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UMD-Summer: Greece: Health Implications of the Mediterranean Diet and Culture (NFSC)

Athens, Greece
Nafplio, Greece
Terms offered: 
Summerterm
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
2.75
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
Yes
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English

Greece NFSC
The Department of Nutrition and Food Science is offering a summer session 3-credit course on the Mediterranean diet and culture involving lectures for 4 days at UMD and a 2-week travel to Greece. The length of the course, including travel to Greece, will be approximately 3 weeks and will include class time, field trips, and service learning. Introductory classes will be presented by guest lecturers in Athens followed by lectures, activities and field trips in the Nafplion area. Activities will include exploring Greek cooking through demonstration and cooking classes and field trips to learn about the Mediterranean diet, cheese, yogurt and wine making, olive trees and olive oil processing and preservation. Hiking trips will be led in the surrounding areas to learn about Greek mythology and the exploration of wild herbs and their use in cooking.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible to apply. Non-UMD juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply so long as they attend a local university. They must be able to participate in the on-campus portion of the program for four days before flying to Greece. 

Successful completion of NFSC100 or the equivalent is preferred. 

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • NFSC498M: Mediterranean Diet and Culture and its Health Implications

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

You will stay in shared accommodations in hotels. 

Costs listed are for Summer 2017.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $40
Tuition $3,140
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $420
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $4,100
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $400
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $200
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $50
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $6,215

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Nadine Sahyoun, PhD, RD, is the Program Director and Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology and Director of the Graduate Program in Nutrition and Food Science at UMD. Her current research examines the relationship between diet and lifestyle factors on the nutrition status and health outcomes of vulnerable populations. She has international nutrition and public health experience in Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq and Lebanon and spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon where she continues to do research on food security. Dr. Sahyoun has visited Greece many times including the Peloponnese region. She presented on the Mediterranean diet (Research Frontiers in Nutritional Sciences, 5th biennial conference, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 2015) and wrote a book chapter, Historical origins of the Mediterranean Diet, Regional Dietary Profiles and the Development of the Dietary Guidelines (Sahyoun NR, Sankavaram K. in Romagnolo D, Selmin O, eds. Mediterranean Diet: Impact on Health and Disease Series: Nutrition and Health. Springer, 2015).

Anna Vaudin is a PhD student at UMD in the Nutrition and Food Science Department. She studied Biochemistry and Music at St. Mary's College of Maryland before getting her Master's Degree in Nutrition Science at UMD. She is currently working on issues of food access in older adults. Throughout her time at UMD she has done research on nutrition-related needs of recently hospital-discharged older adults, worked on the development of a home-delivered meal prioritization screening tool, and been the teaching assistant for a variety of nutrition courses. Anna enjoys helping people improve their health and quality of life through food, be it through education, research, or simply cooking and sharing.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Explore the connection between diet and health in general and the role that lifestyle plays in health. 
  • Visit farms, olive groves and olive oil production, core components of the Mediterranean diet and central to Greek culture and food preparation. 
  • Participate in field trips to learn Greek history and culture, especially Greek mythology and the relationship between culture and food patterns and consumption.
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2017 03/21/2017 03/11/2017 06/03/2017 06/17/2017
Students are required to participate in pre-departure courses (held on the UMD campus) on May 25, 26, 29, and 30.