ANTH 326 / SOC 326

Tasting Culture: Nordic and Mediterranean Food, Tradition, and Nutrition (Greece: Athens, island of Naxos. Denmark: Copenhagen, island of Samsø)

Major Discipline(s):
Anthropology, Sociology
Related Disiplines:
Environmental Studies
Summer Session II (June 21 - July 17, 2021)

The course starts in Athens, Greece, and ends in Copenhagen, Denmar
k. Students should book their transatlantic flights and purchase their airline tickets accordingly.
The airline ticket from Athens to Copenhagen is included in the course fee; however, luggage allowance for Trans-European f
lights is ONE checked-in piece, up to 23 Kgs, plus ONE carry-on up to 8 Kgs. Students are advised to adhere to these luggage limits for their transatlantic flights as well,  in order to avoid overweight surcharges on the flight from Athens to Copenhagen.

CYA and 
DIS [Study Abroad in Scandinavia]  offer a joint summer course from Julne 21 to July 17,  2021, with two weeks in Athens (including a short study tour to the island of Naxos) and two weeks in Copenhagen (including a short study tour to the island of Samsø). The course will be co-taught by  CYA and DIS faculty, Aimee Placas and Anders Larsen.

Over four weeks, students will explore the cultural side of food. We eat to live, but food isn't just about survival. We express who we are through our food. How we eat is also shaped by other forces, often invisible to us in our daily lives. Students will experientially bring this study to both Greece and Denmark, allowing them to understand both the commonalities and the differences that such forces bring to food and cuisine, as well as people’s imagination and inventiveness in creating something to eat.

Course Details


This course requires a minimum enrollment of 15, with a maximum enrollment of 24.


 60 contact hours

Fee Discounts

  •   $100 per course for students who submit their application with full payment postmarked on or before March 1.
  •   $100 per course for students who enroll and participate in two CYA summer  courses.
  •   $250 per course for students from public universities.
  •   $100 per course for CYA semester students who enroll in a summer course.

Essential Information

The course starts in Athens  and ends in Copenhagen. Students should book their transatlantic flights accordingly. 

Transportation from Athens to Copenhagen in the middle of the course is included in the course fee.  Transportation for island study travel and day excursions is also included in the course fee.

Enrolled students will have access to detailed information prior to departure that will include directions to the Academic Center and other practical information about the course.  You may visit the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece; about Copenhagen and Denmark;  and about the islands of Naxos and Samsø.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course involves extensive travel.  Be wary of overpacking.  Pack only what you can carry comfortably. It will also be useful to bring with you travel-size cosmetics.


The CYA Academic Center is located next to the Athens Marble Stadium and houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge and cafeteria, computer facilities (including wireless access for those students who choose to bring laptop computers), laundry facilities, and administrative offices. The Academic Center is accessible Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sunday 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Housing & Meals

Students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA. CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms. Towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. Hotel accommodations in Athens or while travelling will be in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, in air-conditioned rooms with breakfast included.

 A mid-day meal will be served on class days.