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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/15/2017
Rolling Admission 03/10/2018 03/20/2018
NOTE: Students will be required to do an in-person interview prior to selection.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Housing Options: Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Matthew Kraus
Program Additional Faculty: Michal Raucher Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program Overview

Acropolis Athens

Before physicians, health insurance, medical schools and hospitals, there were philosophers, priestesses, priests, rabbis, itinerant doctors, exorcists, oracles and temples of Asclepius. This course takes you on a cultural journey from medical education and practice to the roots of modern medicine in ancient Greece.  We will explore models and practices in ancient and modern medicine as well as the health care spaces in which they operate. Foundational texts for medical models include not only scientific theory but also religious, philosophical, legal, ethical and social values & principles. At the locations where they originated and were applied, we will look at Greco-Roman medical writers, Jewish and Christian healing traditions, modern bioethical perspectives on medicine and contemporary medical systems. Special attention will be given to humanities texts where religion and medicine interact. We will draw parallels between their inseparable relationship in antiquity.  Tracing connections between such diverse figures as Hippocrates and Sontag, students will experience first-hand, through travel, an ancient-to-modern cultural journey in medical education and associated health care spaces.

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With its beautiful landscapes, magnificent seascapes, picturesque beaches coupled with its rich history and place in the beginnings of Western culture, Greece offers the perfect place to explore how ancient healing still influences our modern perspectives on medical practices. The very idea that geographic place and climate determines culture originated from the school of the medical writer Hippocrates, while the great Greek historian Herodotus popularized the necessity of learning through eyewitness experience. By visiting the island of Cos, between the striking mosaics and famous beaches, perhaps we will be inspired like its famous citizen Hippocrates. In Epidaurus, next to one of the best-preserved ancient theaters, we will visit the Asclepion to get a genuine sense of an ancient medical complex. In Delphi, Eleusis, and Corinth, we can imagine healing from Apollo, or the ancient mysteries of Demeter, or the preaching of Paul. We will tread the path of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra in the Homeric ruins of Mycenae and of course visit the bustling metropolis of Athens, punctuated with the ancient remains of the civilization that gave birth to the science of medicine. Greece is not only where familiar myths come alive, it is where the first physicians strove to keep people alive. And Greek cuisine provides travelers with delightfully healthy sustenance!

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Who Can Participate?

Undergraduates and graduate students interested in English, Judaic studies, history, classics, romance languages, religious studies certificates, medical humanities certificates, however open to all students.

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Academic Program and Course InformationKos Harbour

All students in this program are required to enroll in JUDC3050-001 OR JUDC3050-002, Judaic Studies Study Tour Course: A Cultural Journey Through Medical Education and Practice for 3 credits for spring term 2018.

The "Healing in Antiquity: Greece" program complements the course, "A Cultural Journey Through Medical Education and Practice." The course will explore models and practices in ancient and modern medicine as well as the health care spaces in which they operate. The course explores Jewish texts such as Biblical, Liturgical and Dead Sea Scroll selections related to healing; Maimonides and Responsa rabbinical legal discussions on medical issues will also be explored. It also examines Greco-Roman medical writers, with a particular(but not exclusive) focus on Jews and Judaism (e.g., Galen). The final segment of the course will address modern and contemporary medical models, with attention given to Jewish authored medical humanities texts (for example, Susan Sontag's, Illness and its Metaphors) and to impacts of medical models on Jewish communities (for example, Temple Grandin's research and its impact for Torah Jews). Students will have an opportunity to explore a few of these ancient and modern health care spaces reflecting trends in medical education as they travel for one week to sites in Greece. In Greece, students will become familiar with the paideia(cultural education) model. We'll return home to explore (alas, through readings and multi-modal engagements, not a site visit) the US's flagship medical complex, Johns Hopkins, in conjunction with our reading of Rebecca Skloot's work, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Additional modern texts include correspondences of Ignaz Semmelweis (of "You need to wash your hands!" fame) and Lennard Davis's, Growing up a Hearing Child of Working-Class Jewish Immigrants who were Deaf.

Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Matthew Kraus is an assistant professor in Judaic Studies.  He specializes in Judaism and Christianity of the ancient Mediterranean world.  

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Living ArrangementsEpidaurus Theater

Students will be staying in modest, but comfortable apartments, with an expected occupancy of two to four students(each student will have their own bed). Bathrooms are often shared by two or more rooms, air conditioning may not be available and hot water quantities will likely be limited. 

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Getting There

All travel arrangements are made by faculty and UC International. Students required to have passport, taste for adventure, ability to get along with others, and flexibility.

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: 3565.00USD 

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (about 1 meal/day)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Some entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Entrance fees (~$80)
  • Some meals ($100-$150)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$100)
  • ISIC Card ($25)
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $ 3165.00. UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Matthew Kraus
3508 French Hall West

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This program is currently not accepting applications.