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Welcome to the cultural, lifestyle and scientific heart of the Mediterranean! ​

The Mediterranean lifestyle is not just a simple collection of dietary and physical activity habits and practices. It is a sustainable way of living, a cluster of social, cultural, religious and other aspects of life that have been implemented in the countries of the Mediterranean region since antiquity.

The Lifestyle Science Study Abroad Initiative embraces a large number of diverse, experiential courses and activities offered in Greece. The goal is to increase participants’ knowledge regarding the history, evolution and principles of the Mediterranean lifestyle, and to provide them skills that will enable them to implement this beneficial lifestyle in their everyday lives. The courses take place in Greece, known as the country of origin of the Mediterranean diet the cradle of Western civilization.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of the Healthy Lifestyles Study Abroad Initiative and study, observe, taste, smell, experience and enjoy all aspects of the Mediterranean lifestyle, through high-quality academic courses, incorporating theoretical lectures, discussion sessions, as well as numerous exciting experiential activities, field trips and excursions!



Applications for the Summer Study Abroad Programs are open! Seize the opportunity and don't miss this once in a lifetime hands-on experience in exploring the "Lifestyles of the Mediterranean." Touch, Smell, Taste, Be Involved! Or explore a unique service-learning opportunity in Greece that allows you to engage with refugees, migrants and provide meaningful service! Further yet, the Crete course offers a unique opportunity for students to study the Mediterranean diet in its place of origin.

Considering studying abroad in Greece and curious about what it's like? Check out this video to see the Greece experience from a student's perspective!

Terra Dotta hosts an article about the most desired faculty-led Study Abroad programs and the ones provided by the Department of Kinesiology and Health could not be missed! Read the full article and learn about Professor Sidossis' vision regarding international education and his contribution to the expansion of Study Abroad programs at Rutgers.

Summer 2018 Programs - Apply Now!

  • Lifestyles of the Mediterranean - Summer

    Term:  Summer
    Date:  May 15-28, 2018
    Credits: 3

    The course Lifestyles of the Mediterranean aims to introduce the traditional Mediterranean lifestyle patter to students of the modern era, through observing traditional practices and undertaking experiential activities. Students will have the opportunity not only to study but also to observe and experience the concept of the Mediterranean lifestyle in

  • Sustainable Lifestyle and Refugee Crisis in Greece

    Term:  Summer
    Date:  May 15 - May 28, 2018
    Credits:  3

    The 2-week course Sustainable Lifestyle and Refugee Crisis in Greece combines the educational needs of the refugee population in Greece with the goals of the United Nation Agenda into a 21st challenge service learning experience and deals with contemporary global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

  • Exploring the Origins of the Mediterranean Diet in Crete Island

    Term: Summer 2018
    Date: July 7-30, 2018
    Credits: 6

    Diets adopted by the Mediterranean populations have been a subject of interest since antiquity, with more recent investigations demonstrating their numerous health benefits. The Rockefeller Foundation’s study in 1940s and the Seven Countries Study in 1950s both highlighted the Cretan diet as a palatable primarily plant-based dietary pattern


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Department of Kinesiology & Health

Loree Gymnasium
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New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525
P: 848-932-7058