Understanding Nurture and Nature in Greece

Program Dates: May 24 - June 24, 2024

This program offers students the opportunity to visit and understand Greece through the lens of the discipline of Psychology. The Child & Adolescent Development (PSY3210) course uses a life-span approach to understand the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional domains of child and adolescent development. Students will be exposed to developmental milestones that are relevant for childhood, beginning with conception and ending with emerging adulthood. Students will examine these developmental milestones from a cultural perspective by comparing their lived experience in the United States with their learning about people living in ancient and modern day Rhodes, Greece. These developmental concepts across the lifespan will be used to enrich the exploration of major forms of psychological disorders in adults and children in Psychopathology (PSY3212). Students will be exposed to theory and research related to the classification, description, etiology, and treatment of maladaptive behaviors and psychological disorders with a focus on cultural context, the pros and cons of the "Americanization of mental illness," and the impact of different healthcare systems. Psychology.


Rhodes is a stunningly beautiful member of the Dodecanese Island chain in southeastern Greece. It is known for gorgeous beaches and important ancient historical sites. Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. One of the most important events in Rhodes’ 4,000 years recorded history was the formation of a new city in 407 B.C. from the existing three city-states of: Kamiros, Lindos and Ialysos. In the Hellenistic period, Rhodes was one of the finest and most well-organized cities of the known world. The city was surrounded by impenetrable fortifications while the ships of Rhodes roved throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Its streets were lined with temples, gymnasiums, theaters, and its city port entrance was adorned with the famous “Colossus of Rhodes”, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Rhodes became one of the important centers of learning. Schools and academies of rhetoric and philosophy sprang up. Today, Rhodes is a vibrant cosmopolitan center attracting more tourists than any other Greek Island. In parallel to its crystal-clear waters and beautiful beaches, the old city presents one of the most well preserved medieval castles.



Course Prefix

Course Name



PSY 3210

Child & Adolescent Development


Dr. Amy Galloway

PSY 3212



Dr. Lisa Curtin

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Amy Galloway

Professor, Department of Psychology


Dr. Amy Galloway has been a faculty member in the Psychology Department since 2003. She received a PhD in Psychology and a certificate in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Georgia, and completed postdoctoral work in Developmental Psychology at Penn State University. She teaches Human Growth & Development, Child & Adolescent Development, History of Psychology, and Sustainability of Psychology. Her research program is focused on the development of eating behavior across the lifespan. Her interest in eating behavior connects with community service focused on issues of sustainability, particularly the strengthening of local food systems. Dr. Galloway’s international experience includes work with international colleagues, a year-long international exchange program in New Zealand, and travel in Asia, Europe, and in Central and South America.

Dr. Lisa Curtin

Professor, Department of Psychology


 Lisa Curtin is a professor of psychology at Appalachian State University, where she serves as the program director and director of clinical training for their Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program. She is a Licensed Psychologist in North Carolina, and her research focuses on rural mental health (e.g., stigma), understanding and treatment of substance use problems, and social factors and body image. During her time as a visiting professor at Keele University in the United Kingdom, she served as instructor and advisor to Appalachian students during their study abroad. Dr. Curtin received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech after completing a predoctoral internship at Brown University Alpert School of Medicine. She loves to cycle, hike, read, and travel in her free time! 

Program Cost: $3,975

Program cost includes lodging, textbooks, and select meals.  All fees associated with tourist site visits and activities.

Please note - Students are responsible for the total program cost upon submiting the application and deposit. Refunds are contingent upon meeting the minimum enrollment of the program. If a student decides to withdraw before departure, that student may be eligible for a refund if the program has met minimum enrollment and is therefore viable

Non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.  Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. 

Payment Schedule





 Upon receipt of application

Remaining balance due




Estimated Additional Expenses 


Undergraduate Tuition - Resident

$153/credit hour

Undergraduate Tuition - Non-resident

$173/credit hour

Graduate Tuition - Resident 

$188/credit hour

Graduate Tuition - Non-resident 

$208/credit hour





Spending money


Additional meals


Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.


Application Process

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from your program leader with instructions to apply.
  3. Apply to the program following the instructions from the program leader.
  4. Print, sign and drop off your application at the Office of International Education and Development at Plemmons Student Union (PSU), Suite 321 ( 3rd floor), 263 Locust Street Boone, NC 28608. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted your digital application, paid the $300 deposit, and dropped off your printed and signed application. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.

You may receive automated emails about the application requirements, including paying the deposit even if you have already paid it and dropped off your application and deposit receipt. As long as you have followed all of the steps above, you can ignore the email and consider yourself all set.