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Food and Culture in Greece (Wintersession)
Aegina, Greece; Athens, Greece; Crete, Greece; Nafplio, Greece (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Winter Intersession
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Winter Intersession 2018 10/26/2018 ** Rolling Admission 12/26/2018 01/07/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel APA Program Type: Summer Programs
Credit Type: LSU courses & credit APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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Food and Culture in Greece (Wintersession 2018)


There are some things you just can't learn by staying home and reading a textbook.  Food and Cultre in Greece will show you just how valuable hands-on learning truly is.  

The course will explore the topics of culinary techniques, socio-cultural and ethnic food consumption, issues and trends, food safety and sanitation, and the role of food in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.  You'll understand how socioeconomic,cultural, and psychological factors influence food and nutrition behavior.  The difference between this and an on-campus class is that you will experience these topics, not just talk about them!

LSU at the ruinsYour first stop in Greece will be Aegina, an island in the Saronic Gulf.  The island is rich in cultural sites and natural beauty, including the famous Aphea Temple.

Your next stop will be Nafplio, the first capital of Greece.  You'll meet a local goat herder and cheese maker and tour the nearby villages of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Sparta, and Kalamata.

In Athens, you will get to meet with Elena Paravantes, a Greek dietician and former president of the American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA), and compare Greek and American foodways.

This is your chance to get up close and personal with the concepts you've studied in class.  Let's geaux to Greece!

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Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(Undergraduate, 3 hours)
Dec 26 Jan 7 $TBD Instate: $1,207
Out of State: $2,007

Greek saladProgram Fee Includes

  • Housing
  • All meals
  • Ground transportation in Greece
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Health insurance
In Aegina, the group will study at the Drury University Center and will live in a lovely, family-owned hotel nearby.  In Nafplio, the group will stay at the Hotel Athena. While in Chania (Crete), the group will live in a local hostel.  Housing in Athens will be at the Backpacker Hotel.

Program Fee Does NOT Include


Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU, including the course you take on this program.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

Airfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Your Program Director, Judith Myhand, will let you know when you should purchase airfare. Do not buy your airfare until you are instructed to do so by Ms. Myhand.

Spending money: Although meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.


Course Description Prerequisite
NFS 3114 Food and Culture NFS 1014

All students on the Food & Culture in Greece program take NFS 3114. The course description and prerequisites can be found in the LSU Course Catalog.

You do not need to speak Greek to go on this program!

olivesThe course includes several opportunities for lay and technical writing, media presentations, interpersonal communication skills, and concepts of human and group dynamics through group work and discussion.  Course content focuses on social sciences related to socio-cultural aspects of health, especially as it relates to food consumption and nutritional health. 

Tours to ancient sites, grocery stores, food purveyors (such as olive growers), authentic Greek restaurants, open markets, and a winery will bring to life the concepts studied.  Students will also have the opportunity to prepare some favorite Greek dishes, including goat, spanakopita, greek salad, and fresh sardines.

All students taking this course are required to be students members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Please note: this program will have some course meetings on LSU's Baton Rouge campus before departing for Greece.  See "Itinerary" for more details.


  Fee bills are available via myLSU
  Fee bills are due
Dec 10-22 Class at LSU 
Dec 26 Depart the US
Dec 27 Arrive in Athens
Dec 28 Athens
Dec 29 Athens: Acropolis Museum and Parthenon; ferry to Aegina
Dec 30 Aegina: walking tour
Dec 31 Aegina: pistachio cooperative; traditional Greek dinner
Jan 1 Aegina: prepare New Years Day meal
Jan 2 Bus to Nafplio
Jan 3 Nafplio
Jan 4 Nafplio: tour of Nemea, visit goat herder and cheese maker
Jan 5 Nafplio
Jan 6 Bus to Athens
Jan 7 Fly home
  Grades available via myLSU

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


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Ms. Judith Myhand
Program Director
Human Ecology Judy Myhand

Eligibility & Withdrawal

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In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other insitutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
October 26, 2018

Although the application deadline is October 26, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after October 26, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your wintersession fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early November and are due in late November (exact dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After November 1, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
10/26/2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

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