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. Credit-bearing internships are available.
HOUSINGItalian host family (includes breakfast and dinner) or on-campus Residence Hall (meals not included). If the Residence Hall is full, students who requested it will be placed in shared apartments off-campus. Internet is included.
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

Founded in 1998, the mission of Sant’Anna Institute 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.

 
Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

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

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA requirement 2.5 (Students with GPA below 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Italian.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official Transcript from your college or university

    • Personal Statement (1-2 pages) describing your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study abroad at Sant’Anna Institute.

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


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

  • Requirements

    • Minimum GPA requirement 2.5 (Students with GPA below 2.5 will not be considered for the internship program but may apply for the classes-only program.)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Italian.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Completed at least 2 semesters at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying (or 3 semesters completed before applying plus verification of current semester courses in progress)

    • Must be of junior or senior standing when you begin your internship. Desired internship area must be within your major or minor field of study.

    • Official Transcript from your college or university

    • Personal Statement (1-2 pages) describing your personal and academic reasons for wanting to study and intern abroad at Sant’Anna Institute.

    • CV/résumé in Word format demonstrating experience relevant to desired internship area.

    • Cover Letter/Letter of Intent

    • One letter of recommendation from a current or past employer

    • ASA Application. To create an account, click here. If you already have an account, click here to sign in.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.

 
Housing

HOUSING

Choose between an Italian host family or Sant’Anna Institute’s on-campus Residence Hall. Homestay accommodation includes breakfast and dinner. Meals are not included with Residence Hall 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 are double occupancy. In the Residence Hall, rooms are double or triple occupancy. All ASA housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods within a reasonable distance from school. If the Residence Hall is full, students who requested it will be placed in shared apartments off campus.

HOUSING FAQ

+ Can I room with a friend?

Yes, in most cases we are able to accommodate requests to live with a 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, rooms are 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 breakfast and dinner. Residence Hall 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 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

Students at Sant’Anna Institute may complete a for-credit internship in tandem with coursework for an additional fee of $400. An internship is a great way to meet Italian people while building your résumé and gaining hands-on experience.

EXAMPLE INTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

Candidates may apply for internships in their major or minor field of study. Although Sant’Anna Institute will do their very best to find a placement 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. Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Archaeology

  • Architecture / Interior Design

  • Art History

  • Community Health

  • Culinary Arts

  • Education / ESL Teaching

  • Emergency Management

  • English

  • Environmental Science

  • Event Management

  • Fashion Merchandising

  • Fitness Management

  • Food & Beverage Management

  • Geology / Volcanology

  • Hospitality

  • Human Rights

  • Human Services Management

  • International Business

  • International Politics

  • Italian Studies

  • Journalism

  • Leadership / Student Wellness

  • Marine Biology

  • Marketing

  • Nutrition

  • Studio Art

  • Political Science

  • Sports Business

  • Social Work

  • Tourism

  • Veterinary Science

  • Women’s Studies

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 above to find out if a Down Payment is required.

Damage Deposit — $250 Damage Deposit required.

Internship carries additional fee of $400.

spring SEMESTER

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Spring A 2020 Arrive Jan. 5 – Depart April 25
Residence Hall without meals
$14,750Oct. 1, '19Oct. 30, '19SOISPA
Spring B 2020 Arrive Jan. 5 – Depart April 25
Homestay with breakfast and dinner
$15,495Oct. 1, '19Oct. 30, '19SOISPB

SUMMER

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Summer IA 2020 (3 credits) Late May 2020 - Late June 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without meals
$5,395March 1, '20March 15, '20SOISU1A
Summer IB 2020 (3 credits) Late May 2020 - Late June 2020 (TBA)
Homestay with breakfast and dinner
$5,895March 1, '20March 15, '20SOISU1B
Summer IC 2020 (6 credits) Late May 2020 - Late June 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without meals
$6,495March 1, '20March 15, '20SOISU1C
Summer ID 2020 (6 credits) Late May 2020 - Late June 2020 (TBA)
Homestay with breakfast and dinner
$6,995March 1, '20March 15, '20SOISU1D
Summer IIA 2020 (3 credits) Late June 2020 - Early Aug. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without meals
$5,395March 15, '20April 1, '20SOISU2A
Summer IIB 2020 (3 credits) Late June 2020 - Early Aug. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay with breakfast and dinner
$5,895March 15, '20April 1, '20SOISU2B
Summer IIC 2020 (6 credits) Late June 2020 - Early Aug. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without meals
$6,495March 15, '20April 1, '20SOISU2C
Summer IID 2020 (6 credits) Late June 2020 - Early Aug. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay with breakfast and dinner
$6,995March 15, '20April 1, '20SOISU2D

fall SEMESTER

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall A 2019 Arrive Aug. 25 – Depart Dec. 14
Residence Hall without meals
$14,950May 1, '19June 1, '19SOIFA
Fall B 2019 Arrive Aug. 25 – Depart Dec. 14
Homestay with breakfast and dinner
$15,495May 1, '19June 1, '19SOIFB
Fall A 2020 Late Aug. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Residence Hall without meals
$14,950May 1, '20June 1, '20SOIFA
Fall B 2020 Late Aug. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Homestay with breakfast and dinner
$15,695May 1, '20June 1, '20SOIFB