Sant’Anna Institute organizes academic packages for institutions and organizations that require tailor-made programs for their students and faculty.
Drawing on elements from our academic offerings and the community engagement institutions, credit and non-credit programs can be developed year-round for groups of all sized and students of all ages.
These unique and dynamic offerings give participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in Italian culture through hands-on learning and local community interaction.
We consider FLPs a mini-university abroad, an extension of a student’s home campus and curriculum.
The primary advantage of a FLP is that a student is able to combine the study abroad experience with the continuity of core curriculum courses. Teaching faculty from all disciplines initiate a FLP by recruiting a group of students from within their curriculum and then traveling with them to a study abroad location. The faculty member teaches core curriculum course(s) while the host institution provides support instruction logistics and other general education courses including internships, service learning, and volunteering. Students are able to complete a semester or a full academic year of study without falling out of sequence with their normal curriculum course structure.
A Faculty-Led Program also allows teaching faculty to customize a series of guest lectures, field trips, and cultural immersion activities that best suit the educational goals of their particular disciplines.
Program designs can vary significantly and could include:
- Short-term or stand-alone programs (during a summer term).
- Semester-long courses with some components such as spring or fall break or trips after the end of term.
- Long-term (semester or academic year) study abroad.
- Credit and non-credit courses can be designed for students studying the same syllabus as well as wider groups coming from different departments.
- Opportunities for experiential learning outside the classroom, such as: conversation partner program (or conversation exchange or intercambio); experiential education (learning by doing) including research, field trips or seminars, laboratory works, fieldworks or observation; immersion in workplace settings such as internships, volunteering, teaching; service-learning abroad; student club (or student organization) that can facilitate interaction with the local student population and encourage further development of language and intercultural communication skills.
- Comprehensive support services during all three phases of the international experience (pre-departure, on-site, and re-entry) including in-depth advising and orientations, housing, excursions and cultural activities, and more.
Below you can see some photos from the Culinary & Hospitality Faculty-Led Program from Johnson & Wales University, their activities and visits in the Sorrento area during 4 amazing weeks!
Sample of FLP organized by Sant’Anna Institute:
- Law – DePaul University, University of Dayton
- Hospitality & Tourism – Austin Community College, Johnson & Wales University, University of Northern Iowa
- Italian Studies – Hofstra University, Wake Forest University, San Diego University, University of Connecticut
- Architecture – Alfred State University
- Business – Plymouth State University (in partnership with SAI), University of South Carolina
- Education – Bowling Green State University
- Culinary Arts – Delaware Technical College
- Humanities – Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas State University.
Sant’Anna will coordinate:
- Airport pick-ups
- Student and faculty housing
- Social and cultural immersion activities
- Field trips
- Visits to local firms and institutions
- Conferences and guest lectures
- Administrative assistance with visas and permits of stay in Italy
- 24 hr emergency assistance
PG Architecture DiplomaBuilding Beauty Post-Graduate Diploma in Architecture
An innovative approach to architecture education is now underway at Sant’Anna with the Building Beauty Master program. Building Beauty seeks to reconcile the education of architects with the art of making things that have life and are good for people and the land. This program, which is taught in English, began in November 2017 and was also offered in November 2018.
Building Beauty is a Post-Graduate Diploma in Architecture program (60 ECTS credits, equivalent to 120 USA/UK credits). Legal accreditation is currently being sought from universities in Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, and India. The idea underpinning Building Beauty is that of a different, both holistic and scientific approach to architectural education, one that positions the ordinary living environment at center stage. It focuses on the adaptive process of building and change and the role of design in it where life is respected and enhanced in all its forms. “Beauty” becomes a tangible objective of social and ecologic pursuit as well as a matter of rigorous scientific investigation. The program is shaped to offer a profound experience of designing and making, revolving around the exploration of the reality of feelings and an evidence-based approach to the architectural process.
Building Beauty is founded on Christopher Alexander’s intellectual and practical work and designed in close collaboration with Maggie Moore Alexander and some of Alexander’s life-long collaborators. This legacy is most evident in our thirteen founding principles and in a few taught modules in our curriculum. The curriculum emphasizes the generation of beauty by means of the practical work of making; it is offered to all those willing to explore that beauty which makes a difference in the world.
On January 18-19, 2018, special guest: the blind sculptor Felice Tagliaferri.
Please visit the Building Beauty website here: https://buildingbeauty.org/
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Frequently asked questionsFAQs
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.
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.
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.
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/
To accommodate our students, we offer full year, Spring and Fall semester, summer sessions, as well as J-term and Maymester programs.
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.
Yes. Our courses are accredited through our partner university Jacksonville University, making transferring credits an easy process.
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.
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.