Students study abroad in Perugia, Italy

Italy | Perugia

Students in this fall or spring semester program can choose from a variety of courses at the Umbra Institute with integrated field trips to famous Italian cities and sites, community engagement opportunities outside of the classroom, and extra-curricular activities.

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 ancient city lies far from the beaten path, surrounded by the rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany. Travel from Perugia is easy since Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Cortona lie only a short distance away.

There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at LVC for all students planning to participate in the program. Students also attend an on-site orientation once they arrive in Perugia.

For more information, see the Umbra Institute website or the series of short videos about various aspects of the Umbra experience on the YouTube channel.

Program Details

Students are housed in furnished, shared apartments located close to the Umbra Institute in the city center of Perugia. All apartments are fully furnished with kitchen utensils and linens, as well as equipped with Wi-Fi internet. As there is no meal plan, students are encouraged to shop and cook for themselves.

The General Studies Program at the Umbra Institute has two components: Italian language and culture courses and a selection of three elective courses taught in English. All students are required to take Italian language for a total of four to six credits, which fulfills the foreign language requirement at LVC.

Possible elective course subject areas (three or four credits each) include:

  • Archeology
  • Art History
  • Business and Economics
  • History
  • Film and Media
  • Food Studies
  • Italian culture
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainability
  • Women’s Studies

Community engagement is the guiding philosophy behind all Umbra academic programs. Each semester, Umbra students discover that giving back to the host community is one of the most rewarding outcomes of their time abroad. The real and visible impact of these efforts includes intercultural exchange, language acquisition, and new friendships. Students may choose from academic internships and service-learning projects to volunteering and Co-Ops, and more.

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  • LVC tuition and fees
  • LVC room
  • Student Visa Immigration Costs

Travel, board, and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees are subject to change.

Financial Aid Policy

Most LVC Students will receive their financial aid in full for all semester-long study abroad and study away programs. Allwein scholars will receive 50% of their full-tuition scholarship for semester-long study abroad and study away programs. The $2,500/year Allwein stipend may be used to supplement the reduction in scholarship. Tuition Exchange and Tuition Remission recipients will receive the value of the Mary A. Weiss Scholarship for semester-long study abroad programs. The value will be the equivalent to the value awarded to the same year’s incoming class. Additional LVC study abroad scholarship funding, based on eligibility, is available for this program.

Fall Semester

  • Applications should be received by March 1
  • $25 deposit is due with application*
  • Accepted students will owe a $175 program deposit by the application deadline*
  • Packet of forms is due by April 1
  • Length of stay: Early September to mid-December
  • Approximately 15 credits

Spring Semester

  • Applications should be received by October 1
  • $25 deposit is due with application*
  • Accepted students will owe a $175 program deposit by the application deadline*
  • Packet of forms is due by November 15
  • Length of stay: Early-January to late April
  • Approximately 15 credits

* The $200 program deposit will be credited to the student’s account in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $200 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program.

English and Italian

Students from any major who are in good academic standing (2.75 GPA) may apply.

Course-related field trips, the optional weekend trip, and organized cultural activities may include visits to regional trade and production sites of parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, ceramics, olive oil, wine, and more.

During the weeklong mid-semester break, students will be able to travel independently throughout Italy and Europe. Perugia is well-connected by train, and low-cost international flights from Perugia’s airport and nearby cities are available.