10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Study Abroad Experience

Sarah Fuller is a student at Elizabethtown College, who will soon be pursuing a master’s in International Educational Development at Columbia University. Sarah spent two separate semesters in Perugia, Italy, as part of CISabroad’s semester and study internship programs. Read about her tips for your upcoming study or intern abroad travels (and check out some AMAZING photos from Italy!).  


1. PACKING: Don’t forget those important items.

I always make a packing list (and save it for my many trips) based on my daily activities. It’s really easy to overlook an item that you use each morning when you pack in the afternoon or evening. A few days before I begin packing, I keep a notepad and pen handy and write down anything that comes to mind or that I use during the day that I will need during my trip.

2. PASSPORT & VISA: Start early. Trust me.

Don’t procrastinate! I know I’m not the only one recommending this, but it’s really important to make a visa appointment well in advance. Anything can happen, from not being able to get an appointment to your visa getting lost in the mail. Starting this process a few months in advance will help ensure that things will go smoothly.

 3. FAMILIARITY: Do your research!

Know the culture as best as you can before you travel to a certain place. Their style of dress or eating may be different. Certain ways of behaving, talking, and interacting may be accepted while others are not, and they may be very different than what you are used to. Take some time to “brush up” on the culture before you go so that you can spend time immersing yourself rather than feeling uncertain.

 4. UNCERTAINTY: Deal with it proactively.

However, no matter how much preparation you do, uncertainty is almost guaranteed. Reach out! Ask a study abroad advisor or your CISabroad site director if you have questions, because it’s much better to have your questions answered than to spend months wondering why a certain norm exists or if something you’re doing is acceptable.



5. MAKING FRIENDS: It’s easier than you think, but different than you may think.

I spent a few weeks smiling at strangers in hopes of making friends the way that we in the U.S. normally initiate conversation and friendly contact. I was met with frowns and confused looks, because smiling to strangers the way that I was meant that I had something to hide or was untrustworthy, according to my host culture. It was really important to learn this and I was able to talk about these differences with other college students from the town at local gatherings. Speaking up about my confusion by asking local students actually helped me to form some friendships!

 6. WALKING: Dress for comfort, not style.

I walked so much more than I do when I am at home! I was glad, as I love walking, but if you’re not accustomed to or prepared for it, then you should get used to the idea before leaving. If you don’t own comfortable shoes and are going to a European country (I can’t personally speak for other countries than those in Europe), you should get a pair. Bonus points if they’re waterproof!

 7. TOURIST SEASON: Living La Vida Local

Yes, it’s okay to be a tourist. As you spend more time in your city, you will become more acclimated, but at first you WILL be a tourist. There are certainly things you can do to reduce this effect if you want (like not wearing American flag-logoed clothing, for example, or not wearing sweatpants to class), but embrace the fact that sometimes the freshest look on a place can be the most exciting. Take all the pictures you want, because those and the memories you make will remain when you go home! But do your best to also get to know the local culture — besides just the main streets and American hangouts.

 8. PHONE HOME: Keep in touch how you can, as often as you can.

Your family will most likely miss you terribly and may have played an important role in your being able to study abroad. Stay in touch with them and update them on your adventures, but be sure to find a schedule that works for both them and you! If you talk about this before leaving for your program, it may help to reduce pressure on you later. But remember to be flexible. You may plan to talk every Sunday, but then discover that there is a local concert or theater performance you’d like to attend. Sending pictures or writing blog posts could end up being your favorite means of staying in touch, and then Aunt Pat and Uncle Tom, the cousins, your siblings, and your mom’s friend all can read about your adventures!

9. BRANCH OUT: Make time for your own experience.

If you’re studying in a town with a friend from home, consider yourself lucky to have a familiar face to help you adjust, but don’t become too attached to that one person. Meeting new people, even fellow Americans, can add to the new experience of being in a foreign culture. You may make lifelong friends who will share your similar experiences abroad. Having a friend from home is great, but don’t be afraid to branch out and get to know an entirely new side of yourself!

 10.KEEP A RECORD: You’ll appreciate it later.

Document your experience somehow: blog posts, pictures, videos, a diary… Years from now, you’ll want to recall your time abroad, and no matter how vivid the memories are now, they will fade and details will blur as you tell the stories again and again. Documenting your experiences also allows you to recall them when you apply to graduate school or future jobs.


Curious about what CISabroad’s programs (like the ones Sarah experienced) are like? Check out our Study Internship in Perugia and our Semester in Perugia programs.

If Only I’d Known…A CISabroad Alumna Looks Back

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Sarah F. spent her 2015 fall semester studying in beautiful Perugia, Italy with CISabroad. She is currently a CISabroad alumni ambassador and is finishing up her degree in Early Childhood and Special Education with a minor in International Studies at Elizabethtown College.


I’m a worrier, an over-thinker, a perpetual planner, a type A… needless to say, I had many questions about study abroad and by “many,” I mean that my study abroad director’s name was always within the first three emails in my inbox and my CISabroad program coordinator could have been on speed dial. I asked my questions and I got my answers, but the only thing that truly settled my mind was the “abroad” component of studying abroad. It wasn’t until I was in the town where I studied that I finally took a sigh of relief and realized that all my questions would pan out much like everyone had reassured me they would. Of course, that was the exhale. The subsequent “inhale” was wrought with many more questions that simply wouldn’t be resolved until I experienced my way into the answers. Study abroad is an exciting whirlwind of an adventure and when you blink, it’s over. Why fill your mind with concerns that in hindsight will seem pointless when you could instead live every adventurous moment to its fullest? With that in mind, I’ll share with you some of the things I wish someone would have told me about study abroad when I was in your shoes before my exciting departure.

1. The visa process can be stressful.
Although CISabroad will get you the material you need to complete your visa application, it is imperative that you plan and schedule an appointment with the consulate in advance. Do not wait until after you get the material (like enrollment and insurance letters) from your provider to make an appointment. Consulates book up well in advance and even though you can schedule your appointment for a later date, waiting until later to try to schedule it is just added stress. Call as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Be kind to the consulate no matter how gruff they may seem. Ultimately, your goal is documentation from them that will allow you to enter your program’s country. Do not make enemies, and be patient, as they have many visas to process. On a side note, if you are a U.S. citizen, your country of citizenship is “United States of America,” not “America.” Save yourself the embarrassment that I encountered and note this.

2. Pack in advance. Make a list. Check it twice…and thrice.
Do not save packing until the last minute. I will be writing another post about packing and what to bring, but start with a list of the essentials. A unique way to do this, that ensured that I remembered everything, was to keep a small notebook nearby for a few days. Whenever I did anything that is part of my daily routine, such as putting in contacts, showering, going outside and taking an umbrella if it’s raining, etc., I would write the essential materials (contacts, contact solution, shampoo, an umbrella) in the notebook. This is a way to ensure that the essential materials that are part of your routine make it into your suitcase. Allow yourself time to add to the list, to realize that not everything fits, and to repack. Trust me, this is much less stressful than waiting until the last minute! And yes, you will be able to live without peanut butter (or whatever your guilty pleasure is) for a few months.

3. Trust the program!
The study abroad programs are responsible and reliable. They will not be your parent while you are there; if you are mature enough to study abroad, you must be mature enough to handle yourself responsibly. They will, however, make sure that your needs are met. Be honest with them about what you need medically, academically, and in any other way so that they can help you to the best of their ability. You do not know everything when you board your plane. You might not know what to expect at the airport or the first few days, but if anything expect this: You will arrive in your destination in the capable hands of the people who want to make your semester as wonderful as you do. They are there to help you. Trust them and know that the arrival process will be taken care of.

4. Do not make promises you can’t keep.
This seems very blunt, but before I left, I believe I promised more people than I could count that I would send postcards. The reality is that international mail is expensive and promising this or souvenirs to people with whom you are not close will only cost you money that you may not have while abroad or room in your suitcase that you didn’t consider while packing. Be realistic with yourself and send postcards to those whom you know will treasure them and take souvenirs as gifts for the special people in your life. You cannot take them for everyone, and that’s fine. Promise instead to take lots of pictures and to share your amazing experiences with them when you return.

5. Do not only rely on the program-suggested cell phone provider.
I know a few students, including myself, who had a difficult time with the cell phone provider that the school suggested we use. Although this may seem convenient, depending on your location, there may be others in town that are more affordable and worth considering. Use wi-fi, if it’s available, to let your family know that you’ve arrived safely, until you find the smartest option for your own needs. Although it’s certainly not necessary, having a navigation app on your phone and access to data can make traveling so much easier and more enjoyable without the concern of getting lost.

6. Do not plan travel until after you have an idea of your classes and your friends.
It’s tempting to make plans of where else you’d like to explore immediately after stepping off the plane, but by waiting until a few weeks into the semester, I found that my planning and my trips were much more meaningful. By this time, you should have a better idea of who will be in your classes, when those classes will be, what days are necessary for you to stay in town for exams or other class commitments like field trips, and how transportation into and out of your town works.

7. Money seems easier to spend when it’s in the form of coins or in a currency you don’t understand.
If you’re studying in Europe, know that the lowest bill available is 5. There are 1 euro and 2 euro coins, as well as for cents. This is surprisingly important. Shelling out 3 euros in the form of coins seems to have fewer implications than paying in paper bills, but the coins that you spend add up quickly. Consider this while budgeting if you can’t seem to understand where your money is going (especially when many clerks in Italy practically demand that you pay with coins if you have them). It’s also important to familiarize yourself with the value of the foreign currency you’ll be using, as “not knowing” is a less acceptable excuse for how quickly you’re spending money if you’re going to be living there for a whole semester. Know the conversion rate so you can quickly have an idea in your head of how much something costs, but don’t rely on converting it to USD. Familiarizing yourself with the currency means also being able to know how much you’re spending without using a calculator. This is responsible traveling and living abroad!

Eccolo! (That’s Italian for “Voila!”)…Some random and hopefully helpful tips to consider before making the leap into potentially the most exciting and meaningful semester of your college career.

5 International Events in Perugia

Perugia is the green heart of the peninsula, Italy’s college town, and one of the country’s most active cities in terms of cultural events. In fact, Perugia is in the running for being appointed as the European Capital of Culture in 2019. Every year, at least five important international events take place in and around Perugia. No matter what semester you spend there, there is something going on in every season. Umbria Jazz Festival (July) According to Herbie Hancock, the Umbria Jazz Festival is the most important jazz music festival in Italy. It dates back to 1973, and takes place every July in Perugia and surrounding areas. In the past thirty years, other music has broken in besides “pure” jazz including blues, gospel, soul, zydeco, marching band and R&B. Last year, many famous artists performed at the Umbria Jazz festival such as Elton John, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Donna Summer, Eric Clapton, Earth, Wind & Fire and Simply Red.

Umbria Jazz Festival

Umbria Jazz Festival

International Journalism Festival (April) The International Journalism Festival is a free-entry event where the world of journalism, media and communication has the opportunity to gather for meetings, debates, public interviews, book launches, exhibits and workshops. It was founded in 2006 by Arianna Ciccone and Christopher Potter, with the aim to discuss the themes of journalism, media, freedom of press and democracy. The festival has a very innovative structure, since it has no scientific committees nor artistic directors. Anyone can submit their ideas, proposals, or content. The International Journalism Festival is the first event entirely dedicated to media and communications. EuroChocolate (October) EuroChocolate is an annual International Chocolate Festival taking place in the medieval streets and squares of Perugia. It lasts for a total of nine days and is located in the squares and areas of Piazza Italia, Piazza della Repubblica, Corso Vannucci, Via Mazzini, Via Fani, The Terrace of the Covered Market and Piazza IV Novembre. The event is dedicated to the Italian and international chocolate production. EuroChocolate offers a variety of activities including chocolate art displays, experimental chocolate tastings, street performances and chocolate sculpting contests. In recent years, an igloo has been constructed out of 3,600 kilograms of chocolate bricks. There is even an opportunity to make a chocolate day spa appointment. In 2003, the largest chocolate bar in the world was constructed. It measured to be more than 7 meters in length, two meters high and made with 5980 kilograms of dark chocolate and thousands of hazelnuts.
Eurochocolate

Eurochocolate

Umbria Living Earth (Every Month) Umbria Terra Viva – Umbria Living Earth is a monthly fair focused on natural and organic products, and environmentally friendly handicraft. It takes place on first Sunday of every month, from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., in Piazza Piccinino. Calendimaggio in Assisi (May) The feast of Calendimaggio takes place in Assisi on the first week of May, and lasts three days, usually Thursday through Saturday. By train, Assisi is only 20 minutes from Perugia, and its townships has supported Perugia’s candidacy as the European Capital of Culture. The Calendimaggio dates back to the Middle Ages, and all the inhabitants still wear medieval costumes and objects during the festival. You will see archers, damsels, princes and princesses. The feast was originally meant to celebrate the arrival of spring time. During the festival, the town is divided in two contradas, facing each other in order to win the “Palio.” The Calendimaggio in Assisi is a heathen event and includes music and dances from the Middle Ages, although some of them were influenced by the Occitan and French cultures.
Assisi Calendimaggio

Assisi Calendimaggio

Did you study abroad in Perugia? What did you love most about your experience? Leave a comment below!

Summer Study Abroad in Italy: Insights from an Expert

An interview with Chris Batchelder, Assistant Site Director in Italy and Senior Student Advisor at CISabroad.

If you called CISabroad in the past year inquiring about studying in Italy, you most likely spoke to Chris Batchelder in the student advising center. He even may have asked, “Do you speak Italian, by chance?” His spirits rise if you do, because he has a clear passion for Italian language and culture. Batchelder keeps his own study abroad experience alive at work.

All his computer and Facebook settings are in Italian. He streams Italian radio stations and watches shows like Breaking Bad in Italian at home. While at work he shares with his colleagues daily a cup of espresso made in his macchinetta or a Moka Express. With such a strong dedication to study abroad and love for Italy it was an easy decision in 2013 for CISabroad to send Batchelder to Italy to support summer study abroad programs. He worked as our assistant to Romina Marchionne, CISabroad Site Director in Italy, and he will be returning for a second time in 2014. We recently asked him a few questions about his experience living and working in a country filled with fine food, wine, and art.

Rome, Italy colosseum student group

Chris (far right) and a group at the Colosseum in Rome

While you are in Italy are you stationed at one site?
“Primarily I am in Florence, but I visit Perugia and Rome. It is easy to travel throughout Italy. Trains and buses are great options. And depending on your budget, you can get there as fast or as slow as you like.”

Everywhere in Italy seems like the best place to study for the summer. How do you help students decide between Florence, Perugia, and Rome?
“Well, it all depends what they are looking to get out of the program. If it’s their first time experiencing a new culture and they are nervous about culture shock, I would recommend Florence because it’s the easiest to get adjusted to. Florence also is perfect for photography and art study abroad. Those looking to live in the “Eternal City” to experience all its history, art and architecture should consider studying abroad in Rome. And for the student who wants to get an immersive experience, surrounded by Italian language and culture, I would recommend studying in “The Green Heart” of Italy and the country’s college town of Perugia.

In your opinion do students change over the course of a summer in Italy?
It depends on the length of time a student studies there. The longer the student stays the better. A visible confidence in how to move around the city and use the public services make them more confident as travelers. I recommend that students invest more time in Italy, so they gain the most they can from their summer study abroad program. If students really want to broaden their deep culture and connect with Italy as a host country I recommend students study for a semester in Italy. And a summer in Italy could be a fantastic springboard for a semester in Italy.”

Study abroad students in Italy, Tuscany Chianti region

Student group on a field lecture in Tuscany

What advice do you have for future student who want to study abroad in Italy?
“SO much. In Florence, go to Le Cappelle Medicee to get the best coffee and pasta for lunch at an affordable price. Take advantage of all the excursions and other local opportunities to dig into the culture and return with fond memories.”

What steps can students take to overcome the language barrier before they leave?
There are very simple ways to prepare. Hop onto YouTube and learn some helpful phrases like, vorrei un caffe, figurati! Or sono cotto/a di te.

Last question, Chris, what are you most looking forward to this summer in Italy with CISabroad?
“Definitely the excursions and the best butcher experience. Where we go to the Chianti region and we get to meet a butcher who is really passionate and cognisant of his practices. It was the BEST food I’ve ever consumed. EVER. And the thought of returning is astounding. Also, I really liked the first-hand perspective we get at the Sant’ambrogio market.

A presto! – See you soon in Italy!

Read more about CISabroad summer study abroad programs in Italy.

Chris Batchelder studied abroad in Italy for both a spring and summer semester abroad. He attended Keene State College and began working for CISabroad in 2012.

Have you studied in Italy or know somebody that has? Please share any advice on what to do, where to eat, etc. by leaving a comment below!

CISabroad Featured Student: Erica, Semester in Perugia

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Erica is a 19-year old student from University of South Carolina who took her Semester in Perugia in Spring of 2011.

What classes did you take while abroad?  
While abroad I participated in a full immersion program so I was taken all Italian language classes. This included a grammar class, phonetics class as well as an Italian culture class.

What was your favorite class and why?   
Phonetics was my favorite class because it allowed me to focus on improving my accent and sounding like a natural speaker of Italian. One of my goals while studying abroad was to continue to improve my Italian. Taking this class let me record myself speaking and hear how words are supposed to sound and how I compare to those. After taking this class I felt much more comfortable speaking Italian and more like a natural speaker.

What type of accommodation did you have? Did you like it?   
While abroad I lived in an apartment with four other girls who were also studying at the University. This include another student from America, two from Australia and one from England. This was one of my favorite parts about studying abroad. Living in an apartment made me feel more independent and more like I was immersed into the culture. Living with girls from different countries gave me the opportunity to learn about where they come from as well. Over the course of the four months we all became very close and the apartment grew to feel like home for all of us.

What do you miss the most about your host country?  
There is so much to miss about Italy, but I will definitely miss the people I met the most! The people you meet and the friendships you form can really shape your study abroad experience. The town I stayed in was relatively small and over the course of four months I not only made friends with the students but the locals as well. Having these relationships made the town feel more like home for me. I feel closer to some of the friends I made abroad than I do to anyone else I’ve met and I know they will be in my life for many years to come!

What was your most challenging travel experience? 
My most challenging travel experience was coming back home. At first I thought I would be anxious to return home and see my friends and family but I felt really torn about leaving. Perugia felt like home to me and I found I was more upset about leaving it and the people I met then I thought I was going to be. Although it was challenging to leave, I know that now I can look forward to going back and visiting!

What are five things you packed that you wish you hadn’t? 
I packed pretty light and mostly just brought the essentials. I did pack my hair dryer and straightener which I wish I hadn’t. My apartment ended up having a hair dryer and my straightener ended up not working.

What are five things you didn’t pack that you wish you had?   
There are really only two things I wish I had packed. A smaller travel bag for weekend trips would’ve been really handy. I had to borrow one from a friend whenever we traveled. I also wish I had packed some over the counter cold medicines. It was very hard to get something without going to the doctor and getting a prescription.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? 
Studying abroad was a life changing experience for me. It opened my eyes to knew cultures, new people, and new experiences. I’d like to share my experiences with other students who are thinking about going abroad and help them create their own!

CISabroad Featured Student: Laura, Semester in Italy

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Laura O. is a 20 year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student who studied with us in the Fall 2010 on our Semester in Perugia, Italy.

What classes did you take while abroad?

All Italian language courses

What was your favorite class and why?

My language class because I learned a lot and got to speak with classmates from all over the world.

What type of accommodation did you have? Did you like it?

I lived in an apartment with one other American girl, but it didn’t work out so I moved into an apartment with two Italian girls and loved it. I got to practice my Italian and get really immersed into the culture.

What extracurricular activities did you participate in?

Near Perugia, Italy

Perugia, Italy Excursion

I volunteered for UNICEF, I participated in “tandem” and I worked 2-3 nights a week at a local, central bar.

What were the most noticeable differences between your home university and your host university while abroad?

There was no campus and all of my classes were in one building. It almost seemed as though the whole city was my campus at times though. Also, not all of my classmates spoke good English, so that was a different challenge for me.

Did you travel while abroad? If yes, where did you go?

Yes I traveled mostly through Italy: Assisi, Terni, Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Pompeii, Capri, Naples and Paris, France.

What do you miss most about your host country?

I miss the people I met there the most. I miss working at the bar and getting to meet people that way also. I miss all the different languages that are always being spoken because it made life a little more interesting.

What was your most challenging travel experience? 

I think leaving my boyfriend of almost 2 years to go abroad for a semester. I had a really hard time leaving him at the airport, and the 8-hour flight over there was miserable for me. I had never traveled alone before, never mind abroad for four months. On the plane over there and the following weeks, I remember asking myself “Oh my god, what have I gotten myself into? Why did I do this?…etc.” a lot. But after I got over the shock of living in a different country, it was no longer difficult.

Perugia, Italy

Perugia, Italy

What are five things you packed that you wish you hadn’t? 

Too many heels, too many summer clothes, and I can’t really think of any others.

What are five things you didn’t pack that you wish you had? 

An umbrella, winter clothes, rain boots, a regular sized purse and sunglasses.

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CISabroad Featured Student: Alexandra, Semester in Italy

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Alexandra is a 20-year old student of Merrimack College who studied abroad with us on our Semester in Perugia program at the Umbra Institute.

 

What classes did you take while abroad?

-Elementary Italian 1 (ITLN 101)

-Academic Internship and Seminar (INIT 350)

-Human Development in Culture (PYHD 430)

-Contemporary Italy: Culture, Society, and Trends (SOIT 360)

-The History and Culture of Food in Italy (HSIT 350)

What was your favorite class and why?

The History and Culture of Food in Italy

 – This class offered an opportunity to understand and taste the classic Italian foods that we were experiencing in our everyday Italian lives. I constantly looked forward to the excursions and field trips with this class. It was very hands on and interesting, covering all categories of food history, from the origin of Italian cook books to how Italian cuisine has evolved from Roman times to modern times. I love food, especially Italian food; this class was the perfect class for me during my time abroad!

What type of accommodation did you have? Did you like it?


I lived in an apartment in the city, just outside the center of town. I lived with 3 other American students, who belonged to the Umbra program. I was lucky with my landlord and apartment. We each had our own rooms and shared the bathrooms and kitchen. Although our landlord did not speak English we got by and he was always available when we needed him. I enjoyed the freedom of having my own place in the city, and I loved getting to know my Italian neighbors and exploring the little side streets around where I lived.

What do you miss the most about your host country?

I miss everything about Italy, but if I had to pick one thing it would be the laid back lifestyles the Italians lead. Everything in American is always moving fast, however, in Italy there was a pause during the day where the whole town shuts down to relax during lunch time for a few hours! I miss walking around and exploring my new environment during this relaxing part of the day.

What was your most challenging travel experience?

When I was abroad I was constantly traveling on the long weekends and breaks. However, one weekend I planned to hike across Cinque Terre, and got a little over confident with my travel experience. We did not book a hostel before we left for the hike, and when we finally made it the last town we had to settle for accommodations that were substandard at best. This was the scariest and most uncomfortable night I spent abroad, and I advise any other prospective study abroad student to have a plan before you leave for a trip!

What things did you pack that you wish you hadn’t?

1. 
Universal adaptor – it was expensive at home and was 2 euros at any convenience store in Italy

2. High heels – they do not work with cobble stone streets

3. Big toiletries – they take up vital luggage space and any perfume or food store had the brands I was used to at home

4. Laundry stuff – my roommates and I ended up bringing all our laundry to a man in town who washed, dried, and folded all out laundry for 7 euros

What are five things you didn’t pack that you wish you had?

1. A Northface – this would have been the perfect jacket for the weather I experienced

2. Leggings – I only brought one pair and regretted it, plus they’re stretchy if you gain weight!

3. More socks!

4. Warm weather clothes – Fall 2011 was very warm

5. Casual clothes to wear in the apartment – although in Italy I would not wear this out in town, I wish I had more clothes to hang out in at home



Is there anything else you’d like to add?


This was the best experience of my life so far, I highly recommend this opportunity to anybody who is interested in going!

Semester in Perugia

Spend a semester studying in the radiant heart of Italy. On Semester in Perugia, you will be enrolled at the Umbra Institute. Founded in 1999, the Institute has set itself apart with distinctive academic programs that allow you to immerse yourself in Italian culture and learn both in and beyond the classroom. You should start getting excited about:

A custom study abroad experience – You’ll design the study abroad program that best suits your academic needs. Semester in Perugia has 4 study options: the General Studies Program, the Independent Research Program, the Italian Language and Culture Program, and direct enrollment at the University of Perugia. If that’s not enough for you, there is also an Honors Program!

World-famous chocolate and gelato – Perugia has become famous for chocolate and hosts a chocolate festival every October. In addition, the Perugians have mastered gelato (Italian ice cream).

Apply today for the opportunity of a lifetime! Apply HERE.