American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)Greece
Spring I 2018 (12-15 credits) - January 8th- March 30th (Housing is open January 6th to April 1st.
Spring II 2018 (3-6 credits) - April 18th- June 7th (Housing is open April 16th- June 9th).
Summer 2018 (3-6 credits) - June 12th- July 13th (Housing is open June 10th-July 15th).
Study abroad students wishing to spend a full semester or a month of the summer in northern Greece, combining academic study with a truly unique cultural experience, are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Students will spend an unforgettable semester or summer in Greece's second city, Thessaloniki. The host institution, American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is an accredited American University. ACT courses span a broad range of topics and disciplines aiming to meet the needs and interests of U.S. college students wanting to fulfill electives or major requirements at their home school or discover Greek culture, history and language.
With a population of about one million and two large public universities, Thessaloniki is a human-scale city in which one in ten pedestrians is a university student. With a modern seafront, it is a Mediterranean city that has also preserved the vestiges of its Roman and Byzantine history. Visiting students literally walk in the footsteps of Phillip, Alexander and Saint Paul and will be able to visit nearby Vergina with the magnificent tombs of the ancient Macedonian kings, sail in the Thermaikos Bay, and take weekend trips to Halkidiki, famous for its sandy beaches.
ACT is the higher education division of Anatolia, an integrated educational center now well into its second century of service to Greek and international youth. Our school evolved from a seminary established near Constantinople in 1840, took the name Anatolia College in 1886, and was relocated to Thessaloniki, Greece in 1924. ACT offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science program and one to two-year MBA with 500 students from over 20 countries and has accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the accrediting body for Harvard and MIT. We are proud to have the Bissell Library, inaugurated in 2002 and one of the most sophisticated facilities of its kind in Southeast Europe, including also the Stavros Niarchos Technology Center.
For international visitors to the site, please note the opportunities for regular undergraduate or graduate enrollment at the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), and to the Study Abroad Program, which also includes a well-built and popular summer program. ACT is international in scope, and 35% of its' graduates go on to prestigious graduate programs in the U.S., such as the Harvard Business School, or study in Europe while others go directly into Greek, regional and international businesses. Costs are as little as one fifth those of U.S. colleges, and a growing number of US students are drawn by the prospect of a fully accredited US degree at an affordable tuition in this safe and welcoming Mediterranean environment. Our various Study Abroad options, including the summer sessions, are an ideal opportunity to "rehellenize" and to discover the beauties of ancient and modern Greece, its people and language. Our host city, Thessaloniki, named for the sister of Alexander the Great, is a wonderful location for young people - safe, friendly, and rich in history.
With a truly international student body, ACT provides a global learning environment. Greek students acquire the business and technology skills, as well as the peripheral vision, to compete on an equal footing with counterparts across the EU. Balkan students find ACT to be the preferred springboard to jobs with multinationals and NGOs or to graduate studies abroad. Americans, in turn, are able to experience the globalization phenomenon firsthand and to see the United States from a European perspective as it looks to the world abroad.
Who Can Participate
The program is open to students from any major with an interest in Greek culture and history. Courses with prerequisite requirements can be taken if study abroad students can demonstrate comparable completed course work at their home institution.
How to Apply
Detailed information on How to Apply can be found here.
Students may apply directly through the USF Education Abroad website for the USF in Greece Program. Initially, students should complete the "Signature Documents" and "Questionnaires" portions of the online application. In addition, your Course Approval form must be signed by the appropriate academic advisor or faculty in the department that is the USF academic home of the course you will take at ACT.
Also, students must complete the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) online application, which may be found at the link below. Once you have completed the ACT online application, please notify the USF Education Abroad Office.
The deadline for applying is November 1, 2018 for the Spring 2018 term, and January 31, 2018 for the Summer 2018 term. Pending availability, additional registrations may be accepted after this date.