Spend summer, fall, spring, or the academic year in Thessaloniki, Greece! The summer option is our most recent addition to this program and we are excited to send students over the summer months! Your host in Greece is the American College Thessaloniki (ACT), a Greek university where you will take classes with Greek and other international students. ACT is known for its strong business offerings. Class size is small, and classes are very interactive.
Thessaloniki, population 1 million, is located in northern Greece. The city was founded in 315 BC on a prehistoric settlement dating back to 2300 BC, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe. The city is named after Alexander the Great's sister.
With a modern seafront, Thessaloniki is a Mediterranean city that has also preserved the vestiges of its Roman and Byzantine history. It is the second largest city in Greece and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Today, Thessaloniki has a very active cultural life, as well as being an important economic, industrial, and commercial center. There is a large student population in the city--literally one in every ten pedestrians is a university student.
HOUSING & MEALS
You will live in off-campus apartments arranged by the ACT in downtown Thessaloniki. These dormitories and apartments are fully furnished, and there are Greek students living in the buildings as well. You will cook your own meals in the apartment kitchens or eat at one of several campus cafeterias.
Students can choose courses in a variety of disciplines including courses in Anthropology, Business, English, European Studies, History and Politics. The offerings in the summer are more limited than in the semester.
ACT also offers a variety of opportunities for students to get involved in the local community. UWEC students are able to have some of these experiences count towards their service learning requirement.
To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Greece
To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Greece Summer
Below you will find more information on program costs: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Summer 2017
- Meet with a peer adviser about the program.
- Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
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There are also many clubs on campus for you to get involved in during your study abroad experience in Greece including: American Football Club, Cinema Club, Field Trip Club, Horse Riding Club, History and International Relations Society, Lifeguard Club, Marketing Society, Mountaineering Club, ACT band, PC Games Design Club, ACT Radio (Radio ACTive), Sailing Club, and Scuba Diving Club. Also, all students become members of the student government while studying abroad.
You might also choose to volunteer at a soup kitchen, the writing center, youth center or the Anatolia Elementary School! Or, if you are interested in sports, join an intramural sports team. The sports offered are: tennis, table tennis, 5 a-side soccer, volleyball and basketball.
"As someone who has never been outside of the United States, the American College of Thessaloniki immediately stole my heart with their personable professors and staff, tight-knight student body, and countless opportunities to get involved in culturally rich events. I am beyond satisfied with my decision to study abroad despite my initial worries and would recommend such an opportunity to anyone with even the slightest of interest of broadening their academic and cultural perspective beyond the borders of the United States." - Alec, Spring 2016
"My overall experience was amazing. I met so many people, both from the U.S. and all over the Balkans, and formed a lot of good friendships. Greece is a great country and has so much history from many different time periods. It is hard to leave once you have been here for awhile. I will definitely come back in the future." - David
There is a great deal to explore in Thessaloniki The modern city exists in harmony with the old town's traditional architecture, narrow streets and lovely small gardens. Thessaloniki remains a living memorial to life in Greece dating back over 2,300 years and is endowed with monuments from each era.
Each semester ACT organizes two trips for study abroad students, typically to Athens and Vergina.
For those interested in sightseeing outside of the city, historical sites such as Vergina, the Macedonian palace of Alexander the Great, the birthplace of Aristotle, Mt Olympus, Pella, Amphipolis, Kavala and Phillipi, to name only a few, offer opportunities for easy one-day excursions.
You can also plan your own travel before or after the program or during a break. Check out this Youth in Greece video to see all that Greece has to offer!
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.