Theresa Messenger studied abroad in Perugia, Italy

We plan to run this program in Summer 2022.


Perugia is a vibrant city full of old-world charm and cobblestone streets in its beautiful historic center. The center is known for its picturesque outdoor cafés along the pedestrian thoroughfare Corso Vannucci and the beautiful Fontana Maggiore in Piazza 4 Novembre. 

Students will take classes with other American students who are participating in the Umbra Institute's regular summer study abroad program. Perugia is a day trip away from Rome, and Italy is bordered by France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia, so independent travel on the weekends can take you to exciting new European countries. 

Program Details


Program cost for Summer 2022 is $4,600 and will include: 

  • Tuition (6 credits) 
  • Housing with other LVC students 
  • Excursions and cultural activities 
  • Foreign emergency medical insurance 

Meals, airfare/travel, and personal expenses are not included in the program cost. 

Study abroad programs that are 6 credits may be eligible for limited financial aid. For additional information regarding summer financial aid, please read the Summer Financial Aid Application instructions on the financial aid webpage. If you would like to apply for summer aid, you must complete the application and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.

*Scholarship funding is available for eligible students


Summer Study in Perugia 2022 dates are May 19–June 25

Application Deadline: February 1 

  • Applications must be accompanied by a deposit payment of $200 (non-refundable after February 1). 
  • Remaining balance is due March 15 


Students will earn six credits through a mandatory course instructed by LVC professor Dr. Treva Clark, and an elective course taught at the host institute. 

BUS 295 Made in Italy: Local Sources, Global Brands 

The close proximity to both Rome and Florence provides an exceptional student introduction to Italian culture and its history of innovation during this 5-week program. Students will learn about the entrepreneurial spirit that fuels family businesses in modern Italy, explore how Italian style in food, fashion, and technology has evolved and is globally marketed, and consider environmental and sustainability initiatives in and around Tuscany. Classroom work will be supplemented with field trips, weekend excursions, and company visits. The faculty director is Dr. Treva Clark.

Elective Course (3 credits): Choose from Italian language, art history, food and culture, archeology, and literature course offerings. 

Students will select one course from summer course offerings at The Umbra Institute. Enroll in an introductory Italian language course, study the art and history of Italian culture, take a photography class, learn additional information on the history and culture of food, or read and write about Italian classic literature. All courses contain excursions or service-learning opportunities. Browse summer course selections at



  • Company visit to Ceramic producer in Deruta
  • Day trip to Florence (including museum and business visit)
  • Afternoon excursion to the Perugina Chocolate Factory
  • Tour of Terre Margaritelli Winery, globally recognized for initiatives in organic and sustainable viticulture production methods