Virtual Summer on the Italian Coast
Sant'Anna Institute

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Master online learning while adding international experience to your transcript.

Online learning isn’t the future way global education will function – it’s the present. With CIS Abroad’s virtual Summer on the Italian Coast program, take online courses from an international university from your home base while adding a global perspective to your education experience. Apply your previous learning to new classes, learn about the local culture through our Virtual La Vida Local series, and build connections with others so you can meet up in Sorrento in the future! Although not a substitute for a traditional on-site experience, virtual study programs can serve as an important stepping stone to build up your skills, transcript, and cross-cultural understanding – a great foundation for studying abroad on-site in the future.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English | Italian
  • Average Courseload: 3-6 U.S. credits
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • Visa Requirements: NONE Required!


  • Gain international learning experience without leaving your home
  • Innovative courses that combine remote live lectures, virtual field trips, and class engagement
  • Virtual La Vida Local experiences to connect you to Italy
  • Regular support from CIS Abroad

Program Details

Sant'Anna Institute - Online

Located atop a seaside cliff, the Sant’Anna Institute offers courses rooted in experiential learning, which means you’ll get hands-on experience. The tranquil grounds are home to our on-site program students, and Sant’Anna Institute has partnered to offer many popular courses online, supplemented by a robust mix of live Zoom and video lectures by experienced instructors, virtual field trips, and lively group chats. Take cool, unique classes like History of the Mafia or Greek Influence in Southern Italy: Colonization & Culture, in addition to six different levels of Italian language courses – brush up on those skills for future travel!

If you’re curious about campus (maybe for a semester down the road?), check out their virtual tour above. 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. 

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

  • Business
  • Marine Science

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

  • Italian

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

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

In addition to offering CIS Abroad’s exceptional in-residence study abroad experience in Sorrento, Sant’Anna Institute is now offering several popular courses online to give you distance learning options for the Summer I and II 2020 terms.

You’ll appreciate the interactive and robust mix of live Zoom and video lectures delivered by experienced and expert instructors, virtual field trips, interactive sessions, applied learning assignments, lively group chats, dedicated course tutors and 24/7 access and support. And for those interested in pursuing Italian Studies, our online sections mirror our in-residence courses by offering:

  • Six different levels of Italian language courses (fully taught in Italian) 
  • Course entrance competency tests (when needed) 
  • Two courses of Italian literature (fully taught in Italian)
  • Live Zoom lessons
  • A focus on communication skills
  • A spotlight on Italian cultural topics  

The list of approved courses available online for both Summer I and Summer II terms include:

  • 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
  • HIST 350 Greek Influence in Southern Italy: Colonization & Culture
  • MSC 113 Intro to Marine Biology
  • INB 421 Global Business: Italy and Tourism
  • HIST 350 Special Topics: History of the Mafia
  • IS 350/HIST 350 History of Italian food and culture
  • FVA 276 History of Italian Cinema
  • JU 330 Italian Community, Management, and Professional Culture (with project work)
  • JU 330 New York Calls, Naples Responds (Summer II only)

Why Virtual Life in Sorrento

Prepare to be captivated even through photos and videos – the town of Sorrento is easily described as a paradise by the sea. Its name means “flowing,” inspired by the way the town defines the edge of the limestone cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. This famous, quaint city in Campania is known to be a popular tourist destination, but the small city and friendly people make it easy to feel its charm. Beyond your online studies at Sant’Anna Institute, learn how Limoncello has made Sorrento famous and, until you can hike it in person, peer into the giant crater of Mt. Vesuvius from overhead. After experiencing the Mediterranean lifestyle through our Virtual La Vida Local program, you’ll have the confidence to someday roam the city like a true local.

Live La Vida Local

  • Virtual Cooking Class:

    Learn how to make traditional dishes like gnocchi alla sorrentina like a true Italian.

  • Pompeii World Heritage Site:

    See what this open air preserve of ancient everyday life can teach modern civilization.

  • Virtual Limoncello Tour:

    Learn how to make more than just lemonade from this seaside citrus.

What's Included


  • Online tuition and fees
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Jacksonville University transcript
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Online support
  • Virtual La Vida Local cultural program

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

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

Dates & Prices

  • Application Deadline: Apr 30
  • Arrival: May 25
  • Departure: June 26
  • Price: $1,990 - $2,990
  • Application Deadline: May 30
  • Arrival: June 29
  • Departure: July 31
  • Price: $1,990 - $2,990
Additional Information:

$1990: 3 U.S. credits, $2990 6 U.S. credits.

Affiliate and other discounts do not apply.

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