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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Delphi, Greece
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
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 Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Language Courses Offered: No
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Matthew Kraus Program Advisor: Bene Khoury
Program Description:

Program Overview

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Before MDs, health insurance, lab researchers, medical schools, hospitals, rehab centers and alternative therapies there were philosophers, priestesses and priests, itinerant doctors, exorcists, oracles and temples of Asclepius. This course takes you on a cultural journey through medical education and practice in ancient Greece as well as modern and contemporary Western Europe and the US. We will explore models and practices in ancient and modern medicine as well as  health care spaces in which they operate. Foundational texts concerning health and well-being in the Western world include not only scientific theory but also religious, philosophical, legal, ethical and social thought. On Greek locations inspiring some trends in medical education and practice, we will look at Greco-Roman medical writers, Jewish and Christian healing traditions, and modern perspectives on medicine and contemporary health systems. Tracing connections between such diverse figures as Hippocrates and Susan 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, and picturesque beaches coupled with its rich history and claimed place as the beginning 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 is attributed to 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 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 where ancient and modern meet, in the culture at large and specifically in medicine and healing histories and practices. Meanwhile, Greek cuisine provides travelers with delightfully healthy sustenance!

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Who Can Participate?

Open to all majors, undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply; the program will be of particular interest to students interested in literature, history and medical humanities.

Students will be required to do an in-person interview prior to selection.

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Academic Program and Course Information

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All students in this program are required to enroll in JUDC 3050 - 001 for 3 credits for spring term 2020 (undergraduates).

Graduate students can contact faculty leader Matthew Kraus for required graduate course.


The "Healing in Antiquity: Greece" travel program compliments the course, "A Cultural Journey Through Medical Education and Practice." The course will explore models and practices in ancient, medieval and modern medicine, the health care spaces in which they operate, and modern and contemporary Western culture's assumptions, attitudes and beliefs concerning medicine, health, well-being and healing, especially as they derive from, relate to, or differ from those developed in ancient Greece.. Foundational texts for medical models and practices include not only scientific theory but also religious, philosophical, legal, ethical and social values and principles. The course explores texts written in Greece, including writings by Hippocrates, Galen, Sophocles, and Paul, among others. Where possible, we read applicable texts on site (for example, a selection from Paul's letters to the Corinthians on the site where he is believed to have preached). It will also include medieval and modern texts in dialogue with these ancient Greek texts and cultural practices: for example, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Susan Sontag's Illness and its Metaphors, Temple Grandin's research and its impact for Torah Jews, and Rebecca Skloot's Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This course teases out ancient and contemporary attitudes toward many medical-humanities-related themes including death and dying, suffering, pharmacology, patient and community responsibility, and disability. Additional texts include 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." This course is available to undergraduate students and graduate students alike.

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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Professor Matthew Kraus is associate professor in the Department of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Professor Kraus studies the history of biblical interpretation and Judaism in the Greek and Roman world. He is the author of Jewish, Christian, and Classical Exegetical Traditions in Jerome’s Translation of the Book of Exodus:  Translation Technique and the Vulgate (Brill, 2017), "Rabbinic Traditions in Jerome’s Translation of the Book of Numbers,” Journal of Biblical Literature (2017) and "Wisdom of Solomon" for the Jewish Annotated Apocrypha (Oxford University Press).  Editor of How Should Rabbinic Literature Be Read in the Modern World (2006 Gorgias Press), he has also written on Philo, the Gospel of John, and on the Old Latin version of the Bible. His courses include Women and the Bible, The Dead Sea Scrolls, History of Biblical Interpretation, Introduction to Judaism, Chanukah Through the Ages and Modern Hebrew.


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Living ArrangementsEpidaurus Theater

Students will be staying in small apartments and hotels , with two nights on a boat. Students should expect to share rooms or spaces with 1 to 3 other students. They may expect to share bathrooms with each other and with others at their place of lodging. Air conditioning, heat, and hot water may be limited, and students should expect some loud noise.

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Getting There

Students will travel on a group flight arranged by faculty and UC International. Students required to have passport, taste for adventure, ability to get along with others, and flexibility. Students will meet at CVG on the morning of March 15, 2020. Faculty and students will always travel as a group.

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Program Costs

Tentative 2020 Program Cost: $3585

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)
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 $3185 . 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
Judaic Studies 
3508 French Hall West (moving to old Lindner over summer at location TBD)
Arts and Sciences

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This program is currently not accepting applications.