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During this program, students will learn chemistry and geology while being immersed in the Mediterranean culture. The island of Cyprus played a pivotal role in the development of plate tectonic theory, a central topic of the UTS 306K curriculum. Along with active learning at the University of Cyprus, students will participate in various field trips to study the unique geology of the internationally known Troodos Ophiolite, which will provide an ideal setting for putting the forces of plate tectonics in a truly "hands-on" context. In their free time, students will experience the Mediterranean lifestyle and truly appreciate the strong community feeling and the pride that people take in extending hospitality, while enjoying the slower pace and relaxed attitude of the locals. With its rich natural beauty, great food, diverse geographical features, multicultural heritage, and some of the best beaches in the world, Cyprus is sure to provide students with an international learning experience like no other.


Sponsored by College of Natural Sciences


  • UTS 306K - Hands-on-Science II

Academic Information

Students earn 3 hours of in-residence credit for UTS 306K upon successful completion. Course must be taken for a grade and factored into the official UT GPA. To be eligible for full financial aid in summer (6 hrs), enrollment in a summer 1 course is required.


Course will be taught by Dr. Antonia Chimonidou, Associate Professor of Practice and Program Coordinator of the Hands-on-Science Program in UTeach Primary. Dr. Chimonidou teaches 3 UTeach courses: UTS 306J, 306K, and 306M and actively works in curriculum development research.

Language(s) of Instruction



Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - No


Housing is to be determined. For faculty-led programming, housing generally is student dormitories.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

*Program Costs for 2025 are NOT yet confirmed* Program cost is to be determined and will be updated as soon as possible. Program fee will include $500 non-refundable deposit, program activities, housing, some meals, and local transportation. Airfare not included. $75 non-refundable application fee. Program dates are July 17 - August 17.


- Summer Second
  • Program: July 17, 2024 to August 17, 2024
  • Instructional: July 19, 2024 to August 16, 2024
  • Final Deadline: December 1, 2024

Application Code


Program Coordinator

Alex Schnurpel

Additional Resources

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Next Step

1) View mandatory advising videos: Explore: Education Abroad 101. Attend a live EA Q&A to ask questions. 2) View the Ready to Apply video. 3) Self-authorize your application via the Get Started link below and apply! PC: Alex Schnurpel. Find advising videos, Q&A events at

Program information above is subject to change