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Lifestyles of the Mediterranean - Summer

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

 

Program Description

The course Lifestyles of the Mediterranean combines theoretical lectures with experiential activities to cover the fundamental principles and components of the Mediterranean lifestyle, i.e., the adoption of the Mediterranean diet, the promotion of a physically active lifestyle, and other lifestyle habits that have been found beneficial for health (e.g., adequate rest, hydration, conviviality during meals and exercise).

Some days will be devoted to theoretical lectures, followed by relevant experimental activities or study and research in libraries of local institutions. Other days will be devoted entirely to field trips, excursions and interactive educational activities, including visits to monumental sites, demonstrations of Mediterranean lifestyle practices by local community members, cooking classes and tasting of Mediterranean recipes in traditional food-service establishments, as well as collective sports activities in nature (walking, cycling, hiking, etc.).

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Your Host Country: Greece

The program will take place in Greece, where the Mediterranean lifestyle has been implemented for thousands of years.

During the first week, the program’s educational activities will take place in Athens, the capital of Greece. While in Athens, students will familiarize with the history, evolution and culinary aspects of the Mediterranean lifestyle, through visits to archaeological sites and educational workshops in traditional food markets and establishments.

The program will continue with a 5-day trip to Peloponnese, a peninsula in the southern part of Greece. While in Peloponnese, students will study the production, nutritional properties and health benefits of traditional Mediterranean foods and spirits, familiarize with the concept of Greek breakfast, taste traditional Mediterranean recipes, and participate in several interactive educational group activities.


Travel and Accommodations

Travel

Students are required to make their own travel arrangements.  If accepted into the program, we recommend you purchase your airline ticket as soon as possible.
Please note: Program begins May 15, 2018 at 7pm in Athens.  Please arrange to arrive accordingly.
Transportation from the Athens airport to the hotel in Athens may be provided.  Please check with Saharish Javed, Program Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Accommodations and Meals

Accommodations and most meals are included in the program's fees.  In all locations, bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets if necessary) will be provided.  Meals will be either offered in the selected accommodations or provided by local establishments as part of the program's educational activities.

If students want to purchase extra foods or snacks, there will be opportunities for them to visit local supermarkets (not included in the program's cost, as applies to any other personal expenses.)


Admission

The Rutgers Lifestyle Science Study Abroad Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. We encourage all students, Rutgers and non-Rutgers, to apply as soon as possible. There is limited space. Applications will be considered while space is available. 


Application

Required (pre-acceptance)

  • Application to the Program 
  • Responsibility Statement
  • $35 Application Fee (non-refundable)

Applications to open December 2017.

Note: In addition to the forms above, a transcript for all applicants is required.

Required forms (post acceptance)

  • Medical Form
  • Flight Information

All application materials must be submitted via drop box on Sakai, access will be granted once you apply.

Upon receiving all (pre-acceptance) materials and the application fee, applicants will be scheduled for an interview appointment with Ms. Joanne Hunt, Program Academic Advisor.


Course Registration

Upon being accepted into the program and submitting the deposit fee:

  • Rutgers students: may contact the department for a special permission number and then register using the WebReg.
  • Non-Rutgers students: please fill out the Registration Inquiry Form which can be found on the Register for Rutgers Winter Session page.  The form will be available beginning September 25, 2017.  An RUID and Personal Access Code (PAC) will be generated within three business days of submission.  The RUID and PAC are used to register for classes via the Web Registration System (WebReg).


Financial Information

Summer 2018

  • A program deposit of $1500 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance into the program to secure your spot.  The balance is due by April 27, 2018.
  • Payment by check or money order only (no credit cards or cash), made out to:  Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Payment accepted by mail or in person to:
    Department of Kinesiology and Health
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    70 Lipman Drive
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Attention: Saharish Javed

For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the tentative program budget sheet.

As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Greece Study Abroad withdrawal policy.


Scholarships

Students are encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible.  There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria.  To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please visit the Center for Global Advancement Scholarship Directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is there an application fee?  Yes, $35, non-refundable.

Can I pay cash or use my credit card?  No.  All payment must be made via check or money order payable to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Please mail checks to:  70 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.  Attn.: Saharish Javed.

I am in my last year at Rutgers.  Can I still apply?  Yes.

What are the deadlines for applying?  We prefer students to apply as soon as possible.  The application deadline is March 16, 2018.

I am a Rutgers student.  How can I obtain an unofficial transcript for application purposes?  Rutgers unofficial transcripts can be obtained by clicking here and logging in with your NetID.  Click the green Print Full Transcripts button on the top right of the page, and download and save the PDF document to your computer.  You can then upload your transcript to the Sakai site.

How can I submit my application and other documents?  All documents must be uploaded to Sakai.  To gain access to the course site, please email the program manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  (Note:  You will be contacted for an interview appointment within two weeks of submission.)

I submitted an application and attended my interview appointment.  When will I be notified of my acceptance or denial?  Within two weeks.

Does financial aid apply towards the program?  Yes, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.  You may also want to look into scholarships.

I am a Rutgers student.  Can the doctor's form be filled out at one of the campus health centers?  Yes.

Is there a deposit?  Yes.  A deposit of $1500 is due within two weeks of acceptance.  The balance is due by April 27, 2018.

How do I register for the study abroad course?  Once you have been accepted into the program and pay the deposit:
For Rutgers students, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a special permission number.  You can then register via WebReg.
For non-Rutgers students, please fill out the Registration Inquiry Form.  See Register for Rutgers Winter Session webpage under Visiting Students.

I am a non-Rutgers student.  How can I obtain a copy of my transcript at the completion of the program?
Please contact the Rutgers Transcript Office.

Quick Facts

Applications to open December 2017.

Submit Forms 
Supporting application materials (e.g. transcript, medical form) must be submitted via drop box on Sakai.
Application deadline: March 16, 2018 (Limited space - apply early to secure a spot!)
Upon receipt of application and transcript, you will be contacted to schedule an interview appointment.

Course Registration
Upon being accepted into the program and submitting the deposit fee of $1500:
Rutgers students should email saharish@rutgers.edu for a special permission number and then register using WebReg.
Non-Rutgers students should fill out the Registration Inquiry Form which can be found on the Register for Winter Session webpage (under Visiting Students).

Program Term
Summer 2018

Program Dates
Start: May 15 at 7:00pm
End: May 28

Note: Program begins May 15, 2018 at 7pm in Athens. Please arrange to arrive accordingly. Transportation from the Athens airport to the hotel in Athens may be provided. Please contact Saharish Javed at saharish@rutgers.edu for further information.

Click here to see the tentative program syllabus

Fact Sheet

Language of Instruction: English
Suggested G.P.A.: 2.5
Class Standing: Undergraduate / Graduate
Number of Credits: 3 (Fulfills 3-credit upper level elective for Exercise Science and Sport Management majors. Other majors should check with their Department for any credit equivalency.)
Program Type: Faculty Led
Program Director: Labros Sidossis
Non-Rutgers Students: Yes
Majors: All

Financial Information
Program Cost:

Undergraduate
NJ Residents: $TBD
Non NJ Residents: $TBD (Estimated cost: $3,700)

Graduate
NJ Residents: $TBD
Non NJ Residents: $TBD

Program cost includes:
Tuition (lectures, provided educational material and field-experimental educational activities), accommodations, most meals, excursions, in-country transportation and international medical insurance.

Program cost does not include:
Travel to/from Greece, some meals, major medical insurance, Rutgers Summer Session student fee, and all personal expenses.

Contact Us

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Department of Kinesiology & Health

Loree Gymnasium
70 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525

jghunt@rci.rutgers.edu
P: 848-932-7058