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  • Locations: Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 04/21/2017
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Rolling Admission 06/14/2017 07/19/2017

** 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.

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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirements:
None
Eligibility Requirements:
Degree Seeking
Level of Study:
Undergraduate
Open to:
USF Students
Credit Offered:
Transfer Credit
Program Advisor:
Jim Pulos
Minimum GPA:
2.0
Sponsoring College:
University Wide
Program Primary Subject:
Undergraduate Studies
Program Description:
American College of Thessaloniki

Greece Spring 2016 (February 1, 2016 - June 7, 2016) and Summer 2017 (June 14 – July 23, 2017)


Program Overview

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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. 

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Location

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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.

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Host Institution

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.

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Academic Program and Course Information

In the semester model, students will be enrolled full-time, while in the summer, they may take one or two courses which are pre-approved and accepted by USF. Both the semester and summer class offerings aim at meeting both the demands of the general student body and the interests of Study Abroad students and include subject areas such as language, culture, business, finance, management, arts, literature, anthropology, European studies, international studies, technology, politics, and physical education.

Classrooms are highly diverse with students from multiple countries and more than half from Greece, ensuring an invaluable multi-cultural learning experience.

Summer 2017 Courses:
http://www.act.edu/misc/SUMMER_2017_TENTATIVE_COURSE_OFFERINGS.pdf

Credit Type

Students enrolled in this program will be enrolled in transfer credit.

A Course Approval Form for this program may be obtained at:  CAF Non-Affiliate

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Faculty

Classes are all taught in English by experienced American and Greek faculty.

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Program Costs for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017


Summer 2017:

Please refer to the ACT website below for all applicable costs, payable to ACT:
http://www.act.edu/index.jsp?CMCCode=10040307&extLang=LG

In addition to costs payable to ACT, students will have the following cost payable to USF:

Payable to USF: $
 

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:

Course Credit
3 or 6 credits in the Summer
E-books for applicable courses
Pre-departure support
Airport welcome 
Studio accommodations at off-campus housing with complimentary laundry facilities
A Greek/English-speaking RA in each residence
Two-day Orientation 
Morning and evening shuttle bus-service between the residence hall and campus
ACT Student ID card
ACT workshops and guest lectures
Full access to Bissell Library resources
Two-night trip to Athens and Delphi
Day trip to the Macedonian Royal Tombs in Vergina
Residence Permit Support
Technical and IT Support
Academic tutors and support
On-campus resident doctor or nurse (as per office hours)
Counseling Office (by appointment)
Clubs and Sports
On Campus Gym (limited hours)
24-hour Access to running track
Free Wi-Fi access on campus and in the residence   
Service Learning Center access and SL placement
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International Insurance
 
PROGRAM EXCLUSIONS:
Transportation to/from program 
Visa & Residence Permit fees (if applicable)
Personal communication costs (e.g., phone, etc.)
Travel, accident and medical insurance (to be arranged prior to departure by participants) 
Books and supplies
Entertainment and personal expenses
Cost of additional trips offered exclusively to ACT students
Other items not expressly included in the program itinerary

ADDITIONAL COSTS AND FEES:
ADDITIONAL COURSE CREDIT: $320 / credit hour
HOUSING DEPOSIT: $300

ACT follows a first come first serve housing policy. By sending in your housing application and deposit fee, you reserve your room. The deposit is refunded at the end of the successful completion of the semester, less any fees for additional expenses or damages.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL LIVING COSTS:

Food: 250€  - 300€ / month
Local Transportation: 30€ - 80€ / month
Entertainment: 100€ - 150€ / month
Books and Supplies:  50€ - 150€

VISA COSTS: $113 

Visa must be obtained prior to departure from the US.  The application and fee are submitted directly to the Greek Embassy/Consulate nearest to you. The fee may vary by Embassy. Contact the Greek Embassy nearest to you.
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Living Arrangements

The American College of Thessaloniki offers Study Abroad students off campus accommodation in downtown Thessaloniki. Rooms and studios in apartment complexes are all fully furnished (including kitchen appliances in individual studios or in common areas), and are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Both single and double-occupancy options exist. Off-campus housing locations are well served by the city's reliable bus system with buses running at 10-15 minute intervals. In addition, during the Fall and Spring semesters, the college provides free bus service in a morning run (picks up students from their residence) and an evening run (drops them off at their residence).
 

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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.

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How to Apply

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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.

http://www.act.edu/index.jsp?CMCCode=10040306&extLang=LG

The deadline for applying is November 1, 2016 for the Spring 2017 term, and February 15, 2017 for the Summer 2017 term.  Pending availability, additional registrations may be accepted after this date.

Upon "Committing" to the program, the Program Cost will be placed on your USF OASIS account, against which you will need to make the required $500.00 deposit (deducted from the total Program Cost).

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to Thessaloniki; however, they will be provided with the arrival and departure dates.  Students arriving in Thessaloniki can arrange for assistance with transfer from Thessaloniki's international airport to the American College of Thessaloniki.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

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USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program.  The insurance is provided by CISI – for more information on the coverage please go to http://www.culturalinsurance.com. Please note that the USF insurance does not include trip cancellation coverage or travel insurance (theft of luggage, costs due to delays in travel time, etc.), pre-existing conditions or on-going medical treatment.

Those who plan to travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.  If not provided through your domestic health insurance carrier, this can be purchased separately through CISI or through another agency. The USF Card Center sells the International Student ID Card (ISIC), which has a health insurance benefit in addition to providing student discounts overseas.  For information, call the Card Center at (813) 974-2357 or visit the office located in the Marshall Center on the USF Tampa campus.

A valid passport is required for travel to Greece.  Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for researching visa requirements and for obtaining the necessary visa for travel to Greece.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad.  USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/ for further information. Students attending other universities should apply to their home institutions for financial aid.  Please inform the Education Abroad Office early if you expect to receive financial aid.  Note that it is the student's responsibility to meet program payment deadlines regardless of financial aid disbursement timeframe.

The Education Abroad Office offers Compass Study Abroad Scholarships for study abroad.  These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis to degree-seeking USF students.  Please visit: http://educationabroad.global.usf.edu/?go=Funding for application information and deadlines.

American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) awards a $1,000 merit scholarship applicable towards the semester’s tuition at ACT to Study Abroad students who have reached sophomore status (minimum) at their home institution and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6/4.0. This award is automatically given and students don’t need to apply for it.

Hellenic-American scholarships are available to students of Greek origin who intend to study abroad at ACT during the Fall or Spring semesters. Scholarships are not available for the Summer Program at this time.
Two such scholarships are available each year and each scholarship includes full tuition. However, it does not include housing, orientation, field trip, transportation and international student fees, travel, and personal and living expenses. Students interested in this scholarship must apply for it.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.  Because of the added stresses associated with operating in a foreign culture and language, even the safest foreign locations are likely to carry more risk to your safety and health.  For this reason it is vital that you learn as much about the places you will be traveling to as possible; the more you are familiar with the host country's geography, culture and language, the safer you will be.  All participants will be required to attend a general study abroad orientation as well as program-specific orientations.  In addition to these sessions, you should consult the USF Safety website as well as the websites listed below that provide useful information regarding your host country, and preparation for your international travel.

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Crimes against tourists (such as purse-snatching and pick-pocketing) occur daily at popular tourist sites and on public transportation. If you travel by Metro, keep track of your purse/backpack/wallet at all times. Pick-pocketing is especially common on the metro and in some shopping areas in and around Thessaloniki. Thieves will often try to create a diversion to draw your attention away from your immediate surroundings. Omonia, Vathi, and Kolokotroni Squares in Athens are areas with high crime rates; Glyfada Square has a significant organized crime network associated with clubs, which should be avoided if you get a "hard-sell" pitch for business. Never agree to go to a bar or club with someone you have just met on the street. Sexual assaults of U.S. citizens, including date or acquaintance rape occur on a regular basis. You should practice the usual safety precautions in any urban or tourist area during a visit to Greece. Drink alcohol in moderation and stay in control. Never leave your drink unattended in a bar or club.

Additional information will be provided to registered participants, but we encourage you to consult the following website as soon as possible.

Preparing for your trip: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/html-site/StudentAbroadHome.html

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Special Terms

Students should review carefully the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document.  To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

For general information, or questions re: program enrollment and payment, contact:

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James Pulos, Associate Director, USF Education Abroad Office

Location: CGS 101

Telephone: (813) 974-4043

E-mail: jpulos@usf.edu

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This program is currently not accepting applications.