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Featuring CCIS Programs

American College of Thessaloniki, Greece

Thessaloniki, Greece (Europe)

Quick Facts

Spring 2020
Dates:  * Spring I (12-15 credits):  January 7 - April 5 
Application Deadline: October 15, 2019
Costs:  $13,520 CCIS Member | $13,920 Non-Member

Dates: Spring II (6 credits): April 24 - June 17
Application Deadline: December 20, 2019
Costs:  $8,320 CCIS Member | $8,720 Non-Member

Dates: Spring I and II (18-21 credits): January 7 - June 17
Application Deadline:  October 1, 2019
Costs:  $18,564 CCIS Member | $18,964 Non-Member

Dates: Spring II and Summer (12-15 credits): April 24 - July 24
Application Deadline:  December 20, 2019
Costs:  $13,520 CCIS Member | $13,920 Non-Member

Fall 2019
Dates:  September 16 - December 15
Application Deadline:  Extended: April 15, 2019
Costs:  $13,880 CCIS Member | $14,280 CCIS Non-Member 

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* Spring 2020 ACT scholarships available. Apply by November 16!

Please note $800 deposit due 2 weeks after acceptance. 

Click here for ACT Greece Summer Program


* Spring 2020 Semester Abroad at ACT includes...a free fifth course! 

American College of Thessaloniki is happy to announce that study abroad students have the ability to take a fifth course within their Spring I semester, at no additional cost.    That is, the program cost includes 15 credits rather than the usual 12 credits.  This opportunity applies to students who will submit their CCIS application by October 15.

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 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!


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

College of Staten Island, CUNY
Russell Davis
Senior Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(718) 982-2100

This program is sponsored and administered by the College of Staten Island CUNY.

Academics & Program

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 one or two 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. 

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. See Tentative Course Offerings for all current terms at ACT here.

Please click here to see ACT’s offering of a wide variety of ACT Internship, Practicum, Volunteer & Service Learning Work opportunities.pdf.

Credits: Credits vary depending on the selected program
Instructor's Language: English, other than language courses

Student Life & Housing

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. See the Field Trip brochure here

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.
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.
Student Events

ACT students along with faculty organize educational talks, social programs and conferences throughout the year.

Recent events have included the following:

Duration & Costs

Spring 2020:
Spring I: January 7 - April 5, 2020
Spring II: April 24 - June 17, 2020
Spring I & II: January 7 - June 17, 2020
Spring II & Summer: April 24 - July 24, 2020

Fall 2019:
September 16 - December 15, 2019

Spring 2020:
Spring I: $13,520 CCIS Member | $13,920 Non-Member
Spring II: $8,320 CCIS Member | $8,720 Non-Member
Spring I & II: $18,564 | $18,964 Non-Member
Spring II & Summer: $13,520 | $13,920 Non-Member

Fall 2019:
 $13,880 CCIS Member | $14,280 CCIS Non-Member 

Course offering, dates, and costs subject to change.

Costs included: Tuition for 12 (or 6 or 18) credits (depending upon the selected program), fees, housing (double), ACT Housing Security Deposit, field trips, pre-departure & on-site orientations, sickness & accident insurance.

Costs not included: Airfare ($1000-1400), books ($230-350), meals ($300-500 per month), personal ($250-700 per month), visa ($100, US students need if stay is more than 90 days), Resident permit ($385, plus $435 deposit that can be fully recouped), Single room supplemental charge (Fall or Spring I - $510; Spring II - $305; Spring I & II - $754; Spring II & Summer: $510), additional credits ($333 per credit).

*Amounts 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. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Minimum GPA: Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA
Minimum class standing: Students must have completed one semester (minimum 12 semester credit hours) of college-level coursework at the time of application. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. 
Application deadline: Spring I - Extended to October 15, Spring II - December 20, Spring I & II - October 1, Spring II & Summer - December 20,

Fall - Extended: April 15

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your material is submitted on time!

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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

Nicholas Piston

"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."

Allison Barlows

"Thessaloniki is the best city in the world for a college student!"