Greek Agriculture & Gastronomy

CFAN 3523

Estimated Program Dates:

May 14 - 30, 2020

Application Deadline:

February 1, 2020

Application link coming soon.



Embark on a hands-on educational odyssey beginning at the Perrotis College of Agriculture Environment and Life Sciences. Located in Thessaloniki, a city founded nearly 2,500 years ago on the shores of the Aegean Sea, its location offers a combination of the best of modern Greece, its agriculture ties, and rich ancient history. Excursions include visits to important archaeological, sacred, and natural sites throughout Greece to better understand the history of the country and the culture of its people.

Diet comes from the ancient Greek word, “diaita”, which means “a way of living.” While in Greece, you will not only get to enjoy the fresh ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, but also learn how it is a strategy for the prevention of disease and overall well-being. Through visits to industry sites including vineyards and an agricultural cooperative, as well as interactive lectures on topics from olive oil, to European dairy regulations and cheese production, to how Perrotis College was the first to introduce precision agriculture to the Greek economy, you will gain firsthand experience with the Greek food industry and agricultural traditions, and their impacts and benefits on Greek life and culture.  


Students will receive 3 credits for CFAN 3523.  This course also fulfills the Global Perspectives liberal education requirements.

This class is an embedded spring semester/May session course.  There will be five 75-minute on-campus, in-person classroom meetings leading up to the program, beginning the week of March 16.  Class times and dates will be finalized in Fall 2019.

For more detailed information, see the program syllabus as well as the program itinerary

Students must both complete the study abroad application and register for this course.


This program will give an overview of Greek agriculture and food systems. Students interested in agriculture, food systems, food science, nutrition, plant science, and applied economics are encouraged to apply.


First step sessions give basic information about programs, services, and resources available through the Learning Abroad Center. You do not have to reserve your spot, just show up to 230 Heller Hall, West Bank.  You can also complete the First Step Session online.

Please note: because so much information is covered in a short period of time, if you are more than 5 minutes late you will have to attend a different First Step Session.



The program fee is TBD. The final 2020 program cost will be posted in fall 2019.

It includes program excursions, lodging, airfare and transportation, international health insurance, administration, orientation, and most meals. In the event that you are not a full-time student or are a non-University of Minnesota student, you will also be charged for tuition and should consult your home university for tuition costs.  The cost of this program will be considered as part of your spring semester cost of attendance for financial aid calculations. You are eligible to apply for May session scholarships and grants for this program.



Tommy Van Norman is the CFANS Land-Grant Legacy Scholars Program Coordinator. He conducted a site visit to the Perrotis College of Agriculture Environment and Life Sciences in July 2018 and is excited for the opportunities students will have through hands-on learning and cultural excursions in Greece. He has previously led programs abroad to Spain and Morocco focused on global leadership. Feel free to contact Tommy with any questions at