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Program Description


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Quick Facts

  • Experience a unique way of life in Italy's "University City" that pulses with over 30,000 students
  • Immerse yourself in Italian culture by learning to speak the language and interacting with Italian and international students 
  • Choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English and Italian, including hands-on community-based courses, service learning projects, volunteering, independent research, extra-curricular activities, and language exchanges
  • It is strongly recommended that any Italian majors/minors and students whose goal is to become proficient in Italian meet with an Italian faculty member as early as possible and prior to selecting a program. Please contact Chiara M. Dal Martello ( or Juliann Vitullo ( to discuss your study abroad plans.


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Location Details

Called “the big university town in a small Italian city,” Perugia’s hilltop location 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 Umbra Institute was founded in Perugia, the regional capital of Umbria.The ancient city is surrounded by the rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany. While lying off the beaten path, travel from Perugia is easy as Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Cortona lie only a short distance away.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* if your program is more than 90 days in length. All students requiring a visa must also apply for a “permesso di soggiorno" ("residence permit") upon arrival in Italy. On-site program staff will assist students with this process. Students who arrive before the program start date may be required to obtain this independently without the assistance of program staff. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

The Umbra Institute offers a variety of distinctive academic programs designed to serve the needs of a diverse range of students who want to study abroad in Italy. Except in Italian language courses, all instruction is in English. No prior study of Italian is required, but all students must take Italian language or a course in Italian as part of the semester program. Learn more about academic offerings at The Umbra Institute.

The Institute offers a variety of curricular options for students with specialized needs or interests:

The General Studies Program is based on a traditional liberal arts curriculum with two components: an Italian language and culture course and a selection of elective courses in English. The majority of courses include field trips as part of the curriculum.

The Food and Sustainability Studies Program is an interdisciplinary curricular concentration within the General Studies Program that has three interdisciplinary food courses in Italian food history, sustainable food production, and the business of food and an Italian class. The Program includes a number of co-curricular field trips and food workshops.

The Direct Enrollment Program offers students the unique opportunity to experience Italian university life as a local alongside Italian and international students at the University for Foreigners (Università per Stranieri) or the University of Perugia (Università degli Studi di Perugia). Enrolled in the Direct Enrollment Program at the University for Foreigners, students of all levels of language proficiency focus exclusively on Italian language and culture and study alongside people from all over the world whose goal is to become fluent in Italian. Students interested in the University of Perugia (UNIPG) should have a minimum of four semesters of Italian language courses and have achieved a B2+ proficiency in Italian based on the Common European Framework. The UNIPG program begins the semester with an intensive, one-month Italian language course at the University for Foreigners prior to beginning their two elective courses in the humanities department at the University of Perugia.

Lower Division = 100 and 200 level courses
Upper Division = 300 and 400 level courses

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.      

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at the Umbra Institute will convert to ASU credits and grades. 




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Umbra housing
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Program Housing

The Umbra Institute provides housing for students in the historic center of Perugia. These apartments are dispersed throughout the different areas of the historical center of Perugia within close proximity of the Umbra Institute’s facilities and other local resources. Adapting to typical Italian housing allow students to gain insight on the local life and culture.  Though student apartments vary, each is fully furnished with kitchen and bathroom facilities. Rooms have two beds per bedroom and limited shared closet space. Kitchens include a refrigerator, stove, sink, pots, pans, dishes, and cutlery. Students are also provided with sheets, blankets, and pillows.

Watch a video about housing at The Umbra Institute.

Students also have the option to live in a homestay with a local family, for an additional fee. The Homestay Program includes a fully furnished, private bedroom, shared or private bathroom, linens, and access to laundry and kitchen facilities as well as Internet. Meals are not provided. However, you may have the opportunity to eat with your host family. More information is available here.

Learn more about housing at Umbra here.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Italy, the tourist centers, sidewalks, public transport, and public buildings generally have accommodations for the physically disabled. However, Italy is known for its old world layout and architecture, which may increase the challenge level for students with physical disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020
Rolling Admission 01/29/2021 04/24/2021
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 09/25/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed