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Quick Facts

Host Institutions: Sant'Anna Institute Sorrento Lingue - Semester/Academic Year and Summer program
Eligibility Rules: click here
Language/Academic Focus: Elective classes are taught in English; Italian language classes are in Italian.  Electives available in a wide variety of subject areas. (Click here for Course Offerings)
Housing: Double room in a shared student apartment or a shared homestay.  Homestay accommodations include 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners per week or 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners per week (price varies depending on number of meals you choose).  No meals are included with the shared student apartment option.
Sample Excursions: Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Positano, Paestum, Herculaneum, Rome

Why Sorrento?

  • Small in size, yet international and cosmopolitan
  • Great location for hiking and beach activities
  • Convenient rail, bus, and ferry connections to a number of historic and cultural sites in the region
  • Located on the Mediterranean coast with a very mild climate
  • Southern Italian food!
  • Internship opportunities

City Description - Small city of 16,500

Sorrento is a small town in Campania, southern Italy, with approximately 16,500 inhabitants. Sorrento is across the Bay of Naples from Naples with views of Mount Vesuvius, the 3,000-foot-high mass of Monte Faito, and on a clear day, Capri off the tip of the peninsula. On the north side of the peninsula, Sorrento is carved into cliffs of compacted volcanic ash rising up from the sea.

Until the mid-20th century Sorrento was a small, genteel resort favored by central European princes, English aristocrats, and American literati. Now the town has grown and spread out along the crest of its famous cliffs, and apartments stand where citrus groves once bloomed. Strolling through town you'll encounter narrow alleyways, interesting churches, and amazing vistas of the Bay of Naples from the Villa Comunale and the Museo Correale.

Being along the circumvesviana rail line, Sorrento is within one hour of Naples and a half hour of Pompeii.  It is also easily connected to Amalfi, Positano, Capri, and Ischia via ferries.  The average train to Rome takes 4 hours.

Sant'Anna Institute Sorrento Lingue

Sant’Anna Institute’s mission statement is: To provide a learning experience that engages students through total immersion of local language, community and culture where students leave as more inspired and culturally conscious members of global society. Sant’Anna Institute-Sorrento Lingue (SASL) was founded in 1998 as Sorrento Lingue. SASL works closely with SUNY Alfred State College, their regionally accredited US partner to offer students a wild range of academic courses.  SASL is both a study abroad location and an international language school for Italians and foreigners who would like to learn Italian, English, Spanish German, French and Japanese.  SASL is an international community of constant cultural exchange.

All course credit is transferable through Alfred State College (SUNY).

Student Services & Facilities

Sant’Anna Institute has recently moved to an impressive historic structure perched on the cliffs overlooking Marina Grande, the local beach, and is just a short walk from the city center.  The secluded campus is surrounded by stone walls and enjoys commanding views of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.  The facility is fully air-conditioned and has wireless internet connection throughout.  Other amenities include: large classrooms, computer lounge, computer language lab, elevator, outdoor gathering space, and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Internship Opportunities

For-credit internship opportunities are available during Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.  Semester students must take academic courses, including Italian language, alongside their internship.  Internships include, but are not limited to: Hospitality/Tourism, Event Planning, Communications, Management, Marketing, Architecture, Naval Engineering, and Production.  Pass/fail credit is earned with the completion of the internship requirements and factor into the total number of credits a student is allowed to take during their academic term.  For additional details about Semester and Summer Internships in Sorrento, Italy, please click here!

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.


What's Included - Sorrento

  • HOUSING: Double room in a shared student apartment or a shared homestay.  Homestay accommodations include either 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners per week or 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners per week (price varies depending on number of meals you choose).  No meals are included with the shared student apartment option.
  • EXCURSIONS, semester programs: 3 day excursions.
  • EXCURSIONS, summer programs: 1 day excursion.
  • TUITION at Sant'Anna Institute Sorrento Lingue
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution. Possible number of credits:  12-15 (semester programs) or 3-6 (summer programs).
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: At the conclusion of the program, an official transcript from SUNY Alfred will be sent to your home institution.
  • CELL PHONE: ASA provides one cell phone for each student.  Students are responsible for the cost of phone usage.
  • INTERNET ACCESS at Sant'Anna Institute Sorrento Lingue (NOT in your apartment and NOT guaranteed at your homestay)
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP at Naples (NAP) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: for a Description of Coverage, please visit our Information Library.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: on-site to assist students with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to "Student Visa Information" to find out if a visa is required for your program.

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Damage Deposit ($250), paid to ASA one month prior to departure; refundable upon return
  • Books & materials (Please note: some classes have lab fees to cover special materials or academic field trips)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Meals on excursions
  • Student Visa 
  • Permit to Stay & mandated Italian medical insurance (if required)
  • All meals if living in a shared student apartment; some meals if living with a host famiily
  • Laundry

Click here for Billing Information & Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a "Costs of Attendance" budget for your financial aid office, or simply need more details about the additional costs listed above, please email chelsea(at) 

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info