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SAI students at Sant’Anna Institute spend a semester integrating themselves into the small beachside town for an unforgettable experience. Semester students enroll 4 to 5 elective courses from the variety of course offerings, for a total of 12 - 15 credits. Students can also choose to complete a part-time 3 or 6 credit internship alongside regular coursework. Motivated students also have the option of enrolling in the Honors Research Semester, for a deeper dive into a particular subject.
Application: now open
Closes: November 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
Academic Year: High school graduate or above.
Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
Honors Research Program Projects
The Honors Research Semester is designed for ambitious and motivated students who wish to deepen their research skills in an international context while focusing on relevant global issues. Students develop and execute on-site projects, working alongside Sant’Anna Institute’s faculty, that culminate in a final paper or publication. No previous research experience is required, and all majors are invited to apply.
There are four project areas that students may choose from:
Program Structure & Courses
All students participating in the Honors Research Semester will complete the following:
Project electives are courses related to the student’s chosen project area. They are History of the Mafia (project 1), Human Rights (project 2), Women’s & Gender Studies (project 3), Marine Conservation (project 4), and Medieval Italian Literature I: Dante (project 5).
*One elective course may be substituted for a 3-credit international internship: SA Internships.
Optional Service Learning Project
Project elective courses related to the research projects additionally offer optional service learning projects. Students work in tandem with the local 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.
Eligibility & Application
All SAI Sorrento students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are invited to participate in the program. All majors are welcome and no previous research experience is required. To apply, you will be asked to submit the following additional items:
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 program add-on at application, and complete the following additional application items:
Courses & Schedule
SA courses run Monday – Friday, and students take one language course and various electives. Students complete their course registration during the SAI application process by selecting their primary course choices as well as required alternate courses. Academic year students complete course registration after submitting their application. Course schedules are confirmed 4 weeks prior to the program start.
Service Learning Courses
Several courses at SA offer an optional service-learning component. This gives students the opportunity to give back to their host community, deepen their educational experience, and create closer ties to their host city. Learn more at SA Service Learning.
|November 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)
|October 15 2021
||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 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.
|November 15 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.
|December 1 2021
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|January 9 2022
||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 9 2022
||SA Academic Orientation & Welcome Events
SA academic orientation is followed by a walking tour of Sorrento and a group meal.
|January 10 2022
|March 5 – 13 2022
||Spring Break (no class)|
|April 29 2022
|April 30 2022
||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 360° 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, dorm or homestay.
|Optional Homestay Housing Supplement – Shared
Live with a local Italian host family in a room shared with another student, includes breakfast and dinner daily.
|International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students 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
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 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.
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 or apartment
Standard housing includes a private occupancy bedroom in the student dorm or in a shared student apartment. Dorm housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served 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.
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).
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 91 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 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.