Umbra Institute Courses

The program requires a minimum of one Italian language course based on your proficiency. Choose three to four electives from liberal arts electives taught in English, including food studies, honors independent research and community engagement placements.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Special Considerations

  • Placement test to determine Italian proficiency during orientation.
  • Students must take at least one Italian language course.

Choosing Your Courses

Refer to the Umbra website for your chosen period of study:

Most courses use a textbook or a “reader,” a packet of information compiled by the professor. Books and readers will be available for purchase at the Umbra Institute or at local copy shops and bookstores. You will receive more information regarding locations and costs on arrival.

When completing your course selection form:

  • Review all course information for the program carefully.
  • You are required to enroll in at least one Italian language course.
  • Secure approval for at least 6 elective courses.
  • Please list courses in order of preference.

Enrollment Process

Official course registration will take place upon arrival. The online course form you submit to Arcadia prior to acceptance is not set in stone.

Miscellaneous and Fees

Your course may require academic excursions and other activities that have additional fees associated which are not included in your program fee. Please be sure to consult the Umbra Institute course pages to learn if your courses have associated lab fees.

Grade Scale

Grades will be reported exactly as they appear on the Umbra Institute transcript.