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Maryland-in-Perugia (Italy)

Perugia, Italy
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Summerterm
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
2.75
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
No
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English,Italian

Students in Perugia
“The big university town in a small Italian city: get to know the real Italy in Perugia!”

Experience the real Italy through study abroad with Maryland-in-Perugia for a summer, semester, or academic year. An ancient city surrounded by the rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany, Perugia’s hilltop location 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. While lying off the beaten path, travel from Perugia is easy as Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Cortona lie only a short distance away.

As a part of the Maryland-in-Perugia program, you will take classes and engage in activities with The Umbra Institute. Beyond the unique location of the program, community engagement is the guiding philosophy behind all Umbra academic programs. Thanks to the city’s small size, the daily interaction with Italian students, and effective Italian language studies, you will have the opportunity to get to know Italy through meaningful connections with local Italians. Each semester, students in Perugia discover that giving back to the host community is one of the most rewarding outcomes of their time abroad. The Maryland-in-Perugia program is designed so you will finish your studies with a better understanding of Italian culture, Italian language skills, and new friendships.

Visit the Umbra Community Engagement Abroad webpage and video page to learn how you can get involved in Umbra's community engagement activities, which include academic internships, service learning projects, volunteering, Co-Ops, and more.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for the general studies program is 2.75 and a 3.0 GPA is required for honors courses.

All UMD sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply for this program.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, make an appointment with your EA advisor to discuss program options.

You have the option of applying to Maryland-in-Perugia for a semester, year, or summer program. A wide variety of courses are offered by the Umbra institute during all terms with integrated field trips to world-famous Italian cities and sites. Community engagement at the Umbra Institute has evolved into the guiding principle behind all academic initiatives including academic internships, community-based research, service learning, and volunteer opportunities. Visit the Umbra community engagement webpage to read more about these opportunities. All courses are taught in English except for Italian language courses and courses in the Intensive Italian Program.

As a student in the semester and year-long program, you will enroll in up to 16 credits per semester. There are various curricular options for semester and year-long programs, including Food Studies, Intensive Italian, and General Studies Programs. Summer students will choose to participate in either the General Studies, Intensive Italian, or Archaeology Field School Program; program dates will vary for each academic track, but all will be 5-6 weeks long.

See the Maryland-in-Perugia Academic Overview for more details.

Students have the option to live in an Italian homestay or in shared student apartments to accommodate the cultural and personal needs of all participants. Homestays and apartments are located within close proximity to the Umbra Institute's facilities and other local resources such as pharmacies, banks and supermarkets. Umbra has a dedicated housing staff who work to make placements for students and resolve any housing issues on site.

A homestay offers the opportunity to be completely immersed in Italian daily life and culture and students are expected to communicate mostly in Italian. Homestay students are provided with a  fully furnished, private bedroom, shared or private bathroom and access to laundry and kitchen facilities as well as internet. Apartment living is suitable for student seeking a more independent experience. In apartments, students will be in shared bedrooms in fully furnished units with kitchen and bathroom facilities. All students are provided with sheets, blankets, and pillows.

See the Maryland-in-Perugia Housing Overview for more details.

Budgets for all offered terms coming soon.

Fall Budget

Costs listed are for fall 2017.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $200
Tuition $8,385
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, residence permit fee, and teaching services.
The tuition for the Food and Sustainability Studies track is higher and accounts for 8 food workshops and activities, an overnight trip to Emilia Romagna, and three day trips
Housing Fee $4,200
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $13,985
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,500
Passport $140
Visa application fee $60
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,700
Course materials $250
In-country transportation $200
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $2,500
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $20,735

Year Budget

Costs for the 2017-2018 academic year will be published shortly.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $400
Tuition $TBD
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, residence permit fee, and teaching services.
The tuition for the Food and Sustainability Studies track is higher and accounts for 8 food workshops and activities, an overnight trip to Emilia Romagna, and three day trips
Housing Fee $TBD
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $TBD
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $3,000
Passport $140
Visa application fee $60
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $2,000
Course materials $400
In-country transportation $200
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $5,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $TBD

Spring Budget

Costs below are for spring 2018.
Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $200
Tuition $8,385
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, residence permit fee, and teaching services.
The tuition for the Food and Sustainability Studies track is higher and accounts for 8 food workshops and activities, an overnight trip to Emilia Romagna, and three day trips
Housing Fee $4,200
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $13,985
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,500
Passport $140
Visa application fee $60
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,700
Course materials $250
In-country transportation $200
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $2,500
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $20,735

Summer Budget

Costs listed are for summer 2016. The updated budget for 2017 will be published in January.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $78
Tuition $3,032
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, residence permit fee, and teaching services.
The tuition for the Food and Sustainability Studies track is higher and accounts for 8 food workshops and activities, an overnight trip to Emilia Romagna, and three day trips
Housing Fee $1,800
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $5,410
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $600
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,300
Course materials $100
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $50
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $800
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $8,400

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Rebecca La Creta coordinates all logistical aspects of the Maryland-in-Perugia program and is available to meet with both interested and accepted students.To learn more about the program and complete the required advising meeting, schedule a meeting with Rebecca.

Students in Perugia are encouraged to study beyond the classroom. Community engagement is the guiding philosophy behind all Umbra academic program. Opportunities such as internships, community-based coursework, service learning and volunteering provide students with important professional development and the opportunity to give back to the host community.

Visit the Umbra website for more info or check out Umbra's video on community engagement:

The Umbra Institute also taps into the rich cultural resources of the Italian community in order to supplement the academic program and student experience. Cultural workshops are provided each semester that focus on specific aspects of Italian culture. You are also invited to several practical workshops during the semester that range in topic from tips and resources for travel in Italy and Europe to presentation skills to reentry into the US.

Students at the Umbra Institute take part in Umbra Pizza Night, Umbra Gelato Night, sports events and other activities to connect with their classmates and the Umbra staff and faculty.

The Umbra Institute also offers one weekend trip each semester along with numerous co-curricular day trips throughout the semester. These trips may include destinations such as Capri, Sorrento, Venice, and Cinque Terre, or may be closer to home, such as Cortona, Florence, or the nearby Perugina Chocolate factory. Weekend hiking and camping opportunities are also available in the hills and mountains surrounding Perugia. The optional trips are offered at the most affordable prices possible.

View the full list of extra-curricular activities for details.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 10/11/2016 01/06/2017 04/28/2017
Please view the full academic calendar for more details.
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017 08/24/2017 12/16/2017
Please view the full academic calendar for more details.
Summerterm 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017 05/19/2017 07/08/2017
Caution: This program has multiple summer session options. upon acceptance, you will indicate the session(s) you are interested in (General Studies: May 19 - June 24; Intensive Italian Language: May 19 - July 1; Archaeology Field School: May 26 - July 8). View the Summer Academic Calendar for details.
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017 01/04/2018 04/27/2018