Summer 2020 study abroad programs are canceled. Contact your GEC program manager for more information.
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!).
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
- Isle of Capri
- Amalfi Coast
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