2018-2019 Semester Programs: Sant’Anna Institute Sorrento

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Language Eligibility: 
open to all levels of Italian.For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

Total contact hours: 180-225 per semester. 15 contact hours = 1 semester credit; 10 contact hours = 1 quarter unit.

Possible U.S. Credits: 12-15 semester credits per semester. Students choose up to 5, 3-credit courses including a mandatory 3-credit Italian language course. Internships are available for 3, 6 or 9 credits and may be taken along with classes.

Final transcript is issued by SUNY Alfred. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.

Sorrento, Italy – Semester Course Offerings at Sant’Anna Institute


All students MUST get a total of 8 classes approved by their academic advisor, in case of changes in course availability or schedule conflicts. That way, if a class is full or cancelled, or if 2 of the classes you want to take meet at the same time, you’ll already have back-up classes that you know your school will accept. When you pre-register for classes (this happens after you’re accepted), you will have to list a total of 8 possible classes on your registration form, in order of preference.

  • Students take 4 or 5 courses from the list below, including 1 mandatory Italian language class.  If you plan to do an Internship (3, 6, or 9 credits), choose the appropriate number of courses to add up to a total of 15.
  • Classes are worth 45 contact hours (3 semester credits) unless otherwise noted.


ITALIAN LANGUAGE (It is mandatory to take one Italian class.)
Elementary Italian
Pre-Intermediate Italian
Intermediate Italian
Upper Intermediate Italian
Advanced Italian

ARTS & HUMANITIES (taught in English)
Archaeology: Cities of Fire
Creative Writing: Travel and Experience
History of Italian Cinema
Survey of Art History: Ancient Greek to Italian Baroque
Drawing on Location: the Art of the Travel Sketchbook
Introduction to Digital Photography

International Tourism: Italian Food and Geography (4 credits)
Business in the European Union
Territory and Entrepreneurship: Tradition, Sustainability, and Competition

NATURAL SCIENCES (taught in English)
Introduction to Marine Biology
Introduction to Volcanology

SOCIAL SCIENCES (taught in English)
History of Contemporary Italy
Western Civilization Since 1648
Anthropology of Europe
Mediterranean Culture and History
History of the Mafia: Origins and International Scope


Semester internships are available in a variety of areas!  Semester students may earn 3, 6, or 9 credits for an internship.  The internship must be combined with classes at Sant’Anna Institute, including an Italian Language course.  Click here for more details about Semester internship opportunities!



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!