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  • Locations: Athens, Greece
  • Program Terms: UC Summer Abroad
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: UC San Diego Global Seminars 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UCM Deadline Campus Decision Date Start Date End Date
UC Summer Abroad 2020 02/28/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.00 Click here for a definition of this term Class standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate student, 6-Other
Language of instruction: English Housing options: Private apartments
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of study: Psychology
Program Description:
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Why you should go

Drugs, Behavior, and History of Neuroscience in Greece will explore psychopharmacology and neuroscience from antiquity to modern times. You will learn a broad background into the pharmacology of psychoactive drugs, including drugs of addiction and therapeutics. This will be accompanied by a deep investigation of the origins of modern pharmacology and medicine in ancient Greece, including one of the first major pharmacopeias, the Dioscorides' Materia Medica. This will also include an exploration into the origins of modern scientific medicine in antiquity, including a visit to the medical school of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. We will try to envision how treatment for psychiatric disorders evolved from antiquity. Together, students will gain a broad understanding of psychopharmacology.

Who should go

Students should have a broad interest in psychoactive drugs and neuroscience. The courses are taught so they do not require specific prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have some exposure to biology, neuroscience, or chemistry. Although we will cover everything you need to know, those students will be better prepared to understand the pharmacology.

Meet the professor

Stephan Anagnostaras is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science at UCSD, where he has been on the faculty since 2003. He received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from UCLA, and a B.S. from the University of Michigan. His courses at UCSD are consistently highly rated, and he is committed to blending of lecture, seminar, and experiential formats. Although he was born in New Jersey, he grew up in Greece, and looks forward to sharing Greece with students.