Benvenuti in Costiera Amalfitana!
Set on the picturesque, pebbled shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the Amalfi Coast has some of world’s most scenic towns — Ancient Rome’s version of the Hamptons — where emperors built villas into the cliffs of Italy’s spectacular coastline. Marvel at the scenic cliffs of Sorrento and explore the Blue Grotto, Capri’s underwater sea cave. Visit the celebrity beach playground of Positano and stroll the whitewashed streets of Amalfi. Sorrento and the surrounding Amalfi Coast create a quintessentially Italian experience.
Cosmopolitan Feel with Italian Culture
Get swept away by the sight of rugged mountains, blue waters, black sand beaches, cliff-hanging villages, and the world’s best-known volcano: Mt. Vesuvius. Sorrento, one of the most harmonious cities in southern Italy, has an international population, making it a small town with a cosmopolitan feel.
Your Stay in Sorrento
Unlike ordinary international pre-college programs, ACA’s experience in Sorrento is not a homestay! Instead, students live and learn together, staying in a three or four star hotel overlooking the Marina Grande of Sorrento, perched on the cliffside, with incredible views, and steps away from the harbor and the harbor-side restaurants. The hotel features in-suite bathrooms, televisions, housekeeping and air conditioning. Of course, ACA staff live on-site, ensuring a safe, comfortable stay.
Study Italian, Soak Up the Culture, Serve the Community
ACA shows you Italy at its most awe-inspiring while providing you with a head start on your college career. You’ll study at the highly respected Sant’Anna Institute, an acclaimed international institution with state-of-the-art facilities. It hosts inspiring classes in Italian language and culture and even community service. Try the photography course and capture the incredible landscapes and street life of Sorrento. Explore the remains and reconstruction of ancient cities in the archaeology course. You’ll visit cultural attractions that let you experience this legendary city’s fascinating history firsthand!
Playing It Safe
At ACA, we believe safety comes first. That’s why we maintain an eight-to-one student-to-staff ratio — one of the lowest in the industry! This lets us offer unmatched attention and unique personalized programs.
As part of our commitment to student safety, ACA staff members live on every student-occupied floor and accompany students on all activities and excursions. ACA also uses chartered coach and taxi services to get around town — never public transportation. All ACA staff members are always equipped with cellphones.
For additional safety, ACA provides all students with local cellphones, allowing them to maintain easy contact with directors and staff!
The hotel adds an additional element of security, as well. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day with trained personnel for your comfort and convenience.
Parents will be reassured to know that Sorrento is a friendly city with all the modern medical and safety resources one would expect of a popular European tourist destination.
Mangia, Mangia, Mangia!
Get ready for a true taste of Italy — and we don’t mean just spaghetti and meatballs! ACA serves up amazing meals that will make Italian eating an unforgettable part of your summer.
You’ll enjoy breakfasts in the classic continental style, with plenty of fresh juices, rich Italian coffee, cereal, pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit. It’s perfect fuel for a fun-filled day.
For dinner Monday through Friday, you’ll enjoy our exclusive Dining-on-the-Town-Plan, which lets you choose from a variety of ACA-selected restaurants – and it’s included in your tuition! Try the local specialties or enjoy an American-style eatery if you’re craving the flavors of home. You’ll always find a restaurant that suits your taste and even get to enjoy pizza in its original Italian form! Just make sure you save room for gelato and tiramisu, two truly decadent homemade Italian desserts.
Once a week, if you want, you can also venture beyond the Dining-on-the-Town-Plan and visit additional restaurants of your choice. It’s a real opportunity to expand your culinary horizons and try the most authentic Italian food. Need help translating the menu? Don’t worry, ACA staff are always at the restaurant ready to recommend a few favorites, so bring your appetite and your sense of adventure! The choice is yours — relax with the familiar comforts of American-style dining or explore the tastes of Sorrento with an authentic Italian experience. Either way, you’ll enjoy the feast!
Savor the Sights, Shops and Incredible Cuisine!
Take a flavor-filled walk through the lively street markets of the Marina Grande. Browse chic boutiques, stroll traditional Roman-style alleys and soak up the sun on the city’s popular beaches. Discover quaint plazas, inspiring galleries and magnificent museums. Sample truly authentic culinary traditions based on fresh, local seafood and produce. Sorrento is home to some of the best pizza and gelato you will find anywhere!
Unforgettable Weekend Adventures Throughout Italy!
Every weekend, you’ll visit great destinations throughout Italy. Our amazing all-inclusive locations include:
• Rome • Capri • Positano • Pompeii
Staying In Shape — Euro Style
Don’t worry about too much pasta putting the hurt on your exercise efforts. ACA makes it easy to maintain your fitness routine, or even kick-start a new exercise habit! You’ll be able to stay in shape, enjoying the many beaches and recreational options. Workout junkies will be able to enjoy aerobics and weight training at our local gym, and there are even opportunities to play tennis, go biking or enjoy an afternoon hike. Of course, you and a few friends could always just lace up your running shoes for a jog through the cobblestone streets or along the picturesque coast. We’ve also lined up other options for anyone who likes to stay active, so bring your workout gear along — unless you’re interested in treating yourself to a whole new wardrobe of designer Italian active wear!
Travel to the Amalfi Coast*
Students traveling to Sorrento fly on ACA-staffed group flights from the New York area to Rome. From there, they will be escorted directly to connecting private motorcoach service for the trip to Sorrento. We are also happy to make arrangements for students connecting to our ACA overseas group flight. Contact the ACA office for additional assistance.
Students enrolled in the Greek Isles Extension will also fly on ACA group flights, accompanied by ACA staff.
Please Note: For your safety and convenience, we require students traveling to our international programs to fly on ACA-staffed group flights.
*Transportation costs are not included in tuition.