Study and work in a postcard-worthy village.
Live, study and work on the Amalfi coast! This is the perfect program for students wishing to make the most of their semester in Italy. Develop your professional skill sets in your field of study, boost your resume, gain practical work experience, and connect with the local community (making international connections for a life-time), all while taking unique courses at Sant’anna Institute. The school overlooks the ocean and fishing village of Marina Grande, making it easy to stroll through the cafe-lined city center or spend the afternoon on the school roof-top deck enjoying the view of the sea. With a designated Internship Coordinator at Sant’anna and guided reflection along the way, you are sure to progress in your field and future career path.
What to Expect:
Language: English & Italian
Average Courseload: 4-6 courses (12-18 U.S. credits)
GPA Requirement: 3.0 (rising junior or senior accepted into major of study)
- Chance to intern and study during one semester abroad
- Develop leadership skills through guided reflections
- Numerous beaches and coves at your fingertips
- Excursions to Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, and Naples
- Courses taught in Italian and English
As part of the Study + Intern experience, you’ll participate in an internship course which includes a 3 or 6 credit internship with a local organization in your field of study as well as academic coursework that will help you reflect and document the skills practiced. While gaining real-world work experience at your internship, as part of the course you’ll also be meeting weekly with an Internship Coordinator who will be your mentor throughout the program to ensure your learning and success.
After a video chat interview with the on-site Internship Coordinator at Sant’anna, students will be matched with a local company that best suits their needs and goals.
Internships are available in the following fields:
- Art History
- Community Health
- Culinary Arts*
- Emergency Management
- Environmental Science
- Fashion Merchandising
- Fitness Management
- Hospitality Tourism & Beverage Management
- Human Services Management
- International Business
- International Relations
- Interior Design
- Italian Studies
- Marine Biology
- NGOS and Non-Profit
- Pharmaceutical Science
- Social Work
- Sports Business
- Studio Arts
- Sustainability and Social Activism
- Veterinary Science
- Women’s Studies
*Culinary arts placements are available but no credit is available through JU. Students must be getting credit through their home institution.
See the list of internship courses and the rest of the course options under “Choose Your Courses” on the Academics tab.
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
- Natural & Applied Sciences
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Areas of study with 8 or more classes available
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All students will take 12-18 credits during their Study + Intern semester and will enroll in an internship course. You can choose from:
Option A: 9-15 course credits + 3 internship credits (135 contact hours)
Option B: 6-12 course credits + 6 internship credits (270 contact hours)
Now the fun part! Please click here to see a list of courses offered during the semester. Except for the Italian Language and Literature courses, each course is taught in English! You’ll take 2-5 of these courses in addition to the internship course.
Internship Course Selection:
Art 390 – Art
BIOL 390 – Biology
COMM 390 – Communications
EDU 390 – Education
GEO 390 – Geology
IS 390 – International Studies
JU 390 – Italian Studies
MKG 390 – Marketing
MSC – 390 – Marine Science
SOC 390 – Social Work
SPO 390 – Sports Business
WGS 390 – Women & Gender Studies
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.
Visit the underground city of Naples and see the historic places where it all started including a Greek-Roman Aqueduct.
Explore Capri by ferry from Sorrento.
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
- The Local Life cultural program
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.
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: Nov 1
- Arrival: January 9
- Departure: April 30
- Price: $16,090 - $16,590 (Estimated)
- Application Deadline: May 15
- Arrival: August 28
- Departure: December 17
- Price: $15,690 - $16,690
Price varies depending on the number of weeks on-site (12 or 16) and the number of credits (12-15)
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.