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First Year Seminar Abroad - Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: AU- applicants only
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Housing: Shared Apt. Language of Instruction: English
Advisor: Ethan Merritt
Program Description:

Is This Program Right for You?

AU Abroad is pleased to present a new program for entering first year 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.  



You will be registered for one credit in the summer and two credits in the fall.  This course can be used to fulfill one of the general education requirements in the area of: Traditions That Shape The Western World.

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.

You will be required to attend additional meetings and events on the AU campus in the fall semester, to complete the academic program.

The academic component of the program will be delivered by Andrea Tschemplik, Associate Professor of AU's Department of Philosophy and Religion, and faculty from the American College of Thessaloniki.

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.

You 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 would 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.



The 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 campus participate in AU's summer Eagle Summit  new student orientation program on June 23-24 immediately prior to the start of the AU Abroad program. (The cost of the Eagle summit orientation program is not included and will require a separate registration.)    Immediately following, AU Abroad will provide a pre-departure orientation for all students and parents who may be in attendance.  Students will then depart on a group flight to Thessaloniki. At the end of the program, students will return to Washington, DC.  Onward transportation from DC will be arranged by the student independent of the program and at the student's expense.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 01/15/2015 01/31/2015 TBA TBA
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