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Program Description
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Overview

Evening in Ikaria

   Quick Facts

  • June 8 - June 22, 2019
  • Study happiness and healthy lifestyles on a small, serene Greek Island
  • Learn why Ikaria has been designated a Blue Zone, one of the five areas where the greatest percentage of people live into their 100s
  • Visits to a local festival, hot springs, beaches, honey house, yoga/meditation center, and more
  • Live the low-stress, slow-paced, social, physically active, happy, and healthy lifestyles of Ikarians
  • Learn directly from the Ikarian centenarians what they consider to be the secrets to happiness, healthy aging, and longevity
  • Earn 6 credits
  • Space is limited, apply early!

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.

Location



Ikaria Beach

Location Details

IKARIA, GREECE
Ikaria is a small island within the Aegean Sea that is only 24 miles long and 8 miles wide. The Northern Ikaria coast is populated with some tourists, whereas, the Southern Ikaria coast is relatively undisturbed.

When in Ikaria, you will seek and interview older adults, Centenarians, and/or Super Centenarians to link theory with practice. You will also experience Greek culture and food, delve into the hot thermal springs with purported healing qualities, encounter the dramatic rocky cliffs and crystal clear water, and visit a winery, honey house, and hospital. You will experience rich histories and traditions that span over thousands of years. You will also have the opportunity to travel to surrounding areas before and/or after the program as desired.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

Academics

Eligibility Requirements

This program is open to all students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and in good academic standing.

Courses

Students will receive 6 credits by taking the following two courses: 

CHS 300: The Science of Well-Being (3) (SB)
EXW 450: Social Determinants of Health and Behavior (3) (L or SB) & C
CHS 499: Individualized Instruction- student will work with faculty to determine specific independent study 

Festival in Ikaria

Faculty

Faculty Director

Dr. Shawn Hrncir
Lecturer, Senior
College of Health Solutions
E-mail: Shawn.Hrncir@asu.edu

Professor Jordan Miller
Lecturer
College of Health Colutions
E-mail: jordan.anne.miller@asu.edu



Ikaria, Greece

Housing

Students in Ikaria

Program Housing

Students will be housed in shared accommodations for the duration of the program with two to four students per room.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. The Blue Zones: Lifestyles and Longevity in Italy and Greece program includes walking to and from various locations, walking up and down long flights of stairs, swimming, and hiking on uneven terrain.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Greece, individuals with mobility disabilities may find accessibility of buildings and transportation limited. Many roads and sidewalks are poorly maintained and present mobility challenges. In Italythe tourist centers, sidewalks, public transport, and public buildings generally have accommodations for the physically disabled. However, Italy is known for its old world layout and architecture, which may increase the challenge level for students with physical disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $5,360.

Program Fee includes: tuition for 6 ASU credits, all housing; roundtrip flight from Athens to Ikaria and all transportation during the program; course-related field trips, and international health insurance. Not included: roundtrip airfare from the US to Greece, most meals, passport, books, and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/03/2019
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Rolling Admission 06/08/2019 06/22/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.