Italian Language and Culture

Explore Umbria - Italy's heart.

This immersive language program gives students from many different backgrounds the opportunity to live, study, and experience the Italian lifestyle in Perugia, Italy. Spend your days studying Italian language, civilization, and modernization, and your evenings at one of Perugia’s many traditional coffee shops, perusing the medieval paths, and discovering piazzas beyond compare!

Participants in the Italian Language and Culture in Perugia Group Study Program will receive the full Italian experience in charismatic cities such as Assisi, Gubbio, Bologna, Arezzo, and Rome, on top of their time in Perugia. This trip allows students to take in the fashion, art, film, music, architecture, and food of ancient and modern Italy.

Key information






Spring 2021

Program type

Group Study

Additional requirements

Application status


Application deadline


Additional requirements

This program is open to students from all majors. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Info sessions

CANCELLED: January 19 at noon on zoom


Student experience

Viewing Dante's Divine Comedy

Have questions?

For program information, please contact Dr. Francesca Cadel at

For application and registration support, please contact

Other useful links:

Information Session #1

Information Session #2

Program details

Students will choose two of the listed courses.

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses offered

    ITAL 203: Beginner's Italian II (3 units)

    ITAL 301: Second Year Italian I (3 units)

    ITAL 309: Civilization: Culture and the Arts (3 units)

    ITAL 401: Third Year Italian I (3 units)

    ITAL 403: Third Year Italian II (3 units)

    ITAL 499: Topic 04 - Modern Italian Civilization (3 units)

  2. Prerequisites

    ITAL 203: Italian 30 or ITAL 201 or equivalent

    ITAL 301: ITAL 301 or consent of department

    ITAL 309: ITAL 301 or consent of department

    ITAL 401: Italian 301, 303, and one other half-course at the 300 level (including Romance Studies 341) or consent of the department

    ITAL 403: Italian 401 and acceptance into the University of Calgary, Perugia program

    ITAL 499: Italian 301, 303, and one other half-course at the 300 level in Italian or consent of the department

  1. Pre-departure

    Date TBD, Calgary: Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation

    Date TBD, Calgary: Pre-departure Group Meeting

  2. In-field

    May 1: Depart Calgary for Rome

    May 2: Arrive in Rome, transfer to Perugia

    May 3-9: Perugia (Museo Archeologico Nazionale dell'Umbria; Palazzo Gallenga-Stuart, Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria)

    May 10: Assisi (Day trip)

    May 11-15: Perugia (Vetreria Moretti; Via Fatebenefratelli; Laboratorio Tessile; Sant'Angelo & San Matteo degli Armeni) 

    May 16-17: Bologna (Pinacoteca; Archiginnasio Library and Anatomical Theatre)

    May 18-22: Perugia (Perugina Chocolate Factory)

    May 23: Arezzo (Day trip)

    Mary 24-29: Perugia (Cooking lessons; Pottery workshop; Sant'Angelo & San Pietro)

    May 30: Gubbio (Day trip)

    May 31-June 1: Rome

    June 2: Depart Rome for Calgary or independent travel.

    Click here for a detailed itinerary.

  3. Post-field

    To be determined.

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of the Italian Language and Culture Group Study Program is $7386. This includes tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. 

     For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.


  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Application not currently open. Details to come. 

    SLLLC Scholarships and Student Awards: There are various funding opportunities available for students taking courses in Italian. For more information, please click here

    Calgary Italian Sportsmen's Bursary: Two bursaries available, for more information click here.

    Fogolâr Furlan di Calgary Scholarship: For more information, click here

    Italian Study Abroad Award: For more information, click here

    Continuing Arts Association Travel Scholarship: More information to be provided at a later date.

    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

    Click here for more info on funding opportunities!

Students typically stay in apartment style accommodations close to campus.

This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.

Applications will be considered after your application, unofficial transcript, and supplementary questionnaire have been received by Study Abroad.

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. Additional Documents

    1. Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre and submit it by email to Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.
    2. Email to
  3. Interview with Instructor

    Following the submission of your application, you may be contacted by the instructor for an informal interview.

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.

We were invited to see a rare copy of Dante's "Divine Comedy". To experience something firsthand is always much better. We were very lucky!


2016 Program Participant

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

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

Find your academic advisor

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.