Is this Program Right for You?
Would you like a direct enrollment study abroad experience on the beautiful shores of the Aegean Sea? The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), a division of Anatolia, provides small, American style classes in English that promote active learning. International students live in ACT dorms or studio apartments with options for various excursions and volunteer opportunities organized by the University. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and boasts a diverse student body from all over the world, which is why it's known as the "Greek youth capital."
AU Abroad provides students the opportunity to apply for the need-based AU Abroad Student Awards of up to up $3000. ACT also provides qualified students the ability to apply for scholarships. It is the responsibility of the student to research these and other scholarship opportunities.
ACT is an American style university in Greece with small class sizes and an involved student population, with approximately 400 degree seeking students from diverse backgrounds and about 30 different nationalities. Students can take three credit courses in a variety of subjects ranging from liberal arts, technology, and business to Greek language, history, culture, and art. Courses that AU students will find particularly interesting are offered in Diplomacy and International Relations, Balkan and European Studies, Communication and New Media, and English Language and Literature. A full time course load is usually four to five ACT classes for AU students (between 12-17 credits), and students can choose their courses up to and during the first week of ACT classes.
The ACT Academic Calendar is useful in planning out your academic experience. Students can attend ACT during Fall and Spring I terms only.
For the current course lists, please visit the ACT Course Offerings webpage. All courses at ACT must have a course equivalency before credit can be obtained.
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Syllabi for courses not listed in the course equivalency database can be requested through the AU Abroad adivsor. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Of the 325,000 or so residents of Thessaloniki, about 100,00 of them are college students. The second-largest city in Greece sits right in the bay of the Aegean Sea and has a boardwalk that stretches for miles with historical and modern sites. The water is a short drive from where you will be taking classes and living.
The International Programs Office at ACT has staff dedicated to assist students with all needs, and provide students with necessary information before you leave for your abroad experience. Before your departure, staff in the ACT Boston office can also answer questions and provide students with the support you need.
Once students arrive in Greece, staff orients you with the campus and life in Thessaloniki and provides information on volunteer
opportunities and ways to engage with Greece outside of the classroom. ACT even provides an on-site doctor in the event of health issues.
Housing and Meals
Students live in off campus accommodation in downtown Thessaloniki. There are single and double rooms available and they come fully furnished, with an RA provided in every building to help you acclimatize to the city and country. You buy your own groceries to make your meals, or chose to sample from a variety of cheap eats around the city. There is a free University shuttle that takes you from your accommodation to class and back, or you can choose to take a taxi or bus.
The program includes several excursions for visiting students like a tour of Thessaloniki, a day trip to Vergina, and a weekend trip to Athens and Delphi. Students have access to add on additional optional trips or you can travel on your own to places like Mt. Olympus and the beautiful sandy beaches of Halkidiki, an hour’s drive away. The monasteries of Mt. Athos (Aghio Oros) also offer opportunities for easy weekend excursions. Exceptional archeological sites dating to the times of Alexander the Great and the Roman and Byzantine empires are nearby as well as hundreds of Byzantine churches, and many and varied museums. A multitude of theaters and live music venues, world class restaurants, and thousands of small, exotic tavernas cater to all tastes.
American citizens do not need a visa if you are staying in the Schengen Area 90 days or less or a "National Visa" if you are planning to stay more than 90 days (and apply for a residence permit after you arrive in Greece) at least 10 to 12 weeks before you arrive to ACT. AU Abroad and ACT will assist you with the visa application materials but it is your responsibility to apply for the visa.