Continuing Education

With more than 20 years of expertise in international education in Sorrento, Italy, Sant’Anna Institute is enthusiastic to present a new branch to our repertoire: Continuing Education.

This new program area allows lifelong learners around the globe to participate in our institute’s excellence, including our deep experience in program personalization, and to share in the richly educational value of our local territory.

A customized program may be built based on the following elements:


Available courses of study are:

  • Italian Language (taught in Italian, any level)
  • Italian Language for specific purposes (law, business, medicine, art, music, etc.)
  • Italian Literature I: Dante and the Middle Age (taught in Italian)
  • Italian Literature II: the Modern Age (taught in Italian)
  • Italian Literature III: the 20th century (taught in Italian)
  • Latin and Ancient Greek languages (any level)*
  • Greek Influence in Southern Italy: Colonization & Culture*
  • Religions of the Classical Antiquity*
  • Roman and Greek Archaeology*
  • The Baroque in Naples
  • History of Italian Cinema
  • History of Italian Theater
  • Italian History I (the Middle Age)
  • Italian History II (the Renaissance)
  • Italian History III (the 19th and 20th centuries)
  • History, Politics, and Diversity in Italian Society
  • Gendered communication in Southern Europe
  • History and Culture of Italian food*
  • History of the Mafia*
  • Mediterranean Culture and History*
  • Sorrento in the Grand Tour
  • Mediterranean Nero
  • New York Calls, Naples Responds
  • Marine Biology: the Sorrento Peninsula and its Marine Protected Area*
  • Volcanology: Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegrean Fields*
  • Italian Community, Management and Professional Culture
  • Drawing on Location
  • Internship projects
  • Service Learning projects
  • Research projects

* Field-trips are included in the course hours and fees

More course options may available upon request, based on the needs of the student.


The above courses may be taken in one of the following two onsite formats:

  • 20 hours of study in 2 weeks
  • 45 hours of study in 4 weeks

The above options may also be available online during the Fall 2020 semester.

Students will receive a certificate at the completion of each course.

Please note that not all of the courses are offered each month.


The program includes several extracurricular activities designed to enhance the academic experience and enrich your social and cultural life during your time in Sorrento. These activities may include:

  • Cultural excursions
  • Cooking classes
  • Italian movies with group discussion led by professor
  • Language exchange program
  • Italian conversation or phonetics lessons
  • Weekly lunches with our faculty members
  • Buffalo, wine, olive, and limoncello factory tours
  • The Sant’Anna Mentoring program with our undergraduate students



The following accommodation options may be available upon request:

  • Sant’Anna Residence Hall
  • Shared apartment
  • Host family

For more details about customizing your program, please contact our Academic Director Marco Marino at marco.marino@santannainsitute.com

For costs and instructions on how to apply, please contact our Study Abroad Coordinator at serena.vacca@santannainstitute.com 


The Continuing Education program is also available in a Faculty-Led Program format. For more information on Sant’Anna Institute’s FLP structure, please visit our Faculty Led Programs page.