The American College of Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Requirements: Students must be full-time, have at least sophomore status, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and meet regular requirements for a student in good standing at the home and host institutions.
Financial Responsibilities: Students pay tuition to the home institution as usual, but shall pay standard fees to the host institution. Each student must pay for transportation to and from the university, personal expenses, books, clothing, etc. Each student must purchase health insurance as required by the American College of Thessaloniki. **At this time, exchange numbers are unbalanced. Therefore, all students wishing to attend ACT must attend as non-exchange students. It is recommended that students have at least $2,000 US to cover daily expenses per semester. Students planning to travel outside the country should budget more money for that purpose.
Room: ACT houses all study abroad students. Whether a student is housed on or off campus depends on housing availability, but most American students prefer the downtown waterfront environment. THe campus is gated and has 24-hour security. Off-campus housing is in "family" neighborhoods amongst local Greeks. Public bus service is frequent, safe, and inexpensive. There is an ACT administrator on call 24 hours/7 days a week. All US citizens are registered with the US Consulate in Thessaloniki upon their arrival. The dormitories are inhabited by US and Greek university students. Students have the choice to stay in a single or double occupancy room (double being two people sharing one room; less expensive than singles), with 10-14 people sharing large community bathrooms and an efficiency kitchen. Laundry facilities are in most dormitories, or in very close proximity to them. Sheets and towels are not provided, but blankets and pillows are.
Board: There is no formal meal plan offered by ACT. STudents can prepare meals in the dorm kitchens. There is a cafe on campus for snacks and local restaurants are fairly inexpensive ($4.00-$7.00/meal).
Classes: Students may choose from a full, high-quality liberal arts and business curriculum in order to fulfill electives or major requirements at their home institution or may choose to pursue a Greek cultural/historical curriculum. Average class size is 15-20 students, and the student to faculty ratio is 14:1. All classes are taught in English, by a faculty of well-respected American and British professors, However, international students are strongly encouraged to take a Modern Greek course while at ACT. Fall semester is mid-September to mid-December; Spring semester runs early February to early June.
About Thessaloniki: ACT is located on a 45-acre campus of unsurpassed beauty overlooking the Thermaikos Gulf within close proximity of downtown Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. More than 2300 years old, Thessaloniki has a rich history and students are provided with ample opportunities to explore it. Thessaloniki is a modern city with a university district, parks and squares, Byzantine churches, museums, cinemas, theaters, hotels, restaurants, abundant nightlife and great shopping. Thessaloniki is less than one hour away from Greece's most beautiful beaches and historical sites abound such as Mount Olympus and Pella, home of Alexander the Great or where St. Paul preached to the Thessalonians. About 700 undergraduate students representing over 20 foreign countries attend ACT.
Visit the official ACT website at http://www.act.edu/act.