Sant'Anna Institute
Maymester 3 weeks 2021
3 credits

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

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Italian privacy consent form


  • Course highlight: Intro to Marine Biology
  • Spend your Maymester soaking up the sun on the Amalfi coast
  • Optional add-on: Cultural Engagement Week

Program Dates
May 2, 2021 – May 22, 2021
dates may differ as a result of add-on

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: High school graduate or above

Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Italian Studies
Natural and Health Sciences
Social Sciences

Italian Studies

3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: WL 201 | Open
This course is designed for students who wish to develop the skills necessary to interact in the language and learn about Italian contemporary culture and society as well as Italy's history. Students will continue to refine their speaking skills by completing tasks with your classmates in pairs and small groups and by following models of native speakers presented on video. Students will develop reading and writing skills by reading increasingly more elaborate authentic texts and writing related, reaction essays, and your listening skills will be cultivated by completing on-line listening activities, viewing and analyzing short clips from Italian movies, and listening to short lectures on topics in Italian culture, society, and history, such as Pompeii, the contemporary demographic profile of Italy, the history of the language, and of the unification of Italy.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: WL 325 | Open
coming soon
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: WL 325-0 | Open
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. demonstrate advancement in spoken and written language

2. communicate with advanced grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions and refined vocabulary

3. communicate personal opinions in group discussions on a variety of topics, articles, events and personal stories
Contact Hours: 45

Natural and Health Sciences

3.0 Credits
Natural Science | Course #: MSC 101 | Open
This course focuses on the biology of organisms residing in the sea, from the diversity of planktonic communities to marine megafauna, taking into consideration the ecological principles that govern marine life. The course aims to provide a solid educational background in basic and applied marine biology. Emphasis will be placed on marine environment issues and the adaptive and evolutionary mechanisms of organisms that allow them to occupy marine habitats. In particular, the Mediterranean Sea and the conservation of marine environment will play a central role in the course subjects, profiting from the availability of unique ecosystems and a nearby renown marine protected area to conduct thematic field trips and practical tutorials.

REQUIREMENTS: bring a mask and a snorkel for marine bio field trips.
Contact Hours: 45

Social Sciences

3.0 Credits
History | Course #: HIST 350-1 | Open
The course examines the history of southern Italian organized crime syndicates from their origins to the present day. It also focuses on how these mafias work and have succeeded, on their activities as well as on modern-day approaches to combating the criminal presence in Italy, including the reaction of civil society organizations. Attention is paid to examples of Mafia enterprises, its past and present role in politics, and its evolution from a regional organization to one with an international reach. A research project, with both a paper and an oral presentation, is required in addition to two written exams.
Contact Hours: 45

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.

Pre-Departure Calendar
February 15 2021
Application Closes
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

On-site Calendar
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
Program Orientation
Orientation activities and welcome events include walking tours and group social events.
May 3 2021
Classes Begin
May 21 2021
Final Exams
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
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
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).
Coming soon
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in the student dorm or shared apartment
Coming soon
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
$900 $1,800
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
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Welcome reception and events
  • Orientation to the host city and school
  • Staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities and day trips
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • Discount card for local shops and restaurants in Sorrento
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

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.

Welcome Reception
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.

Pompeii Excursion
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.

Farewell Dinner
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.

Student Visas
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.

About SAI

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.