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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
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Cornell, Jodi Program Director: Cornell, Jodi
Housing Options: Dormitory Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: Greek Sponsor: Iowa State
ISU Course: INTED Program Type: Direct
Program Description:
American Farm School - Perrotis College - Thessaloniki, Greece
Semester, Summer and Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities

AFS Campus Sign

Check out a YouTube video about the AFS:
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 and research opportunities 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 for SEMESTER ACADEMIC STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM:

Program Costs for Semester Program and Summer Program:
The cost of the program charged by AFS is $9060 for Fall 2017, Spring 2018 Semester; Summer 2018 approximately $4450
Program costs for Summer 2018 and the 2018-2019 academic terms are still unknown, but should not be much different than 2017-2018.

There will be additional out of pocket expenses including air ticket, passport*, personal spending money for incidentals and other travel, transportation around Thessaloniki.  *If you are a first time international traveler and a CALS student email stop by 0018 Curtiss Hall to find out how to get your passport cost reimbursed.
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 the Summer or Semester INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:

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

Anne Dinges, a CALS Student (GRS/Agronomy) is studying at the American Farm School in Greece during the Fall 2017 Semester.
Check out Anne's blog:

Connor Bollum, a CALS Student Travel Consultant, studied at the American Farm School in Greece during the Spring 2017 semester.
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


This program is currently not accepting applications.