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  • Locations: Perugia, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Duke applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Alayne Wood
Minimum Class Level: Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.7
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 15 credits/semester Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Prerequisites: None
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Art History, Arts & Humanities, Arts and Media, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Anthropology, Economics, Engineering, English, Environmental Science and Policy, Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Global Cultural Studies, History, Italian Studies, Latin, Literature, Markets and Management Studies, Mathematics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Neuroscience, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology Duke Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

Please note that the Duke Study  Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see

The Umbra Institute is located in the heart of Perugia, in the 15th century Palazzo degli Oddi, a palace that is still owned to this day by descendants of Italian nobility. This spectacular palazzo is adorned with magnificent neoclassical paintings and frescoed ceilings. In addition to the Palazzo's Renaissance splendor, it is replete with modern resources and amenities including a library, computer labs with unlimited internet access, classrooms, and student lounge.

Academic Program
The three program options in Perugia are designed to accommodate a wide variety of student needs and expectations.  Whether you are looking to immerse yourself in the Italian language (Full Immersion Program at the University of Perugia's Università per Stranieri), to learn Italian while pursuing courses in art, political science, history and culture taught in English (Umbra Institute's General Studies program ) including honors courses for qualified students), or to carry out independent research under the guidance and supervision of expert faculty (Independent Research program ), there are program options to fit your curricular interests and the requirements of a broad range of home schools.