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.).
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
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 January 2, 2018 at 7pm in Athens. Please arrange to arrive accordingly.
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.)
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 to the Program (does not apply if you have already applied through GAIA)
- Responsibility Statement
- $35 Application Fee (non-refundable)
Note: In addition to the forms above, a transcript for all applicants is required.
Required forms (post acceptance)
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.
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).
- A program deposit of $1500 is due within 2 weeks of acceptance into the program to secure your spot. The balance is due by December 1, 2017.
- 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 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.
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 November 10, 2017.
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.
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? There is no financial aid for the winter session. You may 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 December 1, 2017.
How do I register for the study abroad course? Once you have been accepted into the program and pay the deposit:
For non-Rutgers students, please fill out the Registration Inquiry Form. See Register for Rutgers Winter Session webpage under Visiting Students.