Summer on the Italian Coast
Hospitality Operations Management

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Spend your summer in Sorrento with experienced hospitality faculty.

Experience and study Italian hospitality operations management in Sorrento, Italy, on this CIS Abroad and Johnson & Wales University custom program. 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 firsthand.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 1 course (3 U.S. credits), Internship (+6 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • 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
  • Innovative custom program open to all hospitality students
  • Add on an internship for 3 additional credits

Program Details

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.

Areas of study with at least 2 classes available

  • Hospitality & Tourism Management

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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

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- (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.

Housing in Sorrento


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

If you stay for the internship portion of the program: 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. Apartments come fully furnished, and kitchens have a stove and basic cooking and eating utensils.


Inclusions and Amenities

  • Bed linens
  • Desk
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Kitchenette
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

Upgrade Your Housing During Your Internship

Single rooms and host family accommodations are available for an additional fee on a limited basis.

What's Included


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

Welcome & 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 & 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.

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.
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.



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

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

Sophitmanee Sukalakamala, Ph.D.
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.
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.

COVID-19 Plan

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.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country where we operate and our risk management team makes decisions based on those factors and our own policy. We will reopen programs as we are able.

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: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 8 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 29 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,500 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 8 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 1 (Estimated)
  • Price: $9,490 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 8 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 29 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,500 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 8 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 1 (Estimated)
  • Price: $9,490 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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.