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  • Locations: Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 06/01/2017 07/01/2017 09/25/2017 12/22/2017
NOTE: If you are interested in this program, and it is past the application deadline, please contact Mr. Jodi Cornell in 0018 Curtiss Hall to find out if it is still possible to apply. Program dates may vary!
Spring 2018 11/01/2017 11/15/2017 01/29/2018 05/18/2018
NOTE: If you are interested in this program, and it is past the application deadline, please contact Mr. Jodi Cornell in 0018 Curtiss to find out if it is still possible to apply.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi
Program Director:
Cornell, Jodi
Housing Options: Dormitory Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: Greek
Iowa State
ISU Course:
Program Type:
Program Group: College of Ag & Life Sciences
Program Description:
American Farm School - Perrotis College - Thessaloniki, Greece
Semester, Summer and Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities
Info for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 coming soon!

AFS Campus Sign

Once we receive Fall 2017 cost information from the American Farm School, the Fall 2017 application will be activated.

Brief overview:
The American Farm School of Thessaloniki, Greece, is an independent, nonprofit educational institution founded in 1904 to serve the needs of Greece and the surrounding Balkan areas. Today major educational divisions include the Primary School, Secondary School, the Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences, and Adult Education and Research. The School prepares its graduates for prominent roles in community life and in the agriculture and food sectors by teaching farming and business practices that are economically viable, ecologically sound and socially responsible.  The School’s founder, Dr. John Henry House, was a practical idealist who believed in educating the whole individual: the head, the hands and the heart. After more than a century of implementing the founder’s vision, the American Farm School today remains dedicated to the dynamic fusion of theory and practice in all levels of agricultural education that has become the institution’s hallmark.

Perrotis College of Agriculture, Environment and Life Sciences, founded in 1996 through the major gift of Mrs. Aliki Perroti in memory of her late husband, develops leaders for the international agribusiness, food science and environment sectors. 

The American Farm School has been a leader in the rural development of Greece throughout the twentieth century. Today, the Department of Continuing Education and External Services offers continuing professional training and adult education programs, lectures, conferences, exchange programs and study visits on topics related to the agrofood sector, the environment, rural tourism, culture, agrobusiness, information technology and education.
The Center for Agricultural Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the American Farm School, operated under the direction of Perrotis College, opened in September 2012, and the Perrotis College Krinos Olive Center began operation in 2013. 

View from the on-campus residence hall:
AFS Residence Hall View

Studying at the American Farm School/Perrotis College:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester and Summer Study opportunities are available.  Internships are also a possibility.

Some of the classes available are: The Greek Cultural Experience, Principles of Precision Agriculture and Environmental Sustainability, Marketing Management, Agrotourism Principles and Practices, Intro to Livestock Sciences, Principles of Food Science, Nutrition and the Consumer, Food Taste and Society, Service Learning, The Greek Palate (Greek Cuisine), Contemporary Nutrition, Agro-Environmental Business Management, and more.

Here is some more detailed info regarding the courses: Courses at AFS.pdf

Program Costs for Semester Program and Summer Program:
The cost of the program charged by AFS is $8660 for Spring 2017 Semester; Summer 2017 approximately $4450
Here is more detailed info regarding the Fees charged by AFS: Costs at AFS 20162017.pdf
There will be additional out of pocket expenses including air ticket, personal spending money for incidentals and other travel, transportation around Thessaloniki.  Please see the Budget Sheet above for estimates of these costs.

Part of the Semester Program Fee includes: a 4-day Athens excursion, and 2-day trek up Mt. Olympus, there are more excursions available, including Sailing Trips.

Program Info and Costs for Internship Opportunities:
Please click here for more information regarding Internships: Costs for Internships at AFS 2016-2017.pdf

Contact Jodi Cornell for more information about this program, and the application process.

Connor Bollum, a CALS Student Travel Consultant, is studying at the American Farm School in Greece this Semester (Spring 2017).
Check out Connor's blog:

Dairy Production takes place on campus.  It is also has a learning and viewing area for educational outreach:
AFS Dairy

This is the AFS Campus Cafeteria:
AFS Cafeteria

Eggs produced at the American Farm School are sold in Thessaloniki and in Athens:
AFS Eggs

Some of the excursions students can take part in are sailing on the Aegean Sea and climbing Mount Olympus! 
AFS Sailing Trip
Hiking up Mt Olympus

Greek Cuisine is fantastic!
Greek Salad

Excursion to Athens to visit the Parthenon on the Acropolis:

Ancient Athens

Other sites around Thessaloniki:
The Mall:

Mall in Thessaloniki

Museum in Thessaloniki

Chickens on campus:
Chickens on Campus

Seaside and Mountains
seaside and mountains