Dates: (12-15 credits) APPROX. September 14 - December 13
Application Deadline: March 15
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 st
udy abroad student from Manhattan Marymount College, about her experience by clicking below. Ashley was a Student Diplomat who won 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!
Enjoy this beautiful video of Greece!
College of Staten Island, CUNY
Senior Study Abroad Advisor
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This program is sponsored and administered by the College of Staten Island CUNY.
The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), 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 one or two year MBA to over 500 students from over 20 countries. Classes held at Anatolia’s beautiful 60-acre campus are small enough to ensure close interaction between the professor and student.
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.
We recommend that students who taek at least 12 credits take a Greek language class that is appropriate to their level. Students who demonstrate Greek fluency are not required to take Greek language. In addition, students in all sessions (except for Summer and Spring II sessions) 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 total number of credits by session as below:
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 day trip 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 two- or three-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.
See the ACT Field Trip brochure here.
Academic Societies, Artistic Ensembles, Recreational Clubs and 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.
ACT students along with faculty organize educational talks, social programs and conferences throughout the year.
Recent events have included the following:
September - December
Spring I: APPROX. January 3-5 - April 4
Spring II: APPROX. April 4 - June 9
Spring I & II: APPROX. January 5 - June 9
Spring II & Summer: APPROX. April 4 - July 18
Spring I: $13,880
Spring II: $8,320
Spring I & II: $18,870
Spring II & Summer: $13,880
Please note an $800 non-refundable program deposit is due two weeks after acceptance.
Please note - all dates and costs are subject to change. Non-CUNY & CUNY Non-New York State Resident students who plan to take more than 12 credits contact the program study abroad advisor to confirm program cost. The program costs below may not apply.
Course offering, dates, and costs subject to change.
Costs included: Tuition (number of credits varies by session, as below *), fees, housing (double), field trips, pre-departure & on-site orientations, sickness & accident insurance. Students through CCIS do not have pay the ACT housing security deposit.
* Credits included in tuition as follows:
"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."
"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!"
The American College of Thessaloniki is an independent, non-profit, liberal arts college located in beautiful Greece. All coursework is taught in English.