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Arcadia University Italy - Umbra Institute
Perugia, Italy
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: Arcadia 
Pre-Approved Courses: View Sample
Restrictions: Chapman applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester / Year Abroad
 What Financial Aid Applies?:
All Current Aid, GI Bill
Language of Instruction: English, Italian
 Language Study Requirement:
Internship: No Housing: Apartment
 Prereq. Language Study:
None Meal Plan: Not Available
 Recommended for Chapman Majors:
Art, Creative Writing, English, History, Political Science, Psychology
 Recommended for Chapman Minors:
Anthropology, Italian Studies, Women's Studies
Program Description:

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Study at the Umbra Institute

PerugiaOften called “the big university town in a small Italian city,” Perugia is the home of the Umbra Institute, which offers distinctive fall, spring, and summer programs. Students can choose from a variety of courses. Academic field trips to famous Italian cities and sites, community engagement opportunities, and extracurricular activities take you out of the classroom and into the real Italy.

Perugia’s hilltop location serves as the ideal backdrop for your study abroad in Italy. Rich in art, architecture, and historical significance, it is internationally recognized as a city of learning. The ancient city is surrounded by the rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany. While lying off the beaten path, travel from Perugia is easy as Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Cortona lie only a short distance away.

  • With four semester-long and summer program options, the Umbra Institute is certain to meet your academic needs and personal interests.
  • Learn Italian while pursuing courses in a variety of disciplines taught in English with Umbra Institute's General Studies Program, which includes an Honors Program or Independent Research for qualified students.
  • Study food with Umbra’s Food Studies Program.
  • Immerse yourself fully in Italian language and culture through the Direct Enrollment Program studying at the local university.
  • Get involved! Community engagement opportunities at the Umbra Institute abound, from academic internships to service learning projects, volunteering, and more.

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Arcadia Advantage
Upon arrival in Perugia, you will meet the Arcadia and Umbra Institute staff; participate in a comprehensive orientation; and move into your housing. You'll be placed in an Italian language course based on your existing proficiency in Italian, so whether you have never taken a course, or speak at an advanced level, your time at the Umbra Institute will be an important opportunity to improve your language skills. All students enrolling in the Arcadia program in Perugia will be expected to attend orientation. At this time, academic contracts are signed, expectations are established, basic cultural differences are explained, and practical matters such as internet access, cell phone service, banking, health and safety, rules of conduct, housing issues and emergency contact information are discussed.

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This video was produced by Chapman study abroad alumni Stephen Doyle, who studied in Perugia in Spring 2013.

Academic Information

Chapman University maintains a record of the courses that previous Study Abroad students have taken, and the equivalent Chapman credit that was granted for each course. To view the course equivalencies for this program, click “View Sample” under Pre-Approved Courses at the top of this brochure page. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all courses available at the institution. You may view the entire course catalog for Umbra Institute here. Students are encouraged to propose additional or revised equivalencies during the application process, which will be evaluated by the appropriate academic units on campus.

Credit and Grading Transfer 

Credits from the Umbra Institute will transfer as follows:

Credit at Umbra Institute

Credit at Chapman

3 credits

3 credits

Students must enroll in the equivalent of 12-18 Chapman credits.

Grades will transfer according to the US scale. 

All courses must be graded. Classes taken as ‘Pass/Fail’ will not be accepted, with the exception of internships. Internships must be approved by the Center for Global Education.

This program is currently not accepting applications.