Università di Stranieri di Perugia (University for Foreigners of Perugia)

Spend a semester or an academic year in the beautiful city of Perugia in central Italy’s Umbria region. Perugia has a medieval old town and is also knows as a student town. 

A former Umbrian settlement Perugia dates back to the Etruscan time to over 300 BC. Today Perugia is the capital of the Italian region Umbria and is a well-know centre of culture and arts in the country.

The University of Foreigners of Perugia was founded in the early 1920ies and is the oldest and most prestigious Italian institution specialized in teaching Italian language and culture. 

Key information


Perugia, Italy




Academic Year, Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status



2024-2025 applications

First come first considered for limited remaining space until

Winter 2025: August 15, 2024

University-specific additional requirements

No reference letter required; minimum GPA 2.7. See Eligibility section below for details.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Program details

Incoming students are offered the possibility of attending all the courses available in the two major areas of study:

  • Italian language and culture for foreigners; dedicated to students who have no knowledge of Italian or who want to improve their linguistic skill till the advanced level including cultural aspects of Italian arts, culture, etc;
  • Courses, in the areas of communication, advertising, tourism, promotion of the territory, international relations, etc.

For details about course offer go on the incoming exchange page and scroll down to Academic offer. The University for Foreigners of Perugia will offer some online courses for the 2021-22 academic year. 

The European credit system used ECTS credits. 6 ECTS = 1 UCalgary half-course equivalent (3 unit course). At the host university students are typically expected to take 24-30 ECTS (12-15 UCalgary units) per semester.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The first semester (Fall) runs from late September to mid-late February and the second semester runs from late February to late July (including exam periods).


  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.

    It is recommended that students budget about 700-800 euros per month to cover basic living costs such as accommodation, food, books, and public transport.

    Verona cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here

    Please Note: Italian visa applications may require travel to  Vancouver consulates to finalize your study permit and take biometrics as needed, in advance of your departure. Please check with the embassy or consulate, or the government website regarding study visa/permit requirements as soon as possible to verify if this will be required for you.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? 
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.

    Italian Study Abroad Award: One award, provided by Calgary's local Italian community and facilitated by the UCalgary Italian Department. For more information, please click here.

    Fogolâr Furlan di Calgary Scholarship in Italian Studies: One award, managed by The Calgary Foundation. Students who are Alberta residents working towards a major or minor in Italian Studies may be eligible. For more information, please click here

    Please click here for more possible sources of funding as recommended by the UCalgary School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures.

Italian universities are typically less campus-based, thus accommodation is often not directly affiliated with the university.

The accommodation at the partner is off-campus. For more information, click here and here. Accommodation (dormitory style) costs around 200 euros per month and homestay about 250 euros per month.


This exchange is open to regular, full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

Perugia offers Italian language courses at various levels. No Italian is required for beginners Italian courses. The other courses are taught in Italian. As such, applicants must have a command of Italian at minimum B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), or have completed at least two 300-level courses in Italian, or possess equivalent knowledge. Certification of language proficiency may be required.

What options are available for improving my Italian in Perugia?

The University for Foreigners of Perugia offers Italian courses that you can take as part of your exchange (see academic information section).

Are there accessibility services?

For information on accessibility and support services at campuses across Europe, please check out Inclusive Mobility. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.


Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The exchange advisor for this program is: Tara Jorgensen

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.