You Know You’re a Student in Sorrento When…


1. Your Keurig has been replaced by your new, little Italian friend.

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2. You give up peanut butter because it’s too expensive.

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3. Taking a dip among Roman ruins is just another Wednesday afternoon.

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4. If you don’t stop for gelato on your way home from class, you’re doing something wrong.

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5. Dinner isn’t complete without limoncello, which you bought in the cliché shape of a boot.

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6. Breaks in between classes are devoted to trying out every single Italian snack in the vending machine.

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7. The white line on the highway is more of a general guideline.

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8. There is no day without smiles!

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9. You can learn about Mt. Vesuvius volcano in class and look out the window and see it at the same time!

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10. You do NOT study in a library.

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I learned so much in both my classes, and it only made me want to continue studying Italian language and culture for the next time I return!

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My name is Jennifer Noyola and I spent this past summer at Sant’Anna Institute taking classes and learning what it means to live like an Italian! Sorrento is a small town overlooking the ocean, and since I live in Florida you can trust me when I say you won’t ever find more beautiful beaches! To get to Sant’Anna I would have to walk past an amazing view of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. If we weren’t in class, you could bet I and the other students were at I Bagni della Regina Giovanna (which we appropriately called “Paradise Pool”) enjoying the sun and crystal clear water.

view from the port

More important than the sights, however, was the welcoming atmosphere of Sorrento. Serena’s willingness to help with every little detail of my stay made my summer in Sorrento not only possible, but also unforgettable. The natives were always friendly and even strangers would readily help us out with whatever amount of English they knew (which was usually a lot!). But of course, they really appreciated it when I would test out my Italian too. I came to Italy to immerse myself in the culture I had been studying for so long back home; to learn a language and its culture well, there really is nothing like living in the country.

At Sant’Anna I took classes on Modern Italian Literature and Archaeology. Modern Literature was one of the best classes I have ever taken, and we studied the great names in Italian literature such as Foscolo, Leopardi, and Manzoni. Domenico was such a great teacher who really gets you interested in what you read! It was taught entirely in Italian, so I even got some great practice speaking, reading, and writing in the language. My archaeology class was taught in English and covered the history behind the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. It was truly fascinating learning about Pompeii and the other areas destroyed by the eruption, then taking field trips to see the ruins of what we had studied; our teacher Ilaria knew everything about the places we visited and was a better guide than any tour guide you could ask for. I learned so much in both my classes, and it only made me want to continue studying Italian language and culture for the next time I return!

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me with my Italian literature professor and another student

This summer I saw beautiful sights, made life-long friends, and of course ate (and learned to make!) amazing food. It was truly an unforgettable experience, and it was all thanks to the incredible people I met during my stay. Grazie mille a tutti! Mi mancate, e canterò “Torna a Surriento” fino a quando posso davvero tornare!

“Sant’Anna gave me the opportunity to see where he was raised, meet my family on his side, and immerse myself into a completely emotional, yet fulfilling experience walking through the streets of Rutigliano.”

Steve's GraduationSant’Anna Institute is blessed to have so many Italian-American students seek out their past and experience where their famiy lived generations ago.  Steve, a student last Spring 2014, wrote this wonderful reflection on Italian-American experience.  He traveled from Sorrento to the Eastern Coast to visit Rutigliano, Bari.  We love to hear from our past students, Enjoy!

While at SUNY Alfred State College during the Fall 2013 semester, my Strategic Marketing professor, Dr. Lisa McCool, thought up a new idea. The idea consisted of, creating and using a Marketing Plan as a source for a final project in place of traditional final exams. This would allow students to make a difference in a new and emerging opportunity for a study abroad program offered by Alfred State. After being approved for the program, that’s when my perspective on everything changed.

I began to inquire on the program, learning about its features, benefits, and offerings. As I learned more about the program, I decided that this opportunity would truly benefit me, but being that I was scheduled to graduate in December of 2013, the opportunity seemed unfeasible for me. Diane Tuzzolino, a business professor at Alfred, recommended that I take on the Global Studies minor in Sorrento, but I did not feel it was smart to delay my graduation, and incur more debt in loans just for a minor, thus I declined the offer. However, about two weeks later, with the help of Ms. Tuzzolino, Sant’Anna created a new internship, and scholarship opportunity, for marketing and communications for their organization. By delaying my graduation one semester, I would be able to add a minor to my degree and have the chance to put an international internship on my resume. When I heard and considered this opportunity, I considered it an offer I could not refuse.

Eight months ago, I had the privilege of arriving in Sorrento, taking in the beautiful scenery, great food, amazing people, and much more. By taking part in the internship opportunity, I was able to partake in something I never thought I would be able to experience. I had the opportunity to present the program to prospective students, University leaders, and members of the community, serve as a leader and ambassador for Sant’Anna among faculty, staff, and students, and represent the institute at the largest study abroad conference in the world, the annual NAFSA Conference which was held in San Diego, CA in May. Not only that, but on a more personal level, I have had the chance to meet family that I have never met before.

Steve visiting his Italian family!My grandfather was born on the Eastern coast of Italy, with roots in a small town called Rutigliano, located outside of the major port city, Bari. Although, he is not my biological grandfather, he raised me and served as a father figure throughout all my life. Sant’Anna gave me the opportunity to see where he was raised, meet my family on his side, and immerse myself into a completely emotional, yet fulfilling experience walking through the streets of Rutigliano.

Upon leaving Sant’Anna, I was more than satisfied with the experiences I took part in, the impacts I made, and the opportunities that were made available to me as a result of my work for the organization. I took with me a collection of life long memories, images, thoughts, and much more that I will never be able to forget. I have made life-long friends who grew to become brothers whom I hope to visit at some point in the upcoming year. Again, I never would have thought that I would travel while in college, let alone to Europe, and more so, to see family in Italy that I have never met. Sant’Anna has certainly gave me the opportunity to truly take part in “the experience of a lifetime.”

  • Steve Pinell, SUNY Alfred State College, Spring 2014 Sant’Anna Intern

Spring Semester 2015 and internships for credit at Sant’Anna Institute (Sorrento, Italy)

Enrollments open! 

Sant’Anna Institute, in Sorrento, Italy, offers the unique

experience of interning (for Academic Credit) in your

field of study while being abroad!

An internship is a learning opportunity that supports

professional and personal growth.

Internships can be paired with 1-3 other academic courses

(including Italian Language) and are available for:

  • 3 credits (150 hours)
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  • 9 credits (380 hours)

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“I felt a sense of home while I was around the Sorrento people”

Bianca Lenski, from Colorado State University and student at Sant’Anna during the Summer I 2014, interviewed about her stay in Sorrento. Thank you for sharing with us your experience!

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1) If you could have brought one part of Italian culture back to the States, what would it have been and why?

I would bring back the island of Capri. Capri was hands down the most beautiful part of my time in Italy. I took a boat ride around the island and was in awe of the turquoise blue waters, unique boats, and yacht lifestyle.

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2) How was life living by the sea different from life in your hometown?

Life by the sea was different because everyday was beautiful. You could go hike down to Capo di Sorrento, or you could lay at Marina Grande all day, and the day was just as beautiful. The sea in Sorrento is different than the sea in other beach towns. With the city built up on the cliffs, the colorful boats, and the trattorias lining the water- the sea of Sorrento was genuinely unique.

3) Which three adjectives would you say best summarize your study abroad experience in Sorrento?

Undaunted, life-changing, and spontaneous.

4) What was the most unexpected treasure of Sorrento that you discovered by living here?

The people. I have gone into detail about how beautiful the beaches are, but the people are the most beautiful part of Sorrento. In my six weeks in Sorrento, I never met an unwelcoming person in Sorrento. Every gelato shop owner, fruit stand owner, and local Italian walking on the streets mustered all the kindness they had and gave it away. The people of Sorrento are what made my trip so amazing. I had multiple “Italian families” by the time I left, and felt a sense of home while I was around the Sorrento people. As I rode the bus to the Naples airport to return home to Colorado, I had tears of joy and gratitude streaming down my face because of the amazing hospitality that I had received in Sorrento

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“I was able to use what I have learned and actually apply it to a real business”

Justin Tangen, student at Upper Iowa University, is enrolled to Sant’Anna Institute Summer II program. He is interning at “Palazzo Marziale Boutique Hotel” ( http://www.palazzomarziale.com/ ) and we have interviewed him today! Thanks for sharing with us your experience!

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  1. If you could have brought one part of Italian culture back to the States, what would it have been and why?
    I would take the passion of the Italian people with me.  Just hearing the passion in the voices when speaking is a very wonderful thing to hear.  There is an attitude when certain words are pronounced.
  2. How was life living by the sea different from life in your hometown?
    Life by the sea is different than where I am from.  There is no sea but we do have rivers for outdoor activities but life by the sea is so calming and relaxing.  The breeze coming off the sea, the sound of the waves,  and the sand between your toes does wonders to bring you to a relaxing state of mind.
  3.  Which three adjectives would you say best summarize your study abroad experience in Sorrento?
    Adjectives that I would use to describe my time in Sorrento are Beautiful, calming, and happy.
  4. What was the most unexpected treasure of Sorrento that you discovered by living here?
    An unexpected treasure that I discovered here is the Vallone Dei Mulini.
  5. Did you ever experience a real-life example of something that you had studied in a class (for example, recognizing an Italian phrase on the streets that you learned in Italian class or seeing ancient ruins that you learned about in Archeology)? If so, what was it and how did it make you feel to experience it firsthand?
    Since I am here for an internship, I was able to use what I have learned studying my degrees and actually apply it to a real business. Growing up and hearing about Rome, Pompeii, and Capri, I was able to visit all three places. To be able to see the Coliseum, the Pantheon in Rome took me back in time.

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