Program Overview

Explore the history, culture, and languages of Spain and Italy while you see what cultural elements tie this region together and yet make it so diverse. You’ll hit the ground running with these eight weeks filled with cultural and social activities to allow you to fully experience the true Barcelona and Sorrento. From cooking classes and day trips to neighborhood tours and tasting the best gelato, all five senses will be overwhelmed in the best possible way!

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
March 15
Avg Course Load
1-2 courses per city (Maximum 12 credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English, Spanish, or Italian

Key Program Highlights

  • Cultural activities such as cinema nights, museum visits, dance lessons, and cooking class in Barcelona
  • Spanish classes tailored to your proficiency, whether beginner or advanced
  • Airport pickup in Barcelona and flight between Barcelona and Naples
  • Airport pick-up in Naples and transfer to Sorrento
  • In-depth orientation and guided tour of both cities

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?

Barcelona School for International Studies & Sant'Anna Institute

At Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS), you'll enjoy innovative courses in the heart of the vibrant, playful city of Barcelona. The city center is just a ten-minute walk from campus. SIS prides itself on offering unique curriculum, allowing you to fulfill courses in languages, culture, history, art, and the humanities. At SIS, you can immerse yourself in the local culture, make Spanish and international friends, and have easy access to all that Barcelona has to offer.

SIS shares its facility with a renowned language school, providing you with the opportunity to meet students from around the world. The campus is located in the Eixample district of the city, where many of Barcelona's distinct neighborhoods are just a walk away, including the old city, La Rambla, and the Barceloneta beach.


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.


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. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

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.

GPA Requirement

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.

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

Course Information

Your courses will be taught in English, Spanish, or Italian and will primarily be lectures with some teamwork involved. Students will be in class at SIS and SAI with other international students, and class sizes are small to provide a personalized experience.

Barcelona Courses

For the Barcelona portion of the program at the Barcelona School for International Studies (SIS), students can choose from the following options:

  • Option A (3 credits): 1 Spanish Language Course (45 Hours)
  • Option B (3 credits): 1 Elective (45 Hours)
  • Option C (6 credits): 1 Spanish Language course (45 Hours) Plus 1 Elective (45 Hours)
  • Option D (6 credits): 2 Electives (45 Hours Each)

Guaranteed Courses

  • Elementary Spanish Language & Culture – A1 (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Elementary Spanish Language & Culture – A2 (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Intermediate Spanish Language & Culture – B1 (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso, Dalí, Miró (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Management Across Borders (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Sports and Society in Spain and Catalonia (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • The Power of Persuasion – Psychology (3 Credits, 45 Hours)

Additional Courses Based on Enrollment

  • Intermediate Spanish Language & Culture – B2 (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Architecture and Urban Design, The Barcelona Example (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Contemporary Spanish Society (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Digital Photography (3 Credits, 45 Hours)
  • Entrepreneurship and the New Economy (3 Credits, 45 Hours)

Sorrento Courses

For the Sorrento portion of the program at the Sant’Anna Institute, please click here for a course listing.

Life in Barcelona & Sorrento

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival, you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Barcelona and Sorrento. Upon arrival in Barcelona, you’ll take part in the CISabroad Logistical, Cultural and Academic Orientation with other students and interns on the program. The onsite staff will introduce you to this dynamic and cosmopolitan city that you will call home, giving you tips on to how to be safe and healthy as well as how to make the most of your time in vibrant Barcelona. Oh, and there’ll be a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy, as you celebrate this new adventure with your group!

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

  • Shared apartments with shared bedroom, kitchen, and living areas
  • Homestays with bed and breakfast (dinner in Barcelona is included and can be added at extra cost in Sorrento)
  • Residence hall in Sorrento
sailboats inside a marina in Sorrento, Italy

Local Life

  • Human Towers: Go to the practice space of the local Castells, a sport where teams compete to make the tallest tower possible.
  • Soccer Matches: Barça, Barça, Baaarça! Experience one of the best football clubs in the world and cheer like “culés,” fans from Football Club Barcelona.
  • Farmers Markets: Check out and get your daily shopping done at the local market. Get to know the farmers, practice your Italian and stay healthy by eating seasonal products!
  • Cooking Class and Dinner: Learn how to make your favorite dishes and eat them too at fattoria Terranova.

More About Barcelona & Sorrento

Barcelona also enjoys a bit of Roman heritage, most evident in its languages (both "Castilian" Spanish and Catalan) and architecture. A large and vibrant metropolis with a rich and alluring culture, Barcelona is anything but a sleepy seaside city. Tourists and locals alike adore the social and artistic buzz that permeates Barcelona - in its plentiful plazas, boardwalks, distinct neighborhoods, funky architecture, and pristine beaches. The second-largest city in Spain, Barcelona is unique in that it blends the bustling nature of a large city with an emphasis on the "life" side of "work-life" balance (the beaches probably don't hurt in that regard...)

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.

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.

Sagrada familia construction in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Construction started in 1882 and is still going on to this day.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program capri italy excursion

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.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program pompeii naples almafi coast italy excursion

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.


Student Feedback

“Through CISabroad, I still have a few friends I made and we catch up till this day, which makes me so grateful for this experience.”

Lucas Snow, Summer in Barcelona - Summer 2017, Westchester University of Pennsylvania

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 phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

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

Romina Marchionne
Country Director of Italy

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.

Learn more about Romina

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.

  • Summer 2019
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    May 31 (Estimated)
    Departure
    August 3 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $9,990

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

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:

  • In-depth orientation and guided tour of both cities
  • Cultural activities such as cinema nights, museum visits, dance lessons, and cooking class in Barcelona
  • One cultural activity in Sorrento (more available for an additional cost)
  • Sant’Anna discount card: valid at museums, theatres, restaurants, and other local places
  • One-day excursions to Pompeii, Capri, or other outstanding location
  • Airport pickup in Barcelona and flight between Barcelona and Naples
  • Airport pick-up in Naples and transfer to Sorrento
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • Jacksonville University transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program