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American College of Thessaloniki (Greece)

Thessaloniki, Greece

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Academic Year 2020
Sep 14, 2020
Jun 09, 2021
Mar 15, 2020
Fall 2020
Sep 14, 2020
Dec 13, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Spring 2021
Jan 05, 2021
Apr 04, 2021
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Yes
No
Yes
Class Standing
First semester Sophomore
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
2.5 | 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

The Program

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

The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is an excellent choice for students interested in the politics and economics of Greece and the Mediterranean and Balkan region. ACT is a liberal arts college modeled after the U.S. higher education system. The university’s strengths are in business administration, computer science, English and international relations.

Program Location

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Greece

Greece

Thessaloniki

With a population of over 730,000, and more students than any other Greek city, Thessaloniki is the quintessential urban-style college town. Facing the Thermaic Gulf, the city sprawls upwards along broad, tree-lined streets  and through parks and squares to the medieval citadel. While the “feel" of Thessaloniki is distinctly modern, pockets of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman past abound—it has more surviving Byzantine churches than anywhere else in Greece. The city also has world-class archaeological museums, theaters, and family-run tavernas serving regional cuisine. The nearby Chalkidike peninsula has some of the loveliest beaches in the Mediterranean while the northern Aegean islands are a short ferry-hop away.

Academics

In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the American College of Thessaloniki website. Courses range from comprehensive liberal arts, technology and business to Greek language, history, culture and art. 

Teaching English as a Second Language Certification
ACT offers students the opportunity to complete Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program. You may choose to participate in this program for credit or as a certification. The certification will cost an additional 360 euros.  In most countries, the TEFL certificate is a minimum requirement for teaching English abroad. For more information about this program click here.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to ACT and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take approximately 12-15 credits while abroad. The credit translation system between the ACT and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at the ACT will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript.  It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

To view the current academic calendar, please visit the ACT web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Fall Semester

Mid-September

Late January (Fall only students can depart in Mid-December)

Spring I Semester

Early January

Mid-April

Spring I & II Semesters

Early January

Mid-June

Housing and Meals

Students will live in off-campus shared (double occupancy) apartments in downtown Thessaloniki.  The apartments are in a residential neighborhood near Aristotle University. It’s an easy bus ride from the apartments to the ACT campus. Each apartment is equipped with its own bathroom and kitchen facilities; meals are not provided. Laundry facilities are located in the basement of each apartment building.

Housing is included in your program fee, but you will need to pay a $300 housing deposit prior to the start of your semester. This fee is refundable at the end of the semester minus a 70 Euro cleaning charge and any damages incurred.

*Should you request or be placed in housing outside of the standard (double) placements, you will be responsible for the pricing difference. This includes, but is not limited to, placement in single rooms.  

For more information about housing, please refer to the ACT Accommodations website.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $14,380 $14,380
ATW Scholarship $600 0
RU TERM BILL TOTAL $13,780 $14,380
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    *Housing in standard (double) accommodations
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

* Should you request or be placed in housing outside of the standard placements, you will be responsible for the pricing difference.  This includes, but is not limited to, placement in single rooms.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,100
Meals $1,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $200
Books and Classroom Materials $175
Housing Deposit $300
Local Transportation $250
Personal Expenses $1,000
Total $4,025.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost per semester $13,395
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    *Housing in standard (double) accommodations
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

* Should you request or be placed in housing outside of the standard placements, you will be responsible for the pricing difference.  This includes, but is not limited to, placement in single rooms.

 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,100
Meals $2,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $200
Books and Classroom Materials $350
Housing Deposit $300
Local Transportation $500
Personal Expenses $2,000
Total $6,450.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $14,380 $14,380
ATW Scholarship $600 0
RU TERM BILL TOTAL $13,780 $14,380
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition (up to 15-credits)
•    *Housing in standard (double) accommodations
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

* Should you request or be placed in housing outside of the standard placements, you will be responsible for the pricing difference.  This includes, but is not limited to, placement in single rooms.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,100
Meals $1,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $200
Books and Classroom Materials $175
Housing Deposit $300
Local Transportation $250
Personal Expenses $1,000
Total $4,025.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Spring I & II $18,260
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    *Housing in standard (double) accommodations
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

* Should you request or be placed in housing outside of the standard placements, you will be responsible for the pricing difference.  This includes, but is not limited to, placement in single rooms.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,100
Meals $1,300
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $200
Books and Classroom Materials $200
Housing Deposit $300
Local Transportation $350
Personal Expenses $1,400
Total $4,850.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Spring I $14,320 $14,320
ATW Scholarship $2,500 0
RU TERM BILL TOTAL $11,820 $14,320
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition (up to 15 credits)
•    *Housing in standard (double) accommodations
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

* Should you request or be placed in housing outside of the standard placements, you will be responsible for the pricing difference.  This includes, but is not limited to, placement in single rooms.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $2,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $200
Books and Classroom Materials $210
Housing Deposit $300
Local Transportation $450
Personal Expenses $2,000
Total $6,360.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Spring I & II $18,160
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition (up to 21 credits)
•    *Housing in standard (double) accommodations
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

* Should you request or be placed in housing outside of the standard placements, you will be responsible for the pricing difference.  This includes, but is not limited to, placement in single rooms.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $2,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $200
Books and Classroom Materials $210
Housing Deposit $300
Local Transportation $450
Personal Expenses $2,000
Total $6,360.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Available to students of Greek origin (with good academic standing) studying at the American College of Thessaloniki.  For more information please visit the ACT website.

For the Spring 2015 semester ACT is offering five $1000 scholarships to eligible Rutgers students.  Applications will be released upon acceptance by the Center for Global Education.

Available to students studying at the American College of Thessaloniki who have reached sophomore status with a minimum overall G.P.A of 3.6 are eligible for a merit aid award of $1000. For more information please visit the ACT website.

Student Spotlight

Tyler Paratore in Greece

“I do think I adapted pretty well to the Greek culture. There was a little culture shock in the beginning, but it wasn’t exactly what I thought was going to shock me. What shocked me about their culture was how nice and inviting everyone was. The Greek people were completely welcoming to us Americans. I truly was not expecting it to be quite that way, and the hospitality and friendliness of the Greek people from day one made for such an easy transition into this new culture. It made Thessaloniki feel almost like a second home and to this day that still surprises me."