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 Lifestyle Science 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!

Announcements

Application deadline for the Summer Study Abroad Programs has been extended!!! 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! Looking for something more physically challenging instead? Is wind surfing and kayaking on your mind for this summer? Take a look at our new course "Water Sports Physiology and Practice". Or how about something longer, let's say 6 credits in 3 weeks, in Greece?! Then "Exploring the Origins of the Mediterranean Diet in Crete Island" is for you. Hurry and apply - limited spots left!


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.

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Winter 2020 Programs - Apply Now!

  • Lifestyles of the Mediterranean - Winter

    Term:  Winter
    Date:  January 2-15, 2020
    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

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Summer 2019 Programs - Closed

  • Lifestyles of the Mediterranean - Summer

    Term:  Summer 2019
    Date:  May 17-30, 2019
    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

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  • Service Learning and Sustainable Lifestyle in Greece

    Term:  Summer 2019
    Date:  May 17-30, 2019
    Credits:  3

    The 2-week course Service Learning and Sustainable Lifestyle 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.

  • Water Sports Physiology and Practice

    Term:  Summer 2019
    Date:  June 22-July 5, 2019
    Credits: 3

    The 2-week course Water Sports Physiology and Practice in Greece is based on the examination of the mechanics, physiology and science of water sports. The course will introduce the fundamentals of exercise physiology, sports nutrition, and energy metabolism. Students will learn the basic skills and practical application of advanced water

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  • Exploring the Origins of the Mediterranean Diet in Crete Island

    Term: Summer 2019
    Date: July 9-30, 2019
    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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