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  • Locations: Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Shared Apt. Language of Instruction: English
Advisor: Brita Doyle
Program Description:

Is This Program Right for You?

AU Abroad is pleased to present a unique program for entering first year AU students.  Located in the historic and ancient city of Thessaloniki on the beautiful Aegean Sea in Greece, the program will give participants the opportunity to orient to college life, while studying classic Greek philosophy.  



Students w/ Greece signs/flagThe academic component of the program in Greece will be delivered by Dr. Andrea Tschemplik, Associate Professor of AU's Department of Philosophy and Religion, and faculty members from the American College of Thessaloniki. In this program you will study the philosophical roots of our conception of justice----ideas of public justice versus private justice and the relationship between justice and power---examining the writings and theories of classic Greek philosophers.  Classes will be based at the campus of the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), and be supplemented and enhanced with walking tours and site visits throughout Thessaloniki and its environs. The focus of the course is an examination of the roots of justice and daily life in the ancient Greek world by reading historical, literary, and philosophical texts. In addition students spend time studying art history and complete a museum practicum.

Students in this program will be registered for one course that is split into two parts.  Students will be registered for one credit in the Summer 2016 term and two credits in the Fall 2016 term.  These two sections are combined to be one course which can be used to fulfill one of AU's General Education Program requirements. It fulfills one course in either area one titled "The Creative Arts" (GNED-110) or in area two titled: "Traditions That Shape The Western World" (GNED-120).  Students will choose in which area they want to receive credit at a later date after consulting with Dr. Tschemplik and their AU Academic Counselor.

While in Thessaloniki the students study Ancient Greek philosophy, justice, history, art, and drama with specialists in those areas. In order to complete the program upon return to AU, students are required to continue in a 2-credit course together with the same students, and an AU Professor in the Fall semester.  This fall section focuses on ancient philosophy.  Previous offerings included a close reading of Plato's Republic and the Apology. During the Fall there are approximately 12 class meetings and events on the AU campus and then a couple additional class sessions to prepare final projects. The fall component's cost is included in regular Fall semester undergraduate tuition costs.

Student Life

Thessaloniki abounds with modern shops, cafés, and squares, all built upon the historical foundations of its ancient civilizations. The city’s compact urban environment is ideal for walking, and interlaced with ancient marketplaces, theatres and churches.

ParthenonYou will be housed in a special program-arranged hotel that is right in downtown Thessaloniki, a block from the waterfront, with designated staff to look after student needs and 24-hour security.  Students on the program will all live on their own floor, together with a resident assistant staff member, in double rooms with a bed and breakfast arrangement. The hotel also has full kitchen services.  Arrangements will be made for students to have lunch on campus at the American College of Thessaloniki.

You will receive the assistance and services of dedicated staff and chaperones from the American College of Thessaloniki.

Classes in "Survival Greek" will be provided at the beginning of the program.  You will also participate in a full range of activities to help you to get to know Thessaloniki and Greece, and have full access to the facilities at the American College of Thessaloniki.


Students in GreeceThe program includes a three-day excursion to Athens to explore the history of the Greek capital.  There will also be a one day trip to Vergina, where students are guided through the museum where the tombs and royal treasures of the Macedonian Royal Dynasty (King Philip II and Alexander the Great) are kept.  Finally, students will also go on a one day trip to the famous coastal resort/town of Chalkidiki and go to the Suni Jazz Festival there.

Program Logistics

All students registered for the program will be required to travel to AU's campus in DC to participate in AU's  new student orientation program called Eagle Summit on June 23-24, 2016 immediately prior to the start of the AU Abroad First Year Seminar program. The cost of the Eagle summit orientation program is not included and will require a separate registration.   Immediately following the Eagle Summit, on June 25, 2016, AU Abroad will provide a pre-departure orientation for all students and any parents who may be in attendance.  Students will then depart on a group flight to Thessaloniki late in the day on June 25. At the end of the program, students will return to Washington, DC on July 18, 2016.  Onward transportation from DC should be arranged by the student independent of the program and at the student's expense.

See images of Thessaloniki in the summer and testimonials from previous students and faculty of the First Year Seminar in Greece in the video below!


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 04/21/2016
Varies by program 06/23/2016 07/18/2016
NOTE: Please note that applications are accepted in several waves. The first round of applications for students who are admitted to AU as Early Decision have a deadline of February 4. Students admitted to AU in a later decision round are still able to apply to this program during the Spring 2016 term and will have a later deadline. Accepted students must attend the AU Eagle Summit Orientation on June 23-24, 2016, then attend AU Abroad orientation on June 25. The group flight for Greece will depart in the evening on June 25. Students will arrive back in Washington, DC on July 18, 2016.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.