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sociology italy
QUICK FACTS
Location Perugia, Italy
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Academic Year
Spring Semester
Credits 20 - 25 UW credits per semester
Eligibility Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
Language Italian 303
Program Manager Mike Renes | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline January 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
May 15 (Spring Semester)
HIGHLIGHTS
General This exchange is geared to students with advanced Italian language skills motivated to take regular, host university courses and fully immerse themselves in the life and culture of Italy and the vibrant student community in Perugia.
 

Program Description

The University of Perugia is one of the oldest universities in Italy dating back to 1308. Today, it has more than 20,000 students within 11 faculties (colleges). The University's research programs are conducted by 29 departments. In addition, there are 25 service organizations and research centers as well as 11 libraries with rich collections and equipment. UW students at the University of Perugia attend regular university classes alongside Italian university students and have access to courses from the full university curriculum.

In general, Italian universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States, and the Italian university system differs greatly in structure from that of the U.S. Students will need to be flexible and prepared to negotiate the challenges of not only learning in another language but also learning to operate in a relatively different academic system. Students are expected to be self-directed and do research and study outside of the readings to guide the courses of their learning. Students are responsible for their own learning and must be self-motivated and committed to their independent studies in order to succeed. In general, grading for each course is based on the exam only and not on performance and participation during the semester. Usually, there are no mid-terms or other types of tests during the semester.

Students can begin their search for courses right here: University of Perugia course catalog

LOCATION

Perugia, Italy

Site

One of Italy's best-preserved hill towns replete with museums and churches, Perugia is also a hip student-town with a never-ending stream of cultural events and concerts. Within the city walls, little has changed architecturally for over 400 years, and a few hotels and restaurants are in triple-digit ages. Culturally, however, Perugia is on the edge. Two major universities, a steady stream of foreigners and a thriving art scene ensure that Perugia melds the modern with its past. It is the capital of the Umbria region, known as the "Green Heart of Italy". The University is situated very centrally in the city of Perugia, high atop a hill with spectacular views and breathtaking scenery.

ACADEMICS

Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this exchange program to the University of Perugia must have at least basic Italian language skills before they can apply to this program. As most of the courses at this university are taught in Italian, some level of fluency in Italian will allow students to succeed at this university. Students can find more information on language requirements here.

Credits

20 - 25 UW credits per semester

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.

FINANCES

Program Expenses

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

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.

Scholarships

  • 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 goglobal@uw.edu 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Housing

​Students are responsible for arranging their accommodations while in Perugia. As it is 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 in the city center or just outside.

Students can arrange housing prior to departure or upon arrival. Those who choose to secure a room prior to departure generally use the University Quality System (housing agency). Students who opt to wait until they reach Perugia to search for accommodations find homes (usually very quickly) by answering advertisements or announcements that are posted around the school and in the city center. The University of Perugia also has a housing website with helpful information for students. In general, students are encouraged to wait until they arrive in Perugia to look for housing.

Students can learn more about their accommodations by visiting University of Perugia housing.

Visa Information

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. 

APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.

Orientation

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 disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

The $700 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.