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Santa'Anna Institute | Department of Study Abroad

Sant'Anna Institute

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Sant’Anna FAQs


Where is Sant’Anna located?

Sant’Anna Institute is located overlooking the Marina Grande of Sorrento, a small and safe city on the Bay of Naples. The Institute is located a short 15 minute walk from the center of town and 20 minutes from the Sorrento Station. From the train station, it is easy to reach any city in Italy, as well as the gems of the Amalfi Coast. Naples, the closest metropolitan city, is about an hour away, making travel very convenient.

Do I need to speak Italian to study at Sant’Anna?

Absolutely not. We offer Italian courses at every level from Beginner to Post Advanced. Upon arrival, your Italian level will be evaluated and you will be placed in the proper class. Furthermore, all of our staff speak a proficient level of English, ensuring you will not be lost during your time here.

Outside of the classroom, what kind of activities are offered?

Our students enjoy a plethora of opportunities to explore the region and get to know the Sorrentine community.
Internships: During their time at Sant’Anna students can participate in an comprehensive internship related to their field of study. This is a wonderful way to gain relevant work experience and develop as a professional in an international environment.
Service Learning: These are projects that accompany specific courses allowing the community to become a “living” text and source of data for classwork while giving something back to your new home.
Excursions and Field Trips: There are three excursions per semester (one per summer term) included in the program.

Are the classes taught in English?

Aside from Italian language classes, all of our courses are given in English. For a list of courses and descriptions please visit this link: http://www.santannainstitute.com/en/courses-and-syllabi.php

What kinds of programs do we offer?

To accommodate our students, we offer full year, Spring and Fall semester, summer sessions, as well as J-term and Maymester programs.

Does Sant’Anna offer scholarships and/or financial aid?


To relieve some of the financial burden of studying abroad, we offer various merit-based grants, as well as a scholarship available to Golden Key members. For more information, please navigate to the “Tuition & Grants” tab.

Can I use credits from Sant’Anna to fulfill university requirements?

Yes. Our courses are accredited through our partner university SUNY Alfred State, making transferring credits an easy process.

What kind of facilities does Sant’Anna have?


We are very lucky to be able to offer a students an abundance of facilities, including free Wi-Fi throughout the building, a library, a student lounge, an organic garden right outside the door, 24-hour assistance to students, an offsite English speaking doctor if medical assistance is required, as well as a newly renovated residence hall on the third and fourth floors of our building.

Where will I live while studying here?


As mentioned above, we have a residence hall with ensuite double or triple rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, and linens. There is a fully furnished kitchen on the third floor where students can comfortably prepare their own meals and store food. Students can also elect to live with a trusted host family or in apartments located in the city.

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