Sant'Anna Institute
Virtual January Term 3 weeks 2021
3 credits

SAI’s 3 week Virtual Jan Term session, hosted by Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento, invites students to complete one 3 credit course in between regular semesters. Students may choose any level of Italian language or one of the available elective courses. Sant’Anna Institute’s virtual coursework is accompanied by virtual field trips, interactive sessions, lively group chats, dedicated course tutors, and 24/7 access & support.


Application: now open
Closes: December 4, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

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

Highlights

  • Complete a 3-credit course in between regular semesters
  • Gain international education experience from the comfort of your home
  • Course highlight: Global Business: Italy & Tourism

Program Dates
January 3, 2021 – January 23, 2021


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



Arts and Humanities
Business & Administration Studies
Italian Studies
Natural and Health Sciences
Social Sciences

Arts and Humanities

3.0 Credits
Italian Cinema | Course #: FVA 276v | Open
The course introduces the student to the world of Italian Cinema. In the first part the class will be analyzing Neorealism, a cinematic phenomenon that deeply influenced the ideological and aesthetic rules of film art. In the second part we will concentrate on the films that mark the decline of Neorealism and the talent of "new" auteurs such as Fellini and Visconti. The last part of the course will be devoted to the cinema from 1970's to the present in order to pay attention to the latest developments of the Italian industry. The course is a general analysis of post-war cinema and a parallel social history of this period using films as "decoded historical evidence". Together with masterpieces such as "Open City" and "The Bicycle Thief" the screenings will include films of the Italian directors of the "cinema d'autore".
Contact Hours: 45

Business & Administration Studies

3.0 Credits
Business | Course #: INB 421v | Open
The course presents concepts of tourism relating to food and geography, using Italy as its example. The course is relevant to students of all backgrounds, but was designed specifically for students of hospitality, business, and culinary arts. Students will study international organizations operating in tourism (i.e. WTO) and the different types of tourism, with particular attention paid to sustainable tourism. Students will be asked to investigate the tourism geography of Italy, becoming familiar with the most important tourist sites in Italy and Campania.
Contact Hours: 45

Italian Studies

3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: WL 101-2 | Open
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. demonstrate a basic understanding of Italian spelling and pronunciation (assessment: Homework; oral participation in class; oral comprehension quizzes and tests; dictations)

2. demonstrate a basic understanding of part of the Italian grammar and syntax (assessment: Homework--workbook; computer assignments; essay; quizzes and tests)

3. participate in simple conversations on topics on everyday situations such as work, education, food, time,weather... (reinforced through in-class group activities)

4. demonstrate basic reading comprehension skills (in-class or homework reading assignments--from textbook or internet sites; quizzes and tests)

5. demonstrate some knowledge of Italian geography, history, culture and daily life
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: WL 102- 1 | Open
Italian 102 will establish the foundations of conversation and grammar. Students will work on basic grammar and speaking skills through conversation, dialogues, exercises and drills; develop vocabulary through reading, discussing and writing; and learn more about Italian culture through reading, video and presentations.
Contact Hours: 45
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 202 | 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 classmates in pairs and small groups. They will develop reading and writing skills by reading increasingly more elaborate authentic texts and writing essays, and their listening skills will be cultivated by in-class interactions, listening to short lectures on topics in Italian culture, listening to Italian music, and watching Italian movies.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: WL 325 | Open
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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
3.0 Credits
Italian Literature | Course #: WL 325 -1 | Open
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Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Literature | Course #: WL 325-4 | Open
Pre-requisite: Students must have earned at least 12 credits of Italian language as the course will be instructed in Italian. Please note: course requires a minimum enrollment of 4 students to run
Students will study Italian literature of the Twentieth Century.

Students will critically analyze the internationally renowned literary texts in their original language.

Authors include Pirandello, Quasimodo, Ungaretti, Montale and others. Students will read excerpts from these works and engage in a historical, literary and rhetorical analysis of texts while determining techniques of poetic composition. Students will also learn about the lives of authors and the historical context and how these affected the masterpieces studied. Students are expected to actively participate and contribute to class discussion. They are also expected to do all the exercises assigned daily.

Students must have earned at least 12 credits of Italian language as the course will be instructed in Italian.
Contact Hours: 45

Natural and Health Sciences

3.0 Credits
Natural Science | Course #: MSC 101v | 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 offer practical case studies.
Contact Hours: 45

Social Sciences

3.0 Credits
History | Course #: HIST 350-1v | 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
3.0 Credits
History | Course #: HIST 350v | Open
This course offers a historical framework to understand the Greek Presence in western Europe: the sites colonized starting from the 8th century BC, and the dynamics that caused the foundation of poleis in specific areas of the Italian peninsula.
Students will be also introduced to the methodology of ancient history and the critical analysis of a wide variety of historical and literary source material, including inscriptions and coins as well as the interpretation of classical texts. Archeological evidence, including art and architecture will also be examined. Attention will also be given to the organization of the urban space in relation to politics, religion and social life.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
History | Course #: HIST/IS 350v | Open
In this course we will trace the history of Italian food from a transnational perspective. Challenging nationalist historiographies we will focus on circulation, exchanges, hybridity and mobility.

Borrowing from Edward Said's notion of overlapping territories and intertwined histories, we will discuss how food is part of a stratified and heterogeneous modernity suspended between the local and the global.

Special topics will include: Arab and Asian merchants before the European hegemony; Mediterranean currents; the Columbian exchange; Neapolitan food and the invention of tradition; Italian American food and issues of memory and ethnicity; Food and Southern Italian migrants in northern Italy; food and the boom economico; multiethnic food in contemporary Italy; space and place in connection with food in Italy and the United States. Some works of cinema and popular music will be included.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
History | Course #: JU 330v | Open
This course will trace a form of call and response between New York City and Naples. It will juxtapose these two cities within wider currents, moving across time and space and tracing multiple histories that connect past, present and futurity, local and global. Topics will include the early slave rebellions in the Americas, the 1648 rebellion of Naples, the U.S. military presence in Naples during World War II and Cold War era, Italian immigration to New York City and the urban crises of Naples and New York in the 1970s and 1980s. In this course, music, cinema and other cultural expressions are not considered as a background but become central narrative devices. Sustained by the saxophone sound of James Senese, the electro funk of Afrika Bambaataa, the echo chamber effect of Sha-Rock, the poetry of Sandra María Esteves, the blue maps of Bobby Womack and Mario Merola we will study unexpected and critical connections between New York City and Naples.
Contact Hours: 45

Course Registration & Schedule
Students select one 3-credit course to complete over the 3-week program.

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 the program start date.


Pre-Session Calendar
December 4 2020
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)
December 4 2020
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 9 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
December 13 2020
Last Day to Cancel Enrollment Prior to Penalty Phase
See SAI Policies for enrollment cancellation details

Session Calendar
January 3 2021
Virtual Program Orientation
Virtual orientation presentation with time for Q&A
January 4 2021
Virtual Courses Begin
January 23 2021
Final Exams & Program Ends
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $50
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Virtual Program Fee: 3 weeks / 3 credits
Includes tuition, US credit, and SAI 360° Services (see What's Included).
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*prices are subject to change

All students who complete a virtual program with SAI are eligible for a Virtual Programs Alumni Discount to be applied to any future on-site programs: $350 for semester / quarter programs, and $150 for summer and short programs.

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.

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

  • Program tuition for virtual coursework
  • US academic credit
  • Orientation at the start of the term
  • SAI Virtual Program Coordinator, providing personal assistance throughout the term
  • SAI Virtual Viva Experience: opportunities for virtual cultural engagement
  • Regular newsletters with culturally relevant information and updates

Pre-session and alumni services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Virtual programs alumni discount on future on-site programs
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network membership

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.