Program Overview

When you study on this CISabroad and Johnson & Wales University custom program, you’ll experience and study Italian hospitality operations management in Sorrento, Italy. Located just 20 miles south of Naples, Sorrento is known as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. Learn the intricacies of managing an international hospitality career through the study of political, cultural, and economic environments on the Italian Coast. Johnson & Wales University is a global leader in hospitality management, and their experiential learning model means you’ll enjoy their highly effective hands-on approach. Frequent excursions and professional visits that emphasize etiquette and protocol provide the opportunity to study what international hospitality is like first hand.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
March 1
Avg Course Load
1 course (6 U.S. credits), Add on an internship (3 additional U.S. credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • Excursions to places like the Roman Colosseum, Pompeii and Naples, and the Island of Capri
  • Academic field trips to places like the Sorrento Tourist Office, a Limoncello Factory, a 5-star hotel, olive oil factory
  • Past demonstrations have included a Baking & Pastry demo and a Pizza-making demo
  • Add on an internship for 3 additional credits

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.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY at SANT'ANNA INSTITUTE

At Johnson & Wales, experience is the difference. You won’t just learn theory. You’ll turn it into real world practice. You’ll work on real world projects in class, and Sorrento, Italy will be your learning lab. There, you’ll work with real companies. Through these experiences, you’ll be uniquely prepared for shifting industries and have the flexibility to pursue other career paths and entrepreneurial ventures.

JWU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). The nation’s oldest regional accrediting association, NEASC accredits educational institutions internationally. This accreditation encompasses the university’s four campuses.


Located atop a seaside cliff, the Sant'Anna Institute is housed in a prominent building offering breathtaking views of the Marina Grande of Sorrento. 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.


HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COURSES

Summer on the Italian Coast – Hospitality Operations Management is a faculty-led program – this means the classes and learning is curated for you. It’s all upside here – your transcript will be issued by Johnson & Wales University, a private, nonprofit, accredited institution.

Current Johnson & Wales University students must also apply via JWU Global’s online application.

COURSE APPROVAL

This one’s easy! All students will be enrolled in the College of Hospitality and Management, International Tour and Hotel Operations course (HOSP2050) at Johnson & Wales University. JWU faculty members serve as the academic leaders for the course content during the core experience and will depart the program at the end of the course. JWU faculty deliver academic content in conjunction with host faculty, and assign the final grade for the academic course. Students who opt into the optional internship add-on will also be enrolled in the College of Hospitality Management Advanced Internship course (COHM 4799) at Johnson & Wales University, administered by Sant’Anna Institute.

GPA REQUIREMENT

2.5

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

All students will be enrolled in the College of Hospitality and Management, International Tour and Hotel Operations course (HOSP2050) at Johnson & Wales University. JWU faculty members serve as the academic leaders for the course content during the core experience and will depart the program at the end of the course. JWU faculty deliver academic content in conjunction with host faculty, and assign the final grade for the academic course. Students who opt into the optional internship add-on will also be enrolled in the College of Hospitality Management Advanced Internship course (COHM 4799) at Johnson & Wales University, administered by Sant’Anna Institute.

NOTE: Pre-departure meetings are mandatory and part of course participation, as are course assignments prior to arrival onsite. Before departure, you should expect to participate in pre-travel course assignments and pre-departure orientations via JWU’s ULearn online learning platform. On-site during the program, you should expect to be in program-related activities 50-60 hours per week. You are required to participate in the full program itinerary and group activities.

Link to course syllabus
Link to internship syllabus

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.

Housing Options

During the core program: You’ll live in three star hotels with double or triple occupancy.

During the internship: 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
  • Closet/dresser
  • Desk
  • Stove and basic cooking and eating necessities
  • Kitchen with table and chairs
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
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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 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad 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.

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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.

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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.

Colosseum and Imperial Forums

Wander about one of the world’s most infamous architectural sites, the Colosseum. No visit to Rome is complete without touring the Flavian Amphitheatre where gladiators and animals fought as entertainment for ancient, imperial Rome. The nearby Imperial Forums will impress you with their monumental remains.


Student Feedback

“DO IT. It takes up one short month and you’ll experience amazing things. It brought me new friends, expanded my cultural experiences, and helped me get ahead in my future professional career.”

Meaghan Lowe, Johnson & Wales University

Your Support Staff

Molly Bond
Senior Program Coordinator - Italy, Mediterranean Culture (Summer)

Travel Tip: The first chance I have in a new place, I like to either rent a bicycle or go running to get a better feel for my surroundings. Not only does this feel refreshing after time spent on the road or in the air, but it also gives you a great orientation to your destination.

Learn more about Molly

Magnus Thorsson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Johnson & Wales University

Travel Tip: “The hospitality industry, as it relates to the U.S. economy and the world of academia, is at an important point in history. Hospitality will continue to be resistant to outsourcing, unlike manufacturing and professional services, which the U.S. has seen migrate to Asia.” Dr. Thorsson has decades of experience in the hospitality industry, focusing in behavioral economics. His personal interests lie primarily in the field of sciences, including geopolitics, economics, evolutionary biology, sociology, and the anthropological study of food.

Oren Hertz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Johnson & Wales University

Travel Tip: With more than 25 years of hospitality leadership experience, Dr. Hertz is deeply involved in research and concept development of hospitality operations as well as quality teaching methodologies. Through his research, he created the Hertz’ Quality Teaching Attributes (QTA) model that can be transcended into leadership practices outside of the academic world and into the hospitality industry.

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

IMPORTANT NOTES

SPACE IS LIMITED!

Current Johnson & Wales University students must also apply via JWU Global’s online application.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-site orientation and 24/7 emergency support
  • Course-related and cultural excursions
  • Johnson & Wales official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program