SAI Study Abroad: Sant'Anna Institute (Sorrento, Italy)

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SAI has partnered with Sant'Anna Institute (SA) to offer semester and summer programs in Sorrento on Italy's stunning Amalfi coast. Sant’Anna Institute is housed in an historic former convent and school in the old center of Sorrento, just steps from the sea. At SA, visiting semester and summer students can enroll in courses focused on language, art, archaeology, literature, social studies, business, natural sciences and liberal arts, while incorporating language development and cultural immersion inside and outside the classroom. The small and intimate nature of the SA program allows students to fully immerse themselves in Italian life and culture while building lasting relationships with their fellow students. Students wishing to broaden their studies can take part in the many internships offered, while those wanting to give back to their community can get involved in the volunteer program.

Highlights
  • Courses with a focus on the Mediterranean region of Italy.
  • Family homestay or apartment housing available.
  • Course highlight: "Archeology, Cities of Fire."
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Reviews

10 Rating
based on 5 reviews
  • Academics 9
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.8
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 10
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Lexi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Falling In Love with Sunny Sorrento

In Sorrento, it's always sunny. You can see the beautiful ocean everywhere you look and it is so calming. There is the perfect balance of city and nature. Sorrento felt homey and I loved that the university was right above the marina. I lived in the dorms and I did not want to leave. The rooms were spacious and cleaned once a week. My favorite part was our balcony overlooking the garden. I loved sitting out there and reading a book or journaling after class. The views from the dorms are amazing. Watching the sunsets from the rooftop balcony will forever be some of my favorite memories. I made lifelong friends from all over the U.S. and got to travel all through Europe. I learned that I could get out of my comfort zone and move to a different country, where I knew absolutely nobody and have the best time of my life. I miss Italy every day and I will have these amazing memories forever. I didn't have a lot of time to miss home because I was always doing something fun and I was shocked by how easy it was to make friends.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Sorrento is the most festive town when it comes to holidays. When I arrived in January, there was a huge Christmas tree lit up in the middle of the town square and Christmas lights were strung all through the town. It stayed like that into February and then they went all out for Valentine's Day.
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Brittney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer 2019 in Sorrento!

I loved studying abroad with SAI Programs! They made the the process fun, exciting, and everything was very organized. I was sent packets and emails with a lot of information about the pre-departure process and I saved it in a folder and checked things off the list. Everyone in SAI is so kind and willing to help and answer any questions I had. I would do it all again if I could! Except maybe I would choose a longer program because 5 weeks flew by and I loved every minute of it. Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento was also a fabulous school and resource during my time abroad! Everyone was so kind and willing to help and answer any questions. My professor was from Naples and she spoke English, and was very sweet. Class work was not overwhelming and very manageable. Several class days we toured around Sorrento. I loved my time abroad!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do this experience again, I would study abroad in multiple cities! I definitely think if you have the time and resources you should consider studying in 2 locations. I loved my time in Sorrento and was able to do a lot of travel throughout Italy, like visiting Florence for the weekend, but I would have loved to stay longer!
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Katrina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Four Months of My Life

The opportunities available at Sant'Anna Institute are unlike anything else in the world. The courses offered are so unique, the amount of internships you can apply for are mind-blowing, and the beauty of Sorrento is unforgettable.
There are courses available for almost every area of study, and many courses include educational and fun trips to a surrounding city or less-known area of Sorrento.
Sorrento, and SAI in general, are unique because of their extensive internship options. You can intern at Sant'Anna, a restaurant, a tourism company. a local sustainability organization, and many more. The internships and classes both cover a large range of interests and skills.
It is true that you could spend an entire semester exploring and traveling only within Italy. Whatever the case may be, Sorrento is a stop on the list for very good reasons. One of the most obvious is the Amalfi Coast being within in sight at almost all times. Slightly less well known are the hikes with amazing views, and hidden beaches and ruins that are the best spots to watch the sunset from. Mount Vesuvius becomes a familiar face in the morning, and an equal after you conquer the climb (which I highly suggest).
Sorrento has my heart and I cannot wait to return.

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Brooke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad in Beautiful Sorrento, Italy

Studying abroad at Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy was the best experience in my life, thus far. There is nothing like Southern Italy, Sorrento in particular. I was extremely blessed to study abroad here and I believe it would be a good fit for a variety of students. There are world renowned hiking trails, cute boutiques and fantastic restaurants.

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Kelsie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The summer that solidified my dreams

This past summer I interned and studied at Sant'Anna Institute through SAI. I had studied abroad in Italy two other times with SAI but decided that I wanted something different than my previous semester in beautiful but "touristy" Florence. When I found they had a program at Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento I knew that was where I was going to spend my summer. I had previously had jobs in international education (one being an internship at the SAI California office) so I applied to be the marketing intern at Sant'Anna and see how international education is handled abroad.

I spent the summer falling more in love with international education and even more in love with Italy. In between work and class I was able to walk down to Marina Grande and lay on the beach with Mt. Vesuvius in the distance. I was surrounded by beauty all the time whether it was in the gorgeous school building with an incredible view of the Bay of Naples, whether I was walking home from class or school, or whether I was taking the train, bus or a boat to a nearby town, the beauty never stopped.

The other times I studied abroad I spent the weekends traveling to other countries and cities, but this summer was different. There is so many places in the Amalfi Coast and Naples area that I didn't need to leave. There was so much to do in that area that after spending over 90 days there, I still hadn't seen it all.

I've been back for about two months now and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about Sorrento. I miss my friends there, the people I worked with, my teachers, the food, the beach, the list could continue on forever...

I know that I will be back next summer and every summer following that. Sorrento is now another home away from home and I am counting down the days until I can return. I want to thank SAI and Sant'Anna for solifidying my dreams of working with international education and Italy in particular and I cannot wait to come back and visit !!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I might change was the amount of girls I lived with. 5 girls in one apartment was a lot but this was my third time going through SAI and I have loved every single program that I went on through them and truly believe they are one of the best, if not THE best, program providers out there.