Perugia serves as the ideal backdrop for study abroad in Italy. Rich in art, architecture, and historical significance, it is internationally recognized as a city of learning. The city is home to 158,000 residents and over 40,000 students who study at the Università degli Studi di Perugia, Università per Stranieri di Perugia, and the many studio and performing arts schools in the area. The Umbra Institute’s many community partnerships make it an ideal place to get to know the real Italy—and Italians.
An ancient hilltop town that has preserved its medieval and Renaissance character, Perugia is located in the heartland of Italy, halfway between Rome and Florence. This authentic and intimate town exudes regional pride. Countless artistic masterpieces adorn many of its buildings, including remarkable frescoes and paintings by Perugino, Pinturicchio, Guercino, Caravaggio, and Raphael. The city's Etruscan walls, medieval churches, and Renaissance and Baroque palaces are enduring reminders of its splendid past.
Within this charming old world setting, you will find a bustling modern city as well. Corso Vannucci, the main street in the city center, is a broad pedestrian thoroughfare constantly buzzing with activity, including jazz cafes, concerts, or art exhibits. Perugia is the ideal location for you to discover Italy. The vast historical treasures and scenic brilliance of Tuscany and Umbria will be right at your doorstep.