2019-2020 Semester Programs: Sant’Anna Institute Sorrento

Spring Semester 2019 – Sorrento, Italy Arrive Jan. 13, 2019 – Depart May 4, 2019 click here for price SOISPA, SOISPB
Fall Semester 2019 – Sorrento, Italy Arrive Aug. 25, 2019 – Depart Dec. 14, 2019 click here for price SOIFA, SOIFB
Spring Semester 2020 – Sorrento, Italy Arrive Jan. 5, 2020 – Depart April 25, 2020 click here for price SOISPA, SOISPB


Language Eligibility: This program is open to all levels of Italian. Courses are available in English & Italian.

For additional eligibility requirements such as minimum GPAclick here.

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 Jacksonville University. Classes are taken with other American and foreign students.

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


All students MUST have a total of 8 classes approved by their home institution, 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 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 12-15.
  • Classes are worth 3 U.S. semester credits, unless otherwise noted.




Elementary Italian
Pre-Intermediate Italian
Intermediate Italian
Upper Intermediate Italian
Advanced Italian
Post-Advanced Italian
Medieval Italian Literature 1 
Medieval Italian Literature 2
Modern Italian Literature
Contemporary Italian Literature

CLASSICAL STUDIES (Taught in English)

Elementary Latin
Pre-Intermediate Latin
Introductory Ancient Greek
Ancient Cultures
Greek Influence in Southern Italy: Colonization & Culture

ARTS & HUMANITIES (Taught in English)

Archaeology Field Study
Creative Writing
Introductory Writing
Drawing on Location
History of Art from Ancient Greece to the Italian Renaissance
History of Italian Cinema
Introduction to Digital Photography
World Literature
Introduction to Philosophy
World Geography

BUSINESS & MARKETING (Taught in English)

Competing in the Global Environment
Entrepreneurship and the New Economy
Principles of Marketing
Global Business: Italy & Tourism

NATURAL SCIENCES (Taught in English)

Introduction to Marine Biology (4 Credits)
Introduction to Volcanology
Introduction to Geology
Marine Conservation

SOCIAL SCIENCES (Taught in English)

Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: History, Theory, Practice
Geo Politics and Energy

HEALTH SCIENCES (Taught in English)

Human Nutrition
Nutrition for Physical Activity & Health
Introduction to Health Professions
Introduction to Scientific Research

CULTURAL STUDIES (Taught in English)

Mediterranean Nero
New York Calls, Naples Responds
Mediterranean Migration

All courses whose code starts with number 3, are upper level courses.


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 a mandatory 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!