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Study Abroad in Greece

Summer Session: May 14-26, 2018

Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle

The Greece location of the Mediterranean Diet and Lifestyle study abroad course provides an ideal setting for a two week overview of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and way of life. This course will be held in the town of Heraklion and the villages of Archanes and Vamos on the island of Crete as well as in the city of Athens.

The environment on Crete is conducive to an active lifestyle and taking time for healthy meals which, when combined with a wholesome diet, contributes to overall good health and longevity.

Students will study different aspects of the Mediterranean diet through activity-related experiences, including visits to archaeological sites, organic food markets, farms, traditional tavernas and olive oil factories, as well as participate in food preparation classes. They will take a guided botanical hike to learn about the native vegetation that is incorporated into the diet. Students will finish their experience in Athens where they will learn about the research focused on adherence and behavior change related to the Mediterranean diet.

Horiatiki (Greek Salad), photo courtesy of Nikki RoseLearning opportunities will be provided by MU Nutrition and Exercise Physiology faculty, Chef-Author Nikki Rose, Founder of Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries Eco-Agritourism Network and Elena Paravantes, RD, Food and Nutrition Consultant, Writer, Speaker.

Students will turn in a final project after returning from Greece.

map of Greece

italian market

Students will stay in double rooms in Vamos, Archanes, Crete and Athens. Our program partner is Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries.

Students will earn three credits by participating in class discussions, program related experiences, pre-travel assignments and a reflection portfolio.

Missouri Residents: Non-Missouri Residents:
Missouri Resident Cost Overview (PDF) Non-Missouri Resident Cost Overview (PDF)

* Based on fees for the Fall 2017 semester. Summer 2018 fees may vary. Non-Missouri residents pay an additional $657.30 per credit hour.

For questions, contact Laura Franklin, Business Support Specialist II
Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
204 Gwynn Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-8550
Fax: (573) 884-4885

The financial aid that is typically available for regular classes at MU should apply to the cost of the program. Additional grants, loans or scholarships may be available to offset the extra costs incurred in this program. Please see the advisor for study abroad financing at the MU Financial Aid Office for more complete information.

Apply Yourself - International Center

Non-refundable $100 deposit is required to hold a place in the program. The deposit money will be billed to your student account once you submit your online application.

Attend the information meeting on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 4:30pm - 5:30pm in 1205 University Place Apartment Building, Ste. 600.

Course instructor:
Candance Gabel, MS, RD, LD
MU Human Environmental Sciences Extension
University Place, Ste. 1100
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 884-6388