Tasting Culture: Nordic & Mediterranean Food, Tradition & Nutrition (Greece: Athens, island of Ikaria; Denmark: Copenhagen, Island of Samsø)

NOTE: This course starts in Athens, Greece on June 24, and ends in Copenhagen, Denmark on July 20.

CYA and DIS [Study Abroad in Scandinavia] offer a joint summer course from June 24 to July 20,  2024,  with two weeks in Athens (including a short study tour to the island of Ikaria) 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

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.


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

The airline tickets from Athens to Copenhagen as well as the ones from Athens to the island of Ikaria are included in the course fee; however, luggage allowance is limited to the following:

For trans-European flights the limit 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.

For the flight from Athens to Ikaria the limit is ONE checked piece up to 20 kgs, plus 1 carry-on up to 8 kgs.  While in Greece students may leave luggage behind in their apartment and fly to Ikaria with only what they need for the trip.


While in Athens, students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens. 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 during study travel will be in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, with air-conditioned rooms.


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.-7:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


When class is in Athens a full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria between the hours of 12:00-3:00 p.m. During study travel, breakfast will be offered at the Hotels. A welcome and a farewell dinner are also included in the course fee.

Day-to-day Program & Itinerary

The day-to-day program and itinerary of the course are subject to change. Students are advised not to make plans for their free time or weekends in advance, as class schedules and site visits may be re-scheduled depending on local conditions.


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