Study Internship on the Italian Coast, Sorrento

Study Internship in Sorrento offers students the chance to fully integrate into the local community. By working alongside local residents, you will learn about your field of study and how it impacts the community that you are living and learning in.

Snapshots of Sorrento

A postcard-worthy village on the hills within full view of the Amalfi coast, Sorrento offers a great climate and cultural and outdoor adventures await at every turn.  Be sure to explore the uneven cobblestone streets, take a stroll down the Via di San Cesareo for divine Italian shopping, and partake in an evening aperitivo at one of the many bars and restaurants along the way.

Hands-on Experience

Classes are offered in both English and Italian, and the US transcript makes it easy for your credits to transfer back.  Sant’Anna Institute has a long history of community involvement allowing them to offer high-quality internship placements to compliment your studies outside of the classroom.

La Vida Local

Students are encouraged to get involved within the local community through events coordinated by Sant’anna Institute.  Spend the day cleaning up the local beaches, volunteer at a local non-profit, or get to know the local high school students and collaborate on fundraising and awareness campaigns.

If you've always wanted to study abroad in Italy, we've got a lot of reasons to study on our Study Internship on the Italian Coast, Sorrento program. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Located in the walkable seaside town of Sorrento
  • Numerous beaches and coves at your fingertips
  • Discover miles of hiking and trekking along the Amalfi Coast
  • Easy access to both the Northern cities of Florence and Rome, or the historically rich southern islands of Sardinia and Sicily.
  • Excursions to Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, and Naples
  • Courses taught in Italian and English


Capri is a tourist destination for both Italians and foreigners, that has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic. In summer, the island is heavily visited by tourists, especially by day trippers from Naples and Sorrento. Features of the island are the Marina Piccola (the little harbour), the Belvedere of Tragara (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas), the limestone crags called sea stacks that project above the sea (the Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri, and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.

Mt. Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore.  It is one of several volcanoes which form the Campanian volcanic arc.  Vesuvius consists of a large cone partially encircled by the steep rim of a summit caldera caused by the collapse of an earlier and originally much higher structure.  Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Study Internship on the Italian Coast, Sorrento offers two 14-week semesters, beginning in August, and January. You can easily find a semester that fits with your study abroad schedule. 

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

Course selection: Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page.

Semester Course load: 12-18 US Credits (3 credit courses) Please note: One Italian Course and one Internship Course is Required.  

Summer Course load: 3-12 US Credits (3 credit courses) Please note: One Italian Course and one Internship Course is Required.  

Course approval: Although you will only take 4–6 classes, it is best to meet with your current academic advisor and obtain approval for 8–10 classes. Courses are generally approved as requirements for your major, but also as elective credits.

Course descriptions: Please click here to see a list of courses offered during the semester. New classes are being added all the time! 

How to read the Sant’Anna Institute course catalog:

Courses noted with (ASC) are taught by Alfred State College faculty. Except for the Italian Language and Literature courses, each course is taught in English.

Located just 20 miles south of Naples, Sorrento is the gateway to the Amalfi Coast and can be described as a paradise by the sea. Whether you’re looking to catch the train to Rome, or take a ferry out to the Islands of Capri and Ischia, Sorrento’s location is ideal for exploring Italian culture.

This famous quaint city in Campania is a popular tourist destination. Hiking trails for the mountain adventurer and a beautiful bay for the water lover. Sorrento is the producer of Limoncello, amazing food and sunsets. After we help you acclimate to the Mediterranean lifestyle and orient you to the city, you'll have the confidence to roam the city like a local.

The Sant'Anna Institute, founded in 1998, is a private institute accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education. Its courses are accredited by Alfred State, SUNY College of Technology. The root of all courses is the experiential learning model.

The Sant’Anna Institute’s location and views of the Marina Grande of Sorrento are gorgeous. The walkable seaside town of Sorrento, Italy with numerous beaches and coves are at your fingertips. You'll discover miles of hiking and trekking along the Napoli and Amalfi Coast.  Plus, the center of Sorrento is only a 15 minute walk from the Sant'Anna Institute.

Shared accommodations, within 30 minutes walking or a short public transit ride from the Institute. Single rooms and Host Family accommodations are available for an additional fee on a limited basis.

Term: Spring 2017
Arrival January 22
Departure May 13
Application Deadline EXTENDED TO October 15
Term: Fall 2017
Arrival August 27
Departure December 16
Application Deadline June 1
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $14,600
Term: Fall 2017 Price: $14,600** more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Sant’Anna Institute Transcript 
  • Excursions to Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, and Naples
  • Discount card for local restaurants and shops
  • Tandem language program
  • CISabroad support services before,during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing (shared bedroom in apartment, single supplement fee)
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • Carbon offset of travel
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription