SASL was founded in 1998 Dr. Cristiana Panicco, a native of Torino, who fell in love with the town of Sorrento and decided to start a language school. A couple years after the school was founded, Dr. Panicco started hosting study abroad students in affiliation with U.S. universities. SASL works closely with SUNY Alfred State College, their regionally accredited U.S. partner, to offer students a wild range of academic courses. SASL is both a study abroad location and an international language school for foreigners who would like to learn Italian.
In 2010, SASL 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.” SASL 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!
SASL strives to provide a learning experience that engages students through total immersion of local language, community and culture.