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International Programs

Perugia, Italy


Perugia, Italy

Perugia is a beautiful location to study abroad in. Its scenic hilltop location overlooks some of Italy’s most incredible landscapes, and it is also rich in art, architecture, and history. Perugia is conveniently located near Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi, and Cortona, if you want to explore other regions of Italy.  A quarter of Perugia’s 160,000 residents are college students, making it a fun and youthful place to live. There are countless restaurants, jazz cafés, cinemas, museums, and theaters to check out.

The Umbra Institute of Study Abroad

Merrimack students study at the Umbra Institute of Study Abroad in Perugia. Umbra Institute offers a variety of courses in the fall, spring, and summer. In addition, you’ll also be able to go on field trips, participate in community engagement opportunities, and join extra- curricular activities that let you experience Italy outside of a classroom when you study abroad in Perugia. The Institute also provides full on-site support, arranges housing, orientation, excursions and more.


  • Students take five - 3 credit courses
  • Students are required to take an Italian Language course as 1 of their 5 courses. 
  • All instruction is in English except the Italian language courses and the Direct Enrollment university courses. 


  • Umbra Institute arranges housing on the behalf of Merrimack students
  • Students live with other international students, in fully furnished apartments in the areas surrounding the university campus.

Program Requirements

  • GPA Requirement: 2.8
  • Students must be in good disciplinary standing
  • Open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Application Requirements

  • All Merrimack students studying abroad for a semester/year are required to meet with the study abroad advisor in the Office of International Programs prior to completing their application.
  • Complete the Preliminary Study Abroad Application; after this application is submitted a study abroad advisor will be in touch to go over the next steps in the application process.
  • Complete online Umbra Institute application; submit official Merrimack College transcript and all necessary documents along with your application.