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Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.


Ikaria-CHS Blue Zones

Ikaria-CHS Blue Zones



Study and experience the healthy lifestyles, mindsets and social connectedness on the Blue Zone of Ikaria, one of five locations across the globe with the longest living people. Observe, socialize and interview locals of all ages, particularly the centenarians, in an effort to uncover their "secrets" to a long and happy life. 

Quick Facts

  • June 5-19, 2020
  • For an idea of what this program has been like in the past, please check this video
  • Study healthy lifestyles and longevity on a tranquil Greek island designated as Blue Zones
  • Learn why Ikaria has been designated a Blue Zone, one of the longevity "hot spots" across the globe 
  • Visit a local festival, hot springs, beaches, honey house, yoga/meditation center, and more
  • Experience the low-stress, slow-paced, highly social, physically active, happy, and healthy lifestyles of Ikarians 
  • Learn the centenarian's secrets to staying youthful, living in peace, and developing a healthy mindset for a lifetime of happiness 
  • Earn 6 credits while completing two College of Health Solutions' courses, both of which fulfill general studies requirements 

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 BeachIkaria, Greece


Location Details

Ikaria is a small island within the Aegean Sea that is only 24 miles long and 8 miles wide. You will stay in two towns on the island; Armenistis and Therma. 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 the island's inhabitants including older adults, Centenarians, and/or Super Centenarians to link theory with practice. During this study abroad venture, you'll immerse yourself in the Ikarian culture, cooking and eating a Mediterranean diet, trekking through the scenic and dramatic mountainsides, dancing at Greek festivals, engaging in afternoon siestas, swimming in and enjoying the crystal clear seas, and visiting the local honey house, hospital, and hot springs! Come experience the rich Ikarian history, traditions, and healthy lifestyles that span over thousands of years. Enjoy 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 enrolling in one of the below pairing options:

EXW 302: Fundamentals of Wellness (3)
CHS 300: The Science of Well-Being (3)*


HEP 400: Stress Management (3)
CHS 300: The Science of Well-Being (3)*

*CHS 499: Individualized Instruction (3)- This course will be a substitute for CHS 300 for students who have already taken CHS 100
Ikaria Ikaria, Greece

Ikaria Ikaria, Greece


Faculty Director

Shawn Marie Hrncir, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
College of Health Solutions

Kasondra McCracken
College of Health Solutions

Shawn Hrncir

Kasondra McCracken



Ikaria water

Program Housing

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

Students will have access to daily breakfast at the accommodation or will have access to kitchenettes.  

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 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 Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $6,240.

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
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/05/2020
Rolling Admission 06/05/2020 06/19/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** 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.