Gap Year Program


Gap Year Program

Spend your gap year at Sant’Anna in Sorrento and the American University of Rome!

High school graduates often enter college without yet having the opportunity to explore world views and gain work experiences.

For gap-year students at Sant’Anna Institute, the months before home university enrollment are spent expanding global perspectives, opening new doors, and seizing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.



This program is designed for students that want to take a step back before entering college and explore their options and passions while earning valuable college credit.

To create the most beneficial gap year experience for our students, we work in tandem with American University in Rome (AUR). This means that students will spend the fall semester at Sant’Anna in Sorrento, then move to Rome for the spring semester. Our program is designed in this way to ensure students acclimate well and get the most they can out of their year.

Sorrento and Rome are different yet complementary cities. Spending the fall in Sorrento, students will get to enjoy our beautiful fall weather, beaches, and natural wonders while taking courses in various fields and/or participating in our Internship Program. Once spring comes along, participants will be ready and excited to move on to the Eternal City where they can flourish in the history and culture of one of the world’s most beautiful metropolises while continuing their studies.

For exact dates, please check calendar here.


  • Length: 2 semesters (Fall – Spring)
  • Academic Credit: Up to 15 US credits per semester
  • Location: Sant’Anna Institute in Sorrento (fall) & the American University of Rome (spring) (https://www.aur.edu/)
  • Housing: Double room in dorm with shared kitchen (Sant’Anna)/shared apartments (AUR)
  • Departments: Italian Studies, Natural & Social Sciences, Art & Humanities, Business & Administration, Internships (see courses available here)
  • Cost: $11,500 per semester (includes: housing, courses, group excursions, field trips, and welcome and farewell events)
  • Amenities: Group excursions and field trips, welcome and farewell events, service learning and volunteering projects


For more details and info, please contact Study Abroad Coordinator Serena Vacca, or call +39 081 807 55 99.

2 Semesters

Group Excursions


Students may choose from over the courses for their plan of study.

Start a new Experience

Fill out the form alongside choosing between our Study abroad programs in which to participate and start your new adventure in Italy.

Ready to start your application?

The next cohort starts on November, 2019

Choose your Courses

Students may choose from over the courses for their plan of study. Check it out now on our website.

Frequently asked questions


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.