Summer in Perugia

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Experience Italian authenticity in a hilltop college town.

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, find an impressive variety of restaurants, cafes, piano bars, museums, art galleries, and cinemas. Want to experience an authentic Italian town, make local friends, and improve your Italian? Perugia is calling!

What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Italian
  • Average Courseload: 1-2 courses (3-8 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.75


  • 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

Program Details

Umbra Institute

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.

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Communications
  • Italian
  • Education

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Humanities
  • Culinary Arts

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

The Summer in Perugia program has three different academic tracks for you to choose from. Umbra Institute incorporates field learning activities into nearly all courses, so you will find your studies will take place both inside and outside of the classroom.


Take 1-2 courses for 3-6 credits, choosing from a variety of fascinating fields like food & wine studies, art history, communication, studio art, and more. Courses are taught in English, except for ITAL 101 Elementary Italian.

View Course Catalog


In the Summer Archaeology Field School, you will get your hands in the dirt by working on a real archaeological dig. You’ll based in a town near Perugia called Castiglione del Lago, which is on the shores of Lake Trasimeno. You will take the following two courses, both taught in English, for a total of 6 credits:

  • ARCH 325: Archaeology in Central Italy: the Roman and Etruscan Heritage
  • ARCH 350: Archaeological Field Workshop

In combining these two courses, you will gain hands-on experience at a Roman dig and explore Roman & Estruscan archeology. Field trips to various archaeological & cultural sites are included.

To learn more about the Summer Archaeology Field School, including more course information and program details, click here!


Looking to plunge in deep to Italian language and culture? This course provides 8 credits (two semesters) of Italian language and cultural studies, and intertwines language-learning with engaging cultural activities. For example, as some of their co-curricular activities, students visit a winery, take a bike tour of Lake Trasimeno, and have “Kitchen Nights” – all in Italian. This program is open to students of all levels of Italian.

To learn more about the Summer Immersive Italian Language & Culture program, including more course information and program details, click here!

Final grades are issued on an Umbra Institute grade report. A U.S. transcript from Roger Williams University is available at an additional cost – talk to your Program Coordinator for more information!

Why Life in 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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!

General Studies & Italian Language/Culture Participants: Apartments in Perugia


You’ll live with up to four other Umbra students in shared apartments in Perugia’s historic center. You’ll love your new neighborhood, where you can get to know both the Italians and your fellow international students who live there! Sheets, blankets, and pillows will be provided for you. And some apartments also include a microwave, a full oven, a desk, a washing machine, and a television set.



Apartments have fully furnished kitchens with a fridge, stove, sink, pots, pans, cutlery, and dishes.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Bathroom
  • Bed linens
  • Desk
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Laundry
  • Microwave
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

Archaeological Field School: Apartments in Castiglione del Lago


If you’re on the Archaeological Field School session, 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 lakeshore, supermarkets, and all other important venues.


All apartments include fully-equipped kitchens, so you can cook delicious Italian meals with your housemates.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • CommutePublic TransportationWalking
  • Kitchen Equipment

What's Included


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

Welcome & 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 & 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.
Umbrian Lunch & Truffle Tasting

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.

Day Trip to 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.

Welcome Dinner

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.

Site Director

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!

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!


Alessandro Bruno was born in Maryland, United States, and was raised in Rome, Italy. He has traveled extensively through Europe, Central America, North America, and China. He definitely considers himself a citizen of the world. During his travels, he acquired a passion for the environment and preservation, cultures, and languages. This passion led him to obtain a B.A. in Geography with a minor in Chinese Studies from Humboldt State University. In 2010, Alessandro 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, and returned to Italy to join the CIS Abroad Site Director team in 2015. Aside from traveling, Alessandro’s other favorite activities are wake-boarding, kayaking, diving, eating sushi, learning new languages, cooking, and getting lost on purpose.

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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Hadley Byrne
Travel Tip:

When in doubt, reach out! More often than not, locals will respect and respond matching the effort that you put into communication. Practice makes perfect, and leaving your comfort zone means expanding your comfort zone!

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

Dates & Prices

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

  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,690 - $6,490
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 4 (Estimated)
  • Price: $7,390
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 4 (Estimated)
  • Price: $7,390
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,690 - $6,490 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 4 (Estimated)
  • Price: $7,390 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 4 (Estimated)
  • Price: $7,390 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

General Studies: 3-4 credits: $5,690, 6-7 credits: $6,490

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

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