Sant’Anna Institute was founded in 1998 as Sorrento Lingue. The founder and director, Dr. Cristiana Panicco (click here to see an interview with her), native of Torino, fell in love with the town of Sorrento and started the organization as a language school. A couple years after the school was founded, Dr. Panicco started hosting study abroad students in affiliation with US universities. Sant'Anna Institute works closely with SUNY Alfred State College, our regionally accredited US partner to offer students a wild range of academic courses. Sant'Anna Institute is both a study abroad location and an international language school for Italians and foreigners who would like to learn Italian, English, Spanish German, French and Japanese. Sant'Anna Institute is a constant international community of cultural exchange.
Sant'Anna Institute changed its name from Sorrento Lingue to Sant'Anna Institute in 2010 when it moved to a historical building that previously housed the “Istituto Sant’Anna,” a convent founded in 1864 by an order of nuns named “Suore di Carità dell’Immacolata Concezione d’Ivrea”. The nuns set up a nursery school and later an elementary school, a junior secondary school (1940), a teacher’s training school (1981) and a high school with an emphasis on languages (1988). Until 1985, the “Istituto Sant’Anna” hosted a girl’s boarding school, several apostolic activities and the parish service. Sant'Anna Institute courses and programs are conducted in classrooms overlooking the picturesque fishing village, Marina Grande or the school’s gardens. In the spring of 2013, the school will become a full-fledged campus with dormitories for up to 50 students!
SANT'ANNA INSTITUTE’ S MISSION STATEMENT
To provide a learning experience that engages students through total immersion of local language, community and culture where students leave as more inspired and culturally conscious members of global society.
GREAT NEWS AT Sant'Anna Institute ranked #1 for study abroad academic program. Congratulations!!!!