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American College of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki, Greece (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring,
Summer
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 04/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2016 09/24/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Direct Enroll Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Off Campus Apartment
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Advisor: Office of Education Abroad (Email studyabroad@case.edu)
Courses Offered: Accounting, Anthropology, Art History, Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, English, Finance, History, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics
Program Description:
                                                                                                                
Photo Courtesy: 2011, ACT -  Studies in Greece

Why ACT?

Greece is a land of mythical proportions, where the siren's song draws you into its deep blue waters, where a gentle breeze through ancient ruins seems to whisper your name. Discover the land chosen by the Gods while studying at the American College of Thessaloniki. 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. 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. It is also the only NEASC-accredited academic institution in Northern Greece. 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. 


Academic Highlights

Summer

Below is a list of the summer programs avalable at ACT:
The Life and Teaching of the Apostle Paul - This core of this program focuses on the life and teachings of the Apostle Paul, a pivotal figure in early Christianity who spent an important period of his life in Greece. The cornerstone course follows Paul’s itinerary across Northern Greece to Thessaloniki and then down the Greek mainland to Athens and Corinth. 
The World of Alexander the Great - The World of Alexander the Great is an integral part of the Pella Project at the Dukakis Center, which consists of a rigorous academic and extracurricular program conceived in part to resituate Pella, Thessaloniki, and Macedonia in the history of ancient and modern Greece. The cornerstone course features a rich set of extracurricular activities, such as walking tours of Thessaloniki, field trips to important sites (Pella, Vergina, and possibly Dion, Stagira and Olynthos).
SEESOX Salonica Seminars - Every year the Dukakis Center hosts senior scholars from the European Studies Centre, St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, for intensive summer seminars in European integration. The Salonica Seminar targets both qualified ACT degree candidates and study abroad students interested in contemporary affairs. Collaboration between the Dukakis Center and SEESOX extends also to academic research and student and faculty exchange throughout the academic year.
Oracle Certification Program - This two-week intensive program is appropriate for advanced students and professionals in information technology (IT) and aims to provide specific skills that candistinguish them in the 
employment market. The program consists of two distinct courses for which the participant can earn two separate certifications. The Oracle Certification Program is a standard of competence in specific job roles and is a valuable, industry-recognized credential that signifies a demonstrated level of knowledge and skill. 
For more information on these programs visit: http://www.act.edu/misc/thematic_july_2014_final_low.pdf

From June to July, the summer session offers students a chance to explore the wonders of Greece: http://www.act.edu/index.jsp?CMCCode=10040319&extLang=LG
For information on offerings of summer courses visit: http://www.act.edu/misc/SUMMER_2015_TENTATIVE_COURSE_OFFERINGS_241014.pdf

ACT has a world-class campus with state of the art facilities which are unique to Southeastern Europe. The diverse student body representing 30 different nationalities exposes students to a variety of cultures and perspectives and enriches both their academic and social engagement. Courses are offered at a high academic standard and range from comprehensive liberal arts, technology and business to Greek language, history, culture and art. This program utilizes the same grading scale and credit system as the USA.  Study abroad students experience intellectual development, cultural immersion, and a growth of ethical sensitivity both in the classroom and in their co-curricular pursuits. The business education envisioned by ACT is unique for its comprehensive view of management and explicit focus on fostering entrepreneurial approaches to management in the region. The foremost goal of the business curriculum is to develop and strengthen students’ coherent and logical thinking processes in order to make and implement sound, ethically responsible business decisions throughout their careers. ACT's Computing curriculum is a rigorous and challenging program that provides students with not only theoretical background but also the practical skills needed by organizations and companies across the board. IT labs and the Niarchos Technology Center make state-of-the-art IT facilities easily accessible to students in the program. In addition to providing outstanding classroom teaching by experienced instructors educated in Europe and the US, the School offers unparalleled extracurricular opportunities, ranging from live, digital teleconferences in a state-of-the-art teleconferencing center to formal internships in companies and organizations off campus.

Student Life

The student life at ACT is as vibrant as the city around it. 

ACT provides a wide range of clubs, societies and organizations to its students and alumni, some of them in cooperation with companies and agencies. From hourse riding clubs to scuba diving, there are many different options you can't find at home! The staff at the office of Academic & Student Affairs, faculty advisors, and the supporting administrative services are always ready to advise students on ways to discover and cultivate their personal, educational and professional goals and interests, and to assist them in making a smooth transition to student life so that their experience at ACT will be as rewarding as possible.

The American College of Thessaloniki provides off campus accommodation in downtown Thessaloniki. Rooms are all fully furnished (including kitchen appliances in individual studios or in common areas), and priority is given based on the date of application receipt. Both single and double-occupancy options exist. Off-campus housing locations are well served by the city’s reliable bus system with buses running at 10-15 minute intervals. In addition, during the fall and spring semesters the college provides bus service to and from campus. 


Living in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the largest city in Northern Greece and once a vital sea port, is today a university town, very safe, with a beautiful waterfront promenade looking out towards the Aegean Sea and across to Mount Olympus. Easily accessible, a crossroad between east and west on the ancient via Egnatia, the town has a long history that dates back to the days of Alexander the Great.  A modern city of 1 million inhabitants, it features Roman aqueducts and palaces, Byzantine chapels and walls, Venetian towers, modern universities, museums, shops, cafes, restaurants and reliable transportation services. What makes it most attractive is its authenticity, the warmth of its people, its unbeatable and affordable cuisine and its great night life.

Thessaloniki abounds with modern shops, cafés, bars and squares, all built upon the historical foundations 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.

Finances

While abroad, students continue to pay their Case tuition rather than the tuition at their new institution. In addition there are several expenses students’ financial aid can potentially help to fund. These are listed in the attachments below.


Thessaloniki Fall.pdf
Thessaloniki Spring.pdf
Thessaloniki Year.pdf