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Students at Sant’Anna Institute spend a semester integrating themselves into the small beachside town for an unforgettable experience. Semester students enroll in one Italian language course, as well as 3 to 5 elective courses from the variety of course offerings, for a total of 12 – 18 credits. Students can also choose to complete a part-time 3 or 6 credit internship alongside regular coursework.
November 1, 2017
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
Italian privacy consent form
January 21, 2018 – May 12, 2018
Academic Year: High school graduate or above.
Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
1. a semi professional camera (phones will not be accepted as cameras).
Please Note: This course meets regularly on Mondays and occasionally will need to meet on Fridays instead for particular site visits.
Students will be asked to investigate the tourism geography of Italy, becoming familiar with the most important tourist sites in Italy and Campania (through several excursions). The third module of the course will be dedicated to a very important kind of tourism in Italy and of the Campania: Food and Wine Tourism.
Text Books: T. Marin e S. Magnelli: Progetto Italiano 3, Edizioni Edilingua.
Objective: The student can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning; he can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
Listening: The student can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signaled explicitly. He can understand television programs and films without too much effort.
Reading: The student can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style. He can understand specialized articles and longer technical instructions even when they do not relate to his field.
Spoken Interaction: The student can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible. He can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, account for and sustain his views.
Spoken Production: The student can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.
Writing: The student can express himself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length. He can write detailed explanations of complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what he considers to be the salient issues. He can write different kinds of texts in an assured, personal, style appropriate to the reader in mind.
Text Books: T. Marin e S. Magnelli: Progetto Italiano 3, Edizioni Edilingua.
Objective: The student can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, re-constructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
Listening: The student has no difficulty understanding any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, even when delivered at fast native speed, provided he has some time to get familiar with the accent.
Reading: The student can read with ease virtually all forms of the written language, including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex texts such as manuals, specialized articles and literary works.
Spoken Interaction: The student can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and have a good familiarity with idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms. He can express himself fluently and convey finer shades of meaning precisely. If he does have a problem he can backtrack and restructure around the difficulty so smoothly that other people are hardly aware of it.
Spoken Production: The student can present a clear, smooth-flowing description or argument in a style appropriate to the context and with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points.
Writing: The student can write clear, smooth-flowing text in an appropriate style. He can write complex letters, reports or articles which present a case with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points. He can write summaries and reviews of professional or literary works.
The students will be introduced to and encouraged to explore many different aspects of Europe today, according to their personal interest (gender issues, migrations, social innovation practices). Lectures and in-class discussions will be supplemented with films/documentaries.
Program Add-On: Internship
Semester students can apply for a part time 3 credit, 6 credit, or non-credit internship to be completed as part of their elective program. Students are placed in internships that complement their major or minor, and are supported by ongoing reflective coursework. At the completion of the internship students produce an analytical paper that synthesizes what they have learned. Please note that there is an additional fee for completing an internship. For more information on internships see SA Internships.
Service Learning & Volunteer
Sant’Anna Institute holds service learning as a pillar of academic excellence. Courses are intimately connected to the needs of various aspects of the community; they work in tandem with the community to create new ideas and new visions for future improvement. Service learning projects allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom in a professional manner, which develops their skills and gives back to their host community. For more information on volunteer work see SA Service Learning & Volunteer.
Part-Time Internship Application Requirements
Students wishing to participate in a part-time internship during their program should select the Internship add-on program at application, and complete the following additional application items:
Courses & Schedule
SA courses run Monday – Friday. Students take one language course and various electives. Course schedules are confirmed 4 weeks prior to the program start.
Students complete their course registration during the SAI application process by selecting their primary course choices as well as required alternate courses.
|November 1 2017
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
|Within 1 week of acceptance
||SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
|October 1 2017
||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 date of acceptance.
|October 15 2017
||SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
|November 15 2017
||SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
|December 1 2017
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|December 1 2017
||SAI Pre-Departure Form Due|
|January 21 2018
||Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Naples International Airport (NAP). Students should arrive accordingly for the 12pm and 5pm airport pick up service. Upon arrival in Sorrento students are taken to housing.
|January 22 2018
||SA Academic Orientation & Welcome Events
SA academic orientation is followed by a walking tour of Sorrento and a group meal.
|January 23 2018
|March 10 – 18 2018
||Spring Break (no class)|
|May 7 – 11 2018
|May 12 2018
||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.
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI services (see What's Included).
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|Program Add-On: Part-Time Internship
Required for students participating in a part-time internship.
|Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment or dorm, with a shared bathroom.
|Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Family homestay housing includes breakfast and dinner daily.
|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
Visa and Permit to Stay fees.
|Books, Supplies & Course Fees
Course fees are sometimes imposed to cover field trips.
|$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 Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students 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.
All students are invited to a typical Italian meal welcoming them to the program and their host city.
Welcome 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.
Weekend Excursion to Umbria
Students experience the beautiful and unspoiled hill towns in the verdant region of Umbria. Students stay in an historic local farm with a rich history dating back to the 1300s, and participate in a chocolate workshop and a tour of the Frassasi caves, and then travel to the beautiful medieval town of Assisi. The weekend ends with a visit to the amazing Marmore Falls built by the ancient Romans.
Students take a day trip to Naples to see all its popular sites, including the historical center, Spaccanapoli, Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, Plebiscito Square, and much more.
Students take a day trip to three beautiful towns in a volcanic area on Naples: Cuma, Baia and Pozzuoli.
After classes are over students and staff share in a celebratory final meal to reflect and say goodbyes.
Standard Housing: Student dorm / apartment
Standard housing includes student dorm or apartment living, assigned as available. The student dorms and apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Dorm rooms include shared en suite bathroom, desk space, shared community kitchen and living space. Typical apartments house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. Dorms and apartments are equipped with wireless internet.
Optional Housing: Family homestay (additional fee applies)
Students choosing the homestay option will be placed with a local family, which could be an older married couple or a family with children. Homestay families are typically within a short walking distance to the school. The homestay option includes breakfast and dinner 7 days a week in a shared occupancy room (upgrade to a private bedroom available).
Alternate Housing: Independent
Students seeking independent housing can do so, for a reduction in the SAI program fee. Please contact SAI for details.
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.
Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.
SAI Programs 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.