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Berkeley Summer Abroad

Greece: Mediterranean Nutrition and Food Systems - FULL for 2022

  • Summary

    This program is at capacity for 2022. We are no longer taking applications for this program. Please explore our other Summer Abroad options.

    Examine key elements of the Mediterranean dietary pattern, discuss how various factors promote human and planetary health, and experience Mediterranean food culture. Study food systems through specific ingredients produced in Chios, Greece and explore Greek and Mediterranean foodways with a globally-inclusive perspective.

    The Mediterranean Diet is a way of eating based on the traditional cuisine of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Studies consistently demonstrate that the Mediterranean dietary pattern reduces the risk of many chronic diseases and that adherence rates are higher compared to other diets prescribed to promote health. It does this all while having a lower environmental impact than the common dietary pattern in most industrialized nations. This program will examine the key elements of the Mediterranean dietary pattern, including food culture in the Mediterranean, and discuss how the various factors combine to promote health.

    This is an interactive summer study abroad program in the beautiful and culturally rich island of Chios, Greece. This program offers a balanced approach of theory and practice, with experiential field trips to local producers who incorporate both traditional and innovative methods. Classroom instruction, shared meals, discussion, reading, assignments, presentations, and experiential learning will contribute to a memorable experience.

    The foodways of Chios and Greece in general will be used as a home base for exploring and analyzing Mediterranean ingredients and food customs, as well as comparing other Mediterranean and non-Mediterranean dietary patterns. We will study food systems through specific ingredients produced in Chios such as honey, citrus, wine, olive oil, herbs, and mastic, an evergreen tree grown only in Chios for its culinary and medicinal properties.

    Highlights include:

    • • Experience the local cuisine through daily meals featuring the healthy and delicious foods that you are studying.
    • • Attend field trips to discover how the food travels from field to plate. Visit olive groves, citrus and egg farms, beekeeper cooperatives, wineries, and more!
    • • Participate in a foraging excursion in the countryside, learning how to identify, harvest, and use wild greek herbs. 
    • • Interact with course concepts through a hands-on cooking class preparing foods with ingredients typical to Chios and the Mediterranean.



    Dates: June 17, 2022 - July 14, 2022 *New dates as of 2/11/22*

    All dates are subject to change.


    This program is being planned to be in-person for 2022. Berkeley Study Abroad is actively monitoring COVID-19 on the ground for all in-country programs. 


    Total Units: 6


    Courses:

    You will be enrolled in two courses for this program:

    • • Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology 105 (3 units) + 
    • • Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology 197 (3 units) = Total 6 Units


    Language of Instruction: English

     

    Please note, this program can be used to satisfy:

    • •3 units of Upper Division Major Elective credits for Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Majors/Physiology and Metabolism and Toxicology majors.
      •3 units for the Food Systems Minor: Food & Community Health elective


    Please note: Students should not take other online courses concurrent with this program.

     

    Housing & Food:

    • • Students will live in a hotel in Chios, Greece
    • • Two students per room with a bathroom in each room. Wi-fi, Air conditioning, Balcony, Bathroom amenities, Bathtub, Cable TV, Digital safe, Hairdryer, Smoke detection, sprinklers, & telephone
    • • Please note that students will be paired with roommates based on the gender listed on their passports. However, gender inclusive options are available. If you have clarifying questions, please reach out to the program staff.
    • • Complimentary breakfast is provided daily in the hotel.
    • • Lunch is provided daily as part of the program and is covered in the cost of the program fee. Lunch is provided at local restaurants and will include a variety of Mediterranean products and local cuisine. Vegetarian options are available but vegan options are very limited. Please note that the program may not be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions. If you have questions, please contact the Faculty Director.


    Eligibility:

    • • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • • 2.0 GPA or higher

     

    Application:

    Application opens February 1, 2022

    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early!

    • Deadline to apply is March 15, 2022

     

     

  • Courses

    During the program, you will be automatically enrolled to take two courses for a total of six UC Berkeley units.

    • • Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology 105 (3 units) +
    • • Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology 197 (3 units) = Total 6 Units

    Course: Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology (NST) 105

    Title: Mediterranean Nutrition and Food Systems

    Instructors: Kristen Rasmussen, MS, RDN & Ioannis Mourtzinos, PHD

    Units: 3 units

    Due to its health-promoting properties, the Mediterranean diet has piqued scientific interest for decades. Studies consistently demonstrate that this dietary pattern reduces the risk of chronic disease such as coronary heart disease and certain cancers and, perhaps more importantly, that adherence rates are higher compared to other diets prescribed to promote health. More recently, the Mediterranean way of eating has been highlighted as an example of a diet with a lower environmental impact than the common dietary pattern in most industrialized nations. While many nutrition courses discuss the Mediterranean diet, this course will be a deep dive into the topic. We will examine the key elements of the Mediterranean dietary pattern in different countries including food culture in the Mediterranean, how to replicate the benefits around the world, and discuss how the various factors in combination are greater than the sum of their parts from a nutrition and sustainability perspective.

    The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating based on the traditional cuisine of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea – there is no one Mediterranean diet, but all share similar characteristics. As this course is located in Greece, Grecian foodways will be used as a home base for exploring and analyzing Mediterranean ingredients and food customs as well as comparing other Mediterranean and non-Mediterranean dietary patterns.

    This is a fast-paced, intensive summer study abroad course in the beautiful and culturally rich island of Chios, Greece. We will study food systems through specific ingredients produced in Chios such as honey, citrus, wine, olive oil, and mastic, an evergreen tree grown only in Chios for its medicinal and culinary properties. Learning will occur via various educational approaches including classroom instruction, discussion, reading, assignments, presentations, and experiential learning. The recommended (but not required) prerequisite to this course is an introductory nutrition course and this course must be taken in conjunction with 3-units of NST 197 field work.


    Course: NST 197

    Title: Field Work

    Instructor: Kristen Rasmussen, MS, RDN

    Units: 3 units

    Description: Fieldwork and independent study that must be taken in conjunction with NST105. In this course, we will visit agricultural and food production sites to learn more in depth about the Mediterranean diet and food systems. Visits include (but aren’t limited to) a beekeeper’s collective, mastic museum, and an egg/sheep farm. Students will be expected to come prepared for the field excursions and a journal entry will be required for each experience.

    Please note that this program can be used to satisfy:

    • 3 units of Upper Division Major Elective credits for Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Major
    • 2-3 units for the food systems minor (currently under review)
    • You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    Consult with your college/major advisor to confirm which degree requirements this course may fulfill for you.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

  • Costs

    Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2022 Fees

    UC Students

    Visiting Students

    Tuition (6 units)

    $2,514

    $3,420

    Program Fee

    $2,500

    $2,500

    Total Cost

    $5,014

    $5,920

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $63.

     

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    2022 Estimated Expenses

    Amount

    International Airfare and Transportation

    $1,446

    Additional Meals

    $406

    Books

    $282

    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.)

    $623

    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    $2,757

     

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer.

    ​​Financial aid estimates for 2022 Berkeley Summer Abroad programs are now available in the Summer Financial Aid Estimator in your Cal Central account.

    Please FIRST obtain your estimate in the Summer Aid Estimator, then write to travelaid@berkeley.edu if you have any questions about the estimate you receive. Your estimate will include a Berkeley Study Abroad Scholarship if you qualify for one based on financial need.

    How to locate the Estimator:

    1) Log into Cal Central
    2) Navigate to the My Finances Tab, and find the "Financial Resources" card
    3) Scroll to the bottom of the Financial Resources card and click on Summer Sessions
    4) From the Summer Sessions menu, click on Summer Cost and Aid Estimator
     

    Make sure to adjust the number of units in the estimator if your program offers a choice of course selection. If your program only offers one combination or one course for 6 total units units, you do not need to update the units in the estimator.​

    All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.
     

    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per-unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit

    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $570 per unit

     

    The program fee includes* the following items:

    • Student housing with some meals provided (see summary page for more detailed information on meals and housing)

    • On-site orientation activities, excursions, etc.

    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services

    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest speakers, etc.

    The $400 deposit. If accepted to the program, the $400 deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards your program fee. If you are waitlisted or denied admission to the program, your deposit will be refunded. If you request to withdraw your application prior to an admission decision being issued, or cancel your participation after being accepted to the program, the deposit remains non-refundable

    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee and included in the Out of Pocket expenses estimate:

    • International airfare

    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)

    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)

    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)

    • Additional meals

    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes

     

  • Timeline

    Application opens

    February 1, 2022
    Application closes March 15, 2022
    Applicants notified of selection March 25, 2022
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 8, 2022
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Greece June 17, 2022
    Last day of program July 14, 2022

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    † Students are expected to check into program housing in Chios, Greece on June 16, 2022, and are expected to check out of program housing on July 19, 2022. Students who arrive in-country early or depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their own accommodations outside of the program dates.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Program Director: Kristen Rasmussen

    Email: krasmussen@berkeley.edu

    A culinary nutrition and food system expert, Rasmussen’s work has led her many places – from conducting sensory studies in Copenhagen to implementing plant-based menu revamps and exploring fermentation in various Mediterranean climates. She is a teaching faculty member at UC Berkeley, past adjunct faculty at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist consultant for various organizations and restaurants, including Bon Appétit Management Company and Cal Dining. Additionally, Kristen helped initiate Berkeley Open Source Food (forage.berkeley.edu), a non-profit dedicated to increasing availability and consumption of wild edible plants through research, education, and outreach. Kristen is passionate about exploring traditional food practices for a modern world. You can find more about Kristen at Rooted Food (rootedfood.com), where she documents her gastronomic ventures from food science to foraging.

     

    Local Instructor: Prof. Ioannis Mourtzinos

    Ioannis Mourtzinos is an Assistant Professor in Food Chemistry and Analysis in the Dept. of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received his Bachelor in Chemistry (2001) and his M.Sc. in Food Chemistry and Technology (2003) from the same University and his Ph.D. (2007) from Harokopio University.

    He participated in courses at Ghent University (Belgium) and Corvinus University (Hungary) on issues related to food safety and health. He worked in the R&D department of Pepsi Co – Ivi (2008-2009) and also in the R&D and QA/QC departments of APIVITA (2010-2014). His research interests include the extraction and characterization of plants’ bioactive ingredients, encapsulation of nutraceutical compounds and the study of antioxidants during heat treatment using techniques such as High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas chromatography (GC-MS, GC-FID), NMR spectroscopy (1H, 13C- NMR), and UV-Vis Spectroscopy. He is the author/co-author of 22 peer-reviewed publications (SCI journals) and 16 contributions to international conferences and over 790 citations (h-factor 12). He participated in four European and international research projects and he has three patents.

  • COVID-19 Details

    Summary of Recommendations to Student Travelers to Greece:

    Berkeley Study Abroad is actively monitoring COVID-19 on the ground for all in-country programs. All programs that are running have gone through a screening for COVID-19 safety. That said, the global pandemic is an ever-evolving situation, and programs may need to be postponed (and in some cases, cancelled) in the event of an increased risk of COVID-19. To prepare for this, Berkeley Study Abroad recommends the following:

    • Vaccinations are strongly encouraged and recommended to participate in Berkeley Study Abroad programs. If students have a vaccination exemption, we cannot guarantee that they will be able to travel, re-enter the U.S. upon return, live in program housing, take public transportation, or participate in program activities. You may also be subject to a mandatory quarantine period upon arrival, which would be your financial responsibility. If you are a student with a vaccination exemption and wish to study abroad, we highly recommend you reach out for an advising appointment to discuss if there would be a program that would meet your needs.
    • Purchase refundable or changeable airline tickets in case the on-the-ground situation changes
    • Research entry and exit requirements and restrictions for all countries you plan on traveling to (including paying attention to any travel prior to your arrival in-country for your program)
    • Budget for entry and exit related expenses related to COVID-19 that are not covered by UC travel insurance policy. Details about the student travel insurance policy, and to find out what is covered, click here.
    • Regarding vaccination status: All students must comply with the UC Berkeley UHS and UC policy on reporting requirements, proof of vaccination, or exemption. For students with vaccination exemptions, please research entry requirements for the program location. It is each student’s responsibility to plan and budget for necessary quarantines/additional testing, etc.
    • Please take the time to familiarize yourself with any and all COVID-19 safety protocols in-country, and take extra precautions to keep yourself and others safe. Especially in these times, it is important to consider how our actions can have an impact on local communities while we travel in study abroad programs.

     

    Additional Links and Resources for travel to Greece:

     

    Traveling Responsibly:

    On July 15th 2021, the University of California Office of the President announced a system-wide vaccine mandate that will require all students, staff, and faculty be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Summer 2022 program participants must comply with this mandate prior to their program start date. It is imperative to plan ahead as several COVID-19 vaccines require a 6-week period to achieve effectiveness. All students must comply with the UC Berkeley policy on reporting requirements, proof of vaccination, or exemption.

    Please also take note of the COVID-19 related travel entry requirements for the country in which your program is taking place. These entry requirements may vary depending on which national passport you are traveling with. Note that some locations require proof of vaccination for entry, and that any costs associated with quarantining for non-medical related reasons will be the responsibility of the student. Please also pay close consideration to the route you are planning to take to enter the country, as some locations may have additional travel restrictions from places outside the US.

    Lastly, while traveling to and living in your program country, we urge you to consider not only your own safety, but also the safety of others. As students representing the UC Berkeley community, especially in these times, it is important to consider how our actions can have an impact on local communities while we travel in Study Abroad programs. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with any and all COVID-19 safety protocols in-country, and take extra precautions to keep yourself and others safe.