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Program Information:
sociology italy
 Location Perugia, Italy
Autumn, Winter, Spring, or Summer Quarter
 Credits 12 - 18 UW credits per quarter
 Eligibility 2.75 GPA preferred
 Adviser Mike Renes |
 Application    Deadline March 15 (A), September 15 (W), December 15 (Sp), March 15 (S)
  General This program is geared to students who would like to focus specifically on improving their Italian language and culture skills. Courses will be tken at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, which is the most prestigious language school for non-native speakers in Italy.
 Where You Will Study
 Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
 Application Process
  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.


Where You Will Study

Perugia is the home of two universities: the University of Perugia and the University for Foreigners in Perugia. Its streets are full of students (Italian and foreign alike) and its nightspots hum with the hustle and bustle of young people.  Opportunities for improving Italian language and experiencing Italian culture abound in its piazze and passageways.

Every year thousands of Italian and foreign students from over 100 countries meet, get to know each other and study together at the University for Foreigners of Perugia, in a setting which is unique in Italy. Founded in the early 1920's with the aim of teaching Italian civilization and artistic heritage to foreigners,this University has distinguished itself from the beginning as a symbol of open-mindedness and tolerance and as a meeting point for people of different cultures,now a real "laboratory" of intercultural education. The University specializes in the teaching of Italian as a second language including related subjects such as art, literature and economy. Its principal aim is to help promote the Italian language and culture worldwide thereby increasing awareness of cultural diversities. Since the 1990's, the University's unique curriculum has been expanded to include degree and post-graduate programs for Italian and foreign students.


The University for Foreigners in Perugia offers courses in Italian language and culture at basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of Italian:

First Level Beginners Course [A1]

Second Level Beginners Course [A2]

First Level Intermediate Course [B1]

Second Level Intermediate Course [B2]

First Level Advanced Course [C1]

Second Level Advanced Course [C1+]

Second Level Advanced Course [C2]

In addition to its for-credit language courses, the University for Foreigners offers other non-credit activities, such as seminars, lectures, roundtables and inexpensive excursions to a variety of sites around Italy. Students also have the opportunity to involve themselves in sports, gyms, choruses, orchestras, etc.

It is mandatory that students take at least two months (8 weeks) of courses, complete all academic coursework for the program and submit a transcript to UW Study Abroad to receive credits upon their return.

Prior to the beginning of the program, the University for Foreigners will require that students take a placement test and will place them into the course levels that best fit their Italian language abilities. Students will then attend language and culture courses for 25-30 hours per week. In order to receive UW credit for the program, UW students must successfully pass a final examination.

For information about earning UW academic credit, please visit credits for Language/Outside Provider Programs.


Students are responsible for arranging their accommodations while in Perugia. The home of two universities, Perugia is accustomed to housing students who come to study for periods of 2-6 months; thus, it has many short-term housing options available, primarily in the form of shared apartments. Rent for a room in a shared apartment generally ranges from $400-600 per month, depending upon the type and location of the room: single or double, in the city center or just outside.

Students can arrange housing prior to departure or upon arrival. However, it is strongly recommended that students wait until they arrive to secure housing. Those who choose to secure a room prior to departure generally use the Cercalloggio Umbria (a housing agency recommended by the University for Foreigners). Students who opt to wait until they reach Perugia (highly recommended) to search for accommodations find homes by answering advertisements and announcements that are posted around the school, in the city center, etc.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

You will be billed by, and pay all fees directly to, the University for Foreigners for this program.  The fees are split into two payments: a "registration fee" must be paid at time of application; the "course fee" is paid upon arrival in Perugia.  Payment can be made by international wire transfer (in EUROS) through your bank or by calling the University for Foreigners directly and providing your credit card information. Detailed registration payment instructions appear on the program's registration page.

In addition, the IPE Administrative Fee will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information, see the Financial Aid and Scholarships web page.


Application Process

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to the University for Foreigners. Students should visit the web site of the University for Foreigners for instructions on how to apply. While the University for Foreigners generally does not have deadlines for their program specific applications, the spaces do fill up quickly so UW students are encouraged to submit their applications well in advance of departure for the program.

See Application FAQs for additional information about applications.

See Withdrawals for information about program withdrawal policies.