Scholarship FAQ

We offer up to four scholarships annually to study Italian at the world-famous University for Foreigners (Università per Stranieri) in Perugia, Italy. The University for Foreigners, founded in 1921, is the oldest and most prestigious institution of its kind devoted to language study by foreign students.

Here are some common questions that scholarship applicants have asked in the past.

What is included in the scholarship award?

The scholarship includes tuition for one month of study at the Università and a stipend that can be used to defray travel or living expenses while abroad. In most cases, you can choose the month that works best for you.

Who is eligible?

People who want to improve their Italian language skills, who love Italy and all things Italian, and who want to experience life in one Italy’s most beautiful and historic cities. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applicants must be a member of the Sister City Association and be a U.S. citizen.

How do I apply?

Fill out the scholarship application form available on the website, scan and email it to our scholarship chair, Erica Mallin, at

When are the applications due?

Applications for the following year’s scholarships are accepted from August 1 through October 31.

What is the selection process?

Applicants must submit the completed application and email it, as noted above. After the October 31 deadline, the scholarship committee will select a short list of applicants to interview in person. Interviews will take place in early November. The scholarship committee will make a recommendation to the SPSCA Board for approval at the November board meeting, and all applicants will be notified of the final results.

Are there any expectations of me after I have returned from my scholarship month abroad?

Applicants are expected to write up a short summary of their experiences for possible inclusion on the SPSCA website or on our social media channels, as well as to continue and extend their participation in the work of the SPSCA.