A unique learning experience in Italy
Every year thousand 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 tollerance and as a meeting point for people of different cultures,now a real "laboratory" of intercultural education. The University specialises 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 in our world. Since tene 1990's, the University's unique curriculum has been expanded to include degree and post-graduate programmes for Italian and foreign students.
Please Note: This University ONLY teaches Italian language courses. Students can transfer the courses back to UNI as elective courses.
Perugia is a lively medieval walled hill town with historic buildings, people-filled squares, and modern shops. Perugia is very nearly at the exact center of Italy. It is the capital of the Umbria region, known as the "Green Heart of Italy." As is true of most Umbrian and Tuscan walled hill towns, one of the best things to do is to wander through the narrow streets and along the walls at the edge of town for views of the valley.
The University for Foreigners Perugia is the oldest and most prestigious italian institution involved in teaching and research activities as well as in the diffusion of the Italian language and civilisation in all expressions. Its story began in 1921 when a lawyer by the name of Astorre Lupattelli, who had dedicated much of his life to the project, set up the first courses in high culture in his home town. His eventual aim was to heighten people’s awareness of the central Italian region of Umbria - whose chief town is Perugia - both throughout Italy and abroad, to describe its history, its institutions and its natural and artistic history.
Until 1926 the courses were held in the University of Perugia itself, one of Italy’s oldest and most celebrated universities, and in the Sala dei Notari inside the historic Palazzo dei Priori. In 1927 the University for Foreigners moved to its own premises, the Palazzo Gallenga, another ancient building, situated in the center of the city.
Today, along with the Palazzo Gallenga, the University also occupies four smaller buildings, the Prosciutti, Lupattelli, Orvieto and Valitutti buildings which, although they are set in the marvellous surrounding country side, are within walking distance of the main site. They form the center of a complex of buildings which enhances the teaching and research facilities available to the Institution. There is a further site, Villa La Colombella, an antique stately residence, which lies hidden in the green hills around the city. It has, however, recently been renominated a University in its own right, consisting of a Faculty of Italian Language and Culture and Departments of Science of Language and Comparative Cultures.
Students take part in Italian language courses, ranging in difficulty from Beginner to Advanced. These courses can be transferred back to UNI as elective credit, making the program open to all UNI majors.
Students use the University accommodation service and can get information and reserve accommodations for their stay in Perugia before they arrive. The housing website offers reservations in apartments, single and double rooms, residences, studio apartments and houses.
The quality of the accommodations are under the strict control of the Regional Right to Study office (ADiSU), and the reservation service is free of charge.
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