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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


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.


Ikaria Beach

Location Details

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.


Eligibility Requirements

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


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) (SB)

Festival in Ikaria


Faculty Director

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

Professor Jordan Miller
College of Health Colutions

Ikaria, Greece


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.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. On this program, there will be a lot of walking, some hiking and swimming as well.  Thus, it is ideal if students have at least basic swim abilities and are comfortable with regular physical activity.  The program will also make regular use of public transportation, including buses. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Students Hiking


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is TBD.

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 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.


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.