Semester on the Italian Coast
Sant'Anna Institute

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Spring 2021

A magical semester by the Mediterranean Sea.

Study at the Sant’Anna Institute, home to an international community that promotes experiential learning and cross-cultural exploration between faculty, staff, and students. The school sits high atop the cliffs near the colorful Amalfi Coast, overlooking the fishing village of Marina Grande, just a short walk from the café-lined city center where they’ll start to learn your name. With the support from our on-site staff, you’ll soon become a Sorrento local.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Italian
  • Average Courseload: 4-6 courses (12-18 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

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

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 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Natural & Applied Sciences

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

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Communications
  • Humanities
  • World Languages

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

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.

Please click here to see a list of courses offered during the semester. New classes are being added all the time! Courses will run subject to demand and adequate enrollment, so it is important to get additional alternate courses approved.

How to read the Sant’Anna Institute course catalog:

Except for the Italian Language and Literature courses, each course is taught in English.

Internship Option:

Internships available for 3 credits (120-150 hours), 6 credits (240 hours), or 9 credits (360 hours). Round out your course load with 1-4 other academic courses, including Italian language (all levels available).

Placements:  Take a look at fields and prior placements here.

**Note: Internship has an additional course fee of $400 USD, compulsory by Italian law, 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.

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 La Vida Local

  • 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

For Spring 2021, students will all be given single rooms.

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.

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
  • Triple Room

Shared Apartments in Sorrento

Location

For Spring 2021, students will all be given single rooms.

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.

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
  • Triple Room

Upgrade to a Homestay in Sorrento

Location

Not Available in Spring 2021.

Host families are located throughout Sorrento and may accommodate up to three students in each home. Living with a host family is the best way to immerse yourself in the Italian language and culture, not to mention learn the secrets of Italian cuisine!

Meals

Host families provide daily breakfast and students can also choose the option to have dinner with the host family for a low additional cost.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Double Room
  • Laundry
  • MealsHomestay
  • Single Room
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Jacksonville University Transcript
  • Several day excursions (examples from previous terms include Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, and Naples)
  • Discount card for local restaurants and shops
  • Tandem language program
  • 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
  • Airport pickup
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • La Vida Local cultural program

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.
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.

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.

Site Director

William Ozbun
Travel Tip:

Time truly flies when you’re studying abroad! Think about writing a checklist to help you keep track of everything you want to see, experience and accomplish in your time overseas. Set manageable goals, be open to unexpected surprises and don’t forget to take lots of pictures, you’ll cherish them forever.

Travel Tip:

Time truly flies when you’re studying abroad! Think about writing a checklist to help you keep track of everything you want to see, experience and accomplish in your time overseas. Set manageable goals, be open to unexpected surprises and don’t forget to take lots of pictures, you’ll cherish them forever.

About:

Will is a graduate of the College of William & Mary, where he studied Political Science and Environmental Policy. He also holds a M.Sc. in International Public Management and Policy from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. Originally from the beautiful city of Vicenza, in northeastern Italy, Will is an avid traveler and has lived or worked in 6 different countries throughout his life. His fondest study abroad experience was exploring a puffin colony on a remote Scottish island while a student at the University of St Andrews. Bilingual in English and Italian since childhood, Will also speaks some Spanish and is currently learning French. While he loves Italian food the most, he enjoys other cuisines too, and will often be found experimenting with new ingredients. Outside of the office Will also likes hiking, skiing, gardening and exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

CIS Abroad's COVID-19 Plan

We want you to have the study abroad semester of a lifetime, and also know that Spring 2021 is a unique time to be having this experience. We want to provide useful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.

We are making three commitments to you.

Our Financial Commitment

100% Refund 22 Days Before Your Program Starts

CIS Abroad has worked 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.

  • 100% refund of total program costs 22 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 80% refund of total program costs 21-15 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 50% refund of total program costs 14-8 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 20% refund of total program costs 7-1 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • Academic continuity is guaranteed, see below.

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

Course Continuation Guaranteed

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is zero to minimal academic risk. 

  • If a student cannot travel to the country due to host country COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.
  • If a student arrives in-country and 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.

 

Our Health & Safety Commitment

COVID Care Package Included

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 for all Spring 2021 programming to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site: 

  • COVID-19 compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing.
  • 14-day Quarantine housing cost, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • Welcome packet of masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies
  • Single rooms in host families (Costa Rica only), student residences, or apartments.
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID-19 test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges. 
  • Access to COVID-19 testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-19-related illness
  • La Vida Local cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time. 

 

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this Spring, despite the risk mitigation outlined above.  We are committed to providing our Virtual Global and Virtual Accelerated Internships so that we can bring international learning & career skills to you.

Quarantine

If Italy is requiring students to quarantine upon arrival, CIS Abroad will have you covered. CIS Abroad is closely monitoring changing international regulations and will help you plan accordingly. You will quarantine in your program housing while starting classes virtually and then transition to in-person classes once quarantine is over.

Add-Ons

Price

$400

Add an internship to your semester in Sorrento

While you’re in sunny Sorrento, an internship can help you meet locals and practice career skills.  

Get Credit!

Internships are available for 3 credits (120-150 hours), 6 credits (240 hours), or 9 credits (360 hours). Round out your course load with 1-4 other academic courses, including Italian language (all levels available).

Where can I intern?

Peruse internship fields and past placements.

The photo gallery shows photos from one student’s marine biology internship.

Do I need to speak Italian?

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

Pricing Note

Adding an internship to your program comes with an additional course fee of $400 USD, compulsory by Italian law.

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:
    EXTENDED!Nov 13
    May 15
  • Arrival: September 20
  • Departure: December 12
  • Price: $15,590 - $16,390
  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Nov 13
    Nov 1
  • Arrival: January 24
  • Departure: April 17
  • Price: $16,190 - $16,590
  • Application Deadline: Nov 1
  • Arrival: January 24
  • Departure: April 17
  • Price: $16,190 - $16,590
  • Application Deadline: May 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 20 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 12 (Estimated)
  • Price: $15,590 - $16,390 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Higher end range includes optional internship placement.

Please note that if a 14-day quarantine is necessary, the dates and the price remain the same as the quarantine is built into the structure of this program.

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.