Program Overview

When you study on this CIS Abroad 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
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1
Avg Course Load
1 course (3 U.S. credits), Add on an internship (6 additional U.S. credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
  • 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 friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.




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.


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.


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.


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.


Hospitality & Tourism Management

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Choose Your Courses

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

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 CIS Abroad 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 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

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- (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.

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.

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.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program capri italy excursion


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.

Your Support Staff

Juliana Casella
Program Enrollment Coordinator - Europe

Travel Tip: Start walking and don’t be afraid to get lost, that is how you begin to understand your surroundings. If the culture is slow – be slow! Take hours to enjoy a coffee and connect with a friend. If the pace is fast, jump in! Be patient with yourself as you adjust. Start a journal and write everything down. It’s incredible to look back and remind yourself of who you were at a time of growth and discovery!

Learn more about Juliana

Sophitmanee Sukalakamala, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, College of Hospitality Management

Travel Tip: Sophitmanee Sukalakamala joined Johnson & Wales University in the fall of 2013. She earned a Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration and a master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Tech University and a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Kasetsart University, Thailand. She teaches culinary nutrition courses, sensory analysis, and coffee, tea and non- alcoholic beverage specialty at JWU. Her research and publication focus on food consumption behavior.

Dr. Alistair Williams, Ph.D.
Professor, College of Hospitality Management

Travel Tip: Dr. Alistair Williams holds a Ph.D. in Experiential Marketing for Hospitality and Leisure and a master’s in Consumer Behaviour. He leads the Masters in International Beverages program at Johnson & Wales University. Dr. Williams has qualifications from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and the Society of Wine Educators, is a qualified Cicerone (beer educator) and a Certified Specialist in Spirits. Dr. Williams has worked extensively across most regions of the world; he has visited more than 30 countries and has lived and worked in South Africa, Kenya, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, France, and Greece before moving to the U.S.

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2020
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 8
    June 27
    $5,500 (Estimated)
    3 U.S. credits
  • Summer 2020 + Internship
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 8
    August 1
    $9,490 (Estimated)
    6 U.S. credits

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



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
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program