Sant’Anna Institute is extremely proud to announce our new partnership with The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® – OSDIA – the oldest and largest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States.
Founded in 1905, today OSDIA has 35,000 members, making it the leading service and advocacy organization for the United States’ estimated 26 million people of Italian descent.
Sant’Anna Institute will honor OSDIA’s mission to encourage the study of Italian language and culture with bespoke study abroad programs, providing unique and intergenerational learning experiences. As a host institution for university study abroad programs in Sorrento, Italy over the past two decades, it has also been the mission of Sant’Anna to connect Americans with the Italian culture and especially the southern Italian community and history found in our area. The impact of the study abroad experience can be even more profound for students and faculty of Italian decent, who may find an even deeper meaning being immersed in the authentic Italian setting of Sorrento and its surroundings.
The study abroad programs designed for members and family of OSDIA at Sant’Anna will offer a wide range of disciplines from Italian Studies to Social and Natural Sciences, from Classical Studies to Business & Management – all integrated with experiential activities to enrich each program. As such, this partnership aims to strengthen our collective roots, preserving Italian American traditions, culture, history and heritage while promoting closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy.