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  • Locations: Sorrento, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Sponsor: Arcadia 
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 3-junior, 4-senior
Housing Options: Apartment (shared) Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Biology, Earth Science
Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
STEM Summer Re -Sorrento
Research Projects in Marine Biology and Marine Conservation

The Sant’Anna Institute, located in the historic center of Sorrento, and perched on the cliffside overlooking the fishing village of Marina Grande, offers research projects that will engross you in the important work of marine conservation while adding an exciting element to your resume when applying for graduate school or a career in the field. 

In conjunction with researchers at the MPA Punta Campanella, you will investigate the proliferation of microplastics and monitor biodiversity and the effects of pollution in a marine environment. From determining the quantities of microplastic on the sandy beaches in the gulf of Naples, to assessing biodiversity in the Bay of Ieranto, you’ll spend your summer conducting research with leading experts in Italy that will add substantial experience to your resume when applying to graduate school or launching your career in a STEM field.

And living in the south of Italy affords you the opportunity to experience Italian culture while immersing yourself in local life, all while advancing your academic goals.

You will enroll in a six-credit research experience that spans 10 weeks from late May to early August.

You will be housed either on campus or in apartments or homestays that are a 15–20-minute walk from the institute.

Spaces are limited, so please apply early to increase your chances of acceptance onto your chosen project.


Arcadia is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, offering exceptional study, research, and internship experiences for students from colleges and universities across the US. Our unique combination of customized, diverse academic programming and comprehensive support allows students to explore new worlds, get to know themselves, boost their resumes for future job opportunities and graduate school, and experience the incredible growth and shifts in perspective that a culturally immersive experience can deliver.

Please visit the Arcadia website for dates and the latest program information.