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American College of Thessaloniki

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


Thessaloniki, Greece




2.5 GPA and good academic and disciplinary standing

Application Due:

Fall 3/4, Spring 9/24, Summer 3/4

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

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Here is your chance to experience the unspoiled areas of northern Greece, which offer natural beauty without hordes of foreign tourists. You will mix academics with culture and history by visiting important archaeological, religious and cultural centers, viewing splendid collections of artifacts and materpieces, and exploring major cities, small and scenic islands. In this unique program you will live surrounded by thousands of years of history - Alexander the Great, Aristotle, classial Athens - and at the same time experience' modern Greece as a crossroads between Western and Eastern cultures.

For the student seeking a unique study abroad site in Greece, the American College of Thessaloniki is ideal. 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.

American College of Thessaloniki offers:

Greek Cultural Immersion
With a student body comprised of 50% Greeks and international students from approximately 30 countries as well as a plethora of community outreach opportunities, visiting students find a valuable cultural immersion experience at ACT.

Vibrant Student Life
ACT is a warm, welcoming and active community that offers students the chance to explore and develop through a wide range of workshops, clubs, field trips and volunteer opportunities.

Cultural & Historical Exploration
Students visit the birthplace of Alexander the Great, Orthodox Monasteries dating from 12th Century, the beautiful beaches of Halkidiki and of course the enchanting city of Thessaloniki!

Strong Student Support Services
The Internation Programs Office has staff dedicated to assist students with all needs. Pre-departure, staff in the ACT Boston office are there to answer questions and provide students with the support they need. Once students arrive in Greece, staff orients them with the campus and life in Thessaloniki and provides information on co-curricular opportunities and ways to engage with Greece outside of the classroom. ACT even provides an on-site doctor in the event of health issues.

Academic Program

Coursework is available in the following areas:
• Greek language
• Business and Technology (Computer Science, & CMIS)
• Arts and Sciences (English, History & International Relations, Psychology, Philosophy and Social Sciences)

The campus primarily hosts Greek students as well as international students from other European countries.

Service Learning Opportunitiesdoc


Program Dates

Please see ACT web page for current session dates. Sessions run approximately as follows:

Spring: Late January – Early June

Summer: Late June – Early July

Fall: mid-September – mid-December

For More Information

Alexander the Great

Amy Bowes, Advisor
The University of Iowa
Office for Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802

Phone: 319-335-0353


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Life in Thessaloniki

YouTube Video: Life in Thessaloniki

Lonely Planet: Introducing Thessaloniki

National Geographic: 20 Must-See Places

European Youth Capitol 2014

The ‘European Youth Capital’ is a title awarded to a European city for the period of one year, during which it will be given the chance to showcase, through a multi-faceted program, its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development.

The first European Youth Capital was Rotterdam (the Netherlands) in 2009.

For 2014, Thessaloniki hosts the relatively new but already successful institution of the European Youth Capital.

Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece and has been characterized as the “Greek Youth Capital” for its large number of permanent young residents. More than 100.000 students give to the city a completely unique pulse and vibe.

The 2014 program includes a plethora of cultural events (such as concerts, an exhibition of local graphic novel artists, etc), sports events, such as a small marathon and a rugby match, debates, conferences and meetings of voluntary youth organizations across Europe in collaboration with the European Youth Forum.

Click here to visit the official website.

Living Arrangements


Off campus housing apartments in a residential neighborhoods provided by ACT.

Rooms are all fully furnished (including kitchen appliances in individual studios or in common areas), and priority is given based on the date of application receipt. 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 bus service to and from campus.

For more information about housing options, please visit ACT's website.

For any questions about housing contact the Student Services Coordinator, Natalia Alexiou at:

Excursions and Community Service Opportunities

ACT offers excursions and community service opportunities for students. For more information on these opportunities, please see the ACT webpage.

ACT Trips
ACT Community Service

ACT Flikr ablum of excursions can be viewed here

Travel Arrangements


Participants will make their own travel arrangements to Thessaloniki. Cost of travel is not included in the program cost.


Students must have a 2.5 GPA, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing. You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university at the end of the semester, too.  If you are not in good standing at the end of the semester your acceptance will be revoked and you will be responsible for the associated withdrawal fees.

Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 are welcome to meet with the Study Abroad advisor for this program. You can schedule a meeting by calling 319.335.0353. ACT may have additional requirements for acceptance, as well, if you do not meet their GPA admission standards. Please contact Roula Lebetli in Admissions at ACT for more information about this:

Participants are awarded U.S. letter grades, and the courses may not be taken on a pass/non-pass basis unless approved by Study Abroad prior to departure. The Greek visa requires that student take a full time load of courses (12 credit hours for Fall or Spring). No visa is needed for the summer term, so students are free to take whatever number of credits they wish, although 6 credits is full time for Financial Aid purposes.

Program Cost Sheet


ACT Spring 2015 Cost Sheet
ACT Summer 2014 Cost SheetPDF

These documents outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

There are five $1,000 scholarships available for Iowa students studying at ACT for the semester. For more information, make an appointment with Amy Bowes by calling 319.335.0353.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of course fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: 100%

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

How to Apply

ACT Application

Steps to Completing Your Application

• Schedule an appointment to meet with Study Abroad advisor by calling 319.335.0353
• Fill out Iowa Study Abroad Application
• Fill out ACT Application
Under "I have a promotional code", please enter: DE8HA2. This code associates your application with the University of Iowa.

Once ACT notifies you of your acceptance into the program, please work on filling out the required documents they provide you and make another appointment with Study Abroad to complete your departure documents.

Post Acceptance Documents


Accepted applicants must meet with the study abroad advisor to receive the Credit Approval Form and those going to ACT for the Spring or Fall term must meet with the Participant Services Coordinator to obtain a student visa. Please call 319-335-0353 to make these appointments. The following documents must be completed and returned to Study Abroad (UCC 1111) within 30 days of acceptance into the program:

Medical AssessmentPDF

John Cabot Confirmation of AcceptancePDF

•A clear copy of the identification page of your passport

Helpful Websites

ACT's Study Abroad Guide
Visitor's Guide