Summer on the Italian Coast

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Savor summer in the seaside city of Sorrento.

Study Italian, marine biology, volcanology, international tourism, and sustainability by day, and retreat to the romantic piazzas overlooking the sea by night. The Sant’Anna Institute encourages students to become members of the community during their time abroad. Local shop owners will come to know you as a local, with your discount card that’s valid at a number of stores and restaurants in Sorrento. Participate in a variety of civic engagement and service learning opportunities to get involved in the local community.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Italian
  • Average Courseload: 1-4 courses (3-12 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • Numerous beaches and coves at your fingertips
  • Easy access to both the northern cities of Florence and Rome
  • Miles of hiking and trekking trails along the Amalfi Coast
  • Option to combine Session 1 & 2 for 12 total credits
  • Classrooms overlooking the fishing village of Marina Grande

Program Details

Sant'Anna Institute

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 fewer than 3 classes available

  • Communications
  • Health

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Natural & Applied Sciences

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Humanities
  • Italian

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Course selection:

Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page.

For Summer 2021 the following courses are available, courses in bold are guaranteed.

WL 101 Elementary Italian Language
WL 102 Elementary Italian Language
WL 201 Intermediate Italian Language
WL 202 Post-Intermediate Italian Language
WL 325 Advanced Italian Language
WL 325 Special Topics: Post-Advanced Italian
WL 325 Medieval Italian Literature I – Dante
WL 325 Contemporary Italian Literature
ENG 306 WI Creative Writing
ENGL 203 World Literature
HUM 399 Special Topics: Archaeology Field Study
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 375/RELG 350 Religions of the Classical Antiquity
HIST 350 – Greek Influence in Southern Italy: Colonization & Culture
FVA 276 History of Italian Cinema
ART 376 Special Topics: Drawing on Location
ART 205 Introduction to digital photography
INB 303 Competing in the Global Environment
INB 421 Global Business: Italy and Tourism
ECON 335 / GEOG 335 / SUST 335 Sustainability
MKG 320 Product Management: Food Marketing
JU 330 Italian Community, Management and Professional Culture
HIST 350 Special Topics: History of the Mafia
HIST 165 Western Civilization Since 1648
IS 305 Special Topics: Mediterranean Culture and History
JU 330 Anthropology of Europe (only Summer I)
POL 208 International Politics
POL 375 Special Topics: Human Rights
WGS 201 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
HIST 350- IS 305 History of Italian food and culture
MSC 113 Introduction to Marine Biology 
MSC 430 Marine Conservation
JU 330 Introduction to Volcanology
BIOL 221 Human Nutrition
JU 330 New York calls, Naples responds (only Summer II)
Internship

Please click here to see a course descriptions for the courses above.  Courses will run subject to demand and adequate enrollment, so it is important to get additional alternate courses approved.

How to read the Sant’Anna Institute course catalog:

Except for the Italian Language and Literature courses, each course is taught in English.

Internship Option:

Internships available for 3 credits (135 hours) or 6 credits (270 hours). Round out your course load with 1-3 other academic courses (depending on the duration of your program).

Placements:  Take a look at fields and prior placements here.

Language: Most internships can be conducted in English, without a prior knowledge of the Italian language, however see individual fields and placements for language specifications.

**Note: Summer internships have an additional course fee of $400 USD, compulsory by Italian law.

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- 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.

Sant’Anna Institute Residence Hall

Location

See COVID-19 Plan tab for any changes to the housing options.

Sant’Anna Institute’s new residence hall space occupies the top two floors of the institute (talk about an easy walk to class!) Students share double and triple rooms with an en suite bathroom in each bedroom. There’s a shared kitchen and common area, as well a beautiful terrace overlooking the bay. Rooms will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Meals

You’ll have access to a kitchen where you can cook your meals. Put your skills to the test and try cooking local favorites.

Plus, all Sant’Anna students regardless of housing choice get a special card that gives them discounts at local stores and restaurants.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomEnsuite
  • CommuteWalking
  • Double Room
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas
  • Triple Room

Shared Apartments in Sorrento

Location

If the residence hall fills, you’ll live in double and triple rooms in shared accommodations, 4-6 people per apartment, located within a 30-minute walk or a short public transit ride from the Institute. The apartments are fully-furnished – except towels!

Note: Apartments in Italy, especially in the historical centers, are all situated in antique buildings.

Check out the photo gallery to get an idea of what your housing could be like. The photos are of apartments that have been available in the past.

Meals

In your apartment, you’ll have access to a kitchen where you can cook your meals. Think: Italian dinner parties with your housemates and friends!

Don’t forget – you too will get a discount card from Sant’Anna to use at local restaurants and stores.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • CommutePublic TransportationWalking
  • Double Room
  • Single Room
  • Triple Room

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Jacksonville University Transcript
  • Day excursions to local sites (previous excursions: Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius, Naples)
  • Discount card for local restaurants and shops
  • 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 & drop-off at the end of the program
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • 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.

Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius

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.

Capri

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.

Site Director

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.

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.

About:

Romina is a native Roman with degrees in International Communications (2005) and International Relations (2007) at the University for Foreigners of Perugia. Shortly after graduating, she moved back to Rome and began her study abroad career working for IES. In Rome, she began pursing her M.A. in International Affairs at the SIOI. After completing an internship at the Italian Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, her career took a turn as Romina was offered a position to work as a Communication and Public Information Officer within the civilian component of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Herat for the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Between 2008-09, Romina completed two missions in Afghanistan. In 2009, she began working for the Italian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, which then led her to cover the same position at the Italian Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. In Spring 2011, the Italian government ordered embassy staff to return home due to the uncertain situation of the Arab Spring. Ever since, Romina has enjoyed her return to the eternal city, and to her career in study abroad through CIS Abroad.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

CIS Abroad's COVID-19 Plan

We want you to have the study abroad semester of a lifetime, and also know that Summer 2021 is a unique time to be having this experience. We want to provide useful 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 the 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 Italy due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on this program.

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 for all Summer and Fall 2021 programming 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. 
  • 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, campus facilities, and housing as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards 
  • 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).
  • La Vida Local 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 2021 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.

Quarantine

CIS Abroad is closely monitoring changing international regulations and will help you plan accordingly. We anticipate that as we get further in 2021 quarantine may not be required due to the use of vaccinations. If quarantine upon arrival is required when entering the country, it may incur an additional charge for housing and meals. 

Housing

All 2021 students will have COVID-19 compliant housing. .

Excursions

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. 

Visa

No visa is necessary for this program

Add-Ons

Price

$400

Add an internship to your summer in Sorrento

While you’re in sunny Sorrento, an internship can help you meet locals and practice career skills.  

Get Credit!

Internships are available for 3 credits (135 hours) or 6 credits (270 hours). Round out your course load with 1-3 other academic courses (depending on the duration of your program).

Where can I intern?

Peruse internship fields and past placements.

The photo gallery shows photos from one student’s marine biology internship.

Do I need to speak Italian?

Most internships can be conducted in English, without a prior knowledge of the Italian language, however see individual fields and placements for language specifications.

Pricing Note

Adding an internship to your summer program comes with an additional course fee of $400 USD, compulsory by Italian law.

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:
    EXTENDED!Apr 15
    Mar 15
  • Arrival: May 23
  • Departure: June 26
  • Price: $5,790 - $6,590
  • Application Deadline: May 15
  • Arrival: June 27
  • Departure: July 31
  • Price: $5,790 - $6,590
  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Apr 15
    Mar 15
  • Arrival: May 23
  • Departure: July 31
  • Price: $9,790 - $11,790
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 26 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,690 - $6,790 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 27 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 31 (Estimated)
  • Price: $5,690 - $6,790 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Mar 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 31 (Estimated)
  • Price: $9,790 - $11,790 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Session 1 or 2: 3 credits – $5,790, 6 credits – $6,590
Sessions 1 & 2: $9,790 – 6 credits, $10,790 – 9 credits, $11,790 – 12 credits

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.