Umbra Institute in Perugia
The Umbra Institute is located halfway between Rome and Florence in the city of Perugia, often called “the big university town in a small Italian city.” Students can choose to study at the Umbra Institute for the summer, fall, or spring semester.
The Umbra Institute offers several semester tracks for MMC students:
- The General Studies Program allows students to build their own curriculum. This program encourages students to mix and match courses from various disciplines taught at Umbra in order to best complement their personal and degree goals. Courses are taught in English and the majority include field trips as part of the curriculum.
- The Food and Sustainability Studies Program is an interdisciplinary curricular concentration with two tracks, Food Studies, and Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Students take an Italian class and then choose three food- or sustainability-related courses. All courses include co-curricular field trips and students earn a certificate.
- The Multicultural Psychology Program teaches students about how culture influences our understanding of ourselves and others. In addition to their work in the classroom, participants engage in various experiential learning opportunities that offer deeper insight through hands-on experiences. This cross-cultural knowledge base is useful for careers in counseling, education, research, social work, and many other professions.
- The University for Foreigners program focuses exclusively on Italian language and culture and is open to students of all levels of language proficiency from beginner to advanced.
- The University of Perugia offers students the opportunity to experience university life as a local with a full-immersive experience. Students begin this program with a one-month Italian language course at the University for Foreigners prior to beginning their two elective courses in the humanities department at the University of Perugia.
- The Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia also begins with a one-month intensive Italian course. Students then take courses in Italian with Italian and international fine arts students.
- The Scholars Independent Research Program welcomes students with a desire to combine high academic standards, extensive study in the subject area, community engagement, and additional contact with instructors. Scholars students conduct original research in an area of their choice, working one-on-one with a faculty advisor. The research culminates into a traditional research paper or a creative project, approved by the faculty advisor.