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SAI’s 3-week Maymester program, hosted by Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, invites students to complete one 3-credit course while experiencing the true spirit of local life in Sorrento. Students choose one course from available Italian language levels, History of the Mafia, or Intro to Marine Biology. Students have access to Sant’Anna Institute’s full suite of services and facilities throughout their time in Sorrento.
Application: now open
Closes: February 15, 2021
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
Italian privacy consent form
May 2, 2021 – May 22, 2021
dates may differ as a result of add-on
Academic Year: High school graduate or above
Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
Course Registration & Schedule
Students select one 3 credit course to complete over the 3 week program. Students may choose from: available Italian language levels, History of the Mafia, and Intro to Marine Biology.
Students complete their course registration during the SAI application process by selecting their primary course choice as well as required alternate course. Course schedules are confirmed 4 weeks prior to arrival.
Optional Program Add-on: Cultural Engagement Week (non credit)
Maymester students have the option to enroll in a 1 week pre-session program designed to acclimate them to their host community and culture. During Cultural Engagement week, students will participate in service learning projects with local community partners and engage in Italian cultural activities with fellow Sant’Anna students and staff.
Students participating in this optional add-on arrive in Sorrento on April 25, 2021. SAI’s 360° Services, including housing, are provided during the pre-session program.
|February 15 2021
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
|Within 1 week of acceptance
||SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
|February 1 2021
||50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
|March 3 2021
||SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
|March 3 2021
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|May 2 2021
||Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei (PSA). Students must arrive by 2:30pm for the group shuttle to Siena where students are transferred to family housing.
|May 2 2021
Orientation activities and welcome events include walking tours and group social events.
|May 3 2021
|May 21 2021
|May 22 2021
||Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Refundable at the end of the term.
|Program Fee: Fall Semester
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What's Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|Program Add-On: Cultural Engagement Week
Pre-session program (non credit).
|Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in the student dorm or shared apartment
|International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
*prices are subject to change
Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.
|Budget||Low Est.||High Est.|
|Airfare to/from Naples
|Books, Supplies & Course Fees||$25 / course||$50 / course|
Combination of cooking at home and eating out.
|$600 / month||$1,000 / month|
|Personal Expenses||$250 / month||$350 / month|
|Transportation within Sorrento area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
|$50 / month||$100 / month|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.
Upon arrival, new students and SA faculty and staff unite at a welcome reception to kick off the term.
Walking Tour of Sorrento
Students tour Sorrento, including stops at popular shops, supermarkets, and places of entertainment, as well as important landmarks such as main squares, post offices, bus stops and taxi stands.
Students visit the Roman city of Pompeii, buried by volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. Though the site is still not fully excavated, visitors can see the ruins of villas, ancient temples and the Stabian Baths to gain an intimate knowledge of how wealthy Romans lived 2,000 years ago.
After the exams are completed and final papers handed in, the students, faculty and staff share in a celebratory final meal to reflect upon the program experience and to say final goodbyes before departure.
Standard Housing: Student dorm or apartment
Standard housing includes a shared occupancy bedroom (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if available) in the student dorm or in a shared student apartment. Dorm housing is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis with limited availability. All SAI housing in Sorrento is equipped with basic furniture, towels and bed linens, wireless Internet, and air conditioning. Students have access to kitchen facilities, comfortable common areas, and washing machines.
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.
In accordance with Italian law U.S. students studying in Italy for 90 days or less are not required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.
SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.