Program in Brief
The Umbra Institute provides LVC students fall and spring semester program options in the medieval city of Perugia, Italy. Students can choose from a variety of courses 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.
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.
The General Studies Program at the Umbra Institute has two components: Italian language and culture courses and a selection of three elective courses in English. All students are required to take Italian language for a total of six credits, which fulfills the foreign language requirement at LVC.
The Direct Enrollment Program offers students the unique opportunity to focus exclusively on Italian language and culture through enrollment at a local university alongside Italian and international students.
The Food Studies Program is an interdisciplinary curricular concentration within the General Studies Program that consists of an Italian class and courses in Italian food history, sustainable food production, and the business of food. For more information, visit the Food Studies Program
Possible elective course subject areas (three or four credits each) include:
- Art History
- Business and Economics
- Film and Media
- Food Studies
- Italian culture
- Political Science
- Religion and Philosophy
- Studio Art
- 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.
Visit Umbra Community Engagement Abroad website and YouTube channel Umbraviews.
- LVC tuition and fees
- LVC room charges
Travel, board, and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees subject to change.
Fall or spring semester
- Application timetable: Applications should be received by March 15 for Fall; August 1 for Spring.
- $25 deposit is due w/ application.*
- Accepted students owe $475 program deposit.*
- Packet of forms is due April 15 for Fall; November 15 for Spring.
- Fall semester in Perugia (approx. 15 credits): early-September to mid-December.
- Spring semester in Perugia (approx. 15 credits): early-January to late-April.
*The $500 program deposit will be credited to the student's account in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $500 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program.
Language of Instruction
English and Italian
Students from any major who are in good standing (2.75 GPA) may apply.
Travel and Cultural Excursions
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.
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 Umbraviews.