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  • Locations: Sorrento, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Summer 2020 study abroad programs are canceled. Contact your GEC program manager for more information.


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Program Description

Sant’Anna Institute provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to improve their linguistic and cross-cultural communication skills. The Institute provides a perspective that encourages greater opportunities in the world community and enhances the student’s outlook in multiple ways.

About the Location 

Sorrento Italy is a town overlooking the Bay of Naples in Southern Italy. The town straddles the cliffs overlooking the water to Naples and has a park that boasts a view of Mt. Vesuvius. Sorrento’s location allows any visitor a great home-base for regional sight-seeing. To the east is the Amalfi Coast, to the north lies Pompeii and other archeological sites. The Sant’Anna Institute is perched on a cliff overlooking the lively fishing village of Marina Grande.


Summer students choose 1-2 courses including an Italian language course. All courses are taught in English, except Italian Language and Literature courses.

There are academic courses in the arts and humanities, architecture, business, Italian studies, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Internship fields include: architecture, business administration, communication, marketing, civic engagement, creative writing, English, journalism, culinary arts, education, environmental studies, fitness management, hospitality & tourism, Italian studies, Law, Music and music technology, Nutrition, Pharmaceutical science, social work veterinary science, visual work.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Global Engagement courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
  • Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.


Service learning and community engagement

In community engagement projects, students develop ideas allowing them to interact with and to explore the community and area in which they live.

Service learning projects accompany specific courses allowing the community to become a living text and source of data for classwork.

General Program Date

  • Summer 2-early July- early August


Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets (coming soon!).

Scholarships/Travel Grants

GEC Access Scholarships are designed to help provide access for all undergraduate students to participate in an Elon-approved Global Engagement (Study Abroad or Study USA) program. The application for a GEC Access Scholarship is a questionnaire embedded in the outgoing program application--there is no external application. Please see the GEC Access Scholarship brochure for information on eligibility, conditions, and notification. 

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your global engagement program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Sant’Anna has grants available for merit or Italian language ability.


Students who want to immerse themselves in Italian language and culture can choose to live with a local host family, or can opt for apartment living. Apartments house up to 6 students in Sorrento, the students share bathrooms have full kitchen amenities, and wifi. There are also Sant’Anna Dorms that students share with a roommate. The dorms have a full-access kitchen, lounge, and terrace.

Additional Eligibility Notes

No prior language experience is required; however, students are highly encouraged to take at least one Italian language class prior to their semester in Italy.


Students must complete the online MyElonGlobal application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by Sant’Anna.



A successful semester and summer abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

View the pre-departure orientation schedule for the summer and semester programs.

Additional Information and Links

Connect with the GEC, global engagement alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! 

Contact Global Ambassadors to learn more from global engagement alumni. Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more Study Abroad or Study USA programs and have been trained to help you prepare for your own global engagement. They are looking forward to hearing from you!


Local Travel and Tourism

  • Sorrento
  • Isle of Capri
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Pompeii

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/20/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 8 to 11:59 p.m., November 14. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 3 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Revision Period begins December 3. Students that applied Early Action and are assigned the status "revise and resubmit" or are waitlisted may revise and resubmit their application, submit a change form in Global Commons 360 to switch into an open program, or defer their application to the spring term.

Rolling Period: December 6 to 11:59 p.m., February 13. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 13 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by March.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.