There’s something a little mystical about Sorrento, Italy, a beautiful town hugging the cliffs that overlook a fishing port and Mt Vesuvius. Located just 20 miles south of Naples, Sorrento is known as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. You’ll wake up every morning in this paradise by the sea, and you’ll study at the immensely popular Sant’Anna Institute. The Institute’s experiential learning model means classes will be fun and engaging. Dabble in learning Italian so you can chat with fellow travelers as you catch the train to Rome or the ferry to the Islands of Capri and Ischia.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Fall: May 15
- Avg Course Load
- 4-6 courses (12-18 credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
- English and Italian
Key Program Highlights
- Southern Italian culture, unique to the country
- Small class sizes give you one-on-one attention
- Trips to Pompeii, Capri and Mt. Vesuvius
- Markets selling art famous to the region, including ceramics, lacework and intarsio
- Italian language classes in a supportive, friendly community
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Sorrento
Welcome and 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 CISabroad 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 CIS welcome meal.
Farewell and 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.
Beginning Fall 2017, students will primarily be housed in Sant’Anna Institute’s brand new residence hall space, occupying the top two floors of the institute. Students will share double rooms with an en suite bathroom in each bedroom. There is 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.
If the space fills, you’ll live in shared accommodations, 4-6 people per apartment, located within a 30-minute walk or a short public transit ride from the Institute. Apartments in Italy, especially in the historical centers, are all situated in antique buildings. Single rooms and host family accommodations are available for an additional fee on a limited basis.
All apartments come equipped with the following for student use:
- Fully furnished
- Bed and linens
- Stove and basic cooking and eating necessities
- Kitchen with table and chairs
- Cooking Class and Dinner: Learn how to make your favorite dishes and eat them too at fattoria Terranova.
- I Limoneti di Sorrento: Visit at “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.
More About 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.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and 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.
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.
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.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
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 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.
For 3 credits (150 hours); Academic credit for internships 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 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 SUNY Alfred State, State University of New York College of Technology, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.
Accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education Courses accredited by Alfred State, SUNY College of Technology
Antonette DePalma - Plymouth State University
Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - Italy, Mediterranean Culture (Summer)
Country Director of Italy
Application DeadlineJune 1ArrivalAugust 26OrientationAugust 27Classes StartAugust 27Classes EndDecember 14DepartureDecember 15PRICE$14,190
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalJanuary 20 (Estimated)OrientationJanuary 21 (Estimated)Classes StartJanuary 21 (Estimated)Classes EndMay 10 (Estimated)DepartureMay 11 (Estimated)PRICE$14,190 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Add on even more adventure with CISabroad’s Explore Europe Weekends – for only $400! Travel to either Paris or Rome during your semester program and meet up with other CISabroad participants. Our trusted CISabroad site directors will show you the most famous excursions as well as how to truly live La Vida Local. Your all-inclusive Explore Europe Weekend package includes travel around the city, accommodations, and entertainment – an incredible value for $400.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Sant’Anna Institute Transcript (U.S. Transcript from SUNY Alfred available – Additional Fees Apply)
- 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
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program