Departments and Courses


The Independent Study Option is designed to give students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Sant’Anna faculty member on a specific topic. Students are invited to identify the type of independent study/project they wish to complete and to have it approved – not later than one month prior to the start of the Semester – by our Academic Director and the faculty member who will supervise the work.

The independent study option can be for 15-45 contact hrs. These courses may be accredited directly by the student’shome School; therefore students are invited to contact their school – before arriving in Sorrento – to verify if the agreed project can be approved by their advisor.

This option is available both in the Spring and Fall Semesters.

For more information about this option, please feel free to contact our Academic Director Dr. Marco Marino at marco.marino@santannainstitute.com

Courses and Description


Number of courses is dependent on term of program.


Summer I or II students choose 1-2 courses. Summer III students choose 2-4 courses.
Semester students choose 4-6 courses, of which one is required to be an Italian course (all levels available).

All courses are 3 credits (45 contact hours) unless otherwise noted.


Apart from Italian Language and Literature courses, all courses are taught in English.


Please check with your home institution about your school’s transfer credit process. You are likely to need your courses approved prior to program participation. For more questions on this process, please contact Sant’Anna Academic Director Marco Marino. For application, contact Sant’Anna Study Abroad Coordinator Serena Vacca.


Sant’Anna Institute is proud to use the experiential learning model where students engage with their professors via site visits. For example, Volcanology students spend a day at Mount Vesuvius. Archaeology students spend a day at Pompeii. Business students have site visits at local businesses. Please click on the course name for more information and sample syllabi.

Please note:


All of Sant’Anna Institute’s academic courses are offered through Jacksonville University (Florida). Jacksonville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Jacksonville University.


Non-Jacksonville University students can apply to transfer course credits to their home institution by requesting a Jacksonville University transcript.

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Frequently asked questions

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/courses-and-description/
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 Jacksonville University, 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.