MAY 14

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Italy is a peninsula located in south central Europe. It is bordered by France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. The city of Perugia is a hilltop town known for its windy weather. It is a vibrant city full of old world charm and cobblestone streets in its beautiful historic center. Average high temperatures in the month of May are in the low 70s (°F) and average low temperatures in the upper 40s (°F). The crisp weather is perfect for exploring Perugia’s many shops, sites, and scenic outlooks. Perugia is centrally located in the Umbria region of Italy, and is a day trip away from the cities of Florence and Rome.

There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at Lebanon Valley College for all students planning to participate in the program.

Program Details

Housing and Meals

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.


Students will earn three credits through participation of one single course. The course will fill the Group 3, Area 6 (L6) Religion/Philosophy requirement.

Course Title: Gastro-Philosophy: Reflections on Place, Time, and Identity – 3 credits

LVC Instructor: Dr. Robert Valgenti, Associate Professor of Philosophy 


This course begins from the simple premise that human life flourishes only if thinking informs eating, and eating informs thinking. Each of us spends a lifetime thinking and eating. But what if we were to discover that we did neither of them well, despite how often we find ourselves eating and thinking? How could we arrive at such an insight? What would it mean to improve how we eat and think? Could their improvement be connected in some way? The goal of a short-term study abroad program in Perugia, Italy is to offer LVC students the opportunity to engage in the on-site study of the philosophy of food while encountering the culture, language, and lifestyle of Italy in the small, historic city of Perugia.


A program cost of $3800 will cover tuition (3 credits), housing, and excursions. Special scholarship funding has been made available to offer student participants a very inexpensive opportunity to study abroad in Italy.

Airfare, food and personal expenses are not included in the program cost. Roundtrip airfare is estimated at $1100.

There is no federal, state or institutional financial aid available. If you plan to borrow an alternative/private student loan for this summer study abroad program, please contact the Financial Aid Office.


  • Application deadline: February 1
  • $200 program deposit is due with acceptance (non-refundable after February 1).
  • Remaining balance due by March 15.
  • Program Dates: Sunday May 15 - Monday June 6 

Language of Instruction


Eligibility Requirements

Students from any major who are in good academic (2.5 GPA) and social standing may apply. 

Group Excursions

In addition to a tour of Perugia, the program includes a trip to an Italian butchery, a trip to a local vineyard, and an overnight trip to Venice.