Sorrento

 
Quick Facts

QUICK FACTS

 
 
HOST INSTITUTIONSemester, Academic Year, and Summer programs: Sant’Anna Institute (SASL)
LANGUAGE & ACADEMICSOpen to all Italian levels. Classes are taught in English, except for Italian language classes and some Italian literature classes. Subject areas include: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Business, Classics, Communications, Fine Arts, History, International Relations, Italian Culture, Italian Language, Italian Literature, Marketing, Nutrition, Photography, Politics, Religion, Sciences, Sociology.
HOUSINGStudents can choose to live with an Italian host family or in the on-campus dorm. (If the dorm is full, students will be placed in shared apartments off-campus.) Homestay accommodation includes daily breakfast and dinner. Meals are not included with the dorm/apartment housing. Internet is included in all housing.
SAMPLE EXCURSIONSNaples, Pompeii, Capri, Positano, Paestum, Herculaneum, Rome
PROGRAM CALENDARSClick here!
The City

A small city of 16,500 in southern Italy, Sorrento is an enchanting beach town right on the water. Imagine looking out your classroom window onto the Mediterranean Sea with Mount Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri in the distance!

Because very few Americans live and study here, you can experience Italian culture in depth. Enjoy the best of both worlds – a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city with an approachable, small town feel and a history that is several millennia old. With origins dating back to the Roman Republic, Sorrento is steeped in history both figuratively and literally, as the town is built into cliffs of ancient compacted volcanic ash, rising up from the sea. Amidst the modern shops and restaurants, a stroll around town will encounter narrow alleyways, ancient ruins, and tranquil churches.

Located 1 hour from Naples and a half hour from Pompeii, and with bus, train, and ferry transportation nearby, you can easily explore southern Europe and everything it has to offer.

Host Institution

HOST INSTITUTION

Sant’Anna Institute

Sant’Anna Institute was founded in 1998 and their mission is to provide a learning experience that engages students through total immersion of local language, community, and culture. Sant’Anna Institute is a community of cultural exchange, attracting students from all over the world, who come here to learn Italian and experience life in southern Italy.

The Institute is housed in a historical building, perched on one of Sorrento’s cliffs of ancient volcanic ash. Classrooms overlook the school’s lush gardens and the Marina Grande, Sorrento’s main fishing port. With views of the Mediterranean Sea, Mount Vesuvius, and the Isle of Capri, it is a picturesque place to study.

Field trips are part of many courses at Sant’Anna Institute. Sorrento’s proximity to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius creates the perfect backdrop for Volcanology and Archaeology classes.

 
Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

Sant’Anna Institute: Classes without Internship
Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Eligibility: GPA requirement is 2.5. Must be at least 18 years of age and have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college before applying. Open to students with any level of Italian.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.5 or above: ⇒ Online Application. ⇒ $150 payment. ⇒ Official Transcript. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages) describing your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at Sant’Anna Institute. ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.**

  • Additional Requirements for students below 2.5: ⇒ 2 letters of recommendation. ⇒ GPA Essay. GPA Essay should be 1-2 pages in length and explain: 1) Why your GPA is below the requirement; 2) Your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at the host institution; 3) How you will benefit academically and personally from the study abroad program. Applicants below 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please speak with an ASA representative before applying, as your chances of acceptance will depend on how far below the requirement your GPA is.

  • **Passport: A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!


Sant’Anna Institute: Classes + Internship
Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Eligibility: GPA requirement is 2.50 (no exceptions are made). Must be of collegiate junior or senior standing at time of internship. Must have completed 4 semesters before applying, or 3 semesters plus verification of courses in progress. Open to students with any level of Italian. Candidates are eligible to apply for internships in their major or minor field of study. Internship eligibility will also be dependent upon completed coursework and demonstrated experience relevant to the desired internship area.

  • Required Documents for students with 2.50 or above: ⇒ Online Application. ⇒ $150 payment. ⇒ Official Transcript demonstrating major or minor field of study and completed coursework relevant to desired internship area. Official Transcript must show 4 semesters of grades, or 3 semesters of grades plus courses currently in progress. ⇒ Credits and Release Form (Section 1 completed by you; Section 2 completed by your home institution’s Study Abroad Office/International Programs Office). ⇒ Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages) describing your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study and intern at Sant’Anna Institute. ⇒ CV/résumé in Word format demonstrating experience relevant to desired internship area. ⇒ Cover Letter. ⇒ One letter of recommendation from a current or past employer. ⇒ Internship Application Form (accessed from online application). ⇒ Photocopy of your valid passport; must not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.**

  • **Passport: A valid passport is one that does not expire sooner than 6 months after your program end date. If you do not have a valid passport at the time of application, you will need to provide proof of an expedited passport application in process before you can be accepted to this program.

  • To create your ASA Via account and start an application, click here!

  • To sign into your existing ASA Via account, click here!

 
Housing

HOUSING

Students can choose to live with an Italian host family or in Sant’Anna Institute’s on-campus Residence Hall/Dorm. Homestay accommodation includes daily breakfast and dinner. Meals are not included with dorm housing, but there is a shared kitchen. As the Residence Hall is part of the Sant’Anna Institute building, you’re ensured a quick walk to class and beautiful ocean views!

In homestays, bedrooms will be double occupancy. In the Residence Hall/Dorm, rooms will be double or triple occupancy. All ASA housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods within a reasonable distance from school.

HOUSING FAQ

+ Can I room with a friend?

Yes, in most cases we are able to accommodate requests to live with a same-sex friend. Please keep in mind that roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back! You will complete a detailed Housing Questionnaire after being accepted to the program, and on this form you can request a roommate.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program.

+ What if I don’t like my host family?

If it is a problem with the family and not a language or cultural misunderstanding, ASA will move you to a different family right away. We have on-site staff in every city who are there to help students with any issues they encounter while abroad, and who check in periodically with students throughout their stay to ensure all is well.

+ Will my host family speak English?

No, but there’s no need to worry! Living in a homestay is the best way for you to learn Italian, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you will improve. Also, don’t forget that your host family has hosted international students before, so they understand that you are there to learn their language and want to help you.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Yes. In homestays, bedrooms are double occupancy. In the Residence Hall/Dorm, rooms will be double or triple occupancy.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins. Students living with a host family should consider bringing a small gift for their host, such as a candle, kitchen towel, chocolates, etc.

+ Are meals included?

Homestay accommodation includes daily breakfast and dinner. Dorm accommodation does not include meals, but there is a shared kitchen, and grocery stores are within walking distance.

+ What is the food like?

The food is great and will be typical of your host country. Be prepared to try new things! If you have any food allergies or dietary needs, please let ASA know as soon as possible and we'll be happy to advise you on your options.

+ How far will I live from school?

Homestays are located about a 15-25 minute walk from the school. The Residence Hall/Dorm is part of the Sant'Anna Institute bulding, so you will be just a minute's walk from your clases.

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?

Yes, a Damage Deposit of $250 is required, to be paid 30 days before your program start date. Damage Deposits are refundable after the end of the program, as long as nothing is missing or damaged in your living space. Please note: Damage Deposits cannot be deferred with financial aid.

 

 
Internship Opportunities

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Semester and summer students at Sant’Anna Institute may complete a for-credit internship in tandem with coursework, at no additional fee. An internship is a great way to meet Italian people while building your résumé and gaining hands-on experience. Semester students can earn 3 or 6 credits for an internship and must maintain 12-15 credits total during the program, including 1 Italian language course. Stand-alone semester internships are not available. Summer students may earn 3 or 6 credits for a stand-alone internship.

Internship opportunities are available in Architecture, Business Administration, Civic Engagement Communications, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Hospitality and Tourism, Fitness Management, Italian Studies, Journalism, Music and Music Technology, Nutrition, Pharmaceutical Science, Social Work, Veterinary Science, and Visual Arts. 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.


SEMESTER & SUMMER INTERNSHIPS IN SORRENTO, ITALY

Participating in an internship during your study abroad program is a fantastic way to gain work experience, meet Italian people, and add a unique bullet point to your résumé! It is a wonderful way to “get out into the world” and meet people outside the ASA group or your peer group at school, while earning credit at the same time. While it is very helpful to know some Italian before your internship, it is not a requirement.

Semester students have the option to participate in an internship for 3 or 6 credits.  They will also maintain a full semester course load totaling 12 to 15 credits, including one mandatory Italian Language course, while pursuing their internship.  Ex: If you do a 6-credit internship, to reach the 12-credit minimum, you must take 2 additional classes (one of which will be Italian Language).  To earn a total of 15 credits while doing a 6-credit internship, you would take 3 classes in addition to the 6-credit internship (again, one of your classes must be Italian Language). 

Summer students may participate in one 3-credit internship per 5-week Summer session.  Students who want to do a 6-credit internship would need to enroll in both the Summer I and Summer II sessions (totaling 10 weeks).  Summer students who enroll in one 5-week session may also earn a total of 6 credits by taking one 3-credit Italian language class along with their 3-credit internship.   (Keep in mind that in terms of hours, a 3-credit internship is the equivalent of taking 3 classes. You must complete 135 work hours for a 3-credit internship, vs. 45 class hours for a 3-credit class. Students who choose to do an internship plus a class during a summer session will have a very busy schedule!)

Although this has already been mentioned once on this page, it is important to remember that you will complete more internship work hours than you get credit for.  A 3-credit internship requires 135 work hours. A 6-credit internship requires 270 work hours. 

Semester students interested in interning are encouraged to take the above into consideration when choosing how many classes to take.  Semester students participating in an internship are encouraged to take a total of 12 credits instead of 15, since the internship will take up more of your time than the equivalent number of in-class credits.


INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS FIELDS

Although Sant’Anna Institute does their very best to find an internship in your top choice area of interest, we cannot guarantee a placement in your top choice area of interest.  For this reason, internship applicants must have at least 2 areas of interest in mind when they apply.  In addition, we cannot guarantee a placement at any particular firm or organization. Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Archaeology

  • Architecture / Interior Design

  • Art History

  • Community Health

  • Studio Art

  • Nutrition

  • Veterinary Science

  • Journalism

  • English

  • Education / ESL Teaching

  • Geology / Volcanology

  • International Politics

  • Human Rights

  • Political Science

  • Italian Studies

  • Emergency Management

  • Event Management

  • Fashion Merchandising

  • Fitness Management

  • Hospitality / Tourism

  • Food & Beverage Management

  • Human Services Management

  • Leadership / Student Wellness

  • International Business

  • Marketing

  • Environmental Science

  • Marine Biology

  • Social Work

  • Sports Business

  • Women’s Studies

  • Culinary Arts


WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR INTERNSHIP 

An internship is an opportunity to gain some experience in the field in which you wish to have a career. Because you will be doing this internship for credit, there will be academic requirements in order to earn credit, such as papers or projects that must be submitted to the Institute’s Internship Coordinator by specific deadlines.  During the Internship Orientation, you will find out about these requirements and deadlines. In addition, before applying, please read the following helpful info:

What to expect in an internship, and what NOT to do during your internship!


APPLYING FOR AN INTERNSHIP & FAQ’S

In order to apply for an internship, the following items are required: 

Applicants must be of junior or senior standing at a U.S. or Canadian university, college, or community college.

In addition to the ASA online application form and required documents (click here) you will be required to submit the following to info@academicstudies.com:

  1. Sant’Anna Institute Internship Application Form (click here).

  2. CV (résumé) in Word format – This is the most important part of your application.  If accepted, we can provide revisions in order to make your internship application as successful as possible.

  3. One employer recommendation letter.

  4. One page personal statement describing personal and academic reasons for wanting to intern and study in Italy.


WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?  

An interview with the internship placement team in Sorrento will be scheduled with you via Skype.  The purpose of this interview will be to get an idea of what would be a suitable placement for you according to your skills and interests, as well as to work on designing a project that you will follow.

Please be aware that the company is making a significant investment of their time and resources.  Likewise, by accepting an internship, you are making a commitment to that organization, which must be taken seriously.

You will be expected to complete your internship in full and complete all of the work hours associated with your placement.  For example, if you sign up for a 6-credit internship and find that it’s more work than you expected, you will not be allowed to change to a 3-credit internship, as you have already committed to the number of work hours associated with a 6-credit internship.  

Don’t worry – our on-site orientation after you arrive in Sorrento will help you understand what is expected of you.  In addition, our on-site staff in Sorrento will share with you key cultural factors about the Italian work environment, and on your first day of work they will accompany you to your workplace, introduce you, and have an initial meeting with both you and your employers.


WHEN WILL I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING TO INTERN?

Most students receive their placements via email 1-2 weeks before the internship begins.

For more information regarding expectations and process, please refer to Sant’Anna Institute’s Internship Manual.

Service Learning

Service Learning & Community Engagement

Community Engagement projects are voluntary and independent from the courses that students attend, while Service Learning projects are designed specifically for certain courses to allow students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom, and at the same time, provide a service to the city hosting them.  Sorrento is a small city, and Sant’Anna Institute is very involved with the local community.  They have ties to dozens of local businesses and organizations, through which they are able to offer ASA students a range of meaningful projects. In fact, due to the reputation of these projects within the town, oftentimes businesses and organizations in the community reach out to Sant’Anna looking to collaborate.

From an academic point of view, these projects are a form of experiential learning, allowing students to learn in partnership with the community and develop competencies that promote the advancement of socially responsible citizenry. Time spent working with a community-based organization becomes part of the students’ homework. In the case of Service Learning projects, the community serves as a “living text” for the class – another powerful source of information to complement course readings, lectures, and discussions. Service Learning and Community Engagement Programs at SASL engage both students and the broader community in reciprocal partnerships to create educational projects, promote leadership through service, foster and support inclusive environments, and advance social justice and civic engagement.  For full details about service learning and community engagement opportunities, please click here!

Excursions

excursions

Semester and summer programs each include 1 day excursion. Destinations vary by term. Past terms have included trips to Naples, the Amalfi Coast, as well as the following:

  • Capri (day excursion) – A short ferry ride from Sorrento, the Isle of Capri has been a vacation resort since the Roman Republic. See the famous Blue Grotto, the town of Anacapri and its Imperial Roman Villas, the Piazzetta, and the breathtaking Gardens of Augustus.

  • Pompeii (day excursion) – The ancient city of Pompeii and its ruins are a must-see. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD decimated Pompeii, but the objects buried beneath the city were incredibly well preserved by the volcanic ash and provide fascinating insight into the lives of ancient Pompeiians.

Course Offerings
Cost & Dates

COST & DATES

Billing Information and Refund Policy

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link for your program to find out if a Down Payment is required.

Please do not book a flight until you are accepted to an ASA program and receive written confirmation of your program’s arrival and departure dates.

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Spring A 2019 Arrive Jan. 13 – Depart May 4
Dorm without meals
$14,950Oct. 1, ’18Oct. 30, ’18SOISPA
Spring B 2019 Arrive Jan. 13 – Depart May 4
Host Family with daily breakfast and dinner
$15,495Oct. 1, ’18Oct. 30, ’18SOISPB
Summer IA 2019 (3 credits) Arrive May 26 – Depart June 29
Dorm without meals
$5,395March 15, ’19April 1, ’19SOISU1A
Summer IB 2019 (3 credits) Arrive May 26 – Depart June 29
Host Family with daily breakfast and dinner
$5,895March 15, ’19April 1, ’19SOISU1B
Summer IC 2019 (6 credits) Arrive May 26 – Depart June 29
Dorm without meals
$6,495March 15, ’19April 1, ’19SOISU1C
Summer ID 2019 (6 credits) Arrive May 26 – Depart June 29
Host Family with daily breakfast and dinner
$6,995March 15, ’19April 1, ’19SOISU1D
Summer IIA 2019 (3 credits) Arrive June 30 – Depart Aug. 3
Dorm without meals
$5,395March 15, ’19April 1, ’19SOISU2A
Summer IIB 2019 (3 credits) Arrive June 30 – Depart Aug. 3
Host Family with daily breakfast and dinner
$5,895March 15, ’19April 1, ’19SOISU2B
Summer IIC 2019 (6 credits) Arrive June 30 – Depart Aug. 3
Dorm without meals
$6,495March 15, ’19April 1, ’19SOISU2C
Summer IID 2019 (6 credits) Arrive June 30 – Depart Aug. 3
Host Family with daily breakfast and dinner
$6,995March 15, ’19April 1, ’19SOISU2D
Fall A 2019 Arrive Aug. 25 – Depart Dec. 14
Dorm without meals
$14,950May 1, ’19June 1, ’19SOIFA
Fall B 2019 Arrive Aug. 25 – Depart Dec. 14
Host Family with daily breakfast and dinner
$15,495May 1, ’19June 1, ’19SOIFB
Spring A 2020 Arrive Jan. 5 – Depart April 25
Dorm without meals
$14,950Oct. 1, ’19Oct. 30, ’19SOISPA
Spring B 2020 Arrive Jan. 5 – Depart April 25
Host Family with daily breakfast and dinner
$15,495Oct. 1, ’19Oct. 30, ’19SOISPB