Greece: Thessaloniki Semester

Program Overview

Thessaloniki, founded in 315 BC, is the second largest city in Greece, located about 300 miles north of Athens in the ancient province of Macedonia. Nearby, Mount Olympus, Mount Athos, and the coastal resorts of the Halkidiki Peninsula offer many sightseeing and recreational opportunities. With its rich history and strategic geopolitical location, Greece offers a contemporary lifestyle as well as the presence of the rich heritage of both the east and west.

See a very short and beautiful video made by Ashley Feith, an ACT study abroad student from Manhattan Marymount College, about her experience by clicking here . Ashley was a Student Diplomat after winning the Connecting our World video contest.

National Geographic listed Thessaloniki as one of the 20 top places in the world to visit in 2013. Click here to read about it!

 


Academic Profile

American College of Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki

The American College of Thessaloniki, a division of Anatolia College, is an independent, non-profit, liberal arts college. Anatolia College is an American-sponsored, private educational institution founded in 1886.  ACT offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science program and 1-2 year MBA to over 500 students from over 20 countries.  Classes held at Anatolia’s beautiful 45-acre campus are small enough to ensure close interaction between the professor and student. Many of the campus buildings overlook the historic and scenic city below.

Course Offerings

The American College of Thessaloniki offers programs of study in the arts and sciences, and in
business administration. All coursework is taught in English, and no prior study or knowledge of
Greek language is required. Course offerings are in a wide array of disciplines and include Accounting, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, English, European Studies, Finance, Greek language, History, Humanities, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science/Sociology and Statistics. All students are required to take a course in Greek language that is appropriate to their level of knowledge. Students who demonstrate Greek fluency are not required to take Greek language. In addition, all students are required to take one course from an approved list of Greek civilization and culture courses as part of their semester course load.  Students then choose other courses from the Schedule of Classes for a maximum of 12 credits. Students may take additional credits above 12 by paying The American College of Thessaloniki additional tuition per credit.

Click here to see the Thematic Programs brochure.  Summer and semester students can join a Thematic Progam in business or political science that has a focussed curriculum and incorporates field study/excursions as part of these special programs.

For the complete ACT Course Catalog click here

For Spring 2015 Tentative Course Offerings click here

For Summer 2015 Tentative Course Offerings click here

For Fall 2014 Tentative Course Offerings here

For Spring 2014 schedule of classes click here

 


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

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). Extracurricular activities are an important part of the program, including cross-cultural orientation programs, excursions, museum visits, archaeological digs, dance classes, and student clubs. Excursions may include Athens, Vergina-Dion, Meteora and Mount A

Field Trips & Excursions:

      For the semester program, in addition to tours of Thessaloniki, two out-of-town field trips are organized.  In previous semesters, CCIS students have taken a daytrip to Vergina (during orientation) and a weekend trip to Athens (around the middle of the semester).  Excursions are subject to change.  The Field Trip Club (probably the most popular ACT club) organizes a number of field trips during the semester.  ACT partially subsidizes these trips, but participants also contribute an amount depending on total participation.  The Mountaineering Club also organizes trips, including a Mt. Olympus climb every fall.  Student contributions for these field trips range from 40-150 Euros per person and include transportation and lodging.

     For the summer session program, a 2 or 3 day hosted field trip to one of the nearby Greek Islands is planned to offer students an opportunity for rest and relaxation.  In addition, other the program helps students attend numerous cultural events and activities that show off Thessaloniki’s exceptional and varied cuisine, exciting nightlife, outstanding museums, and astonishing examples of Roman and Byzantine architecture.  Activities are organized throughout the summer.

Academic Societies/Artistic Ensembles/ Recreational Clubs/Publications:

A Clubs Fair is hosted by all ACT organizations at the beginning of each term so students may become familiar and choose clubs or activities that best suit their personal interests.  ACT has many active student organizations including the History and International Society, Marketing Society, Ecology Club, Drama Club, Fitness Courses, Riding Club, Creative Writing Society, Newspaper, Student Council, and Intramural Athletic Activities. Each organization meets weekly and is advised by a faculty member. These activities are open to CCIS study abroad students and their participation is especially welcomed.

Student Events:

ACT students along with faculty organize educational talks, social programs and conferences throughout the year.  Recent events have included the following: dialogue with the U.S. Ambassador, Globalization Conference, World Harvard Model UN in Athens, and a Mardi Gras Party at a popular Thessaloniki nightclub.

See the Spring 2014 Calendar for Activities and Field Trips here

For exciting details on ACT volunteering and service learning opportunites click here!.

Alumni Feedback

"Deciding to come to ACT has easily been of the best decisions of my life. The professors are great and the staff in the International Programs Office is always there to help. From the moment you get off the plane in Thessaloniki, Efi (or Big Momma as she is known) warmly welcomes you and you get a sense of assurance that everything is going to go well. The ACT students are also very open and it was very easy making new friends. Through the ACT organized trips to Vergina, Delphi and Athens I was able to learn a lot about the history of Greece, while having fun along the way. ACT also organizes other trips, such as a hike up Mount Olympus, boat tour of Halkidiki (which has some of the nicest beaches and its about an hour away from Thessaloniki), a trip to the Pozar Hot Baths and many more trips you have the option of signing up for. Aside from classes, Thessaloniki's location in Europe has allowed me the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and visit places I'd never been able to go to otherwise. I have met many people during my time here in Greece, that I now consider very good friends, who have changed me as a person in the best way possible!" "Deciding to come to ACT has easily been of the best decisions of my life. The professors are great and the staff in the International Programs Office is always there to help. From the moment you get off the plane in Thessaloniki, Efi (or Big Momma as she is known) warmly welcomes you and you get a sense of assurance that everything is going to go well. The ACT students are also very open and it was very easy making new friends. Through the ACT organized trips to Vergina, Delphi and Athens I was able to learn a lot about the history of Greece, while having fun along the way. ACT also organizes other trips, such as a hike up Mount Olympus, boat tour of Halkidiki (which has some of the nicest beaches and its about an hour away from Thessaloniki), a trip to the Pozar Hot Baths and many more trips you have the option of signing up for. Aside from classes, Thessaloniki's location in Europe has allowed me the opportunity to travel throughout Europe and visit places I'd never been able to go to otherwise. I have met many people during my time here in Greece, that I now consider very good friends, who have changed me as a person in the best way possible!"
- Chris Gogos, Baruch College, NY

"I'm never going home!"
- Joshua Ahl, Nassau Community College, NY

"I can honestly say that my time in Thessaloniki was one of the most valuable experiences of my life.Being immersed in a language, a culture and a style of life that are infinitely different (and, subjectively, infinitely better) from those that we can live among in the States helped me think about what I truly value and has changed and shaped the course of my career and personal life.I have come to realize that apart from the incredible time I had during my semester in Greece, the experience is contributing to my life and happiness as much if not more than ever before."
- Meghan Morris, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

"Thessaloniki is the best city in the world for a college student!"
- Allison Barlows, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO

"After spending an entire year in Thessaloniki, I believe one thing becomes abundantly clear: the atmosphere that the city, school, and staff provide make this one of the best study abroad experiences. The city is absolutely beautiful with its ancient walls intertwining through a modern city. It is also a student city; everything a student could ever ask for is right at your fingertips. The school, where one can interact with students from all over the world who all have the same goals in mind, sets an environment to exchange ideas--yet have fun and be oneself."
- Nicholas Piston, Burlington County College, NJ

"Study Hard, Play Harder: A Study Abroad Philosophy.

People have often said to me, "follow your dreams and life will be rewarding." Over the summer I was fortunate to experience one of my many dreams, thanks to a spectacular group of people in the SEEK Program at CSI......While many students were soaking up the sun over the summer, I was privileged to study in Thessaloniki, Greece, at the American College of Thessaloniki......My professors were masters in their subject matter. They used a variety of tools to teach the lectures. Because of time constraints during the summer session, we had assignments every day, which I expected, of course. After all, I was there to learn. However, I played even harder. Everyone looked forward to the weekends, because they were extraordinary. Most weekends, the Student Government took us on field trips. We explored a few Greek Islands where both learning and playing took place. We visited archaeological sites, such as Vergina, where the ruins date back to early civilization. We also traveled to spectacular beaches and swam in the beautiful blue waters of the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Skiathos, one of the beaches we visited, was warm and calm, just like most of the Greek people. "
- Gerard Forte, College of Staten Island, NY

"I feel like I can blend into any culture now, and I can be who I am no matter what country I'm in, and feel comfortable. It is a selfish idea to take 3 months to myself in a foreign country, but the experience has been invaluable so far. I feel like I've grown, and that I see things more clearly, literally a world away from where I grew up."
- Melody Brody, UCLA, LA

"Attending The American College of Thessaloniki was an experience of its own. The faculty were extremely nice and understanding at all times! I never felt that I could not find someone to help me when I needed. Both staff and students were friendly and accommodating. I learned much about Greek civilization, historical monuments, and works of art. After this 3 month excursion I walk away more independent, self-confident, eager to take on challenges, whether academic, personal, or professional, and with a global network of new life long friends!"
- Sade Brooks, Barry University, FL

 


Program Details
Thessaloniki Semester Program Details

Duration

Fall: September 16-December 16, 2014

Spring: February 3-June 7, 2015

Application Deadline(s)

Fall: April 15

Spring: October 15 - Extended to November 1

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation for Semester
  • Statement of purpose
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age
  • Minimum class standing - students must have completed at least one semester (minimum 12 semester credit hours) of college-level coursework at the time of application.

Costs

Fall 2014       $8,930*
Spring 2015   $9,000*
Costs are for NY State Residents and students at CCIS institutions.  Students who are at Non-CCIS member institutions or who are Non-NY State Residents should contact the College of Staten Island.
Costs and dates are subject to change.

Costs Included

Program Cost includes tuition, fees, field trips, pre-departure &

 on-site orientations, sickness & accident insurance

Costs Not Included

Airfare ($1000-$1400), housing ($3,800(single)-$3,300(double)), refundable housing security deposit ($300), meals ($300-$500 per month), personal costs ($250-$700 per month), books ($230-$350), visa ($100), additional credits ($445 per credit) *Amount are average and minimal. Students must budget additional money if they plan to do independent travel in Greece.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links

 


Your Adventure in Greece Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Russell Davis

College of Staten Island/CUNY
Center for International Service
Building 2A, Room 206
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
1-718-982-2100
1-718-982-2108 (Fax)
StudyAB@csi.cuny.edu
http://www.csi.cuny.edu/international

Note: Students from CCIS member institutions apply through home campus. Students from non-member institutions apply through College of Staten Island/CUNY or other appropriate CCIS member institution.

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms. To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.

YOU MUST NOTIFY YOUR HOME INSTITUTIONS' STUDY ABROAD OFFICE OR ADVISOR OF YOUR INTENTIONS AND ALSO PROVIDE THEM WITH A COPY OF YOUR APPLICATION. 

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CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation

(Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.) 

Students from CCIS member institutions apply through home campus: students from non- member institutions apply through College of Staten Island/CUNY or other appropriate member institution.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.