A seaside winter escape in Southern Italy
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
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 at least 2 classes available
- Literature & Creative Writing
- Natural & Applied Sciences
Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.
Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available
Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.
Now the fun part, choosing your course! You’ll take one 3-credit course during your 3 week program. All courses are taught in English except for the Italian Language courses. Choose from the following 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
Note: Courses will run subject to demand and adequate enrollment, so it is important to get additional alternate courses approved.
Shared Apartments in Sorrento
If the residence hall fills, you’ll live in double and triple rooms in shared accommodations, 4-6 people per apartment, located within a 30-minute walk or a short public transit ride from the Institute. The apartments are fully-furnished – except towels!
Note: Apartments in Italy, especially in the historical centers, are all situated in antique buildings.
Check out the photo gallery to get an idea of what your housing could be like. The photos are of apartments that have been available in the past.
In your apartment, you’ll have access to a kitchen where you can cook your meals. Think: Italian dinner parties with your housemates and friends!
Don’t forget – you too will get a discount card from Sant’Anna to use at local restaurants and stores.
Inclusions and Amenities
- CommutePublic TransportationWalking
- Double Room
- Single Room
- Triple Room
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
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.
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.
We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.
Read more below for information related to this program:
On-Site Program Modifications
We want your time abroad to be an experience of a lifetime. We also know that it is a unique time to be going abroad. Below is some helpful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.
Our Financial Commitment
CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See our refund policy page for more information.
To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.
Our Academic Commitment
CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk.*
If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.
If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.
* If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US are important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.
Our Health & Safety Commitment
CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:
- COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing (except for Barcelona’s programs).
- Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges.
- Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country.
- COVID-safe classrooms and campus facilities as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards.
- Vaccine requirements for all participants to ensure COVID-safe program excursions and guaranteed housing with vaccinated students.
- Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
- Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
- Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
- Cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.
*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs. If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost.
We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above. Should students apply for 2022 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date. We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.
We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you.
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: Oct 30
- Arrival: January 2
- Departure: January 22
- Price: $4,190
- Application Deadline: Oct 30 (Estimated)
- Arrival: January 2 (Estimated)
- Departure: January 22 (Estimated)
- Price: $4,190 (Estimated)
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.