January on the Italian Coast

OPEN January 2023

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: 1 course (3 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • 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 garden, and the campus building houses classrooms, a student lounge, a kitchen, and residential rooms on the top two floors. 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 explore the city and relax.

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

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

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

  • Italian

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Course selection:

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.

Why Life in Sorrento

The gateway to the Amalfi Coast, the town of Sorrento is easily described as a paradise by the sea. From Sorrento, you can catch the train to Rome, take a ferry to the islands of Capri and Ischia, or reach Naples 20 miles away.

This famous, quaint city in Campania is a popular tourist destination, but don’t let that fool you. The small city and friendly people make it easy to quickly become a member of the community. Beyond the tourists, make time to wander the citrus-lined streets, saunter through the Villa Communale Park, or just enjoy the sweeping views of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius in the distance.

Hiking trails abound for the mountain adventurer looking to conquer the Amalfi coastline. A beautiful bay with incredible beaches and sheltered coves lures any water lover. Sorrento is the producer of Limoncello, delicious food, and stunning sunsets. After we help you acclimate to the Mediterranean lifestyle, you’ll have the confidence to roam the city like a true local.

Live The Local Life

  • Cooking Class and Dinner

    Learn how to make your favorite dishes and eat them too at fattoria Terranova.

  • I Limoneti di Sorrento

    Visit to “I Limoneti di Sorrento” and Food Tasting- www.galanoraffaele.it (Sorrento - Sant’Agnello by train or private transportation) for the cost of 35 EUR per person.

  • Napoli Sotterranea

    Visit the underground city of Naples and see the historic places where it all started including a Greek-Roman Aqueduct.

  • Capri

    Explore Capri by ferry from Sorrento.

Sant’Anna Institute Residence Hall

Location

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 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.

Meals

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

Shared Apartments in Sorrento

Location

If the residence hall fills, you’ll live in double rooms in shared accommodations. 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.

Meals

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

What's Included

Inclusions

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

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll be collected from the airport and taken to your accommodation. In the first few days you’ll take part in both the University and CIS Abroad orientation program where you’ll learn practical tips for living in Italy like where to go out, how to stay safe, where to shop. We will also take you to explore the local eateries in Sorrento and you’ll enjoy a welcome meal.

Farewell & Re-Entry Program

At the end of the program we will all get together for one last epic meal and talk about your adventures and experiences. Our staff will also share some precious tips on going back home feeling like a champ! Your study abroad experience is something to be cherished and shared with your family and friends back home.

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.

Capri

Capri

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.

Site Director

Travel Tip:

If while traveling there’s no internet, embrace it. Play a card game with someone in the hostel common room, read a book, lie on the beach, go for a walk, talk to a stranger, think about life. Some of my favourite travel memories are from times when I didn’t have an Internet connection.

Travel Tip:

If while traveling there’s no internet, embrace it. Play a card game with someone in the hostel common room, read a book, lie on the beach, go for a walk, talk to a stranger, think about life. Some of my favourite travel memories are from times when I didn’t have an Internet connection.

About:

Romina is a native Roman with degrees in International Communications (2005) and International Relations (2007) at the University for Foreigners of Perugia. Shortly after graduating, she moved back to Rome and began her study abroad career working for IES. In Rome, she began pursing her M.A. in International Affairs at the SIOI. After completing an internship at the Italian Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, her career took a turn as Romina was offered a position to work as a Communication and Public Information Officer within the civilian component of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Herat for the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Between 2008-09, Romina completed two missions in Afghanistan. In 2009, she began working for the Italian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, which then led her to cover the same position at the Italian Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. In Spring 2011, the Italian government ordered embassy staff to return home due to the uncertain situation of the Arab Spring. Ever since, Romina has enjoyed her return to the eternal city, and to her career in study abroad through CIS Abroad.

Marisol Diaz Turkowsky
Travel Tip:

Let the new world take you, not as an outsider, but as an insider! Small children adapt and learn basic human language by interacting with just about everything. Open your mind to new cultures by finding that curious child in you, and you can construct your own learning adventure!

Travel Tip:

Let the new world take you, not as an outsider, but as an insider! Small children adapt and learn basic human language by interacting with just about everything. Open your mind to new cultures by finding that curious child in you, and you can construct your own learning adventure!

About:

I’ve always embraced my family’s multicultural background. Born from a Peruvian family with Italian, and Chinese descendants, and being raised in Florida, it came natural to me to have an international work profile. I have always been a curious learner, leading me to study the natural sciences, and human ecology. I currently know Swedish, Spanish, Italian, and German. Thanks to my university grants and NGO’s, I worked on community-led conservation research projects blending social-ecological management relations in Easter Island, Aeolian Islands, Mauritius, Florida Keys, and Belize’s Glover Reef. My passion is to teach students stewardship for a sustainable world and my motivation in international education came from these memorable trips I did as a student that changed my life. Outside work, if I’m not traveling visiting friends and family, I enjoy dancing at home with my daughter, having picnics, horseback riding, and taking ballet lessons.

Your Support Staff

Kayla Weiss
Travel Tip:

Create an impromptu picnic. Find some strawberries from a farmers market or some bread and cheese from a little shop or maybe a fresh pastry, make your way to a green space, and just take it all in.

Advising and Enrollment
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Advising

Our advising team can help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal objectives. It’s not always an easy choice, but you can’t go wrong! Once you’ve decided, we’ll guide to you submit an online application.

Enrollment

Once you’ve submitted your initial application and the fee, you’ll be assigned a Program Enrollment Coordinator. We’ll work closely together to guide you through the enrollment process and prepare you for a life-changing experience!

COVID-19 Plan

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.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

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.

Excursions

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 15
  • Arrival: January 2
  • Departure: January 21
  • Price: $4,390
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.