January on the Italian Coast

January 2022

Program Overview

Spend a picturesque 3 weeks of your winter break in Sorrento, Italy. During this J-Term program, immerse yourself in Italian culture, food, and history. The theme of this program is Discovering Southern Italy where you’ll take courses related to society, history, economics and nature of Sorrento and surrounding areas. Looking for a way to break up your Fall and Spring semesters at your home campus?  You really can’t go wrong with spending your J-term taking classes at the Sant’anna Institute overlooking the sea and exploring the vibrant community of Sorrento- all while earning 3 U.S. credits!

What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Italian
  • Average Courseload: 3 U.S. Credits
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • Excursions built into each class for further exploration of the Amalfi Coast
  • Earn 3 credits in 3 weeks
  • Unique courses specific to southern Italy history and culture

Program Details

Sant'Anna Institute

Located atop a seaside cliff, the Sant’Anna Institute is housed in a prominent building offering breathtaking views of the Marina Grande of Sorrento. Courses are rooted in experiential learning, which means you’ll get a unique, hands-on experience.

The grounds offer a tranquil private garden, and the campus building houses classrooms, computer labs, student lounges, a kitchen, and residential rooms on the top floor. From the Institute, you can reach the city center by foot in just fifteen minutes, and the train station is a quick 20-minute walk. When you’re not studying, you can join service learning opportunities, language exchange groups, and volunteer projects—as well as exploring the city and relaxing.

The Sant’Anna Institute, founded in 1998, is a private institute accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, and is a member of Edu Italia. Courses are accredited by Jacksonville University, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Accredited by Jacksonville University (Florida), which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • History
  • Literature & Creative Writing
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Humanities

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Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Italian

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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 your CISabroad Application Portal.

See below for the list of courses offered. Courses will run subject to demand and adequate enrollment, so it is important to get additional alternate courses approved.

All courses are taught in English except for the Italian Language courses.

You’ll take one 3-credit course during your 3 week program. Choose from the list of courses

  • HIST 350 Greek Influence in Southern Italy: Colonization & Culture
  • ENGL 203 World Literature
  • MSC 113 Intro to Marine Biology
  • IS 350/HIST 350 History of Italian Food and Culture
  • BIOL 221 Human Nutrition
  • MKG 320 Product Management: Food Marketing
  • POL 375 Special Topics: Human Rights
  • WL 101: Elementary Italian Language
  • WL 102 Elementary Italian Language
  • WL 201 Intermediate Italian Language
  • WL 202 Post-Intermediate Italian Language
  • WL 325 Advanced Italian Language
  • WL 325 Special Topics: Post-Advanced Italian
  • WL 325 Medieval Italian Literature I – Dante
  • WL 325 Contemporary Italian Literature

Please see courses descriptions here

Sant’Anna Institute Residence Hall


See COVID-19 Plan tab for any changes to the housing options.

Sant’Anna Institute’s new residence hall space occupies the top two floors of the institute (talk about an easy walk to class!) Students share double and triple rooms with an en suite bathroom in each bedroom. There’s a shared kitchen and common area, as well a beautiful terrace overlooking the bay. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.


You’ll have access to a kitchen where you can cook your meals. Put your skills to the test and try cooking local favorites.

Plus, all Sant’Anna students regardless of housing choice get a special card that gives them discounts at local stores and restaurants.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • CommuteWalking
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas
  • Triple Room

What's Included


Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Jacksonville University Transcript
  • Day excursions to local sites (previous excursions: Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, Naples)
  • Group field trips as part of chosen course
  • Discount card for local restaurants and shops
  • CIS Abroad 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

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Pompeii, Naples and Amalfi Coast

Pompeii, Naples and Amalfi Coast

To get the full experience of the famous buried city of Pompeii, take a guided tour of the ruins. From there, head to the dramatic and stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast, which looks over the Mediterranean Sea from its rocky shores. Included is a ferry ride for a day trip to the stunning island of Capri. Finally, shop in local stores and dine at famous pizzerias in Naples.

Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is a stratovolcano in the Gulf of Naples, about nine kilometres (5.6 miles) east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. Vesuvius consists of a large cone partially encircled by the steep rim of a summit caldera. Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that buried and destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.



A resort since the Roman Republic, Capri is still a tourist destination for both Italians and travelers. Features of the island include the Marina Piccola (the little harbor), 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.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Sep 15
  • Arrival: January 2
  • Departure: January 22
  • Price: $4,190
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.