Program Overview

Off the beaten path but beloved by those who know it well, Perugia is a great choice for students looking for a truly local experience in Italy. Perugia rises and falls with its rolling terrain, providing stunning views of the hills of Italy’s “green heart” and the city’s mix of Etruscan, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. On the ground, you’ll find an impressive variety of restaurants, cafes, piano bars, museums, art galleries, cinemas and everything that caters to Perugia’s abundant (local) college student body. Want to experience an authentic Italian town, make local friends, and improve your Italian? Perugia is calling!

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Avg Course Load
1-2 courses (3-8 credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Italian
  • Considered Italy's "college town," Perugia welcomes students from around the country to attend its various universities and institutes
  • Nestled among the hills of central Umbra, Perugia offers stunning views around every corner
  • Enjoy a supportive program base with group activities yet plenty of opportunities to immerse in the local culture
  • Perugia provides easy access to major cities like Rome and Florence, yet it remains largely off the beaten path
  • Choose from various academic tracks: General Studies, with courses in English; Immersive Italian Language & Culture; or, Archaeology Field School based near a dig site
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.



The Umbra Institute is nestled between cafés, restaurants, museums, and art galleries in Perugia’s historical center. 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, and you’ll enjoy small class sizes in multimedia classrooms. Your professors are dedicated to helping you have the best experience possible while in Perugia.

The Umbra Institute is ranked No. 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, Roger Williams University, for an additional fee.

Accreditation(s): Our Semester in Perugia program is located at the Umbra Institute, whose school of record is Roger Williams University, which is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.


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


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.


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.


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Choose Your Courses

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

Life in Perugia

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CIS Abroad 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

General Studies & Italian Language/Culture Participants

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
  • Bathroom
  • Sheets, blankets, and pillows included
  • 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!

Archaeological Field School

Shared Apartments
You’ll live in Castiglione del Lago, a medieval town a few miles from Perugia (connected by buses/trains) and along the shores of the Lake Trasimeno. This location was chosen for its wonderfully hospitable community and its jurisdiction and proximity to the archaeological site. You’ll live in modernly furnished studio apartments (2-3 students each) a short walk from the lake shore, supermarkets, and all other important venues. All apartments include fully-equipped kitchens.

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!

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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.

skyline view of Florence

Day Trip to Florence

Hop on a train to Florence and spent the day getting to know the birthplace of the Renaissance under the guidance of the Florence on-site team. Around every corner you’ll encounter jaw-dropping architecture, centuries of history, and marvels of art.

students enjoying Italian food while abroad

Welcome Dinner

Kick off your culinary exploration of the delicacies of the Umbria region at a welcome meal just for CIS Abroad students. Your on-site team will introduce you to some of the flavors and hallmarks that make Umbrian cuisine famous throughout Italy, like its salumi, olive oil, and truffles.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Zachary Bookman
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Europe

Travel Tip: Try that strange-looking food. Learn to navigate the city with public transportation. Interact with the locals. Pushing through what can sometimes be uncomfortable situations can be the best way to experience a culture and eventually feel at home in it.

Learn more about Zachary

Alessandro Bruno
Site Director in Florence

Travel Tip: Never forget to pack an open mind, a lot of patience, a couple of snacks from home to cure homesickness and last but not least…serenity. Once in town, LOOK UP when walking around. Take a different route to class everyday. Live, love and accept your destination!

Learn more about Alessandro

Student Feedback

I truly cannot say enough about this beautiful city. Up until several months before I left, I had no idea Perugia even existed but I’m so glad I chose to study there. I loved that it was a smaller city which offered a break from the constant go go go of living in a larger city (although Florence isn’t too far away). It is easy to walk almost everywhere and you do get a bit of a workout with all the hills! There is so much history and unique facts to be learned.

Rebecca Chiusano

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2020: General Studies
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    May 23
    May 24
    Classes Start
    May 25
    Classes End
    June 25
    June 27
    3-4 credits: $5,690 // 6-7 credits: $6,490
  • Summer 2020: Archaeology Field School
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    May 23
    May 24
    Classes Start
    May 25
    Classes End
    July 3
    July 4
    3-4 credits: $5,690 // 6-7 credits: $6,490
  • Summer 2020: Immersive Italian Language & Culture
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    May 23
    May 24
    Classes Start
    May 25
    Classes End
    July 3
    July 4
    3-4 credits: $5,690 // 6-7 credits: $6,490

CIS Abroad 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:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance (just in case!)
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • LIVE! Pre-departure Orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Umbra Institute grade report (Roger Williams University transcript available at additional cost)
  • CIS Abroad orientation
  • On-site support
  • On-campus wi-fi
  • La Vida Local cultural program