Summer on the Italian Coast, Sorrento

Imagine spending your summer in the scenic seaside city of Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. Study Italian, Marine Biology, Volcanology, International Tourism, and Sustainability by day, and retreat to the romantic piazzas overlooking the sea by night.

Imagine spending your summer in the scenic seaside city of Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.  Study Italian, Marine Biology, Volcanology, International Tourism, and Sustainability by day, and retreat to the romantic piazzas overlooking the sea by night.  As you stroll the uneven cobblestone streets, stop to take in the live local music and experience amazing Italian cuisine

The Sant’anna Institute encourages students to become members of the community during their time abroad.  A variety of civic engagement and service learning opportunities are available to help you get involved in the local community.  Whether it be a beach clean up, lending a hand to a non-profit, or volunteering to practice conversational English with locals, you’ll make wonderful memories in Sorrento.

Coastal Mountain Town

The city of Sorrento is situated between the sea and the mountains, providing plenty of opportunities for swimming in the blue-green waters or hiking through the lush hills.  Trek through the abundant lemon, orange, and olive groves as well!

Specialized Courses

The Sant’Anna Institute has a robust offering of Italian language courses to meet you at any level.  Not only can you expand your Italian language and history, but you will also have the opportunity to take unique courses in the Natural Sciences, like Volcanology.

La Vida Local

Students are encouraged to get involved within the local community through a group beach clean up day as well as through several other service-learning opportunities. 

CISabroad’s Summer on the Italian Coast, Sorrento program is the perfect way to get ahead academically while living in paradise. Here are a few highlights that you can look forward to when you study abroad in Italy for the summer:

  • Classrooms overlooking the fishing village of Marina Grande
  • 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
  • Civic engagement and service learning opportunities abound
  • 3 or 6 credits per session
  • Combine Session 1 & 2 for 12 credits total

Summer on the Italian Coast participants will get the opportunity to explore Italy while studying abroad.  The following excursions are included in the program fee:


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.

Summer on the Italian Coast, Sorrento offers two 5-week sessions. 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.

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

Course approval: Although you will only take 1-4 classes, it is best to meet with your current academic advisor and obtain approval for 5-7 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 summer. 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.

Internship Option:

For 3 credits (150 hours) you can receive academic credit for internships that is transferable through SUNY Alfred (New York State)

Complete with 1-4 other academic courses including Italian language (all levels available);

**Note: Internship has an additional course fee of $400 USD, compulsory by Italian law to participate, valid from summer 2016 term.

Language: Most internships can be conducted in English, without a prior knowledge of the Italian language, however see individual fields and placements for language specifications.

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: Summer 2017
Arrival Session 1 May 28
Departure July 1
Application Deadline April 1
Arrival Session 2 July 2
Departure August 5
Application Deadline April 1
Term: Summer 2017 Price: $4,815 - $11,540** 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 programCISabroad 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
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription