University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2024: Athens ARSC/HLTH micro

Program Dates January 06, 2024 - January 27, 2024
This program is closed.

Program Overview This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

Note: Please check program pages regularly or follow @UDGlobal on Instagram or Twitter for updated information on applying for a 24W study abroad program.

Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program for information about COVID-19 related travel requirements and policies for UD study abroad.

All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 10 -13 weeks (3-4 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates. If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students.

Join fellow UD students for a unique study abroad experience in Athens. In collaboration with Atlantis, this program will provide students interested in medical school and other health professions the oppurtunity to shadow physicians in hospital settings and to learn about the European healthcare system. Students will be assigned medical preceptors and will experience a minimum of 75 hours of shadowing in a hospital. Students who participate in this study abroad experience will gain an international perspective on healthcare, discern whether a health career is right for them, and help fine-tune their career interest.

Outside the hospital, UD students will experience the rich, local culture. Although Greek language proficiency is not required, students who do speak Greek will improve their language skills. To experience the history and culture of Athens some examples of planned excursions include: visits to Acropolis, tours of ancient ruins, and exploring the Olympic stadium.

Study abroad experiences, shadowing physicians, and understanding a European healthcare system helps students to distinguish themselves as strong applicants for medical and other health-related professional schools. Students reside in double rooms in a hotel or apartment with breakfasts and most transportation included in the program fee.

The Program Fee includes housing, all program-related events and excursions, several group lunches, several group dinners, in-country ground transportation, and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Athens, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Athens. For this program, students will be given recommended flight itineraries for traveling together. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure). All students must enroll in at least 3 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course. Students are strongly encouraged to have taken Anatomy before coming on the program, but it is not necessary.
ARSC 480-070: Medical Scholars Healthcare Practicum 1 (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning
ARSC 482-071: Medical Scholars Healthcare Practicum 2 (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning
HLTH 492-070: International Healthcare Practicum (3 credits)
UNIV 370-236: Study Abroad - ARSC/HLTH - micro (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$1,755.00$4,710.00
Final Program Fee$5,775.00$5,775.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $7,560.00$10,515.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,250.00$1,250.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Saskia Richter
Faculty Director
Kinesiology and Applied Physiology
201V Health Sciences Complex

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2023
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2023
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 03, 2023

Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

Interest Meetings:
03/08/2023, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Townsend Hall Room 002
03/21/2023, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM,

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.