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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class/Credit Status: 03 Junior, 04 Senior Areas of Study: Baking & Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, Food Service Management, Restaurant, Food & Beverage Management, Tourism & Hospitality Management
Program Model: JWU Faculty-Led Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
Host | Preliminary Itinerary | Group Size | Academic Overview | Academic Format | Faculty Leader
Sample Excursions | Housing | Meals | Flights | Student Conduct | Orientation
A Taste of Crete
Crete program 1
Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries

PRELIMINARY ITINERARY (final itinerary subject to change)
June 7 Arrive in Athens
June 7-13 Athens and surrounding area
June 13-24 Crete
June 24 Depart Program

18 Students
Students are introduced to traditional Cretan cuisine and culture through excursions, course work and related activities. Guided by local specialists, students explore archaeological and historic sites, nature reserves, organic farms and vineyards, farmers' markets, village ports, taverns and bakeries, and food production facilities. Through the activities and exploration, students engage with the local community to learn how they are preserving traditions that have shaped the renowned healthy cuisine of Crete while moving forward into the future both gastronomically and economically by way of sustainable, community-based practices.  

Total Credit Hours Earned Abroad On This Program:
  • 9 quarter credits
The specific course on this program is listed in the "Courses Offered" link above.

Student Status: 
Must demonstrate you are a current Johnson & Wales University student or a matriculating student at another academic institution.

Academic content is delivered by the program host, a JWU faculty member and guest lecturers. A chef from JWU's College of Culinary Arts serves as the program faculty leader and coordinates pre-departure information, travels with the group, Crete program 2coordinates with local hosts, and assigns the final grade for the program course.

The faculty leader will schedule pre-departure meetings to discuss the detailed program itinerary with the selected student group and outline any pre-departure assignments.

Learning on study abroad programs occurs both inside and outside of the classroom. During the program, you should expect to be in program-related activities 50-60 hours per week. Activities include traditional classroom lectures, labs, industry visits, cultural excursions, and group meals. You are required to participate in the full program itinerary and group activities.


Marina Brancely

Minoan Palace of Knossos 
Guided botanical hike 
Boutique organic winery and Olive Oil production facilities
Interactive cooking classes with local chefs

Tourist class hotels and lodges. Sheets and towels provided.

1-2 meals/day (typically breakfast and lunch) plus a welcoming reception and farewell dinner.

Flight parameters are set by Study Abroad to accommodate group logistics. Do not purchase any flight until the specific parameters are communicated to you via your Study Abroad ULearn site, usually 4 months prior to departure.

You must be in good standing with your campus's office of Student Conduct or Student Affairs for the dates of the program.

Each program has a mandatory orientation process which starts the term before your program starts. Failure to participate in the various meetings listed below may jeopardize your ability to participate in the program.

Pre-departure meetings vary according to the program model and typically include discussions, on-line resources, and assignments to ensure you understand your specific program, the courses, housing, costs and other related details. These meetings may be a combination of in-person and web-based meeting formats.

An in-person Study Abroad Retreat is scheduled on each campus with advertised dates, times, and locations to discuss topics relevant to all study abroad programs. 

An in-country Orientation is included upon arrival to your program for on-site information and program reminders.

The most rewarding part of my experience was learning about the first civilization of Western Europe and how the minoans of Crete, their ways are still showing in modern civilization. The most surprising part to me was how clean it was compared to America. The ocean was cleaner the city was cleaner and it felt a lot less polluted.
     — Dana Erlitz, Summer 2017
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