Lose yourself in a medieval Italian city in summertime
Often called ‘the big university town in a small Italian city,’ Perugia is the home of The Umbra Institute, an ISI Abroad academic partner of Arcadia which offers popular summer courses for those interested in learning Italian and understanding Italy’s history and culture.
The institute also offers field study to famous Italian cities and sites, community engagement opportunities, and extracurricular activities to take you out of the classroom and into the real Italy in Umbria, Tuscany and other Italian regions. Perugia's stunning hilltop location and international recognition as a city of learning serves as the ideal backdrop for your study abroad.
You'll participate in the Arcadia Italy Weekend: A tailored weekend trip for all Arcadia students coming to Italy to enhance a sense of belonging to the Arcadia community. Students will explore hidden areas of Italy (among the Abruzzo, Marche or Romagna's countryside) that are off the beaten tracks and authentic.
The weekend will provide walking tours, cultural activities and food experiences to immerse students in the Italian culture. It will also be an opportunity to create connections among students in different areas of Italy and encourage exchange visits in reciprocal cities.
I have done so many things here in such a short amount of time, but above all, I have grown. ”
Arcadia University Student, Umbra Institute Summer
All summer courses are taught in English. You don’t need to speak Italian to enroll, but you are sure to improve your proficiency as you explore the city, interact with its residents and learn first-hand about the real Italy.
This program offers a wide variety of courses – everything from art history and performing arts, to literature and political science. You have the option to take one or two courses in Italian language and culture.
Perugia’s hilltop location serves as the ideal backdrop for your study - Rich in art, architecture, and historical significance, it is internationally recognized as a city of learning.