Greek Food and Culture

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Study the food and culture of Greece in this three-week summer program! Students will stay in hostels and hotels as they are constantly on the move visiting locations near Athens, Kea and Crete to explore food as it relates to the history and culture of Greece. From readings to site visits featuring food producers, farmers and vintners, as well as chefs, cooks and entrepreneurs, students will learn about food sustainability and the business that preserve and celebrate Greek culture through food.

This program is taught in English and open to all majors, but it is particularly suitable for students in food studies, business, environmental studies, sociology, international studies, geography, humanities and anthropology.

  • Explore Greece through visits to Athens, Kea and Crete.
  • Dive into the culinary traditions and culture of Greece.
  • Learn from experts in all aspects of food studies, sustainability and production.

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A Foodie's Bliss

This was my very first time out of the country, so I was nervous traveling alone to another country, flights being overbooked, and transportation considering the language barrier. Of course, everything went as planned with little issue. Arriving in Greece is a combination of a postcard worthy setting filled with humble and friendly layers. I became close with the group I was a part of, and traveled from Athens to the Peloponnese to Crete, and more. We had the best guide with us to translate as needed and who knows the territory well. Learning and actively experiencing the subcultures within a single country was eye opening and surreal.

From late, traditional Greek dinners to honey and acorn farms to historical landmarks to the several wineries attended not only taught the subtleties of the culture but helped in understanding the people through the shared commonality of food. Owners of restaurants will sit with you, happily chatter away, and honestly advise what menu items to choose based on the freshest ingredients obtained that day. They'll sometimes even throw in free drinks and enjoy them with you! Since most eating happens outdoors, servers not only fulfill their serving duties, but go above and beyond, staying around to share stories while also ensuring that random, usually homeless people aren't being bothersome. The people I met were just that friendly, just that considerate, and just that hospitable. I highly recommend this program for those looking for a short and sweet experience that is still fulfilling and memorable.

What would you improve about this program?
Every day was packed full of activities starting in the early morning to late evenings- making it difficult to be fully alert the next day with minimal sleep. A lot of this was due to six credit courses having mandatory requirements that must be met. This, however, has already been changed so that students don't feel burned out.
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