• Italy
    • Florence
    • Rome
    • Sorrento
Maymester, Short Term, Summer
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Apartment Dormitory


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Oct 02, 2023
Sep 19, 2023
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About Program

Italy offers everything you could ever want for a rewarding summer experience: a great climate, rich culture, impressive art, tasty cuisine, and so much more! Be more than just one of the millions of tourists in Italy when you go with CIS Abroad, as you’ll have the chance to get off the beaten track with our staff’s guidance. Choose from any of our immersive and supportive programs, from a culinary-focused travelling study tour to a summer studying and living alongside locals.

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Program Highlights

  • Several sessions to fit any schedule - study for 3 weeks or up to 3 months!
  • Choose from programs in Rome, Italy's capital; Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; or in Sorrento, on the colorful Amalfi Coast
  • Exceptional support, incredible activities, and options for a wide range of majors
  • Host institutions range from large, English-speaking universities to small study centers focused on language and culture
  • Small class sizes offer great academic engagement and interaction

Popular Programs

Summer on the Italian Coast - Engineering

Imagine waking up to the scent of lemon, orange, and olive groves -- the sound of bells clinking together from behind the piazza, the Mediterranean splashing against the bluffs, or the buzz of the small seaside city of Sorrento gently drifting through your window. A summer in Southern Italy means trekking the Amalfi Coast, taking a day-trip to the sun-stained villas of Belvedere of Tragara, or exploring the scorched earth of Mt. Vesuvius. During your stay in Sorrento you will be enrolled at the

Summer on the Italian Coast - Engineering

Take an equivalent of Physics II + lab and 1-2 non-engineering courses by day, and retreat to the romantic piazzas or festive restaurants overlooking the sea by night. This program, vetted by the University of Michigan International Engineering Programs, offers you a chance to enjoy the summer abroad while getting ahead in a core class necessary to your engineering degree. Other courses on offer include Italian, international tourism, marketing, archaeology, and sustainability.

View of Florence, Italy

In summer, the streets of Florence come alive with locals and tourists dining outside amidst jaw-dropping architecture, churches, statues, and fountains. Soak in the creative vibes as you study at Florence University of the Arts and live near all the action. To make the most of your time abroad, we’ll quickly immerse you in local Italian and Florentine culture. You’ll tour galleries and famous sites, and you’ll practice Italian as your order your next Tuscan meal—with gelato, of course.

Student in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Our Summer in Rome program places you at the American University of Rome, located on top of the Janiculum, one of Rome’s highest hills overlooking the city’s historic center. You’ll take innovative classes on a pine tree-studded urban campus, and you can easily explore Rome’s impressive landmarks and ruins. The Colosseum will come alive as you see history first hand. Summer in Rome is abuzz with outdoor markets, festivals, and abundant cultural events.

CIS Abroad Maymester on the Italian Coast

Spend a picturesque Maymester on the southern Italian Coast in Sorrento, Italy! Immerse yourself in Italian culture, food, and history. Study Italian language, literature, or history; or, take a popular intro to Marine Biology class and explore the marina by boat. You’ll create memories to last a lifetime!

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.25
  • Support 4.55
  • Fun 4.95
  • Housing 4.6
  • Safety 4.8
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Summer On the Italian Coast

Without CIS Abroad I would have had a difficult time adjusting to life in Europe. Their transportation and wonderful team helped me adjust and explore the country in a way that I would have never imagined. They made my first study abroad experience wonderful and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a program overseas! Every encounter I had with my site supervisor was informational and supportive wether it was for travel or education. I left with education about a new city as well as inside the classroom that I applied to my life back at my home University.

28 people found this review helpful.
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CIS Abroad: Summer on The Italian Coast Review

I absolutely loved my time at the CIS Summer on the Italian Coast program. Sorrento is a beautiful town and we really got to know the locals over the two months. Sorrento is a short train ride away from Pompeii where you can really dive into the history and walk through the ancient city. I was able to travel around Europe while maintaining good standing in my courses. Sorrento has fabulous restaurants and is a short walk from the Bagni Regina Giovanna. If I had the opportunity to do it all over again I would!

  • Amazing town
  • Interactive classes
  • Long travel to the airport
31 people found this review helpful.
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All over amazing! I chose to do the apartment, and we got a spacious, clean apartment in the heart of Sorrento. They did an amazing job matching roommates based on our preferences. The class I took was fairly easy, but i’m not complaining because I had so much time to adventure and explore! The activities CIS had were the highlight of my trip including wine tastings, boat tours, and multiple dinners. The environment was great, they were there for me before, during, and after, and I would go again with CIS abroad in a heartbeat!

  • Stress free
  • New opportunities
  • Fun
31 people found this review helpful.
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CIS Abroad Summer on the Italian Coast

My summer studying abroad in Sorrento, Italy with CIS Abroad has been the best experience of my life. CIS Abroad made everything easy for me, through answering application and program questions, airport pick up and drop off after arriving in Italy, and through the support of the program staff while abroad. CIS Abroad planned excursions like a boat tour of the Amalfi Coast, authentic dinners, tour of an olive oil farm, and wine tastings. These gave me the opportunity to experience local culture and experience new things I wouldn't have tried myself. My summer abroad with CIS Abroad allowed me to learn more about myself, grow as a person and a student, take classes I couldn't at my home university, learn more about the world, and have the best experiences.

29 people found this review helpful.
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The best memories I have made

Going into this experience I was not sure how I was going to feel about being in a different country without my family helping. However, the people that I met, have become some of my best friends and I would go back and do it all over again if I could to relive the memories I made. All of the advisors and faculty were very helpful with everything and were always easy to reach if I had something to talk about or I had a problem going on. Overall, it was amazing and I am glad I did it. If I am able to study abroad again it will definitely be with one of the programs through CIS.

  • The advisors were very helpful
  • The people I met were now my best friends
  • They provided a lot of travel opportunities
31 people found this review helpful.
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Study Abroad in Florence

I absolutely loved my Maymester abroad in Florence. I made so many new friends, tried new food, saw new cities, and took a class I could never take at home. I also loved being able to immerse myself in the communities and become friends with the locals around me. CIS made the transition so easy and I could not be more grateful for this experience. I spent every day for three weeks seeing something new in both my class and in my own spare time. My teacher made it so easy to navigate the city for when we were exploring on our own.

  • immersing myself into a new culture
  • trying new food
  • new travel experience
30 people found this review helpful.
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CIS Abroad - Maymester in Italy

I loved my CIS Abroad experience in Italy! They made connecting my home university to Florence University of the Arts super easy. The on-site guides were helpful in answering any questions and hosting fun events for the students. Housing was convenient, and it was nice to be in the same building as the rest of the students in the program. Florence as a city is a great choice for studying abroad as there are multiple schools there, so you get to know so many people. The food in Florence is also top-notch, so can't go wrong there. I highly recommend it!

  • great food
  • travel
  • meeting new people
31 people found this review helpful.
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summer on the Italian coast

This was a life changing experience. Being completely submerged in the Italian culture was a completely new experience and being able to experience this with new friends was one of the best parts. I'm still in contact with the students I met abroad and they have grown into very close friends of mine. In addition to the amazing views, food, sea and architecture. CIS was an amazing program each event felt special and like a lot of time and effort was put in to give us the best experience. 10/10 recommend!!

  • amazing food
  • beautiful views
  • wonderful weather
  • lots of walking
  • small gym
33 people found this review helpful.

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