Study Abroad Center, 3224 Memorial Union, (515) 294-6792
A Semester in Greece
American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)
This program also has a summer option here: Summer In Greece.
Experience the wonders of Greece by attending American College of Thessaloniki as part of the ISU Semester in Greece program. Located in northern Greece, undergraduate students have the opportunity to take university-level coursework in English while experiencing the language, culture, and history of Greece firsthand.
The college, city, and region
The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is the university division of Anatolia, an integrated educational center over 200 years old. Originally founded as a seminary near Constantinople in 1840, in 1924 it was relocated to the city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece.
Today ACT consists of four separate schools: an elementary school, a high school, a college with approximately 700 students, and an MBA program. The college has a student population representing over 20 countries. All ACT coursework is taught in English and includes humanities, business, and technology and sciences. Special courses of interest include Byzantine History, Greek History, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Greek Culture, and the Greek language.
Named for the sister of Alexander the Great, Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece (pop. 1.5 million). Over 2,300 years old, the city of Thessaloniki is a wonderful blend of ancient and modern. Mere minutes from the spectacular Thermaikos Gulf, students find themselves surrounded by beautiful parks, Byzantine churches, endless shopping, museums, and a uniquely Greek nightlife. ACT is within an hour of some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Greece, not to mention easy access to Pella, the home of Alexander the Great, the birthplace of Aristotle, and Mount Olympus.
The Semester in Greece program is offered both fall and spring semesters.
UP-DATE for the Spring Semester program:
ACT has made a change to their academic calendar and the spring semester program is scheduled differently. The new term dates now make it possible to completely avoid the student visa.
If you are only staying for the program dates, then you do not need the student visa.
If you plan to travel before or after the program within the schengen countries (https://www.axa-schengen.com/en/countries-schengen-area), then you will need to get the student visa.
Please let us know your plans so that we may acquire the appropriate documents from ACT.
If you have questions or need further assistance to determine your plans and need for the visa, please contact our visa specialist in the Study Abroad Center, Danette, at firstname.lastname@example.org
ACT follows an American model of course credit. Study abroad students must enroll for the equivalent of a full load of courses while studying at ACT. An average full load is typically four courses and is generally equivalent to 12 semester hours of credit at ISU. If you choose to take more than 12 credits, extra tuition fees will be assessed to you directly via ACT.
Link to: ACT Courses by term and ACT Course Catalog (course descriptions).
The American College of Thessaloniki offers study abroad students accommodations in shared apartments in downtown Thessaloniki.
ISU registration for the term is a full-time placeholder registration listed as INTED.
For ISU study abroad programs at partner institutions abroad, courses offered for credit are automatically transferred to ISU. Transfer courses are usually listed at ISU with a general ending such as 100, 200, 300, or 400. To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor listed here: Transfer Credit Contacts
Rooms and studios in apartment complexes are all fully furnished (including kitchen appliances in individual studios or in common areas) and are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis. Both single- and double-occupancy options exist. These off-campus housing locations are well served by the city's reliable bus system with buses running at 10- to 15-minute intervals. In addition, the college provides free bus service in a morning run (picks up students from their residence) and an evening run (drops them off at their residence).
The ISU Program Fee for the Spring 2017 Semester in Greece is $11,900.
To study in Greece for the Fall Semester, you will need to obtain a student Visa. (Please note that students for the Spring Semester or Summer program DO NOT need the student Visa).
Please be prepared to make a trip to the appropriate Greek Consulate (for most students this will be the Chicago consulate).
The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, housing, ACT orientation and field trips, and ISU's CISI insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, food, Greek visa fees and associated costs, housing/program deposit, and all other expenses.
The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." "Qualified" figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. "Other" includes all other fees.
Please note that when students are accepted by ACT, a housing/program deposit of $300 US paid directly to ACT is required (refundable at the end of the semester minus a 100 Euro cleaning).
For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.
Consulate visits should be made in the month just prior to departure.
Read detailed instructions here: Obtaining the Greek Student Visa.docx
More detailed pre-departure information is available in the ACT Study Abroad Guide. For the most recent guide, please see here ACT Study Abroad Guide Fall 2016
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