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

NEW CYA Course

The “Tasting Culture: Nordic & Mediterranean Food, Tradition & Nutrition” course starts in Athens, Greece, and ends in Copenhagen, Denmark. 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 flights 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 June 20 to July 16,  2022, 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

Fee Discounts

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

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.

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