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Accommodations: Students can choose from living with a homestay family or staying in private apartments at Sant’Anna Institute. If you choose the homestay option you will be housed in a double room (likely shared with another student) within walking distance from Sant’Anna. Single rooms may be requested for an additional fee but are very limited in availability and cannot be guaranteed. If you choose to stay at the Institute, you will be housed in apartments with an ensuite bathroom and either double or triple shared bedrooms.  You will have access to a fully equipped kitchen, wi-fi, air conditioning, and a large terrace that overlooks the bay of Naples. Bedding and towels are provided. Sea-view rooms have a window overlooking the bay while garden-view rooms have a balcony.


  • Homestay: Breakfast and dinner will be provided. Lunch is not included
  • Apartment: Besides the welcome and farewell receptions as well as cooking classes, meals are not provided. There are several cafes, restaurants and grocery stores nearby.  Students are encouraged and budgeted to prepare most of their meals in their shared kitchen and to use grocery shopping, whether at a store or a farmers market, as an opportunity to practice their Italian.

Facilities: Sant'Anna Institute has a student lounge, library, computer & printer access, wi-fi throughout the campus, flower and fruit gardens, and panoramic views of the Bay of Naples.  It is a short walk from the campus to the city center, beaches and restaurants.

Accessibility: Learn more about accessibility in Sorrento here.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UCSC Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UCSC Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Santa Cruz. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

About Sorrento, Italy

Lonely Planet says, “Sorrento is a small town with a big reputation. It is a town of lemons, high-pedigree hotels and plunging cliffs that cut through the heart of the historical core.”

Currency: Euro

Official Language(s): Italian

Weather and Climate

The weather in Sorrento during the summer is warm to hot and humid with occasional rain. The average daily high/low temperature in June and July is 83/65, but can reach upwards of 100 degrees.

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Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator for a needs assessment immediately so that services can be requested and Study Abroad can investigate the availability of accommodations abroad. Support services similar to those available at UCSC might not be available.

Identities Abroad and Away

UCSC Study Abroad encourages all students to consider studying abroad as a part of their academic plan. Our office is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe. It is important to consider and anticipate the possible challenges you might face. For example, if your major identifying characteristic is race at home, it may surprise you that the people around you while you are abroad could find your nationality (perhaps US citizen) to be more significant. What rights do Queer people have in your host country? Will you be a minority or part of the majority abroad? Please visit our Identities Abroad and Away resource page to learn more about important questions to consider and how to prepare for studying abroad.