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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
Location Perugia, Italy
Academic Term Autumn Quarter / Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter / Summer Quarter
Credits 12 - 18 UW credits per quarter
Prerequisites 2.75 GPA preferred
Program Manager Mike Renes |
Priority 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.
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.


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.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students interested in participating in this program must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above at the time of their departure.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 12-18 UW credits per quarter. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here


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.

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.



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.


The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.  

If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance. 


Program Expenses

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.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

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.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.