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.
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.
ACT is the only NEASC-accredited academic institution in Northern Greece.
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 Support Services
The International 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.
The student life at ACT is as vibrant as the city around it. Thessaloniki abounds with modern shops, cafés, bars and squares, all built upon the historicalfoundations of its ancient civilizations. The city’s compact urban environment is ideal for walking, and interlaced with ancient marketplaces, theatres and churches.
Students can explore Greece through ACT’s organized field trips to the royal tombs of Vergina, the Acropolis of Athens, the oracle of Delphi, the monasteries of Meteora, the hot baths of Aridea, the waterfalls of Edessa and the peaks of Mt. Olympus. The country’s natural beauty is ideal for outdoor adventures, and students can sail the peninsulas of Halkidiki, go rafting in the rivers of Zagoria, Absail down the canyons of Mt.Olympus, take bike tours around Thessaloniki and go scuba diving in the crystal blue waters of the Aegean.
Workshops such as wine tasting, cooking, pottery, painting, photography and Greek dancing are organized to facilitate cultural immersion.
The American College of Thessaloniki provides off campus accommodation in safe residential areas near downtown Thessaloniki and a short drive from the ACT campus. The housing locations are well served by the city’s public bus system, with buses running at 10-15 minute intervals. Our housing is in close proximity to supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, and post offices. In addition, ACT provides a basic bus service to and from campus once per day. An ACT Residence Assistant (RA) resides at each housing location and is there to help students settle in and get to know Thessaloniki by organizing outings and planning activities.
The studio apartments are furnished, however you provide your own kitchenware and linens. The building offers free Wi-Fi access and access to a common washing machine. Both single and double-occupancy studio apartments are available to study abroad students. Housing preferences are indicated on the housing application and housing preferences are granted in the order that the housing deposits are received.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
UMass/IPO Application Deadline
** Indicates rolling admissions.
If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.