the local farmers, practice your Italian and stay healthy by eating fresh, seasonal products!

More About Perugia

What's not to love about Perugia? You'll get all the perks of a big university town nestled in a quaint Italian city. From the hilltop overlooking Perugia, you'll see ancient walls, medieval churches, Renaissance architecture, and Baroque palaces. In addition to the old-world charm, Perugia thrives as a modern city with jazz cafés, museums, art exhibits, and more.

You’ll never tire of this enchanting city, which has numerous festivals throughout the year. Mark your calendars for: The Eurochocolate Festival (October); the Umbria Jazz Festival (July); the International Journalism Festival (April); and, the Festival dei Due Mondi (June and July) in nearby Spoleto.

Discover the best of Italy while living in Perugia. As a local, you can zip to the ancient town of Spello or take a ferry ride to the islands of Lake Trasimeno. Stay in town to attend a soccer match or people-watch in front of the Fontana Maggiore. Nestled in the cobblestone corridors, you'll find many artisan shops selling truffles, chocolates, and other hand-crafted treasures from the hills of Umbria. When you're feeling adventurous, traveling from central Italy by train is a breeze. Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Cortona are only a short distance away.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

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Pompeii, Naples and Amalfi Coast

To get the full experience of the famous buried city of Pompeii, take a guided tour of the ruins. From there, head to the dramatic and stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast, which looks over the Mediterranean Sea from its rocky shores. Included is a ferry ride for a day trip to the stunning island of Capri. Finally, shop in local stores and dine at famous pizzerias in Naples.

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Umbrian Lunch & Truffle Tasting:

Enjoy a traditional meal at one of the most popular local taverns. The meal is inspired by truffles, a decadent and rare mushroom that only grows in a few parts of the world. Truffles are one of the most expensive food items, and you can try them paired with local produce, cheese, wines, and meats.

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EuroChocolate Festival

This festival is as delicous as it sounds. You'll taste incredible handmade chocolates and chocolate drinks, and you'll attend chocolate workshops to learn the art of making this decadent treat from some of the most famous manufacturers around the world. (Fall Only)

Internship Academics & Placement

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. 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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

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).

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.

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.

Internships are available in the following fields:

Don’t see your field? Contact an advisor and we’ll be happy to help find the best internship for you!

Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/ organizations and applicant qualifications. We always try to make the best match for you!

Art & Design Fields

Business Fields

Education Fields

Health Science Fields

Humanities Fields

Social Sciences Fields

Student Feedback

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Spending a summer in Perugia was probably my favorite part of my entire college career—from the food, to the culture, to the people. I learned to slow down and appreciate the moment, as well as form a deeper appreciation for my personal relationships with friends and family.

Ashlyn Alessi - Albright College

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Fall 2017
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    August 25
    August 26
    Classes Start
    August 28
    Classes End
    December 7
    December 16
  • Spring 2018
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    January 5 (Estimated)
    January 6 - 7 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    January 8 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    April 19 (Estimated)
    April 27 (Estimated)
    $15,990 (Estimated)

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

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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)
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program