Program Overview

Embark on a sensational summer in Italy, with each day filled with decadent cuisine, stimulating classes, and stunning surroundings. On Summer in Perugia, immerse yourself in Italian culture both in and beyond the classroom. The beautiful hillside college town of Perugia serves as the ideal backdrop for your study abroad in Italy. Whether you want a location rich in art, architecture, or historical significance, Perugia is internationally recognized as a city of learning. Practice your Italian with friendly locals, hike the rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany, and explore other cities in Italy. Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Cortona are all only a short train ride away!

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 15
Avg Course Load
1–2 classes (3–6 credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Italian

Key Program Highlights

  • Small, vibrant college town (CISabroad's best kept Italian summer program secret)
  • Four academic tracks: General Studies, Renaissance Dance, Archaeology Studies, and Intensive Italian through Culture
  • Honors and independent research courses available
  • Capital city of the Umbria region and of the Perugia province
  • Home to one of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe

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

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. You’ll get to live in a neighborhood with both Italians and other international students!


  • Equipped with wifi internet
  • A fully furnished kitchen
  • Linens
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Some apartments may also include a microwave, oven, desk, washing machine, or TV


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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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)

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Eataly Food Tour

If you've never been to Italy before . . . this is a must when in Rome. Eataly's goal is to demonstrate how high-quality products can be easily available at affordable prices. You'll taste the famous durum wheat pasta from Gragnano, Piedmontese egg pasta, the water of the Maritime Alps, and Piedmont and Veneto wine, as well as Italian meats and cheeses.


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

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.

The University

The Umbra Institute is nestled between cafés, restaurants, museums, and art galleries in Perugia's historical center. You'll enjoy small class sizes in multimedia classrooms. Studying at the Institute is convenient—the building houses a library, computer labs, art studios, and a student lounge. The diverse faculty and staff are well connected within the community. Your professors are dedicated to helping you have the best experience possible while in Perugia.

The Umbra Institute is ranked #1 for mid-sized universities in Italy, according to Censis, Centro Studi Investimenti Sociali, a socio-economic research institute. The Institute runs in coordination with Arcadia University, an AACSB-accredited university. Students will receive an Umbra Institute grade report, or they may request a transcript from the Umbra Institute school of record, Connecticut College, for an additional fee.

Accreditation(s): Our Semester in Perugia program is located at the Umbra Institute, whose school of record is Connecticut College, which is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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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.

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
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program