Study Abroad in Greece with American College

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Acropolisp
Acropolisp
Beach
Beach
Sunset
Sunset
View of campus from the upper part (high school)
View from Thessaloniki's boardwalk
View from the Skyline Cafe at sunset
Study Abroad in Greece with ACT
Study Abroad in Greece with ACT
ACT program in Thessaloniki, Greece
ACT program in Thessaloniki, Greece

About

For the student seeking a unique and immersive study abroad experience, the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece is the ideal destination. Thessaloniki is the ‘road less taken’, a culturally intact city, small, diverse, youthful, at the crossroads of east and west and the gateway to Southeastern Europe. With a small student body comprised of 50% Greeks and international students from over 30 countries as well as a plethora of community outreach opportunities, visiting students find a valuable cultural immersion experience at ACT.

Students will be given plenty of time to experience all the excitement of Greek culture with trips to Athens and other ancient sites as well as local tours and community activities to get involved with the local life. Live the Mediterranean lifestyle for a summer, a semester, or even a full year with combination semesters also available.

Courses offered in Humanities, Business, Technology, General Studies, Sea Sailing and more.

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Reviews

92%
based on 13 reviews
  • Academics 7.8
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.5
  • Safety 9.6
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Sara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad @ ACT

My experience with ACT was AMAZING! I really wanted to study abroad so I scrolled through all the programs that my home institution was advertising. I picked this one the second I saw it, without even considering another program and I’m so glad that I chose ACT. I learned so much not only in class, but also outside of class from the additional field trips that they offered every weekend (my favorites were hiking to the top Mount Olympus and visiting the Acropolis in Athens). There was always something to do. Studying here made learning so much fun!
My professor was very passionate and knowledgable about what he was teaching. He always made sure we understood what he was teaching before moving on to another subject. My class was on the Apostle Paul so it was really neat when our professor would take us on field trips so we could learn about something where it took places and visit places where Apostle Paul actually was! 
All of the ACT faculty and staff that I encountered were very kind and eager to help. It was easy to tell that they really wanted every study enrolled in the program to get the most out of their experience.
This program has certainly made a lasting impression on my life. I made so many new friends and so many new memories. If you’re considering studying abroad, I would HIGHLY recommend choosing the program at ACT!

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Alyssa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

ACT Summer Study Abroad

I had such an incredible time studying at ACT! My program just ended a couple days ago and I’m already wishing I was back. The 5 weeks went by in the blink of an eye so it’s important to make the most of your time. There were so many great trips organized for us to participate in, my favorite being the hike up Mount Olympus. However my actual favorite part of the trip had been the time I spent in class with such an incredible professor and other study abroad students. ACT really had me immersed in the environment, and I can’t wait to make a trip back to Thessaloniki in the future!

What would you improve about this program?
I can’t reallt think of anything major that needs to be improved upon. Loved it all!
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Reilly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Trip of a Lifetime with ACT

My experience at ACT was nothing short of amazing. A small campus and personalized classes with lots of support from their awesome staff made my adjustment to Greek living seamless. I would highly recommend the summer program, and my advice would be to participate in all of the extra excursions!! Such a great summer that I will never forget! Side tip: try to learn some Greek before you come, the locals really appreciate it!

What would you improve about this program?
Just some tiny improvements could be made such as the shuttle system to class only coming at certain times far apart so we all had to wait around before/after class everyday. Also more details about proper footwear for certain excursions would have been nice as there were several times I had to climb copius amounts of stairs in sandals because they didn't let us know to wear proper runners. Just minor things!
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Genesis
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

End to an amazing chapter in my life

It was absolutely the most amazing experience I've ever had in my life. It opened me to new friendships as well as a new culture. I put myself in uncomfortable situations like asking a local Greek how to get somewhere with very poor/limited Greek speaking skills. This allowed me to get comfortable speaking Greek little by little. The American College of Thessaloniki is a small school, which is good because it helps form a closer bond to your classmates/locals.

What would you improve about this program?
This program can be improved by providing a better bus schedule. Perhaps one that runs at more times, which would be convenient for students going to and coming back from school. Also, the food choices at school are very limited.
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Elizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Abroad in Greece

I loved studying abroad in Greece. ACT was smaller than expected and the academics not that challenging. However, I met many people from around the Balkans, traveled all over Europe, and explored other areas of Greece! Its important to know and understand that Greece is in an economic crisis so Thessaloniki is not super clean and shiny (some closed businesses, stray animals). However, I loved Thessaloniki and think it is still a super awesome city. Lots of students, incredible food, a beautiful boardwalk, and sunny weather! I learned how to sail, climbed Mount Olympus, relaxed in hot springs, and gained so much weight from delicious food - I definitely recommend studying abroad in Thessaloniki.

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Nadine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer in Greece

I am an international student in Boston so I am already studying abroad but this program particularly offers a different experience that any I had before. I liked how the classes were structure, very intense and dynamic in 5 weeks I was able to speak the basic of Greek language. We had opportunities to explore learning experiences outside the classroom in the city with local people helping on the learning proccess. I also really loved how the institution had trips and programs optional available every weekend panned ahead, I think it was a great way for us to get to know the culture and the country in a unique way.

What would you improve about this program?
I think I would add more beach trips to the program and have more options for the bus schedulles to and from campus to the dorms.
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Rachel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Greece

Although this was not my first time abroad, it was my first time studying abroad and it couldn't have went any better! I enjoyed the classes, the weather, the culture, and all of the activities that were available during my free time. The ACT staff was more than helpful, and they even helped me organize a winery tour for the group that hadn't been pre-planned. For my first experience, I am extremely satisfied and it is not something I will ever forget!

What would you improve about this program?
The majority of the activities were not planned, and we were all under the impression that a bit more of the cost was going to be covered (food wise) during the planned excursions.
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Irene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer Program at ACT

I loved my study abroad experience at ACT and am so happy I chose to study in the beautiful city of Thessaloniki, Greece! The staff and the classes have helped me grow as an individual, and through the structure of the program I got to become a more independent and well-rounded person. I also got to gain a new perspective on my home culture from a global context, and have developed a greater understanding of my family's heritage.