Students at winery in Italy during summer study abroad

Italy | Perugia

We plan to run this program in Summer 2023.

The goal of this summer study abroad program in Italy is to offer LVC students the opportunity to engage with the culture, language, and lifestyle of Italy in the small, historic city of Perugia.

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 2023 is $4,800 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 grant funding is available based on eligibility. In addition, this program may be eligible for limited financial aid. Please read the 2022-23 Summer Financial Aid Application instructions on the Financial Aid website for additional information and submit an application to the Financial Aid Office.

Summer Study in Perugia 2023 dates are May 18–June 24

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 a total of six credits through a mandatory course instructed by LVC professor Dr. Jeff Laferriere, and an elective course taught at the host institute.

A Comparative Study in Education (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Jeff Laferriere
Students will visit four to five public and private school settings in addition to a few museum trips to develop an awareness of cultural, environmental, economic, educational and religious differences between Italy and the United States.

ELECTIVE COURSE (3 credits): Students will select one course from the summer course offerings at The Umbra Institute including Italian language, art history, food and culture, archeology, and literature course offerings. 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